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The International Model Car Builders' Museum Restoration Guide

Thank you for accepting the challenge of restoring a model for the International Model Car Builders' Museum. Please read this general guideline for the restoration of all models.

General Philosophy: The objective is to return each historic model to its original condition. This often involves a judgement call between the twin considerations of preserving the maximum amount of the original builder's work and replacing/repairing damaged or age-worn parts (major or minor). The principle is the presentation of a pristine model.

  1. Exterior Paint. Unless the model exhibits major paint flaws, or lacks paint, or has been repainted from its original color, the restorer should avoid repainting the model except to touch up small chips. The original paint should be polished using Meguiar's "M-3". Apply with a small damp cloth, and polish off with a soft dry cloth (allow adequate time for drying). Make three total applications of the polish.
  2. Parts Replacement. In the case where any part is missing, or badly damaged, or exhibits excessive wear (chrome missing from originally plated parts), the original parts should be used. Example: replacement of a headlight molding if the original chrome is badly worn. If the restorer decides that part(s) should be replaced, they should be selected from the correct vintage of the original kit wherever possible. A list of the parts replaced by the restorer should be submitted to the Museum when the model is returned following reconstruction/restoration (the replaced parts should be returned to the Museum, also). If there were working lights on the original model, they should be made operational even if that requires replacement of the lights or the substitution of "modern" bulbs. Except in the case where the builder fashioned a switch mounted on the model, we will install a modern "connector" to route power into the model from a regulated DC power supply that the Museum.
  3. Cleaning. The model should be thoroughly cleaned of all vestiges of dust, dirt and so forth.
  4. Photography. For archival purposes, each restorer should take the following photographs in color 35mm. print format: I) photo of model with the restorer before restoration starts; and ii) minimum of half-dozen photographs of model during reconstruction/restoration, and iii) photo of the restorer holding the model when the reconstruction/restoration has been completed. To reduce the risk of loss, the restorer should develop the photographs: "contact sheets" are preferred and the Museum will bear the cost of prints (please deliver negatives). Copies of prints will be sent to the restorer upon request.
  5. Miscellaneous. If the model was covered in any vintage model car magazine, copies of the article(s) can be forwarded upon request. The model should be returned, carefully packed in bathroom tissue, and insured for $500.00 (beneficiary: the Museum); costs of shipment and insurance will be refunded. Please refer to "Packin It In," in the March 1995 issue of Car Modeler for packing instructions. Also, there are no monies available to pay for restoration labor.

If the restorer has any questions, or needs assistance/paint/parts, please contact:

    The International Model Car Builders' Museum
    10271 South 1300 East
    PMB 131
    Sandy, Utah 84094


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