Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: The Inner Banks, N.C.
Re: 19 and just bought my first 67
Hello to a fellow North Carolinian and first generation owner!
Here's my advice based on my own experience and from having work done by a resto shop:
Step One - PHOTOGRAPH EVERYTHING. Even though you plan to do something beyond stock restoration, photos taken before disassembly and during disassembly can be invaluable. Even though you're only 19, memory of details can still fade by the time you're ready to reassemble some of those parts. And, if there's originality in the car, the photos can provide proof of date codes, casting numbers, etc. that might be valuable info later.
Step Two - BAG ALL SMALL PARTS and mark them as to where they came from. Same memory problem applies here.
Step Three - Get an Assembly Manual. The factory assembly manuals have been reproduced and are often available at the bigger swap meets (think Charlotte Autofair). They are real handy when putting stuff back together. I keep mine in three-ring binders.
Step Four - Stay disciplined and try to get a little bit of the work done a few nights each week if possible. It's hard to put a whole car back together just on the weekends and everything takes longer than you think it will. Remember, those rebuild shows on cable show have been highly edited to fit the designated time slot and you probably don't have that many people working on your car simultaneously.
There's my basic advice.