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Classic Cars Need Specific Care

Classic Cars Need Specific Care

October 3, 2022

Posted on October 3, 2022

Your classic car is your baby. You do not want to trust it to anyone but a true professional who knows and appreciates all its purrs and growls. You’ve probably spent countless hours (and loads of money) getting that hot rod up and running at tip-top shape, and we’re sure you ride around in it with a sense of well-earned pride. Whether your baby is on display at car shows or it’s a beloved treasure you keep tucked away in the garage except for very rare, special occasions, you want to be sure repair and maintenance services match the quality of your prized possession.

Maintenance Needs

Check the spark plugs often to avoid ignition issues, misfires, or loss of power. Extend the life of your engine be replacing faulty plugs. You’ll also need to monitor the battery and get rid of any residue build up to avoid corrosion. Belts and hoses also need to be inspected regularly. Typically, these need to be replaced about every five years but if you notice splits, leaks, bulges, or hardening, don’t put replacement off. The most enjoyable way to keep up on your vehicle’s maintenance is to take it out for a spin every once in a while. Regular use will help keep the car working well, even a 30-minute drive every other week or so is sufficient. Several maintenance items can be managed on your own, but there will always be a time and place for a professional auto body shop to step in.

Cleaning and Washing

The most important thing to consider when cleaning your classic car is rust prevention. Older cars are more susceptible to rusting than newer models, so you’ll want to try and keep moisture off metal parts as much as possible. When washing your car, make sure you dry it adequately and quickly. You’ll want to use premium detailing products, especially when it comes to polishing and waxing. Never take your beauty through an automatic car wash, even if it’s touchless. Hand washing is best, and you may want to opt for a professional steam cleaning occasionally.

Correct Storage

The storage of a classic vehicle is critical. If you have a soft-top, make sure to leave to top up during storage. If you leave it down, moisture can accumulate in the folds and ruin the fabric. Nobody puts baby in a corner, but when that baby is a classic car, you do. Store it in a garage that is dry and well ventilated. You may even want to rent a temperature-controlled storage space for safe keeping. If you plan to store the car for a long time disconnect the battery, add a stabilizing product to the fuel tank, and leave the emergency off (to avoid it seizing up).

Our love for vehicles shows in our work, especially when it comes to a classic vehicle. At Transmission City, you can rest assured that we will take care of your vintage car with the greatest attention to detail to ensure it runs great and looks amazing for many more years to come.

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