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Probably one of the most disturbing and difficult aspects to owning and maintaining a classic car is that one, four letter word that starts with an “R” that we all hate to hear. Rust. Rust has been said to be the cancer of cars. Once a car gets rust, it becomes almost impossible to get rid of it. Furthermore, once one does get rid of it, it often times comes back if one did not get rid of it correctly or in the right way. There are certain, very key steps that one has to follow to do this properly. If the steps are not followed, then the rust often comes back.
Out of everything maintenance and upkeep oriented when it comes to classic cars, this of them all is probably considered to be the most important of them all. Rust is a big problem. It can actually be terrifying, because it means the [...]
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Owning a classic car is a big commitment, both in time and in money. Classic cars need a level above the ordinary when it comes to maintenance, upkeep, protection, and general care than other cars do. Because of their age, and because of the sheer number of years stacked up on such cars, the individual parts of the car need to be maintained, and they need to be monitored more frequently. For example, the vinyl roof on a car that is just a few years old does not need to be taken care of as much as a vinyl roof that is several decades old.
How to Go About Cleaning a Classic Car’s Convertible Vinyl Top
Here is a step by step list of how best to go about cleaning a classic car’s convertible vinyl top:
First of all, make sure that your classic car is parked in the shade. As a general [...]
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When learning about classic cars, one of the first things to study and research is the different types and styles and ratings of classic cars. That last word is probably most important. Ratings. Also known as classifications. The classification of a car can make a big difference in its cost and in its overall value. It can also make a big difference as to how much work it will need when one takes possession of it.
When one is considering buying a classic car, one needs to keep in mind exactly not only how much money one wants to spend on such a car, but also on how much work one wants to put in on it. The two are equally important, and they operate off of a converse scale. The more money one spends, generally speaking the less work one will have to do on the vehicle, and conversely the less money one spends [...]
People tend to have the idea that classic cars do require a significantly more intricate level of maintenance that must be done on these vehicles. This is a true assumption. Classic cars are valued for their perfection and their beauty, and they are made of much older stuff than newer cars are. The fact of the matter is, these cars do need a lot more care and regular maintenance and upkeep than newer cars do.
Logically, a car that’s only a few years old will not be all that much different from the day that it was made. A car that is several decades ago will most definitely need a lot more attention though, as its internal parts and different aspects will need to be addressed on a regular basis for the car to be maintained well.
Listed below are some of the key projects that need to be done on your classic car, regardless [...]
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Upholstering a car is the project that acts as the finishing touches for completing a classic car or project car of any kind. Listed below are some bits of advice on how to go about upholstering a car in the best and safest way possible:
1.Put some miles on your beauty before you pull the trigger on upholstery. Why? Because many newly constructed cars will have a few bugs that will ultimately need to be worked out in the first few hundred miles or so and upholstering before the fact can be a waste of time and money. Things like wiring issues, solenoid problems, faulty gauges, and a host of other problems are all easier to resolve before the upholstery is in place, and it’s cheaper to do it that way too.
2.Just like painting a house is the last step of home improvement and the step you want to spend the most time on, [...]
Comments Off on 5 Things to Know Before Buying Your First Classic Car
Classic cars are beloved and cherished all across the nation by many different people. There are many different types of classic cars out there, and with all of the different styles and types of cars on the market it would seem that there is something for everybody. There is a lot to consider when buying a classic car though, and the aspect of owning such a car is a little bit different than that of owning a regular, newer car. Listed below are just a few things to keep in mind when you are considering buying a classic car.
1. Classic car parts availability and ease of access. This is a big one. If you’re a first-time buyer of a classic car, try searching for a well-known, common, and recognized vintage vehicle model, like a Mustang or Camaro that are a little more common and available. The truth of the matter is that parts for [...]
Comments Off on 5 Tips for Preparing Your Classic Car for Winter
Not planning on using your classic car in the winter time? Good idea. Best to keep that priceless beauty of yours safe and stored away from the cold, the snow, the salt, the rust, and all of the other unpleasant elements that come with the cold winter months. Winter time can be a fun season for some, but it is brutal on classic cars. Listed below are some basic tips for storing your classic and making sure it will retain its glory and beauty through the season and onwards:
1. Clean your car and give it a good waxing to protect it. You should always clean your car thoroughly when you won’t be using it for a while. That goes without saying. As for waxing, the car will be sitting collecting dust for months and you don’t want anything to happen to that pristine finish you worked so hard to put on.
Comments Off on The Grandparent’s Guide to Sharing Your Love of Classic Cars with Your Grandchild
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Finding common interests with your grandchildren in a rapidly-evolving technological world is tricky; getting them interested in dated technology, like classic cars, can be even trickier. Sharing your passion is a wonderful way to bond and share a piece of yourself they might not otherwise know about, as well as an opportunity to pass on your knowledge to future generations. But in a world of smartphones, tablets, and there’s-an-app-for-that, how can you inspire them to look back instead of forward?
Don’t worry — you can spark their interest, and we’re here to help you ignite and fan the flames! This guide will help you create an invaluable bond with your grandchild by sharing your love of classic cars. Whether you routinely fix [...]
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Teaching your kids how to work on a car is an excellent hands-on learning opportunity. Not only are you able to pass on important — potentially life-saving! — real-world knowledge, you also get a unique chance to bond. But children can sometimes get overzealous when it comes to their abilities and know-how, so it’s important to keep them within their safety limitations.
We’ve outlined 12 projects for you to work on with your child of elementary, middle, or high school age — whether you’re an avid car lover hoping to pass on your passion to your offspring or an auto newbie hoping to make it a joint learning experience. Keep in mind that some kids may need a little more time, skill, or maturity before trying more complex [...]