Certified Car Care

Classic Car Maintenance

Posted on June 16th, 2016

1973 Nova 350 small block

1973 Nova 350 small block


Cost of Maintaining a Classic  Vs a Newer Car

First let’s understand one thing, most people that are in the position to own a classic usually understand the costs that they will undergo in order to maintain their dream car. 

Second, just because you own a Newer Car doesn’t mean that you won’t run into trouble down the road.

Let’s start with Classic Car Maintenance,  the majority that own a classic usually dream of putting it into a classic car show to show off their hard work or to let other people enjoy their hard work.  

For classics that are 1980 and older, you can expect to do more periodical maintenance, approximately every 3-5 months you will need a tune up, especially if you drive your classic frequently.  

Your fluids require exchanging more frequently, and in the case you live in a northern area of the country you will have to appropriately change your fluids to match the seasons. (heavy for the winter, lighter for the fall). 

Greasing joints is essential to ensure your bearings are maintained and don’t require replacing sooner than expected.  We are replacing some bearings for a 1932 classic, and it has been a year of waiting for custom cast bearings, and they have been refitted twice.  (don’t get upset with the mechanic shop if taking care of your car takes time, they don’t want to screw it up!!!)   

Bleed your breaks; this is more important in classics than in newer cars… why you ask? Well, simply because most classics still use Drum brakes, rather than Disc, even so the weight of a classic car requires more stopping power.  

Fuel Tanks rust, you have to drain them if you have them parked for extended periods of time. Cooling systems should be drained frequently as well, taking the Petcock off and airing it out. Disconnect heater hoses and drain the heater, please properly dispose of all hazardous waste material after draining your car (you can usually take this to most mechanic shops) or bring it to Certified Car Care and we can do this service for you!  

Batteries should be disconnected in a Classic car, most people don’t drive that frequently and this can reduce the life of your battery later causing issues with your alternator.

Newer Cars Maintenance is a little less tedious but still extremely important the one thing you must always do frequently is change your oil.  Some cars still suggest that you get this done once every 3-5 months or 3-5,000 miles.  That is the most frequent service your car must receive. Unlike  Classic Car Maintenance you will not need to have your car constantly tuned to maintain performance factors. Though every several thousand miles you need some services done, such as transmission fluid exchange, belt changes, battery replacements, spark plugs. But, on average the newer car owner will spend less time repairing than the Classic Car owner.  Preventative maintenance is the key in keeping a car in tiptop condition allowing it to take you further!

1973 Nova

1973 Nova