The FREE Complete Bay Area Auto Enthusiast Guide

Restorations can be exciting and challenging, but fulfilling the dream of getting your historic beauty on the road again makes it all worth the time and effort. And as we have said before, it can be a daunting task. You can save time and money with foresight and planning. Once it is complete, you will no longer think of it as daunting, but instead as a job well done and another life experience survived.
In our shop, we are finishing up an 18-month restoration of a 1933 Rolls Royce. Here we exercised meticulous cataloguing of parts and materials, because once you have taken apart your vehicle and the time comes to put it all back together, you will not remember where everything goes. When you take on a major project, one of the first purchases you will make is it at your local grocery store. You will invest in several boxes of small, medium and large zip-lock bags. If you do not have a peg-board in your garage, it would be worth the investment to install one, along with plenty of shelving.
Disassemble your vehicle in a logical sequence, take the time to take as many photos and videos as possible. Then label your zip-lock bags with every nut, bolt, washer, and other small parts. Organize the bags on your shelves and peg board by the quadrant of the vehicle.
When it came to the 1933 Rolls Royce, attention to details and authenticity were crucial. We knew our client was entering her in the 2017 Amelia Island Concours D Elegance, so this vehicle had to look as beautiful and original as the day she rolled off the assembly line. We even catalogued the parts that came off the car that were historically incorrect, because they too had to be replaced in the same spot they were removed, but this time with the correct item. We saved ourselves (and the client) time, effort and money. Knowing where parts should go is crucial to your restoration. In the case of this vehicle, she is back in her original condition.
Whether you are restoring your car to tour, show or sell, you want to enjoy the process and the resulting pride of accomplishment.

Brando & Joanne Pistorius of Pistorius Collectible Autos, Antique & Classic Car Sales and Restoration Services, can be reached at (813) 917-9205 or visit