Some people dare not to part with their classic car. These motorists take pride in their 1969 Mustang, 1972 Plymouth Barracuda, 1967 Camaro, or some other muscle or street performance vehicle. Cars nearly as old as their owners require upgrades to continue to operate reliably. Here is our list of four essential updates to make a classic car road-ready.
Older cars use drum brakes. These brakes are susceptible to wear and tear from heat build-up. Stress factors, such as abruptly stopping at a high speed or braking during a steep descent, wear down drum brakes. Replace your drums with the modern disc brake. Our auto service recommends enhancing the conversion with a dual master cylinder brake for added durability.
Swap out the mechanical fan with an electrical fan. Mechanical fans rely on the speed of the motor to operate and cool the engine. This means the fan can’t operate optimally when your car is idling in bumper-to-bumper traffic. This puts the engine at risk of overheating, especially on a summer day.
Cars manufactured before the mid-70s used a points ignition system. This ignition type employs electrical coils that deteriorate over time and requires frequent cleaning and tuning. The modern electronic ignition is far more reliable.
Power steering is not really essential; most drivers can operate their vehicle just fine without it. However, older cars without power steering require a bit of muscle power when making turns around tight or sharp corners.
We’ll make your vehicle road-ready whether your car is a classic hot rod or vintage off-road performer. Let Northwest Performance and Off Road update your classic car so it’s fit for operation in the modern era.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Passionate auto repair, performance enhancement & service in Everett, Edmonds, Lake Stevens, Lynnwood, Marysville, Monroe, Mill Creek, Mukilteo & Snohomish