The Benefits Of Restoring And Driving
A Pre-80's Vehicle.
From car shows to street driven machines people love classic cars.
Their style, lines and brute muscle make us tremble inside.
Ryan in a stylish T-shirt
Being biased about the subject,
I asked Ryan (aka T-bone) for his opinion. Ryan, a
motorhead with 20 years of automotive retail parts
sales experience explains some benefits of restoring
and driving pre-80's vehicles.
It was about 6 am on a cold October morning when T-bone
and I loaded my 48 Willys Jeep for a day of hunting. What
perfect opportunity to discuss the benefits of classic car
restoration and driving. Before we could leave the driveway
he had to put in a bit of chew.
Once on the road, I posed the first question.
Q: What would you consider as the four main benefits of
A: Well there're way more than four benefits. But since you
Dan: OK. Don't think too hard and have a aneurysm.
A: I have two for the restoration and two for the driving.
Dan: Let'em rip.
A: First would be the costs, second would be enjoyment of
Dan: I agree. The costs of purchasing a restorable car can
Ryan: Let's talk about parts prices and labor rates. If you
Dan: Explain the pride part to me.
Ryan: Anyone that's ever fixed something that was broken
Dan: Well I think you mean when it landed safely at its
Q: What about the two for driving?
A: Costs again are number one here. Insurance,
Dan: I agree 100% with you there. I feel the taxes were
Q: How is joy derived form this ownership?
A: That's simple! First, all the money you saved by driving
Dan: Yes. I know what you mean. Your date will be more
Ryan: Stop! I see something moving up that ridge.
Dan: (Ryan just jump out of the jeep with rifle in hand).
We covered four main points about the benefits of
restoring and driving a classic car. Although there are some
drawbacks to restoring and driving classic cars, the joys
truly overcome them.