Some classic car types are still active on the roads and were made in the 50’s and 60’s. This means before it was purchased the classic car was obviously well cared for and looked after. Now then, if you do not treat your classic car to these same standards then that is when you may see some deterioration and eventually the car will no longer function as it has been neglected for a long period of time. Read on below to find out how to increase the lifespan of your classic car.

Fix Windscreen Chips ASAP

A lot of us tend to make the same rookie error when it comes to a chip in the windscreen, something that could easily be fixed by a professional very quickly however it is too small and unimportant to think about, right? Wrong! A lot of people will leave a chip in there classic car as it is not really noticeable, this often leads to a crack developing across the windscreen and then causes you to get an entirely new windscreen which is not cheap!

Clean the Interior

The inside of your classic car is actually more important to its longevity then you may think. This is especially the case if you were interested in re-selling the classic car in the future as no-one will buy it if the interior is not up to standard. Ensure to clean any stains and articles of food out of the car as failure to do so could lead in a build up of bacteria and mold which will also eat away at any wood or leather within the car, this will drop its re-sale price massively.

Drive Safely

This point can be applied to any type of car. Yet especially in your classic car, it is vital that you do not damage your car whilst out on the road. This can be deadly for not only the car but also your won life. Driving recklessly can lead to many dents and scratches to the body of your car which can be hard to consistently repair over time especially if it is from the 50’s or 60’s.

Change the Air Filter

This is something that can be often forgotten by many drivers as it is not something that immediately comes to mind when looking after your classic car. Damaged or blocked air filters could actually lead to poor performance on the road as well as excessive fuel consumption. You should assess your air filter at least once per year due to the age of your classic car, you may have to change it even sooner if you are around a lot of dust.

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Classic cars are named as such due to their age an era defining looks. For example specialists will be able to tell you what year a car was made by analysing the interior as well as the overall chassis. As they are of a certain age classic cars may need more looking after then standard modern cars, they will also tend to make different noises due to the problems that may be happening within components such as the engine or exhaust. Read on below to find out more about the source of the noise is that your classic car and if they are truly a cause for concern

Rumbling Exhaust

A rumbling exhaust pipe is usually due to a cracked exhaust muffler. This crack occurs due to a leak into the exhaust muffler of your classic car. You will only really hear this noise when there is a problem with the exhaust muffler as it sounds within its name, it does suppress the sound of your exhaust pipe. Now if you realise the noise is getting louder find this means that the crack or leak has gotten larger, this means you are releasing more carbon monoxide into the environment which of course is not ideal! Try and get this problem sorted the second that you spot it.

Rattling Sound at Slow Speeds

If you begin to drive off in your classic car and you notice a rattling sound, this could be due to a loose lug nut within your wheel. The sound may go away as you increase your speed and return once again once it is reduced. This problem is mostly due to a recently fitted tyre not being properly fitted or a worn down lug nut that has gone bad. The simplest solution is to just tighten the lug nut on your wheel of your classic car, if you cannot solve the situation yourself then be sure to find a replacement from a professional.

Grinding Due to Shifting Gears

Grinding sounds on your classic car when you are shifting gears is usually due to a worn out clutch! Now this is a problem that occurs often in classic cars especially if the clutch has not been replaced in a while. If you suspect that your clutch is on its way out then be sure to get in touch with a professional mechanic unless you fancy your chances driving your classic car without a clutch!

Popping from Engine

Now the sound of popping when you are driving a classic car is actually extremely common. The reason for this is most likely due to a worn out spark plug within the engine, you may also hear this popping sound if your fuel filter has been clogged up. Be sure to book a car service with your local mechanic to narrow down what the exact problem and source of the popping noise is. If you find out that is an issue with the spark plugs then fear not, be sure to have a look at our broad range of spark plugs here at Powerspark Ignition.

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Popular Classic Cars Over the Years

Posted: October 21, 2021 by simonbbc in cars, classic cars
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Cars have been around since 1888 in which Karl Benz first introduced the first automobile to the world. Since then cars have been produced through the decades and a few have stood out and rose to popularity within the market. We have created a short list of a few cars In the eras that we at Powerspark prioritise. These are the 1950’s-80’s, be sure to check out our buy by vehicle page for information on needed parts for classic cars.

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL

Starting off in the 1950s we have the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL. The two-seater classic car was first produced as a coupe in 1954 and then a roadster from 1957-63. The ‘SL’ caused confusion upon the release as Mercedes did not clarify what it stood for with many people coming to the conclusion of ‘Sport Leicht’ and this stayed as a constant with the car up until 2017 in which Mercedes clarified the meaning as ‘Super Leicht’ instead. The main body of the car is made up of sheet steel with the bonnet, boot lid, dashboard, sill, and door skins made of aluminum. Its engine is a 3.0L water-cooled tank which was based off their luxury 4-door car produced in 1951. The car is an overall classic however to purchase one in 2021 it will cost you almost £1 million! Contrasting to the price in the 1950s which today would be worth around £70,000.

1960s- Ford GT40

The Ford GT40 was a top of the range classic car in the 1960s, it was produced as an endurance racing car by the Ford Motor Company. The car was a rather successful racing car in the 1960s with racers winning many international titles and other honours. The Ford GT40 would go on to have several versions built later on in the 60s yet the original stood out amongst others and with light alloy bodies and other weight-saving modifications the car was a very popular car with racing drivers in the 1960s. At the time the car was worth around £15,000 and if you wanted to buy it in today’s market, a 1966 model recently sold for $12 million in 2018!

1970s- Range Rover Classic

Now we may be cheating a little with this one as it was first produced in 1969, however its popularity and hype all occurred in the 1970s so let us off with this one! The Range Rover that we know today and see thousands about on the roads, all originated from the Range Rover Classic of the 70s. It was first built as a 2-door SUV for its first 11 years until they developed a 4-door Range Rover in 1981. As the chassis was so heavy because it was an SUV, the main body of the car had to be fitted with light-weight aluminum. The original Range Rover Classic car was in production for over 26 concurrent years, this make it the 27th longest living single generation car of all time. The current price of a 1970 Range Rover Classic can range between £40,000-£50,000 and could be a great purchase for a classic car enthusiast or potentially an investment for the future.

1980s- DMC DeLorean

This car is undoubtedly the most famous on the list and this is not due to its popularity on the roads, rather the popularity the classic car created as a crucial part of one of the most iconic films of all time ‘Back to the Future’. The DeLorean is a rear-engine 2-door sports classic car which was produced between the years of 1981-83. Contrary to popular belief the car did not travel forward in time, however it’s famous gull-wing doors added a different dimension to the car and separated it from other cars being made in the 1980s. Practically it wasn’t the best to drive and a lot of people gave it criticism when it came to testing it out on the roads. Despite this, an estimated 6,500 DeLorean’s are still active on the roads today. The price will set you back around £30,000, which for a car as famous as this really is not a bad deal!

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The Best Finishes For Classic Cars

Posted: October 9, 2021 by simonbbc in cars, classic cars
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When you are buying a classic car, one of the main reasons for doing this is of course the look. Yes, you want it to be able to drive and function properly obviously but if the car does not look good then you are not going to drive it with the love and care it deserves. This is where a quality car finish comes in handy as if done to a professional standard, it can take a 4/10 car and make it look like a 8-9/10 classic car. Read on below for examples on the best finishes for classic cars.

Solid Finish

A solid finish is rather easy as solid colours are quite simple to apply. They are also one of the least expensive finishes to achieve however can still give your classic car that quality look. The colour options are a wide range of choices varying from midnight black to a bright white! The majority of cars on the road are painted with a solid finish as it is a very popular and cost effective choice.

Metallic Finish

A metallic finish is by no surprise, created by metal. The metal of choice is aluminum as it is a particularly light metal and is easy to apply. The metallic finish is based off aluminum and pigments which allows you to create any colour scheme of your choice, whether that is lime green or hot pink!

Candy Finish

Now we have all heard the phrase ‘eye-candy’ before and because of this it is very easy to imagine the effect that a candy finish will have on your classic car. The unique colour choices are created through a 3-step process. This consists of a reflective base, transparent coloured layer, as well as a clear coat layer to protect the design. This creates an effect on light as when the light makes contact with the candy finish, it passes through the clear layer and coloured layer and then is reflected back off the base. This creates the ‘candy’ look and makes the car look sweet. This process can be rather expensive however so only go with it if you are in the right financial position.

Pearl Finish

The pearl finish is one of the most transparent options for a classic car finish. It gives your classic car a shimmer in the light and is slightly richer than a metallic finish as the pigments are used differently. This is due to the pigments being involved in a multi-application process which in turn makes this option a better look than a metallic finish however it is also more expensive. Yet the finished sparkled coat that is produced with this process is well worth the price that you pay.

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Tips on Modernising Your Classic Car

Posted: September 24, 2021 by simonbbc in cars, classic cars
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At Powerspark we understand that some classic car users wish to step into the modern world whilst still having that luxury/vintage car feel. This means to still keep the majority of the attributes of the classic car as we have already created a blog as to why classic cars are so popular. Some modern elements are a vast improvement on what classic cars can offer and this is down to the advancement in technology in the last half-century. It could be a great idea then to combine modern elements within your classic car for sustainability as well as an overall improvement. Read on to find out tips on modernising your classic car.

Power Steering

Now one of the safest and bets inventions in car manufacturing history has to be power steering. Though some classic cars are fitted with power steering, it was only brought in 1951 and so some cars on the road from the 70’s may still not have it. Some drivers enjoy having full control of their steering, yet this is no longer practical for the modern era, the roads are busier are crowded meaning that careful steering is necessary. Try to get your classic car installed with power steering as this will also cut your fuel cost, consumption and make it easier for you to drive.

Air Conditioning

The classic cars around in the 70’s & 80’s tended to not really have air conditioning fitted, in the UK particularly some cars tended not to have air conditioning till even the start of the Millennium! However, every modern car nowadays is fitted with air conditioning so it would make sense for owners of classic cars to follow suit. Yes, we all love a convertible driving through the cool wind but for those damp humid days you can’t really beat air conditioning.

Electric Ignition System

This is something that we at Powerspark know more than most, we pride ourselves on proving the best quality electrical ignition kits that money can buy! Due to this we see the value in upgrading to an electric ignition system for your classic car. Cars built before the 80’s tended to use a points ignition system, so the majority of classic cars rely on the design switching the coil on and off. This means that over time the contact points will deteriorate over time and cause many problems due the large amount of moving components needed for the system to work. The more modern electric ignition system has fewer moving parts and does the same job, meaning there will be less wear and tear on your classic car.

Disc Brakes

Classic cars built before the 80’s used drum brakes. Whilst drum brakes are super-effective when you need to come to a complete stop, they can wear away rather easily and require constant adjustments. Disc brakes on the other hand, do not have these constant replacement needs and are also very easy to install. Be sure to check out our range of disc brake kits on our website such as the  Gunson Eezibleed Hydraulic Brake & Clutch Bleeding Kit, this is affordable and easy to fit to your classic car.

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Easy to Fix Problems With Classic Cars

Posted: September 13, 2021 by simonbbc in cars, classic cars
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If you own a classic car you should be more than aware of the problems that could come up if it is not properly looked after. If you do not keep on top of it then before you know you could be looking at a car primed for the scrapheap! Fortunately, the most common problems for a classic car have happened on so many occasions to the point where we have an easy fix solution for it. Read on below to see a few examples of easy to fix problems with classic cars.

Overheating

Overheating occurs in all cars whether they are from the ’50s or have just come out of the factory! However, the more modern cars have better-suited technology to deal with these problems and this is not the case when it comes to classic cars. Some problems of overheating can be as follows; broken cooling fan, low coolant level, blocked radiator pipes, faulty thermostat ad a few others. To ensure that you can keep your car from overheating and in its best condition, keep the coolant level full and have it regularly checked by a mechanic to see if it’s a problem that you can fix yourself or that it may need professionally fixing.

Pest Infestation

Now, this point is unique to classic cars due to the age of the seats and just the car in general, if the car is not looked after properly this can become a very likely scenario. Any forgotten food samples or stains could also lead to an infestation for example you could be finding maggots in your rotten banana that you may have forgotten about in the glovebox! The obvious fix to this problem is to just deep clean your classic car, inspect it for any sources of food or residue. If the problem has escalated to the point of no return then you need to call pest control, numerous companies around the UK are well equipped to deal with automobiles. You should also get your classic car inspected for any cracks or crevices that possible infestations could inhabit.

Malfunctioning Brake

This is a very important part of your driving experience so if your classic car is starting to have malfunctioning brakes then you need to get this fixed urgently. Every car will eventually have its braking system collapse, it is just the way wear and tear occur over time. However, within a classic car, this is much more frequent and dangerous. Additionally, classic cars do not tend to have indications such a brake lights or voice warnings to alert the driver that the brakes are malfunctioning! If you sense that your brakes are a little loose or less responsive then you should go and get your car serviced immediately. Ensure your brake liquid is filled up to the required level, this will further sustain the functionality of the brakes in your classic car.

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There are many reasons as to why classic cars are so popular, it could be due to the vintage look that they give off, or the nostalgia that some of them provide with those who grew up with these cars around them. Some even believe these cars to be better than modern cars as there are fewer variables to consider. Read on to find out some key reasons as to why classic cars are still so popular in the modern era.

A Stylish Look

Classic cars are stylish. That is simply just a fact, seeing a 1960’s Jaguar E-Type drive around on the road compared to a modern day X-type there is no comparison. Yes of course the modern types are most likely faster, have larger fuel tanks and are full of gadgets yet the simplicity of the classic car trumps it in some people’s eyes. The newer, more modern cars do seem to go for a similar look to each other with only slightly different shaped chassis that adjust the cars shape. Yet this does not happen with classic cars, they stand out as quite unique and really are very stylish.

Investment Opportunities

When buying a modern car you already know that it will depreciate the second you start the engine. This is because it is no longer brand new and the more it is used, the more the value decreases by. With classic cars however, this is not the case. Investing in a car from the 1960’s, providing it contains the majority of its original parts and is in mint condition is a good move. As time passes, these cars will become more rare and scarce, this means that that demand becomes higher and so does the price. Many people purchase classic cars as collectables with the intention of selling them in the future.

No Driving Aids

Some people may label driving in a classic car as ‘proper driving’. This is because there are no driving aids such as assisted steering, park assist, electronic accelerators. Some people like to have full control over their cars, enabling them to be able to do handbrake turns and drift around to their heart’s content. Some people just prefer the mechanical aspect to driving and that is perfectly fine as they can just keep driving classical cars.

Reasonably Low Maintenance

With classic cars, there is little maintenance needed, as long as it is looked after and cleaned regularly then you should have no real trouble with it. There are also much less components in a classic car compared to a modern one. This means that there are less problems that can go wrong and any less parts to worry about. If you do have any issues with your classical car, your HT leads for example, then be sure to check out ourHT leads category as well as a wide range of other car parts listed on our website.

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Top 5 Classic Cars Of All Time

Posted: July 16, 2021 by simonbbc in cars, classic cars
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At Powerspark we adore classic cars, this is the main reason that we supply a wide range of classic car parts for many different cars. Be sure to have a look at our cars page for a selection of but ‘not limited too’, to see if we provide the right car parts for you. Seen below are 5 classic cars that we perceive are the greatest of all time, they are in no particular order, so we’ll leave that ranking to you.

Aston Martin DB5

Starting off with an absolute giant in the classic car scene. There are not many cars that feel classic compared to an Aston Martin. Whether it be its mechanical design, it’s ice-cold look or the obvious affiliation to James Bond, the car truly is a classic. Though it looks the part of a sports car, it’s 4.0 litre and 6-cylinder engine made sure that it was not fitting to that label. It can reach up to 145 mph, so there is no wonder why it may be mistaken for a sports car. In fact it is more of a luxury car with it’s wool carpets and electric windows.

Porsche 911

Another one of the most popular names in the entire industry. We do not know one person who is not aware of this car. The earliest version of the 911 started with a 2.0 litre engine. It had totalhorsepower of around 130, this massively contrasts to the more recent models as they are more like 500 +! Yet when it first came out in 1963, it was ahead of its time and a breath of fresh air in the car industry. Porsche ceased production of the model in 1989, however there are still so many mint condition versions being drive around and cared for today.

Volkswagen Beetle

This car goes down as one of the biggest selling cars of all time. It’s smart simple design appealed to consumers in the 1960’s as that is when it gained the majority of its popularity, despite being around since before WW2. Sadly the Beetle had production stopped in 2019, yet because of how many are still being sold and can be seen on the roads today. The true legacy of the Beetle will never be forgotten.

Land Rover

This classic car birthed the term ‘4×4’. First produced with the 80” series 1 in 1948, the car was a good 30-40 years ahead of its time as the car was the first all-rounder. You could drive it off and off the roads, on rough or smooth ground, it was the perfect car to get from A to B. The car is still being developed with newer models today which goes to show how popular and groundbreaking it was in the early 1950’s.

Jaguar E-Type

The saying ‘saving the best till last’ is thrown around a lot these days, however this phrase cannot be more true when referring to the Jaguar E-Type in our classic cars list. Described by Enzo Ferrari as ‘The most beautiful car ever made’ it was the golden jewel in British manufacturing. It saw Jaguar rise up as one of the main brands within the country and they still are today. It ruled the 1960’s, with it being faster than the Ferrari and at a third of the price! There truly are not enough superlatives to describe these classic cars.

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How to fit a Positive Powerspark electronic ignition kit:

These instructions are for our positive earth ignition kits only. See separate post for negative earth.

Before you begin, it’s a good idea to disconnect the car battery. Most Powerspark® kits can be fitted to the distributor while still in the car. If you choose to remove the distributor, turn the engine to Top Dead Centre and mark the distributor / rotor position carefully.

Remove the distributor cap, rotor arm, contact points and condenser carefully, retaining the screws and withdraw the wires through the distributor body.

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Test fit the module first and then apply a small amount of the white thermal grease provided (2 or 3 small blobs is sufficient) to the underside of the module baseplate, leave the screws fitted. Some kits are pre-fitted to a complete baseplate, in which case the thermal grease is not required.

Check there is sufficient slack in the wires inside the distributor body for the base plate to turn when a vacuum unit is fitted, inserting the rubber grommet or plastic plug to prevent the wires from chaffing. Secure the wires in the distributor body using the supplied cable tie to keep these out of the way of moving parts.

Fit the new trigger ring pressing down gently onto the shaft. Some kits have more than one trigger ring, use the one that fits best. On occasion the ring can be tight and may need to be carefully sanded to make it wider. Only do this to make minor alterations.

Fit the rotor arm and rotate the spindle to check there is clearance between the module and the trigger, and that the rotor arm does not foul the module.

The kit will find it’s own position but if the ring and kit touch then move the module to achieve a close but not touching position (3 or 4 mm maximum).

Locate the live feed from the ignition switch to the coil and disconnect it from the coil. Connect this wire to the the WHITE wire from the Powerspark® kit.

Connect the BLACK wire from the Powerspark® kit to to the coil() terminal (sometimes labelled ‘1‘) ensuring no other wire is on that same side.

Make up a new wire to connect the coil(+) to earth or ground. The coil mounting bracket is often a good location for this.

Failure to connect the wires correctly may result in damage to the Powerspark module. Never connect 12v directly to the black wire.

Refit the distributor cap, start the engine. Check and adjust the dynamic timing for best running.

Troubleshooting:

If you can’t get the ignition to work once installed, try these suggestions:

  • Check the coil resistance prior to fitting this unit to ensure that your coil has a resistance of more than 1.5 ohms.
  • Check that the ignition feed from the ignition switch is not connected to the coil.
  • The Black wire must be connected to the coil(-) or ‘1’.
  • Check that the coil(+) terminal is connected to a good earth. 
  • For testing purposes, no other wires should be attached to the coil terminals, except for the centre HT lead to the distributor cap.
  • Check the condition of the cap and rotor arm (replacing them if possible for testing).
  • Do not connect coil(-) to earth.

Funday Friday – Which Classic would You Choose?

Posted: October 16, 2020 by goodshoutmedia in Reference

Here’s a bit of Friday Fun.
All of British cars are available in a forthcoming auction…
Which one would you like to own?