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Seven Tips to Make Your Classic Car Safer, More Efficient and Dependable

If you own a classic car or truck, then you know there is a considerable amount of upkeep to keep them running efficiently.  We are sharing seven tips that you can use to help your classic car or truck run better and also safer.

Don’t skimp on tires.

The importance of good tires cannot be overstated.  They are one of, if not the most important parts of any vehicle.  Good tires allow you to brake, accelerate and provide traction for turning. If they are worn out or under-inflated then not only are you running a risk of having a blowout, but your gas mileage is also going to suffer. Even worse you could be causing permanent damage to your suspension.

Put in fresh spark plugs.

If you want tour motor to purr, one of the best things you can do is replace old spark plugs with new ones.  Spark plugs are the key to properly igniting the air/fuel mixture flowing through your engine’s combustion chambers. Your engine will simply run cleaner and more efficiently with a fresh set of plugs. You will certainly notice the increase in performance.

Keep your filters clean.

If your classic car can’t breathe, it certainly isn’t going to perform at its highest capability.  Just like your body needs to breathe freely to exercise efficiently, so does your classic car or truck. Dirty, clogged filters will reduce you fuel efficiency and create other issues like a rough idle.

The same goes for your fuel filters.  Sediment in your gas tank is eventually going to make it to your fuel filter which will restrict your gas flow or stop it all together. Make sure you replace this filter often. They are inexpensive but can make a huge difference in overall performance.

Upgrade your gauges.

Like almost everything in this world, it will eventually begin to fail.  If you still have the original gauges in your classic, we suggest an upgrade or replacing them with new OEM gauges.  Original gauges are only going to stand the test of time for so long before they start to give inaccurate readings. While it might not cause too many issues if it was the speedometer that went bad, having the temperature gauge go out on you can cause some serious problems. Reliable gauges help you to identify any mechanical issues early. If you aren’t able to upgrade the existing dash cluster, maybe consider installing some new gauges in another location so you can keep a close eye on your vehicles performance readings.

Convert to an electronic ignition system.

It is quite common in classic cars to have a points ignition system. These systems are less than desirable because they require a continuous cleaning and adjustment routine to keep your car running smoothly. The points can deteriorate over time and will need to be replaced. Instead you might want to switch to an electronic ignition system. They are much more reliable, provide a much smoother start up and also provide better fuel efficiency.

Replace mechanical fans with electric.

Mechanical fans and idling don’t work well together. Mechanical fans rely on engine speed to keep things cool. On the other hand, electrical fans just need electricity. If your classic does not have an electrical fan system, do not despair. There are low-cost, bolt-on systems that are easy to install. So, whether you are idling in a traffic jam or out cruising the open road, an electric fan will always keep your engine at the optimum temperature. In addition, the electrical fan system frees up horsepower since the engine does not have to drive the belt for the mechanical fan system.

Convert drum brakes to a disc braking system.

This might be the last tip, but it is one of the first things we would do to our classic cars and trucks to make them drive better and safer.  Not only are disc brakes much safer they are also much easier and cheaper to maintain. If you plan on making your classic into a high horsepower street machine, then disc brakes are an absolute necessity. Also having a single master brake cylinder is a bad idea. If it happens to leak or fail your entire braking system could fail. Make sure you have a dual master cylinder system in place to separate the operation of the front brakes from the rear. That way if one fails, you still have the other system to rely on. After all, stopping is pretty important!

There certainly are more things you can do to make your classic car or truck perform better and be more dependable and safer to drive like tuning your carburetor and maintaining the right oxygen to fuel ratio.  We think that these seven steps however are the core things that should be routinely checked and maintained to keep you and your prized possession safe and sound when cruising the town.

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