There are a lot of wonderful car models these days. Since they already went through careful innovations and upgrades, they have been easy to maintain. Compared with a vintage car, it is far easier to take care of the current line of vehicles. Vintage cars need a longer time to pamper. Extra effort is needed to assure quality restoration of auto parts, might it be leather, rubber or metal parts such as those Audi axles and others. That is to keep them from wearing out and cracking in age, sunlight damage and critical weather conditions.
As based from news.carjunky.com, I have learned about several basic tips. It is how to keep a vintage car looking new or better. These are some of the clips I found:
Storage - Most damage are brought about by freezing temperatures and sunlight. In a garage, storage helps keep it covered and away. That is to reduce building up of dust. Another thing is that it keeps out the critters and bugs, which are settling themselves in the seat cushions, creating their house. During cold weather, you could connect it to an engine warmer if you intend to start it up, keeping the battery alive.
Leather Care and Rubber – Old cars’ leather interior necessary needs special care and cleaning. Hoses and other rubber parts need lubricants and moisturizers. That is to keep them supple, strong and in tact.
Finding the Right Parts – Knowing that you have an old model car, it is a bit harder to find compatible parts. Not all working parts can keep on functioning efficiently with the make, model and year of the car.
Protect Your Engine – Just like in medicine that synthetic drugs have side effects, new level of ethanol in gasoline have adverse effects on metal parts of the car’s antique engine. Older model engines are usually made to run on straight gasoline. If you use ethanol without protection, it may cause corrosion of some metals of the engine. It might as well damage natural rubber and cork parts.
Things You Can Do:
- Run a non-alcohol based fuel stabilizer
- Install a water separation filter and fuel filter – make sure you keep spare filters
- Replace fuel lines and gaskets or o-rings with new ethanol resistant materials
- Repair or replace the fuel tank if it has been damaged
Some people don’t often use their vintage cars. It might be because they want to keep the mileage low. However, it won’t be good for the engine. It has to be regularly used or keep its rpm running high so as to cleanse out the carburetor, valves, circulate the oil around and help the engine run better and longer. Along with flaunting it out in the streets, you unintentionally keep its engine working in great condition.