The process of restoring a classic car is often an ongoing one, particularly for those who drive their vehicles regularly. Upkeep and maintenance are regular considerations here, and these concepts apply not only to original vehicle parts, but also to any restoration parts you add to the vehicle over time.
At Andersen Restoration Parts, we're here to not only offer a comprehensive selection of classic car parts, including polyurethane kits, center links, ball joint sets and much more, but also to inform clients on how to care for any of the restoration parts they purchase from us or any other source. Here are some of the most general tips we can provide in this area.
The Value of Lubrication
Lubrication is important for the care of any vehicle, but particularly so for classic cars. Especially as a car ages and its parts are replaced, lubrication becomes increasingly important to keep the vehicle running smoother for longer. Furthermore, proper lubrication can help reduce friction between moving parts, improving fuel efficiency and reducing wear on components like pistons and cylinders.
With that in mind, be sure to check the manufacturer's instructions before lubricating any part of your restored classic car. Different materials require different lubricants, as some can actually damage the parts they're meant to protect if used incorrectly.
Check Valves and Hoses Regularly
Valves and hoses are two integral components in a car's cooling system, and making sure these are properly maintained is essential for keeping your classic car running smoothly and efficiently. Check the hoses regularly for any cracking or wear, replace them if necessary, and make sure all clamps are properly tightened to prevent leaks.
You should also check valves in critical areas like the fuel system and intake manifold periodically to ensure these parts are functioning correctly. Any faulty ones should be replaced immediately, as they can not only impair the vehicle's performance, but also create a dangerous situation if left unaddressed.
Cleaning Grease and Other Buildups
Over time, especially with older classic cars, grease and other substances can build up in the vehicle's internal components. Make sure to clean these regularly with the proper tools and solvents. This will not only help keep your restoration parts in better condition, but also make it easier to diagnose any potential problems in the future.
As you're doing this, pay special attention to any exposed metal parts, which can corrode if not adequately maintained. Check for rust and use the appropriate rust removal products to ensure your classic car's restored components last as long as possible.
Another important step in the maintenance of your classic car is to regularly check its paint job. Any changes in color or luster can be indicative of underlying problems that can worsen if not addressed swiftly.
Regularly waxing and polishing the car will also help keep it looking good, as well as protecting its exposed metal components from corrosion. If you notice any signs of fading or rusting, take the necessary steps to repair these issues before they become worse.
Be Careful With Wires
Some classic car restorations will involve additions or replacements to the wiring system. In such cases, be sure that all wires are properly connected and insulated with the appropriate materials. This will help prevent any shorts or sparks when running power through them.
In addition to this, make sure to regularly inspect your classic car's wiring for any loose connections, frayed wires and other damage. Any of these can create a dangerous situation and should be taken care of as soon as possible.
Regular Oil Changes
While we already talked about general lubrication above, regular oil changes are essential for any car, but especially so for classic cars. This will help prevent internal wear and tear on the engine and other parts that could otherwise be caused by dirty or old oil, prolonging the life of your restoration parts.
Be sure to use only the recommended oils and lubricants specified by the manufacturer, as some types of lubricants can damage certain materials or components.
By following these steps, you can ensure that your classic car is well-maintained and running as smoothly and efficiently as possible - all while preserving the beauty of its restored components. With proper care and attention, your vehicle should be able to provide years of reliable service.
For more on this, or to learn about any of our classic car restoration parts or services, speak to our team at Andersen Restoration Parts today.