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If you have even a single classic car, you are likely aware that classics do not stay classics without maintenance. Additionally, classic cars tend to involve a greater degree of maintenance and care than is common for contemporary vehicles. This article aims to highlight three major approaches to preserving the quality of everything from the Model T to the ‘57 Chevy or even a ‘79 Pontiac Firebird.
When you have a car that you consider to be a classic, you want to resort to better protection than using a tarp and keeping it parked in a closed garage. When it comes to classic cars, a quality storage facility is a place that allows for full control of the room’s temperature and humidity in order to minimize bacterial development. You also want a place that allows you to place the car on jack stands in order to minimize long-term damage to the tires. Lastly, car fanatics who live in rural areas may wish to use a car storage facility in order to minimize the chances of pests and vermin finding a home.
It is a sad and costly fact that the rarer your particular classic car happens to be, the more difficult it can be to find replacement parts. While you may be lucky enough to have a local parts source that specializes in your particular vehicle, not everyone has that luck. When local vendors run dry on the parts specific to your classic car, your interests may best be served by looking for replacement parts online from sites like Reggie’s Garage. The internet affords car aficionados a much better chance of finding the perfect back-up for a functional part or a replacement for a damaged one with only the cost of shipping and handling being added to the purchase price.
While this is one of the most basic of tips for maintaining a classic car, it is hardly one that needs to be omitted in tips and guides. Give your vehicle a thorough rinse, dry it off, apply some quality car wax and finish the routine by draping the vehicle in a cloth tarp so that any trace humidity will escape through the tarp, rather than become trapped by a plastic tarp and risking damage to the paint.
Owning a classic car can be a fulfilling experience. Just remember that anything that brings a person joy usually comes with a commensurate list of responsibilities to continue that enjoyment. Remember to find a quality storage chamber for when you are not touring your vehicles at shows and fan events, to keep a supply of backup and replacement parts and to regularly wash and wax your vehicle.