Turning An Old Car into Classic

by Stephanie Hube on August 18, 2014 at 12:13 pm

With so many great car shows and car enthusiasts in the area, we thought we’d take a look at what all goes into restoring and presenting classic cars.

Yesterday afternoon, more than 200 classic cars and thousands of people cruised into downtown Cambridge for the 28th annual classic car show. Many stopped and stared at these hot rods and even some Model-T’s , but few realize the hard work and dedication that it takes to restore these vehicles, and take them from just an old car to a classic.

"This car is restored to the point of, every stitch in the upholstery is the same number of stitches per inch as it was new. And every bolt is the same size, the pinstripe is exactly where it was when it was new. And that gets to be the game. To put it back exactly the way it was," said Jack Dunning.

As Dunning showed off his original 1930 Cord, he said that through the classic car clubs you can do plenty of research to find out exactly how the car looked and ran when it was brand new. Then, you simply start the restoration process. Jon Hudson, owner of a modified 1935 Humpback Sedan enjoys restoring classic cars with his friends, but adds a little bit of a modern touch.

"This is what they call a modified. This is not all originals, but we tried to keep it as original as we can. And yet it’s nice to drive with some of the new parts, disk breaks, air-conditioning. In 1935 air-conditioning wasn’t heard of " said Hudson.

In theory, the restoration process is simple. Come up with a vision for your car, dismantle it, sandblast the frame to eliminate any flaws, then paint it and put it back together but, restoring a car and its engine can take years of constant work. Good thing for Hudson, it is something that he loves to do.

"Its just a lot of fun, on the weekends, this is just what we do. "

The Caimbridge Classic Car Cruise-In was Saturday, August 16 from 11:00a.m. to 6:00p.m.