Whether it 356 Porsche or a ’32 or ’50 Ford, vintage cars have something about them. Those cars transcend timelines and eras when it comes to substance, coolness, and style. Many experts believe that most old cars are like that because they were designed to be pleasing to the eyes without stressing over the performance metrics like gas mileage, wind resistance, and noise reduction.
The other reason old cars still boast great aesthetic appeal is they were designed by human artists rather than computer-run designing software.
Whatever is the reason, a well-maintained vintage car looks good and outshines many of its latest counterparts.
Nonetheless, it is not easy to be a vintage car owner. Having your own vintage car is a different ballgame altogether than enjoying vintage rides and witnessing their glamour in auto shows. When you own one, you have to be very diligent with the upkeep of those old vehicles to ensure they maintain their luster over the years.
If you own/inherit an old vehicle in the classic/vintage territory or have bought one, continue reading it. Here, we will discuss some tips for vintage car storage and maintenance.
Pay Attention to the Chrome Work
You must have noticed how heavily-chromed grills, bumpers, and trims make a vintage ride stand apart among modern cars. A vintage vehicle cruising down the road with its silver shimmering and heavy engine sound is a treat for eyes and ears.
However, a vintage car only develops this distinction when the chrome articles are polished regularly. If you are not regular with chroming, it might lead to rust spots on the metal that might worsen into pitting. If you want to protect your precious investment/gift for yourself and your next generation, never miss the chrome-plating of your old vehicle.
Paint Correction and Detailing
Most vintage cars have a traditional paint finish prone to scratching and fading effects of harsh UV rays of sunlight. If you take out your vintage car quite often, you should keep a watchful eye on its paint. Whenever you notice a spot or patch looking off the mark compared to the rest of the car, get it fixed. Also, wax the car’s exterior regularly to maintain the spark and brilliance of its vintage colors.
Keep Tires Well-Maintained
It is essential to maintain the look of your vintage ride’s tires in line with the rest of the vehicle. On a vintage car, sturdy, sprawling chrome-plated rims and lightly-treaded tires look the part.
There are multiple things you need to do to maintain the tires of your vintage car.
- Keep on checking tire pressures and maintain them even when the car is parked in the garage. Even slightly deflated tires with the bulky old engine and body weight can wear out without registering any mileage.
- Make sure that the routes you use for your vintage ride only boast well-asphalted roads. Although vintage car tires can withstand the harsh road conditions, it is better to avoid them and extend their operating life.
- Avoid taking out your old car when the weather is not good. This advice is not just for protecting tires but the entire vehicle.
Rev Up the Engine Time and Again
At the end of the day, a vintage car is also a machine. Like any other electromechanical device, cars remain in good shape when they are responsibly used rather than standing idle in the garage for ages.
If your vintage car is in operational condition, you need to fire up its cylinders time and again. Even if you are not taking it out for the ride, idle the engine to ensure its pistons and internal combustion chamber remain familiar with their core objective.
Also, find any good vintage car mechanic with the expertise and experience of servicing, maintaining, and troubleshooting old engine makes.
Interior Should Be a Throwback to the Golden Times
What’s the point of owning a vintage car if its interior can’t teleport you to the bygone era?
Therefore, make a conscious effort to maintain your vehicle’s interior the way it was intended to be at the time of its manufacturing.
The plush headliners should be maintained that way. Similarly, the woodwork on the dashboard and doors should be preserved in their original form. The leather and rexine seat covers must also be draped in warm and dark color shades oozing the vintage feel and touch.
If your vintage car has carpeted floors, it would be better to top them off with rubber mats. Thick rubber mats will protect the delicate carpeting of the car interior from dirt, debris, and spills, and make sure your vintage ride doesn’t start smelling funny.
Storage and Parking of a Vintage Car
Every car needs a safe space for parking, but vintage models need it more than their modern counterparts. You need to protect your vehicle from all weather phenomena, temperature extremes, humidity, and vandalism. Keeping these requirements in mind, we would only recommend garage parking for your vintage car.
You can consider two garage options to park and store your classic vehicle.
- Brick Garage:Brick construction offers the most effective protection for a vintage vehicle. It helps maintain a moderate temperature in the garage all year round and keep the dampness at bay.
- Concrete Garage:If the brick garage is not possible due to space and budget constraints, you can opt for an easy-to-build concrete garage. Since concrete construction doesn’t boast good breathability, you should install an exhaust fan in the garage to prevent mold and mildew infestation.
If you don’t have any other option but to park your car in an open-air space, get a cover particularly designed for vintage vehicles. Make sure the cover is thick and fit enough to provide complete insulation to the car inside. Avoid using off-the-shelf tarps and plastic covers to protect your vehicle.
The cover of your priced automotive possession should be able to protect your vintage machine from sunlight, tree sap, droppings, moisture as well as wind damage.