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Classic Cars That You Have to Drive

Posted: January 25, 2022 by simonbbc in cars, classic cars
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When it comes to classic cars, we at Powerspark Ignition do consider ourselves as specialists. This is why we have come up with a list of classic cars below that we believe you must drive in your life, whether you can afford to buy these cars or even to just to get behind the wheel one time they will truly be something special to drive. Continue to read on below to see these cars for yourself and maybe you don’t agree? Just kidding, of course you will agree, all of these classic cars are simply magical.

Volvo P1800

We say this with no disrespect to Volvo, yet when you hear the name Volvo your mind does not automatically go to a fast, elegant sports car. Despite this, the Volvo P1800 was exactly that. It was an absolute masterstroke in mechanical engineering, the two-seater model is extremely durable as one model has gone on record for clocking up over 3 million miles! The car was marketed between 1961-1973 and was driven by James Bond actor Roger Moore in the television series ‘The Saint’. The classic car produced up to 100 hp and had a top speed of around 110 mph.

Aston Martin DB4

Carrying on with the James Bond links, we of course have the Aston Martin DB4. It was produced from the years 1958-1963 and is part of a long stem of Aston Martin cars that were just machines of beauty. There is surely no wonder as to why this would be 007’s classic car of choice with its top speed 139 mph and 0-60 in 9.3 seconds, it would’ve made a mockery of any other car in the 1960’s. There really is not much more a luxury driving experience than an Aston Martin DB4 so if ever you get the opportunity to drive, do not hesitate!

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Mercedes SL 300 Gullwing

The Mercedes SL 300 Gullwing was amongst one of the first batch of sports cars that were produced post-war. The car was the fastest production at its time in 1954. It was also the first direct fuel injection series production car and this meant that the classic car could reach up to 160 mph! There are still a few of these cars circling around collectors and specilaists, so once again this car would be a life goal for someone to even get behind the wheel.

Porsche 911

Now ending off the list of cars that you have to drive in your life as a classic car admirer, we have probably the most famous classic car of all time, This being the Porsche 911. The classic car absolutely oozes vintage and magnificence, it is an amazingly well-built machine that delivers one of the finest driving experiences known to man. With a top speed of around 150 mph, the classic car is much more than a pretty face. It truly epitomises the category of ‘classic car’.

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A Guide to Storing Your Classic Car in Winter

Posted: January 11, 2022 by simonbbc in cars, classic cars
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As we are deep in the thick of winter it is important to know how you should store your classic car to ensure it can survive the colder conditions. A lot of classic cars are open-top, due to this you will most likely not drive the car at all through the winter months and leaving a classic car dormant for a while can be rather dangerous. Read on below for some factors to consider when storing your classic car in winter.

Engine Concerns

Be sure not to get into the habit of just firing up the engine every few weeks or so, unless you are planning to drive. Although you might think regular usage like that is helpful to the classic car, it is actually the exact opposite! Doing this will mean the oil in your engine will not get to the correct temperature, this means it will hold moisture which can cause interior corrosion. If you are not planning to drive your classic car in winter then you are better off just leaving the engine alone completely.

Battery Concerns

Now for the more modern cars, a trickle-charger will be able to keep the battery in good condition over the winter period. This is not the case for classic cars and so you are better off removing the battery clamps when you are storing it, this way it will save your battery from going completely flat. When the battery does go flat, problems can occur with interior systems like your fuel gauge and radio.

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Brakes Seizing

Now this point seems quite easy to understand, if you have not driven your classic car for quite a while then there is a very high chance of your brakes seizing up and the car will no longer be able to move. You should never leave the handbrake on if your classic car is being stored, use chocks instead to keep it in place. Drum brakes are particularly likely to seize up, if this happens then proceed to jack the car up, remove the wheel and apply strong force with a mallet until the drum can be turned by hand. It is important to test your brakes before going on longer drives after the winter, if not then you could be putting lives at risk!

Frozen Windscreen

One of the most obvious tips for storing your car in the winter is to cover the windscreen. Some people may not have a garage and so will have to leave their classic car outside. If this is the case then be sure to purchase a covering for your windscreen to prevent ice or snow covering it up. Some classic cars may even experience internal ice build up on the windscreen so ensure it is completely covered, with no empty gaps on display.

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How to Clean Your Classic Car

Posted: December 23, 2021 by simonbbc in classic cars
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Some people may believe that cleaning a classic car is the same as your standard modern car, this is not the case. You should not take your classic car through a car wash, as you would with a modern car. It is important to know all the rules and procedures to take proper car of your classic car, incorrect cleaning methods could lead to serious damages that cannot be fully repaired. Read on below to find out how to clean your classic car.

What’s Different About Cleaning a Classic Car?

Unlike your standard modern car, classic cars need to be washed using specialised materials. Something like using the wrong products or tools when cleaning your classic car can result in very costly damages. You have to be aware of possible rust issues that may occur to your classic car, this can occur if when you are drying the car you do not get rid of all the moisture as this will lead to rust damage.

 It is recommended that if you are someone who drives on a regular basis then you will want to wash your car at least once a week. Although this may seem a slight bit overboard, we can assure you that it is not. Cleaning your classic car is far more important than cleaning a regular vehicle, as it carries a significant amount of value that can be lost if contaminants like bugs or dirt are allowed to build up on the outside.

How to Clean Your Classic Car

As we have already mentioned, never take your classic car anywhere near a car wash! This may be putting your vehicle at risk for damage. Instead, wash it by hand using a sheepskin or cotton material. If you can’t easily reach certain areas by hand, you can use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Be sure to use specialist dish soap instead of the ordinary soap as not only will it make your car less eye-catching, but it will also lessen its value. It is vital that when cleaning your classic car that you work from the top down. If you start at the bottom of your car and work your way up, grime and other contaminants will drop onto sections that are already clean. Also, if you are only using one towel, starting at the bottom could cause you to transfer the harsh metal shavings and oil from the brakes onto the rest of the car.

After you’ve washed the majority of your classic car, it’s time to focus on your vehicle’s grimiest area, these being the wheels. Since they will have more buildup than anywhere else, you should use a new towel most effective cleansing. Once your car has been thoroughly cleaned, use a steady stream of water to rinse it off. Try to avoid using more water than you have to. Excessive water use could create pooling in hard-to-reach areas, which may cause rust damage.

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Which Classic Cars Should You Buy in 2022?

Posted: December 13, 2021 by simonbbc in cars, classic cars
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As 2022 is almost upon us, it is important for classic car enthusiasts to figure out what car they should buy. We must stress that these cars are affordable for many people and should not bankrupt you just as you start the new year! These cars have the feel of a £200,000 priced item whilst costing just a fraction of the price. Be sure to read on below if you are interested in buying a classic car for a price that won’t burn a huge hole in your pockets!

1975 Dodge Charger

The 1975 Dodge Charger is a 2-door coupe and is being priced on the market at just over £5,500. Although it does not quite have the same magic as the models that proceeded it, the 1975 Dodge Challenger is still a wonderful classic car. Powered by a V8 engine that reaches up to 155 hp, the Charger has a top speed of 109 mph and goes from 0-60 in 12.8 seconds. The interior is fitted out with comfortable leather seats and a waxed wooden dashboard, this is truly value for money.

1978 Lincoln Continental

Now the 1978 Lincoln Continental is available in a 4-door or 2-door variant. This gives you the choice to pick which is great if you have a family as a 4-door car is probably more appealing. It really does give off a look of luxury and class yet can actually be bought for around £4,400! Powered by a V8 engine that can reach 166hp, this classic car has a top speed of around 106 mph and is the perfect example of the standard muscle car.

1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II 

Nothing oozes more class and elegance when it comes to classic cars than a Rolls-Royce. The 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II is a 4-door full size luxury classic car, available on the market for around £8,800. In the 1970’s you would not find a car with more grandeur. Similar to the other cars we have previously listed, the 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow II is powered by a V8 engine, this seems to be an extremely common theme amongst classic cars. The Silver Shadow can reach top speeds of around 115 mph and its engine can crank out around 247hp.

1981 Chevrolet Corvette

Last and certainly not least on our list of classic cars to buy in 2022 is the 1981 Chevrolet Corvette. This may be one of the most stylish looking Corvettes ever created, despite this the classic car is still not stupidly priced, with it costing around £9,500. It is of course powered by a V8 engine, of which achieves 190hp. The car is not the most powerful or dominating when compared to others on the market, however many upgrades and developments are now accessible to improve it to your liking.

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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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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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Just a quick post to show you all this awesome bit of kit at the NEC Jan 2013 this is super light mini stock car, running our A+ non Vac distributor a Lucas gold sports coil (DLB105) & our set of red 8mm Racing HT leads to specification.

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We believe that every classic car has its own story whether it’s a barn find: a car that was sold 10 years ago and brought back by the original seller: the first car you ever had but never wanted to get rid of: an impulse buy or even love at first sight. We want you to share your story of your classic – just leave us a message or email [email protected]