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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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