How to Clean Your Classic Car

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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How to Increase the Lifespan of Your Classic Car

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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Noises Your Classic Car Makes Which Are Cause for Concern

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

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

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

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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Powersparks A+ Non Vaccum Distrbutor, Coil and Lead set @ the NEC Jan 2013

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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To Purchase this Leads used in the application please visit this LINK and please leave a note of the application for correct lengths

Classic Car Restoration Project Story

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]