Classic cars aren’t just like any other automobile on the road. Like a fine wine that has been aged for maximum appeal, classic cars are special — they’ve been around the block a time or two. The fact that a classic car is still able to roll down the street is a testament to its legacy.
Sure, your favorite mean machine may be “old,” but there is some truth to the saying: They just don’t make them like they used to. Ensure your baby rolls the streets for many more decades to come by following these classic car care tips…
Whether your engine was recently rebuilt or you’ve racked up hundreds of thousands of miles, a frequent oil change is key to keeping your classic car in great working condition. You also want to make sure you conduct regular coolant, transmission and brake fluid flushes, as well.
A clean car is a happy car (and a happy car is a happy owner). Especially as spring turns to summer and pollen spores fill the air, giving your vehicle a routine wash (every other week) is essential to keeping rust and surface debris at bay.
Unfortunately, when it comes to maintaining a clean, strong paint job, washing your vehicle is only half the battle. To ensure your paint job continues to shine for decades to come, you should give your prized classic car a thorough wax at least twice a year.
Even though the interior of your car doesn’t have to endure rain, sleet and snow, there are still measures that should be taken to keep your upholstery in good condition. For instance, try to avoid eating in your vehicle, clean out the floorboards often and always place reflective sun visors in your windshield to block out damaging UV rays on bright, hot days.
Long before vehicles adopted sealed joints, grease fittings were common components on vehicles If your classic car is one of the many that are equipped with these fittings, it is imperative that you grease your u-joints and ball joints every time you change your oil.
Brakes on a classic car aren’t like the ones on the cars of today; there’s no antilock features, and many use less-reliable drum assemblies instead of calipers. As a result, you should bleed the brake system on your classic car at least once a year. At this time, you can also inspect the quality of your brake drum and wheel bearings; go ahead and rotate your tires, too, since these will have to come off to complete your brake inspection.
Not only is repacking the wheel bearings on your classic car therapeutic (you know it is), it’s also necessary to ensure your brakes stay in good working condition. Every time you perform any sort of work on your drum brakes, you must inspect and repack your bearings with the manufacturer recommended grease. If you notice that your bearings are chipped or pitted, you should replace your bearings before putting your drum brake assembly back together.
Now that we’ve shared our top seven classic car care tips, share some of your own! Let us know how you keep your vehicle in prime condition by leaving us a message on Facebook or Twitter. We look forward to hearing from you!