5 Project Car Tips & Guidelines for Success this New Year

BY Thomas S.

Is your New Year’s resolution to finally get started on that car project you’ve been putting off? No matter whether you were putting it off because you didn’t have the time, the money or maybe even the car, it’s important to remember that there’s no better time to get started than the present.

So, to help those of you ready to take the plunge, we’ve created a list of five project tips and guidelines that will make sure all your projects are successful in the new year.

Beware of rust

If you’re looking to start the year with your first project car, rust is one of the most important things to look out for. For example, floor pan rust is tolerable and can be fixed pretty easily, but frame rust makes any first-time project virtually impossible to complete. Rust inside the fender wells can make for a headache as well, since wheelhouses can be a pain to replace. Now that you’re aware of the dangers rust can pose in the project car world, you’re ready to take your first steps in 2018.

Keep work lights on hand

As any experienced gearhead will tell you, it’s incredibly easy to get carried away. At some point in your project car journey, you’ll inevitably find yourself working on your car hours longer than your originally intended and hours after the sun has gone down. For those situations, work and under-hood lights are the perfect solutions. Products like the ProZ Underhood Work Light or KC HiLites Underhood Cyclone LED Light Kits are safe to use. They’re compatible with a wide range of vehicle types and will provide the extra illumination you need to finish the job.

Safety. Safety. Safety.

You know about the safety measures you take whenever you get behind the wheel, but what about the safety measures you need to take when you’re working on your ride? For one thing, safety glasses or goggles are essential. If you plan on lifting your vehicle at any point during the project, be sure to use four jack stands instead of two to optimize your safety conditions.

Have the right tools

Nothing can derail a project faster than not having the right tools. So, before you get started on your next project, updating your toolbox is one of the first things you should check off your to-do list. Luckily for you, we carry the ICON Spanner Wrench, TruAP Clutch Adjusting Tool, TruAP Engine Rotation Adapter, TruAP Radiator Hose Pliers, MSD Pin Extractor Tool, Powermate Air Drill to make the job easy. Browse our extensive selection of tools and tool storage options at your leisure – we have everything you need to make any project a piece of cake.

Have a plan and ask for help, if need be

Things can spiral out of control if you don’t have a plan. From the buying stage to your third or fourth project car, you need to be prepared to walk away and not talk yourself into spending more than your budget will allow. Knowing is half the battle when it comes to working on a car project.

Now that you have a better idea on how to be successful on any task you undertake, you’re ready to hit the ground running in 2018. But, if you need a little extra help, don’t be afraid to reach out to our expert team at 1-800-874-8888. They’re knowledgeable, friendly and always willing to lend a helping hand to their fellow car enthusiasts and gearheads.