As the saying goes, different strokes for different folks. As with everything, there are multiple ways of restoring motoring works of art, and here we take a look at Frame Off and Frame On restoration.
A Frame Off restoration is a full “Factory New” restoration while a Frame On restoration is one that leaves the body on the car and selectively restores the components needed to bring the car into good working conditions. There are benefits and drawbacks to each option.
A Frame Off restoration takes the longest amount of time to do and costs the most. On the other hand, while a Frame On project allows you to take some shortcuts that will save you time and money, you could also end up overlooking areas of the car that need to be repaired and are only discovered after the car has been restored.
Unless you want a Show Car or want to spend the time doing a complete overhaul, a Frame On restoration will most probably serve you best.