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How to Prepare Your Vintage Car for a Trip

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Many people won’t agree to go for a trip in a vintage car but some people would definitely agree and some may even love it. For such "some" people, we have a short guide to make your trip a memorable one. Going for a trip is different and going for a trip in an old vintage car is totally different. Going for a trip in an old vintage car needs confidence and in the end it shows your resourcefulness and experience with the car. A vintage car is an old car and to be more specific, they are those that were manufactured from 1919 to 1930. The car lovers have divided the cars depending on their year of manufacturing as the vintage cars, antique cars, and classic cars and so on.

If you want a good experience of your trip you need to need to take some steps before heading on to the road. Whether it is sitting there for some months or some years, you need to tune it again. One of the best things to start with is by seeing the condition of your car from underneath the car on the floor. If there is any leakage from the coolant system it can mean there is a bad gasket in there or a corroded radiator fitting or rotted hose or a compromised water pump seals. You also need to see if there are any leaks in the engine, transmission, rear axles, brakes and the power steering systems. What fluids needs to changed or drained totally depends on how long the car has been sitting. Sometimes, if it is sitting for years together, all the fluids should be drained; bleed and systems should be flushed thoroughly before using.

If your vintage car has been in hibernation for some winter months, then you probably need a complete oil and filter change? You also might need to drain any gas in tank and flush the fuel lines. The radiator coolant should be drained flushed and replaced.

When the car was parked and stored, you would have disconnected the battery and must have placed it away from moisture. But if you haven’t done this, then we suggest you to buy a new battery and installing with totally new cables. As time passes, the cables in the battery lose its copper and thereby it loses its conductive properties.

The spark plugs should be removed and some lubricant should be added into the cylinders if your car is sitting for 3 months. Before removing them, you can label them because they fire in particular manner. New plug wires can be very costly so, be advised and pull them keeping them as near as possible to the engine. If they look white, foul or oily you might need to change them. Once they are removed, turn the engine so that the oil lubricates the engine from all the sides. Keep cranking the engine till the oil pressure gauge reads normal and leads back to their correct position.

Since the old gasoline is removed, you might also need to take off the air filter cover and liberally spray the engine starter fluid in to the mouth of the carburetors so you get a best start when you turn on the key. With a few pumps of the gas pedals and with a few chokes, your vintage car should start performing.

Once the car starts, let the engine warm up for a little while. With the car running, you can check the underneath the car for the leaking fluids. Then turn of the car and check all the hoses for dry rot and check the belts if they need to be tightened. Before you are on the road, a thorough checking of the brakes should be done. Each wheel should brake solidly and release cleanly. All your running lights should also be checked. Once again, check for the leaking fluids that the running engine must have created. These simple observations and practices will make your trip with a vintage car a real memorable one.

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