Below you’ll find some tips that might seem a little basic for an experienced classic or muscle car owner, but for beginners, we hope they’ll be helpful as sometimes these things are overlooked.
Owning a classic muscle car is a point of pride, and so you should do everything you can in order to keep it in the best shape possible.
Classic muscle cars are different than their newer counterparts, and as such, they have different requirements when it comes to taking care of them. While the things you need to do for your specific car will vary there are some basic, simple tips that apply to all classic and muscle car care.
TIPS TO CARE FOR YOUR CLASSIC MUSCLE CARS FROM OUR SHOP FOR MUSCLE CAR RESTORATION NEAR NAPLES FLORIDA
After spending time and a small fortune investing in a classic car, the next thing that you have to make sure of is that the car is properly cared for. If you are a real car enthusiast, you will feel the commitment and responsibilities that you owe these classic cars. You have to look after your car to make sure that it is going to last for a long time and the value won’t diminish through the years.
So what do you have to do as a responsible owner to look after your classic muscle car?
Here are tips to care for your classic muscle car:
1. GIVE IT A GOOD DETAILING
People buy classic muscles cars not only for how they run but for how they look. Owning a muscle car that looks old and rusted is missing the point. So if you are going to own a muscle car, you should take the opportunity to give it a good detailing.
Give it a good washing – including underneath – and then apply a coat of wax after a buff. You want your car to look its best. A thorough detailing takes a bit of skill, time, and elbow grease but it’s worth it.
Watch this video for a pre-buff tip that will save you clean-up time 🙂
2. KEEP YOUR CAR AWAY FROM EXTREME TEMPERATURES
Classic Muscle cars are not meant to be in extreme weather. If the temperatures near you get very hot, or very cold, you will want to get your car away from them.
Storing your car in a garage is the best way to keep it away from the elements, and out of direct sunlight.
Who knows, maybe your car will end up like this 1969 Corvette!
3. GET A GOOD CAR COVER
If the temperatures are going to be fine, and you are able to store your car outdoors, you will still want to get a good cover for it. Don’t allow the wind and sunlight to damage your car by getting soft cotton, or other recommended the cover.
If you don’t plan on driving the car for a while, it is a good idea to open up the windows underneath the cover to allow for better air circulation. Cover your car each time you are done with it to protect it from any debris that may be flying around.
4. USE THE RIGHT PARTS
As a new classic/muscle car owner, you might be tempted to save a little bit of money by buying or using parts of less quality. While we always want you to look for the best deal – at Palm Beach Customs we never use an untrustworthy brand.
Try to stick with Made in USA, well-known brands (like Edlebrock for engine and carb), and reproduction parts licensed by Ford, GM, or Mopar.
Depending on your car, some parts may be hard to come by and so the cost skyrockets – but don’t be shocked. Make sure to do your research and always choose quality over quantity.
5. KEEP IT IN USE
Lastly, it is important that you take your car out for a regular drive. You do not want your car sitting for too long, or you could experience some problems. A quick 30-minute drive each month is probably enough to ensure that your car does not corrode and that the fluids remain okay.
If you are unable to find the time to drive it, you should at least start your car a few times a month and allow it to run for a few minutes.
6. TAKE PRIDE IN YOUR CAR
Classic and Muscle cars can be great to own, but only if you take proper care of them. This means you have to have a little pride in your car! But you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t, would you 🙂
Using the tips mentioned above you should be able to keep your car looking great and driving well too.
While these methods certainly won’t prevent your car from breaking, and they won’t prevent every issue, they are a good start when it comes to caring for your muscle and classic car.
DO YOU NEED TO CARE FOR YOUR MUSCLE CAR? BRING IT TO OUR SHOP FOR MUSCLE CAR RESTORATION NEAR NAPLES FLORIDA.
At Palm Beach, Our passion is to deliver the best for our customers. How do you care for your classic or muscle car? Let us know in the comments!
You might also be interested in reading this post about the Buick GSX we restored.
Need a little expert help caring for your car? We’d love to help!