So you’ve blast cleaned, straightened the chassis, tinkered with the motor and given it a new lease of life with a new paint job. Your once rusty bug is, after a substantial amount of work, now ready to hit the road and allow people to gaze in awe.
Buying and restoring a classic car can be a huge project that only real classic car enthusiasts can really take on. So once that it is finished, you need to concentrate on keeping it looking and driving perfectly, reducing the risk of causing damage or deterioration, whilst being able to show off your pride and joy to all that you pass by.
It is important therefore that you know how to care and maintain your classic car once it leaves the workshop, so here are ten top tips to keeping your car looking great and running like a dream:
- Regularly Wash – There are tons of impurities in the air, so it is important to regularly wash your classic car. Salt and grime can be devastating for a car especially one which is old, increasing the onset of rusting and other problems. Give it a good hand wash regularly with the products recommended to you by the garage.
- Wax – Try to wax your car about every six months. This will make your paint job look super sleek. It is also worth giving the chrome a polish with some chrome polish to make your little baby really sparkles as you cruise around.
- Oil and Fluid Changes – To keep the engine purring like a pussycat, make sure that you regularly change the oil and other fluids. If you are planning on doing this yourself, it is worth checking with the garage for the best way to do this, and the best oil to use.
- Don’t Forget the Inside – Although the outside is what most people will see, another essential part of classic car maintenance is the protection of its inside as well. Not only will it help to preserve the quality of the interior of your car, you are always likely to have people asking to see the inside, or wanting to go for a ride. It is important to protect the leather and vinyl from stains and sun damage. UV blockers, leather creams and vinyl cleaners should be adequate to keep your classic car interior in prime condition.
- Drive it! – Some people feel seel so protective over their little baby that they want to keep it locked up in a showroom or garage. Don’t! Show it off. Take it out for a drive. Let people see it and enjoy the feeling of driving around a piece of history and work of art. But it’s not just about showing off. Just like any machinery, it needs to be used to avoid rust or corrosion and to stay in great condition.
- Pump your Brakes – Whilst you are taking it out for a spin, make sure that you pump your brakes, ensuring that you keep them as smooth and erm, non-squeaky as possible.
- Cover your Car – As important as it is to take your classic car out, it is also important that when it is parked, you make sure that it is covered. By covering your car with a soft cotton cloth, or a specialist outside covering, you will protect that stunning new paint job from weather, dust, sun, you name it.
- Check-ups – Even if you are a dab hand at maintaining and caring for your classic car, there can be small issues which you haven’t picked up on, which can then turn into bigger issues. It is worth, therefore taking your classic car to a professional mechanic who specialises in classic cars (like us here at Rustybug) to give it the once over every now and then.
- Grease Wheel Bearings and Ball Joints – It is important to ensure that your wheel bearings and ball joints are regularly greased. By keeping them in tip top condition, you are much less likely to come across problems and can see them lasting a lot longer.
- Think about the Fuel – For those who don’t use their classic car too often, it is important that you choose the right fuel. There are some fuels that can go off if left for a certain amount of time, so make sure that you check what fuel is suitable for your classic car.
The good caring and maintenance of your classic car is essential if you are hoping to keep it looking and running how it should be. Whether you are planning on admiring it yourself or showing it off to the world, the care and attention that you give it will certainly pay off.
Here at Rustybug we can help you with any aspects of your classic car maintenance and restoration, from blast cleaning and a full nuts and bolts restoration, to advice about how to look after your ol` girl. For more information, get in touch with us today!