One of the curious things about classic cars is that you will never ever have enough time to get your restauration ready in your ideal timelimit. But it is learning by making. My philosophy in the early days was always to try hard and never to be frightened of asking. That simple rule works still quite good.
Reading classic magazines and studying old service books gives you a quite clear picture what you need to know about your classic car. Spare parts list as a book with original parts numbers is a big extra. Early days those valuable books were hard to find or even too expensive to buy. Today internet is a wonderful help for your missing information. Hand by hand with an old original printed media and internet gives you all that missing information you truly need to understand your classic car better!
I drove Fiat 600 as my first car. It is a sort of family tradition. My father use to have those tiny cars year after year. All together 16 cars. Then we got Fiat 850, Fiat 127 etc. Then came Ford Taunus, Opel Ascone, Vauxhall Cavalier, Audi 100, VW Golf, Ford Transit, MB etc.
Three or four years before my drivers licence age I needed a big car for my summer work. I bought 2 Volvo Duetts. Nice big car, yes indeed. So end of seventies I made my first restauration. What a journey and it still goes on. Ever since I´ve been collecting parts and all kind of stuff around old cars from sixties and seventies. Now even eighties and nineties.
It took some time to get all the missing parts together for my Volvo. It was a 1967 model.
I learned a lot during that time. Later I drove also BMW 1502 models, Triumph Herald, MB and of course Saabs Made In Finland. My wife`s family have a long tradition with Saabs and we share that passion with our kids.
So I was born in Finland and all those well build swedes turned my head around. Amazing rally cars like Saab 96+99 Turbo and Volvo 140 serie are still blowing my mind. „Flying Finns“ Rauno Aaltonen, Timo Mäkinen, Hannu Mikkola, Simo Lampinen, Pauli Toivonen etc. etc. won every possible rally around the world. Later generation Tommi Mäkinen, Ari Vatanen, Juha Kankkunen, Markku Alen, Timo Salonen and Markus Grönholm gave us finns memories that nobody can wipe away. It was wild times with rally and universal motorsports gained more than usual worldwide interest. Rally is a national sport in Finland.
Million times I have found it impossible to replace the excitement and satisfaction that classic car can give. Iam now lucky enough to be involved at a professional level as a classic car parts supplier. It wasn`t my ambition from the beginning to do all this, but after years of intensive hobby I`am more than happy to help my fellow classic and youngtimer fans to keep those wheels rolling.