When you are into classic car restoration, you would surely want to know how to maintain your vintage vehicle. Since we at Deutsche Technik have worked on countless classic cars over the years, we have put together a simple guide to help you keep yours in tip-top shape.
Cruising around in a sleek Plymouth Barracuda or a sturdy Volvo 122 S can undoubtedly give classic car lovers a thrill. It doesn’t matter if the vehicle was produced in the ‘30s, ‘50s or ‘70s. Some avid car collectors are willing to go through hell and high water to get their hands on rare cars.
A car may be an antique, but classic car fanatics would not care one whit as long as they can bring it back to life. Whatever the state of these classic cars may be, collectors wouldn’t mind as long as they are working with a reputable classic car restoration company. These classic car restoration specialists have the knowledge and skills to conduct frame-on or frame-off restorations or possible overhauls.
Take, for example, our first restoration project. A non-running pink 1960 Cadillac Coupe DeVille came to us in such a sad state. After exhaustive repairs and detailed restoration work, our team was able to breathe new life into it.
If you are thinking of getting a classic car or you already have a fleet of vintage automobiles, then you should take time to know even more about classic car maintenance. Read on and ensure that your investment is well taken care of:
Cars are meant to be driven. So even if you are watching the mileage, a few laps down the block won’t hurt.
You should go ahead and drive the car. Going out for a spin will help prevent corrosion and rust in the vehicle. In addition, “stretching out its legs” will also alert you to possible maintenance needs.
Don’t go out driving in bad weather. Rain can corrode bare metal or parts of your car that are not coated by electrolysis. Driving in snow can also lead to salt accumulation.
In addition, watch out for potholes or rough roads. Slow down when you encounter these problem spots to avoid possible body, tire, or suspension damage. Also, steer clear of gravel roads as pebbles can chip your paint. Take caution when going up or down inclines, especially if you have a lowered chassis, as these can scrape your car’s belly.
When going out, make sure to drive carefully. Getting into an accident can also cause irreparable damage or significantly reduce the resale value of your vehicle.
Keeping your car clean helps in keeping it in pristine condition. Wipe or wash away any dirt, dust, or mud that has gathered after each trip. Even when it’s parked, if it’s not covered, dirt can accumulate and cause exterior or interior damage. Bugs and other critters may find their way inside and leave droppings.
It’s best to bring your classic car to a reliable car service center that specializes in restored classic cars. At Deutsche Technik, we make sure that every nook and cranny of your vehicle is thoroughly cleaned. We offer a host of car care services that include ceramic coating, detailing, interior repairs, and reupholstery.
Applying leather or tire conditioner, having your car waxed at least once a year, or getting a fresh coat of paint can all contribute to its lasting beauty.
Bring the car to your trusty car service center for regular check-ups. Routine checks are vital when it comes to keeping your car in excellent driving condition.
Since we at DT Service Centre have seasoned classic car specialists, we can expertly diagnose and address your classic car’s maintenance needs. From engine checks to whole replacement or repair procedures, you can rest assured that your vintage car is in good hands.
Make sure that it is protected from the elements. Extreme weather can wreak havoc on the paint job as well as its interior components. If possible, invest in a climate-controlled storage area. It should be clean, dry, and sealed off from potential intruders (including small animals that may wander in).
If you do not have a garage, then make sure you cover the car with a purpose-built car cover. Doing so can help protect it from dirt, bird droppings, or scratches. Store a convertible with the top up to maintain its shape.
Owning a classic car requires commitment. You should be able to allot enough attention, time, and resources to keep it as factory-fresh as possible. It will also be ideal if you can partner with car restoration specialists, like those from our DT Service Centre team. With their expertise and experience in taking care of classic cars, you can relax because your precious automotive masterpiece is sure to get the proper care that it needs.
Call us today for more information on classic car restoration.