How to Restore Your Muscle Car Interior

       Restoring your muscle car’s interior is just as important as restoring the exterior. Use these steps to help your interior restoration project be as straightforward as possible. Immediately after buying the classic car of your dreams, you’re probably not thinking how best to restore the interior. Yet becoming the envy of every classic car enthusiast in your area won't happen if your ride's interior shows its age. Thus, along with planning how to restore your vehicle's engine and what color racing stripe you're going to run along the body, you need to give just as much thought to the interior.


Your Roadmap to Successful Muscle Car Interior Resoration

Your first impulse may be to grab a screwdriver and a razor knife and get to work. Yet that's the fastest way to end up with parts strewn all around you, an interior cabin that barely resembles the inside of a car from any era, and no clue as to what to do next. Instead, we recommend that you stick to the following proven process:

  • Develop a plan
Before you even touch your classic ride, you should first put pen to paper and plan out every element of your interior restoration.
Assign a priority to each task to create an order in which you want them done.

  • Create a budget
Plan out not only the money you have to spend, but also how much time you can devote to the project.
Overestimate to account for unexpected costs and problems that are for sure to arise during your project.

  • Put your nose in some books
The internet can be an invaluable resource in understanding muscle car interior restoration, as can automotive magazines, assembly manuals and original fabric swatch books.

  • Get organized
You'll be amazed at how quickly a disassembled car can take up every corner of your garage.
Before you begin cutting into your car, create an adequate storage space and a way to organize and store related components accordingly.

  • Find the right tools
You won't find the tools you need to effectively restore a muscle car interior in your average tool box.  Rather you'll likely need specialty items such as:
  • Heat guns
  • Polishing wheels
  • Pry tools
  • Hog ring pliers
  • Air compressor
Talk to mechanics and body shop technicians in your area to see exactly what you'll need.  Once you've done all this, the rest is simple:

  • Put your plan into action
Don't be afraid to ask for help from the experts along the way. Also remember to photograph every step of the process so that you'll have visual reference material to consult in the future. Can your classic ride truly be all that you've dreamed it will become without giving the right amount of TLC to it’s interior? If you’re wondering how to tackle your muscle car interior restoration project, know that you are not alone in this process. You have us here at Legendary Auto Interiors to turn to. For questions about parts availability, service packages, or restoration tips, just fill out our online contact form, and we'll be happy to get back to you.