5 Tips for Modifying Your Muscle Car

Thinking about making changes to your muscle car?

Consider 1 or more of these 5 tips before you jump into any modification project. If you're considering taking on a project of modifying a muscle car, chances are you have a deep, passionate interest in the success of such an endeavor. In fact, most muscle car owners spend far more time and money on their vehicles than other folks. If you fall into this category, or simply are heading in that direction, taking on the prospect of making modifications to your car should be a giant step in the right direction.

The following 5 tips will hopefully help guide you in the best direction while still keeping you on track for a fun and educational experience.

Determining Exactly What the Project Is To Be One of the recurring challenges with modification projects is something referred to project creep. You start out with the idea to do one little thing, but that leads to another. Then another.  And often, another and another. It can get overwhelming, costly and possibly be never ending. One of the best ways to ensure that you finish your modifications is to set a limit on exactly what it is you're planning to do this time around. If you're thinking about a new exhaust system, stick to installing just the exhaust. Once you've completed that project, enjoy your success for a bit. Drive around and let your friends hear the fruits of you labor. You can always start something new next week, after you're 100% done with this week’s festivities.

Set a Budget For Your Modification Projects The budgetary challenge is not uncommon for do it yourself modifiers. If you've ever done any shopping for your muscle car, you know how expensive parts and accessories can be. In conjunction with limiting exactly what your project is to cover, you'll want to set a budget and stick to it. The last thing your landlord wants to hear is your new booming sound system and a lame excuse about why you cannot pay your rent on time. Another important aspect of setting a budget is you'll be better prepared for what the overall project is going to cost. Too often car enthusiasts simply jump into a project only to eventually end it unfinished because they've run out of funds. Quality of your parts and accessories will play a large role in how much things are going to cost, so outlining prices, cost for tools, and other unexpected expenses will help ensure you complete on time and on budget.

Don't Forget That Tools Cost Money, Too! Yes. It's true. If your modification project requires a specialty tool, guess what? You are going to have to spend some money on acquiring that tool in order to fit the part correctly. Get all the information you need about all the tools you'll need prior to investing financial capital in the project. How will you feel if you discover that in order to install that super charger you need a super expensive tool? And how are you going to feel when you only use that new tool one time and now all the money you invested in it sits at the bottom of your tool box. One way around sinking your project budget into single use tools is to know what you're going to have to have, and then researching whether or not there are lower, cost alternative ways to get access to those tools. Do you have a friend or associate who owns what you need? Hit them up for a favor. Is there a rent-a-bay nearby where you might be able to do the work on your car and use their tools all for the hourly rental fees?

Only Settle For Quality Parts and Accessories This tip is probably a no brainer for most muscle car enthusiasts. But if you're contemplating a no name, no guarantee, lower cost part, think about how you'll feel if and when that part fails and you're left contemplating why you'd put inferior quality into your top quality car?

Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help It happens from time to time. We all get lost and should stop and ask for directions. If you get in over your head on a muscle car modification project, don't risk damage to your vehicle by moving forward if you're not 100% confident that what you've completed thus far is correct. Your ego will not bruise if you ask a specialist for help. Just be sure to budget for the prospect that you might need help.

3rd Mar 2011

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