The process of bringing a long-neglected vehicle back to top condition and running order

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Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time

Some related topics: How to maintain a sometimes-used vehicle? How long does it take for gas to go bad? The first related topic addresses preparing a vehicle for long-term disuse, and maintaining ...
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What happens to a car when it hasn't been driven for 12 years?

I'm hoping that I'll soon be the owner of 2l turbo charged, 4wd hatchback that's been sat in a garage, undriven for over a decade. Trouble is that I won't be able to give it a full inspection until I ...
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What is a good car to start with if I want to learn auto repair?

A couple of other "getting started" questions have been closed (as redundant with these questions), so I hope that my question is different and specific enough. I'm interested in learning to repair ...
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What are these dots on my roof?

I'm currently in the process of restoring an older car (a 1988 BMW M5, in particular) after it sat in a driveway in the Pacific Northwest for ten years, waiting on an engine rebuild. My paint ...
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Keeping track of removed screws?

Put simply, are there any good tricks for keeping track of removed screws and bolts when you're dealing with a lot of them? I'm officially one evening into an interior restoration job on my '88 BMW ...
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Long term storage of parts

I recently bought some spare parts for my Subaru Forester XT and would like to store them the right way until I need them. Specifically, I have a turbo, injectors, exhaust and intercooler that needs ...
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What is the process of “mini-tubbing”?

I heard someone mention they were considering "mini-tubbing" their restoration project car. What does that mean? Can you just "tub" a car, or can only "mini tub" one? Can you "maxi tub"?
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Video: 1970 911T starts for the first time in 15 years - What next?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QQzbEQTWAo&sns=em My brothers and I have been working on this car since last fall. So far we've done the following: Had the zenith carbs rebuilt and bench ...
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How much to get an old restomod running?

potentially a difficult question here. It's looking like I'm going to be moving out of state for a new job here in the next few months, which is throwing a big wrench into projects I have going on. ...
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Restoring a third party Sailcloth soft top

I'm helping get a '97 Jeep TJ with a third party sailcloth soft top out of retirement. This was a top quality lid in its day but it is showing signs of fatigue and brittleness due to its inactivity ...
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what type of mask should I use?

When sanding a panel down to bare metal getting ready to correct the damage before primer, paint and clear. What kind of mask should be warn to protect my lungs. I'm assuming one of those diy ...
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Restoring a 1985 Yamaha AG200

I was given a bike (1985 Yamaha AG200) and was dedicated to get the thing running so I can learn a bit more about how motors work. Its been sitting in a shed for about 20 years and the rats have got ...
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Necessity of draining gas for a vehicle that has been sitting for 2-3 years

Related: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. A car has not been started for over 2 years. No fuel stabilizer was added to the tank. According to some sources it's best to drain ...
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Where can I get button graphics/decals for car interior (preferably for specific models)?

I have seen around a few threads by the business that created this video. They supply (supplied?) kits to replace the surface of car interior buttons (radio, climate control, etc) that have become ...
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Turtle wax headlight restorer kit not drying

Is used the Turtle wax headlight restorer kit to remove the yellowish haze from my headlights. I followed the instructions and as the last steps I applied the "basecoat" wipe, after a few minutes it ...
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Giving an old car a refresh

I have an old car (1990 Volvo 240) which I am rather attached it. Lately it seems like it has been creaking and groaning rather more than usual. Is there some sort of spring cleaning(except it's a 20 ...
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How to spot remove high temp engine paint?

I've recently painted an engine post reassembly, due to cost reasons. No doubt I've encountered overspray on certain parts. I know sandblasting the engine proper is a huge no-no, and soda blasting ...
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Getting Started in Auto Repair [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Reviving a vehicle that has been idle for a long time. How to begin learning engine tuning? My dad has an old Mazda that has been sitting in the garage for a long ...