So the restoration is complete and she runs better than when she came off the line 60 years ago, and you can’t wait to get out on the road and show all of your neighbors the great job you’ve done with this great barn find that you’ve brought back from the grave. Well that’s great news, but one thing that you want to think about after having put all of that time and money into your new baby is keeping her going. Here are 3 basics (that all of us know) to keep that beauty running as like new.
1. Keep they oil changed
The newer cars have made us a bit lazy from my point of view when it comes to getting an oil change. Particularly with electric vehicles not needing any oil at all. Granted the rules are a bit different for a classic car as you might not put 3,000 miles on it in a year. None the less you still need to change the oil 2-3 times a year and get some nice clean lubrication in that crankcase. While the engine may not be running frequently the oil still breaks down over time. Particularly during the winter. When you break your prized classic out for the spring and when you put her to bed for the winter are good times to go ahead and change the oil and check for leaks.
2. Check the coolant
You’ll want to also check your coolant about 6 times a year. Make sure that the that it still looks good for one. Green is good and brown is bad, if you didn’t know. Also check the radiator and all of the hoses for dry rot and leaks. No matter what things look like it’s a good idea to go ahead and flush the system once a year.
3. Never miss a chance for a tune up
You know every sound and quirk of your car’s engine, so at the first sign that something ain’t rumbling quite right. It’s time for a tune up. (Don’t pretend like you don’t enjoy them. You may as well do something other than rubbing the car down when you’re in the garage.)
Visually inspect the spark plugs, wires, distributor cap, rotor, air filter and gas filter. On the spark plugs, wires and distributor cap. Look for fraying, dirt, and burn marks as these are signs that you may need to replace them. An air filter is an easy fix for a car that isn’t getting the right air to fuel mixture.
If you want to keep riding that classic around for years, you should take the time to give it the care it needs. The more love you give it the more it’ll give you.