Customizing and improving your car is often a slow process when you have a limited amount of money to work with. Not only do you have to make sure your monthly bills get covered when you get paid. But you also need to save up cash over a period before you can buy expensive car modifications.
As is often the case, by the time you buy two or three aftermarket parts, you will get bored of your car and want something different. For some people that have no money worries, such a car conundrum doesn’t apply to them!
When money is no object, you can do whatever you want to your ride whenever you want! Are you one of those lucky people? If so, this handy article will show you how you can pimp your ride like a boss! Here is what you need to know – feel free to print or save this article for later reference.
Choose a decent car to start with
People have different ideas on what a “decent car” is. Some might say that it refers to a car such as a Ferrari or Lamborghini. Others will tell you it’s a car that’s perfect in every way and looks in showroom condition.
Some of you might even take a trip down to Specialist Cars Harrogate to get some ideas on what a decent car might be. They are a car dealer that sells sports and exotic cars, in case you wondered.
When I talk about a decent car, I am referring to one that hasn’t got a rotten body. Rust is every car owner’s enemy. It doesn’t matter if you cut rusty bits of metal out and weld new ones in. The car won’t be as strong and rigid as it was when it first got made.
That’s why I recommend that you do a thorough inspection of the car you want to pimp up before you buy it.
Strip it back to a rolling shell
Once you’ve got your base car, the next step is to strip it back until it’s nothing more than just a rolling shell. There are a few reasons for doing this. First, you want to make sure your car hasn’t got any major rust issues. Second, it makes it easier to customize your interior and under the hood.
Preparation and paint
You can now take the opportunity to prepare your car’s shell and bodywork for painting. Have a protective coating like Waxoyl Hardwax applied underneath your car. It will stop any corrosion from occurring. It’s a worthwhile investment regardless of where you live in the world.
Once that’s done, have a body shop sort out any dents in the bodywork and prepare the car’s exterior for a spray job. When all the bodywork preparation gets completed, you can then choose an awesome color (or mix of colors) to use on your car!
One of the best ways to transform any car is just to give it a respray! I think we can all agree that brand new cars look awesome with fresh paint. Giving your base car a respray will make it look as new as the day it rolled off the production line.
Are you pimping some classic American muscle? If so, flame decals going down the sides of the car can also enhance your car’s aesthetics! I recommend getting the flames painted on rather than sticking vinyl graphics on top. The former looks so much nicer than the latter in my opinion.
Under the hood
When money is no object, you don’t have to stick with the original motor that your car came with. For instance, let’s say that you are pimping an old Volkswagen Transporter Type II campervan.
You don’t have to stick with that weedy thirty or forty-year-old engine! You could opt for one of Volkswagen’s twin-charged TSI engines. In fact, why stick with a VW engine? If you can make it fit, you could go crazy and fit a Porsche or Subaru boxer engine instead!
The only limitations you have to overcome are ones of space and engineering. Of course, if you hire the right people for the job, those limitations are nothing more than challenges. When you’ve got the new engine fitted, be sure to connect it to a free-flowing stainless-steel exhaust system.
Wheels and suspension
Once you’ve sorted your car’s power plant out, you will need to focus your attention on the wheels and suspension. It can be a bit confusing to choose the right combination for your car. After all, do you want a firm ride on large rims or a smoother ride on smaller wheels?
If you fit wheels that are several sizes bigger than the stock rims, you might need to alter your car’s bodywork to suit them. What if you want to fit smaller wheels? As crazy as it sounds, some folks might want to go for the “Euro look” if they drive a European car. To get away with such a look, your car would need to slammed to the deck!
The interior of any car can be a blank canvas for any die-hard car modders. Let’s face it; the only time you would use the same interior again is if you were restoring your car. But that’s not what we are doing here today.
Your job is to get your ride pimped to the max. That means thinking out of the box and coming up with an interior that is unlike no other! There are many examples of how you can pimp your ride’s interior.
Leather sports or bucket seats are a timeless classic in any car. But you can go a step further and trim the dashboard, door cards and roof lining too! Some folks might use leather to do so. Whereas others might use a material like suede or Alcantara.
Once you’ve retrimmed your interior, finish off the upgrade by fitting an awesome in-car entertainment system. Good luck with your project and thanks for reading today’s article!