When restoring a car, the last thing you want to do is rush. A thoughtful restoration of a classic car can increase its value and overall desirability, while a poorly executed one can quickly turn away any would-be buyers and diminish its worth.
For this reason, many car restorations can take months or sometimes even years, but thanks to the magic of the internet, we now have the ability to watch a complete vehicle restoration from beginning to end in a matter of minutes.
YouTube channel Powernation has put together a time-lapse video of a restoration Detroit Muscle recently completed on a 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle. Powernation says this frame-off restoration took a total of 2,000 man-hours, so it was essentially impossible to document every step of this project, but the video still gives us an idea of the work that went into the build.
The video follows the builders as they carry out body repair and paintwork, drop the engine in, reupholster the interior, install new suspension and more. Once complete, the builders take the ’72 Chevelle out for a brief test drive on the Tail of the Dragon – a well-known driving road located on the Tennessee-South Carolina state line.
Detroit Muscle originally pulled this car out of a barn. While barn find cars are often decrepit, the Chevelle was in fairly good shape when it was pulled out of storage – save for the thick layer of dirt and grime that had accumulated on the roof, hood and decklid. Detroit Speed also had to make some rather significant underbody body repairs to it, unfortunately, cutting out the floor and welding in a new one due to rust.
Watch the complete restoration of this 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle in the video embedded below.