When it comes to classic car restorations, there are on or two, or more things that are a given.
1. The rust that you can see, is only a minute part of what is lurking beneath.
2. A small rust blister is a potential massive hole waiting to be dug out.
3. you cant repair a small bit of rust, all the rust has to be cut out.
4. Your initial thought that it only needs a small bit of work, is so far off the real issue as to be a meaningless statement.
5. Your restorer will not be able to give a 100% quote at the outset.
6. Work will escalate as the project moves forward.
7. As will restorers cost exponentially.
8 Your restored classic wont be worth a small percentage of what you invested.
9. You could end up selling more kidneys than you own to finish it.
10 And if after all this you want to sell it, you may end up giving it away.
But its all part of the joys of classic car ownership
And should you wimp out in the early stages, you will have given your wife/partner all the ammunition she needs for decades to come to remind you how useless you are at project managing your classic resto
Thats assuming of course she still talks to you.......or better still, if you listen