Posted by Steve White on Mar 06, 2014
If you’re fortunate enough to have a classic car that’s a convertible, you might be wondering what the proper way is to care for your car’s convertible top. This is important because you want to keep your car looking its best for as long as possible.
First, you’ll need to find out whether your car’s top is made from vinyl or fabric. Your car’s owner’s manual should be able to tell you for sure. Also, many owner’s manuals should contain detailed instructions about what you should use to clean them. Be sure to follow these instructions to the letter because you want to preserve your beautiful car.
Second, you’ll want to offer your car’s top a bit of protection from the elements. If your car has a fabric top, it’s recommended to use something with a fluorocarbon repelling system to ensure the best results. If your car has a vinyl top, opt for a vinyl top protectant that contains no silicone, and that will offer ultraviolet protection against the sun’s harmful rays.
Of course, before you even begin, be sure to vacuum your convertible top. This will ensure that you get rid of all of the dust and debris that can accumulate over time.
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Posted by Steve White on Feb 27, 2014
When it comes to classic car care, many classic car owners don’t pay nearly enough attention to how their cars’ tires look when they’re out cruising. During the colder months, right before cruising season starts for most of us, this is a great time of year to get to work on making those tires shine, just like the rest of your car.
What Product Should I Use?
There are many different cleaning products out there, and there are many that are safe for all types of tires, and that give you a one-step option. Read your labels carefully so you’ll know if the product needs to be diluted or not.
What Tools Should I Use?
For great results, we’ve found that a boar’s hair wheel brush is an excellent choice. You’ll easily get into all of the crevices you need to reach, but the brush is gentle enough to protect the surface of your wheels. Smaller brushes are good to have on hand too, so you can easily clean your lug nuts.
With the right chemicals and a bit of elbow grease, your classic car can have beautiful tires in a matter of minutes. Don’t forget to repeat the process several times a year to be sure your car looks good all the time.
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Posted by Steve White on Feb 20, 2014
Every once in a while, a new car comes out, and you just think to yourself, that’s sure to be a classic. Let’s talk about a few of the newer models that have come out in recent years and compare them to some of the classic cars we all know and love.
2008 Audi R8
Audi quickly sold 900 of these during the first year. A common theme among classic cars is horse power, and the R8 delivers with 420 horse power. Audi continues to progress and has big promises for even more horse power in the future.
2000 BMW Z8
Owning a BMW is synonymous with status, and this one was developed with the BMW 507 roadster in mind. The Z8 was made for cruising, and with its hand-built beauty, it’s sure to be a classic.
2009 Cadillac CTS-V
When it comes to performance, there’s nothing like a Cadillac. This car stands alone when it comes to precision and beauty. It sports a 556 horse power, 6.2 litter V8 engine, and can get to 60 mph in less than five seconds.
There are many features that go into making a car a classic – stunning, original design and exceptional performance are only the tips of the iceberg. If you’re looking for more great discussions about classic cars, be sure to check back frequently, right here at oldcaronline.com.
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Posted by Steve White on Feb 13, 2014
Today, let’s talk about a few of the different types of muscle cars, and how they’ve changed over the course of history.
1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88
This classic car marks the very first time a mainstream American manufacturer put a high compression, dual overhead cam engine into a car. This car’s V-8 engine was only 135 horse power, which makes it pretty weak compared to what’s manufactured today. Even so, the Rocket is celebrated by many experts as being the very first among a long line of muscle cars.
1964 1/2 Ford Mustang
Not everyone considers this car to be muscle car, but it sure was powerful! Their V-8 engines could deliver up to 271 horse power. Ford’s goal was to deliver a sporty vehicle that would seat four people, but that would also be lightweight, and deliver when it came to horse power. We’d say they succeeded!
1964 Pontiac GTO
If you get excited over 350 horse power, then you’re probably someone who would point to this car as the very first muscle car. With a four-barrel carburetor, and plenty of upgrades available, Pontiac made their mark in history with these classic cars.
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Posted by Steve White on Feb 04, 2014
When it comes to classic car care, one of the most difficult places to maintain is the interior of your car. The dashboard, in particular, is the first area people see when they get into your car, so you want to be sure you keep it looking its best.
Step One: Know what your car’s dashboard is made of
Depending on the make, model and year of your car, your dashboard could be made of a variety of different materials. Some have different grains of wood, while others have an enamel coating. Before you begin, find out what material you’re going to be working with so you know which products are safe to use.
Step Two: Cleaning your dashboard
For many dashboards, a universal cleaning product can clean them well, and can actually make them look just like new. Lemon juice is also a great natural cleaning product. Just mix a few teaspoons in a bucket of water, and you’ll easily remove dirt, fingerprints and grime.
Step Three: Get the shine on
A shiny dashboard is the goal for many classic car owners. Check your specific manufacturer’s instructions to find out what products they recommend you use to give your dashboard a final shine.
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