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Muscle Car Restoration – Precision Car Restoration https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com Fri, 01 Oct 2021 20:06:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0 Classic Car Mechanic vs Restoration Services https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com/classic-car-mechanic-vs-restoration-services-2/ Thu, 02 Sep 2021 18:34:19 +0000 https://precisioncarrestoration.com/?p=51594 A classic car represents a big investment that entails far more than just money. For many people, a classic car may be one of their most prized possessions. And it only makes sense to take good care of your classic vehicle and to keep it in the best condition possible. To that end, understanding the […]

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A classic car represents a big investment that entails far more than just money. For many people, a classic car may be one of their most prized possessions. And it only makes sense to take good care of your classic vehicle and to keep it in the best condition possible. To that end, understanding the difference between a classic car mechanic vs restoration services can help you determine how best to handle certain issues that may affect your car over the years. We’ll discuss that very topic here:

Classic Car Restoration Services

There are a wide variety of reasons why an owner may require classic car restoration services. While classic car restoration projects can certainly include mechanical repairs (like engine calibrations or tune-ups), many restorations involve bodywork, interior upgrades, and paint jobs. As a result, classic car restoration professionals need to have an in-depth understanding of not only engines and fuel systems, but also how to handle tasks like cleaning and replacing carpets within classic cars.

Note also that painting a classic car is a complicated process that requires etching, priming, and sealing the vehicle. Don’t try to paint a classic car on your own and only partner with a trusted classic car restoration service for such cosmetic improvements.

Restomod & Aftermarket Upgrades

While classic car restorations can certainly involve repairing or replacing broken parts with era-accurate alternatives, certain classic car owners prefer aftermarket upgrades instead. Popular modern features in classic vehicles include air conditioning and speaker systems. In addition, some classic car owners choose to upgrade the mechanical aspects of their classic cars to enhance driving performance. For example, swapping out an old engine for a newer, more powerful one may improve fuel efficiency and speed. Similarly, enhancing the transmission and brakes can make a classic car easier to drive.

Classic Car Mechanic

Not all classic cars are daily drivers. Yet, if a classic car owner does want to use a classic vehicle on a regular basis, then it is advisable to connect with a mechanic who understands how to maintain and make small repairs on classic cars. Again, there’s a big difference between minor repairs and a full restoration project. While restoration pros will be able to make significant body, mechanical, and interior repairs, a restoration shop may not be the best place to have your oil changed or your tires rotated, for example. It is worth remembering that not every mechanic will have the tools or the experience needed to service classic cars, though. So keep that in mind if you get into a minor accident or your car requires small adjustments.

Bottom line: if your car needs extensive upgrades or repairs, look for a restoration shop. If you only need minor tune-ups, then find a mechanic in your area that can service classic cars.

Contact the Pros

At Precision Restorations, we love classic cars as much as our customers do. We provide a number of restoration services, and we’re happy to work with a wide variety of makes and models. If you’re in the market for a classic car restoration, then contact us or call us toll-free at 1-844-503-8118. Or you can email me directly at Steven@precisioncarrestoration.com

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How to Upgrade Your Classic Car with the Comforts of Modern Muscle Cars https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com/how-to-upgrade-your-classic-car-with-the-comforts-of-modern-muscle-cars/ Sun, 29 Aug 2021 20:05:04 +0000 https://precisioncarrestoration.com/?p=51595 Classic muscle cars are widely beloved for their striking designs, nostalgic interiors, and quality craftsmanship. Many owners choose to restore their muscle car to its original state, but others decide to restore the exterior and upgrade the interior with modern comforts and performance improvements to enhance the driving experience. For some ideas on how to […]

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Classic muscle cars are widely beloved for their striking designs, nostalgic interiors, and quality craftsmanship. Many owners choose to restore their muscle car to its original state, but others decide to restore the exterior and upgrade the interior with modern comforts and performance improvements to enhance the driving experience. For some ideas on how to maintain the impressive appearance of your classic car with the added comfort and safety improvements of modern muscle cars, here are our top suggestions:  

Get the Comfort of Modern Muscle Cars

Modern cars have modern comforts such as air conditioning and power steering. Although these fixes may not make your classic car look more visually attractive, they can certainly make your driving experience more pleasant and enjoyable. Air conditioning is necessary for comfort in hot climates, so many drivers prioritize upgrading it first. 

Additionally, power steering was not widely used in cars until the late 1950s to 1960s. Modernizing your classic car with power steering can lower driver fatigue and improve driver comfort. Power steering also makes parking and quick steering much easier, which can reduce the chances of accidentally damaging your vehicle.

Implement the Safety Upgrades of Modern Muscle Cars

If your car is over 30 years old, it likely uses drum brakes, which can wear out quickly and require frequent maintenance. Upgrading to disc brakes can help improve your classic muscle car’s safety and increase the stopping power of your vehicle. 

Suspension technology was quite limited during the era of most classic cars, so when combined with natural aging over time, unrestored classics can be outright dangerous to drive. Rebuilding the suspension to its stock specifications is one option, but many drivers choose to implement modern suspensions instead for a smoother driving experience. Regardless of your decision to stay original or go modern, replacing the shocks, springs, bushings, and ball joints at a minimum is recommended.

Other Modern Aftermarket Installations and Upgrades

In addition to basic comfort and safety upgrades, there are many more options available for improving the general experience of driving your classic muscle car. For example, most cars produced before the 1980s used a points ignition system, which can deteriorate over time and lead to problems with starting the car. Replacing it with an electronic ignition can make your vehicle more reliable. 

Additionally, upgrading your classic’s stereo system can make the listening experience more enjoyable for cruising around town or going on road trips. Heated seats can also be a welcome addition for cold months. Overall, there are nearly limitless opportunities for you to add the comforts of modern muscle cars to your classic car.

Contact the Pros

What’s the point in owning a car you can’t enjoy? Whether you restore your classic muscle car to its original state or renovate it with modern amenities, the ultimate goal should be to enjoy driving your stunning and nostalgic piece of vehicle history. At Precision Restorations, we offer more than 100 years of combined technical experience and take a personalized approach to each and every vehicle we see. For help restoring, upgrading, or servicing your classic car, please contact us today! or call us toll-free at 1-844-503-8118. Or you can email me directly at Steven@precisioncarrestoration.com

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Classic Car Mechanic vs Restoration Services https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com/classic-car-mechanic-vs-restoration-services/ Fri, 30 Jul 2021 17:37:18 +0000 https://precisioncarrestoration.com/?p=51577 A classic car represents a big investment that entails far more than just money. For many people, a classic car may be one of their most prized possessions. And it only makes sense to take good care of your classic vehicle and to keep it in the best condition possible. To that end, understanding the […]

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A classic car represents a big investment that entails far more than just money. For many people, a classic car may be one of their most prized possessions. And it only makes sense to take good care of your classic vehicle and to keep it in the best condition possible. To that end, understanding the difference between a classic car mechanic vs restoration services can help you determine how best to handle certain issues that may affect your car over the years. We’ll discuss that very topic here:

Classic Car Restoration Services

There are a wide variety of reasons why an owner may require classic car restoration services. While classic car restoration projects can certainly include mechanical repairs (like engine calibrations or tune-ups), many restorations involve bodywork, interior upgrades, and paint jobs. As a result, classic car restoration professionals need to have an in-depth understanding of not only engines and fuel systems, but also how to handle tasks like cleaning and replacing carpets within classic cars.

Note also that painting a classic car is a complicated process that requires etching, priming, and sealing the vehicle. Don’t try to paint a classic car on your own and only partner with a trusted classic car restoration service for such cosmetic improvements.

Restomod & Aftermarket Upgrades

While classic car restorations can certainly involve repairing or replacing broken parts with era-accurate alternatives, certain classic car owners prefer aftermarket upgrades instead. Popular modern features in classic vehicles include air conditioning and speaker systems. In addition, some classic car owners choose to upgrade the mechanical aspects of their classic cars to enhance driving performance. For example, swapping out an old engine for a newer, more powerful one may improve fuel efficiency and speed. Similarly, enhancing the transmission and brakes can make a classic car easier to drive.

Classic Car Mechanic

Not all classic cars are daily drivers. Yet, if a classic car owner does want to use a classic vehicle on a regular basis, then it is advisable to connect with a mechanic who understands how to maintain and make small repairs on classic cars. Again, there’s a big difference between minor repairs and a full restoration project. While restoration pros will be able to make significant body, mechanical, and interior repairs, a restoration shop may not be the best place to have your oil changed or your tires rotated, for example. It is worth remembering that not every mechanic will have the tools or the experience needed to service classic cars, though. So keep that in mind if you get into a minor accident or your car requires small adjustments.

Bottom line: if your car needs extensive upgrades or repairs, look for a restoration shop. If you only need minor tune-ups, then find a mechanic in your area that can service classic cars.

Contact the Pros

At Precision Restorations, we love classic cars as much as our customers do. We provide a number of restoration services, and we’re happy to work with a wide variety of makes and models. If you’re in the market for a classic car restoration, then contact us or call us toll-free at 1-844-503-8118. Or you can email me directly at Steven@precisioncarrestoration.com

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Muscle Car vs Pony Car: What’s the Difference? https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com/muscle-car-vs-pony-car-whats-the-difference/ Mon, 30 Nov 2020 16:00:55 +0000 http://precisioncarrestoration.com/?p=51536 Classic cars –– just like modern vehicles –– come in all different shapes and sizes. Then, as now, manufacturers created different cars for different target markets. Of course, one of the most popular and enduring types of car from the late 1960s and early 1970s is the uniquely American muscle car. Yet, the term muscle […]

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muscle car vs pony carClassic cars –– just like modern vehicles –– come in all different shapes and sizes. Then, as now, manufacturers created different cars for different target markets. Of course, one of the most popular and enduring types of car from the late 1960s and early 1970s is the uniquely American muscle car. Yet, the term muscle car has always been somewhat vague. Some even use “muscle car” interchangeably with “sports car.” To be fair, it can be somewhat difficult to differentiate a muscle car from a regular sports car. And the muscle car vs pony car debate is even more muddled. Here, we aim to clear up the confusion and explain the origins and differences between classic pony cars and muscle cars:

What is a Pony Car?

The pony car is a product of a very specific time and place in the American car market. While there is some contention around who designed the first sports car or muscle car, virtually no one questions the origin of the pony car. Rather, basically everyone agrees that the first pony car was the 1964 ½  Ford Mustang. (“Pony car,” and “mustang” are connected terms in this regard.) What made the ‘64 ½  Mustang so special was that it was one of the first high-performance vehicles with mass appeal. Indeed, Mustangs and all subsequent pony cars tended to be affordable, widely available, and customizable. You can think of a pony car as a particular kind of sports car –– an affordable coupe with rear-wheel drive and a long hood that could still seat four people. 

Examples of Pony Cars

Because the ‘64 ½  Mustang proved to be so popular , it didn’t take long for other manufacturers to follow Ford’s lead and introduce their own version of the pony car. Well-known examples of classic pony cars include vehicles like the Pontiac Trans Am, the Plymouth Barracuda, and the Chevy Camaro. 

Pony Cars vs Muscle Cars

Muscle cars share many similarities with pony cars. Both muscle cars and pony cars are typically coupes or convertibles. Both tend to have long hoods. And both have high-performance capabilities. The main difference, and for some classic car enthusiasts the only substantial difference, comes down to the engine. Muscle cars typically contain a very large and powerful engine –– at minimum a V8. So for many people, if a classic sports car doesn’t have a V8 engine, it isn’t a muscle car. Examples of classic cars that fit this strict definition include the Plymouth Road Runner and Shelby Cobra.

This means that telling the difference between a “true” muscle car and a pony car is often a matter of inspecting an individual car. It was possible for consumers to purchase many sports cars with either a small block or large block engine. So certain models may be either a pony car or a muscle car –– depending on their engine size. 

To sum up, while pony cars and muscle cars have a lot in common, muscle cars are usually slightly bigger and contain a more powerful engine. 

Contact Us

We love muscle cars and pony cars, and we love working with our customers to restore their vehicles to their former glory. At Precision Restorations, we can handle every aspect of a classic car restoration from the paint job, to the shocks and springs, and everything in between. (Plus we offer restomod services too!) Contact us toll-free at 1-844-503-8118, or email me directly at dale@precisioncarrestoration.com. We love talking about restoring classic cars!

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What Was the First Muscle Car? https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com/what-was-the-first-muscle-car/ Mon, 27 Jul 2020 18:32:34 +0000 http://precisioncarrestoration.com/?p=51500 The muscle car is a cherished American tradition. Muscle cars aren’t just revered by industry insiders and classic-car enthusiasts –– they’re iconic figures in popular culture and in American history. Indeed, it’s impossible to hear certain words –– “Mustang,” “Charger,” “Tempest” etc. –– without immediately thinking about classic cars from the 1960s and ‘70s. Given […]

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first muscle carThe muscle car is a cherished American tradition. Muscle cars aren’t just revered by industry insiders and classic-car enthusiasts –– they’re iconic figures in popular culture and in American history. Indeed, it’s impossible to hear certain words –– “Mustang,” “Charger,” “Tempest” etc. –– without immediately thinking about classic cars from the 1960s and ‘70s. Given all that, it’s somewhat surprising that there isn’t a consensus among experts as to the origin of the muscle car. What was the first muscle car and when was it built? Though we might not be able to provide a definitive answer to this question, we’ll review some of the best candidates throughout history here: 

What is a Muscle Car? 

It’s tough to identify the “first” muscle car in part because the definition of a muscle car is rather loose. Generally speaking, muscle cars contain a big, high horsepower engine, are made by American companies, and have a powerful-looking exterior. As one can imagine though, lots of sports cars fit those descriptions. Still, we’ll aim to keep this list focused on vehicles that are typically considered muscle (or pre-muscle) cars. 

1964 Pontiac GTO

The golden age of the muscle car in the US was certainly the late 1960s and early ‘70s. So it’s no surprise that the car that launched the era of the muscle car is often considered to be the original. Make no mistake, the 1964 Pontiac GTO is a fantastic car with a fascinating history. It was designed by industry legend John DeLorean, and famously contains a full-size 389 engine within its, comparatively, small frame. For many people, the GTO is a prototypical muscle car and it calls to mind a time and place that is most often associated with the production of muscle cars. On the other hand, though, it is not the only candidate that is worthy of consideration. 

1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88

The other popular pick for the “first” muscle car is the 1949 Oldsmobile Rocket 88, and there’s one big reason why. After all, this was the first car to feature a high-compression overhead valve V8 engine. And, like the 1964 GTO, this engine was stuffed into a smaller body from a larger model. (The Rocket’s engine originally came from the Oldsmobile 98.) 

Compared to the other cars of the era, the Rocket 88 was a revelation –– combining low-end torque speed with high-end muscle. Unsurprisingly, it was a hit on the race tracks as well. The Rocket 88 won eight out of the ten NASCAR races held that season. Subsequently, it brought sports vehicles into the V8 age. 

Other Contenders

These cars may not have the name recognition of the Rocket 88 or the GTO, but they did play a role in the development of the muscle car: 

1937 Buick Century

Arguably, this car set the precedent for cramming a big, powerful engine into a vehicle with a sleeker frame. Fun fact: the 1938 model update managed to eclipse the 100-mph mark. 

1951 Hudson Hornet

Renowned for its racing ability, this classic car is held by some to be the first muscle car of the 1950s. 

The Class of 1955

1955 was a big year for American car manufacturers. Both Chevrolet and Ford rolled out cars that were considered vast improvements on previous models. Plus, the Chrysler C-300 was one of –– if not the first –– cars to be named and marketed for its horsepower. 

Conclusion

Regardless of what you consider to be the first muscle car, one thing remains certain. We love muscle cars and we love working with our customers to restore them to their former glory. At Precision Restorations, we can handle every aspect of a classic car restoration from the paint job, to the shocks and springs, and everything in between. (Plus we offer restomod services too!) Contact us toll-free at 1-844-503-8118, or email me directly at dale@precisioncarrestoration.com. We love talking about restoring classic cars!

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5 Underrated Classic Cars https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com/5-underrated-classic-cars/ Mon, 01 Jun 2020 15:30:25 +0000 http://precisioncarrestoration.com/?p=51481 At Precision Restorations, we’ve compiled a number of lists ranking our favorite classic cars over the years. We’ve covered muscle cars, British cars, cars from the 60s, cars from the 70s –– even cars we think will be considered classics in the future. However, there are so many great vehicles from the past that, inevitably, […]

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At Precision Restorations, we’ve compiled a number of lists ranking our favorite classic cars over the years. We’ve covered muscle cars, British cars, cars from the 60s, cars from the 70s –– even cars we think will be considered classics in the future. However, there are so many great vehicles from the past that, inevitably, a few quality cars get overlooked. That’s why today we’re going to review some of the most underrated classic cars of all time. Check them out here: 

1960s Pontiac GTO

Can the GTO really be considered underrated? We think so! Despite the fact that many classic-car enthusiasts do greatly appreciate GTOs, they have been slightly underrated over the years. Of course, it’s worth noting the last Pontiac cars were built over a decade ago. Pontiac’s demise may have something to do with the GTO’s (relatively) low-profile. (At least when compared to similar Chevys and Fords of the era.) At the end of the day, though, the GTO helped define our perception of a muscle car. Plus, the ‘64 Tempest was an absolute burner in its own right. 

Non-911 Porsches

Some cars are so popular, so successful, and so loved that they completely overshadow other similar cars. Such is the case with Porsche. The 911 was first introduced in 1963 and it was, and remains, an iconic piece of engineering. Still, Porsche continued to make very slick variants on the 911, including the 914, the 924, the 928, and stretching into the 1980s, the 944. Post-911 Porsches are often quality cars that can be had for a bargain if you can find them. 

Triumph TR6

When people think of “Triumph” they most likely envision a classic motorcycle. Nevertheless, before the eventual closing of the Triumph Motor Company in 1981, they produced a stunning classic car in the form of the TR6. First debuted in 1969, TR6s look and feel like they ought to be considered some of the greatest cars ever. Regardless, they’re now readily available for many collectors in America and typically represent a great value purchase. 

1975-78 Datsun 280Z

The Datsun Z series boasted some excellent classic cars that American drivers loved. For our fourth pick, we’ve gone with the 280Z that ran from 1975-78. It’s very similar to its predecessor –– the 240Z, but includes impact bumpers and extra safety features, which diminished its top speed somewhat. As such, it’s often underrated on the market and can sometimes be picked up by savvy collectors for less than it’s really worth. 

Mercury Cougar

The “little brother” of the Ford Mustang, the Mercury Cougar is a tremendous looking car –– in large part because its design almost perfectly aligns with the Mustang. So if you’re looking for a great car that’s similar to the Mustang, this is it. 

Contact the Pros

Ultimately, the value of a classic car depends on a number of variables –– one of which is personal preference. Classic cars go in and out of style, but any of the five listed above could be great purchases for classic car enthusiasts. 

Our team at Precision Restorations is passionate about classic cars, and we strive to provide high-quality service in restoring, retooling, and refurbishing them. If you’re looking to give your classic ride a performance boost, then know that we also feature restomod services as well.  Contact us toll free at 1-844-701-6396 today, or email me directly at dale@precisioncarrestoration.com. We love talking about restoring classic cars!

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4 Key Benefits of Classic Car Body Work https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com/4-key-benefits-of-classic-car-body-work/ Tue, 24 Dec 2019 16:00:56 +0000 http://precisioncarrestoration.com/?p=51382 So few classic cars withstand the test of time without a few repairs along the way. After all, an average of six million car crashes occur every year in the United States. Even with limited use, odds are most vehicles from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s have been involved in at least a fender bender […]

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classic car body workSo few classic cars withstand the test of time without a few repairs along the way. After all, an average of six million car crashes occur every year in the United States. Even with limited use, odds are most vehicles from the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s have been involved in at least a fender bender over the years. While minor bumps, dents, and imperfections in a car’s body may not affect the drivability of the vehicle, they still need repairing all the same. Thankfully, there are four key benefits to classic car body work and repairs. Check them out here: 

Cosmetic Boost

The first, and most obvious, advantage to body repairs is the cosmetic boost they offer. Plain and simple, cars that undergo body work and restoration look better after the fact. For many classic car enthusiasts, this is huge. Classic cars are cool in large part because of their appearance. What’s more, how a car looks can affect its price. So if you’re thinking of selling a classic vehicle, it’s a wise idea to bring it in for some professional body work before you test the market. 

Repairs After Accidents

Even a small accident can cause significant body damage. Indeed, there’s really no such thing as an “isolated car accident.” That’s because when something strikes a car’s body hard enough to cause a dent, the impact ripples all over the car. As such, small accidents can still cause a car’s panels to kink, twist, or become misaligned. Only professional repairs can ensure that a car’s body is completely restored after an accident. 

Preparation for Paint Jobs

Painting a classic car is a long and complicated process. Don’t ever try and give a classic vehicle a custom paint job without first speaking to a qualified professional. In order to ensure that a classic car paint job comes off perfectly, you have to start by preparing the body. 

Our process looks something like this:

  • First, we disassemble the vehicle and inspect all of the parts. 
  • Next, we carefully remove the vehicle’s old paint and old body work with our in-house media blaster. This prevents any additional damage. 
  • Lastly, we etch prime the car to protect bare steel before priming and finishing the body work. 
This might sound like a lot of preparation –– and it is –– but this is the only way to guarantee a beautiful custom paint job every time. 

Rust Removal

Rust is the nemesis of every classic car owner. This is particularly true for individuals who live in cooler climates. While there are many ways classic car enthusiasts can rust-proof their car, it’s imperative to deal with rust as soon as you notice it. Even if it appears on a car’s body first, it can spread quickly to other areas. Once rust begins to affect a car’s frame, though, the vehicle may require extensive repairs to become roadworthy again. Fortunately, our team at Precision Restorations offers rust removal as part of our regular body repair process. 

Contact the Pros

Whether you’re looking to sell a classic car or just restore it to its former glory, quality body work can greatly enhance the appearance of an old vehicle. At Precision Restorations, we offer both full and partial restoration services, and we’re always happy to speak to our customers about their classic cars. Contact us toll free at 1-844-652-1966. Or you can email me directly at dale@precisioncarrestoration.com.

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Everything You Need to Know About Classic Car Suspension Repair https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-classic-car-suspension-repair/ Tue, 30 Jul 2019 15:30:10 +0000 http://precisioncarrestoration.com/?p=51244 Classic cars look amazing. They have a design quality and a style that is inimitable, and they’re capable of inspiring a strong emotional connection. They’re nostalgic, powerful, and eye-catching. But they’re also pretty difficult to drive. Indeed, if you’re used to modern amenities like power steering and four-wheel drive, driving a classic car for the […]

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classic car suspensionClassic cars look amazing. They have a design quality and a style that is inimitable, and they’re capable of inspiring a strong emotional connection. They’re nostalgic, powerful, and eye-catching. But they’re also pretty difficult to drive. Indeed, if you’re used to modern amenities like power steering and four-wheel drive, driving a classic car for the first time can be an unsettling experience. Because classic cars can handle so rough, it’s important for all classic car owners to understand when they require classic car suspension repair. The suspension is the system that connects the tires to the rest of the vehicle and that contains springs, shock absorbers, and ball joints. Operating a vehicle with a broken suspension can be dangerous.

Here, we’ll explain everything you need to know about classic car suspension repair –– including how to identify a broken suspension and your options for replacement parts.

Suspension Problem Signs

Shock absorbers, springs, and other parts of the suspension can last for years if well maintained. However, like any other car part, wear and tear over time will affect their performance. The following issues are signs that your classic car may be in need of suspension repair: 

  • If the car handles rough, i.e. bounces and jerks on the road 
  • If the car is hard to steer
  • If the car lists to one side 
  • If the car sits low when parked
Trying to drive a classic car regularly with a broken suspension can not only lead to further vehicle damage, but it’s hazardous as well. 

Suspension Repair Solutions

There are two ways classic car owners can approach a suspension repair. The first is to seek out original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts. These parts are made by the car manufacturer specifically for the car. Collectors sometimes value OEM parts because they want their vehicle restored to its exact, original state. OEM parts, though, can be difficult to find –– particularly for rare cars. As a result, OEM parts may prove to be expensive.

The other option for classic car owners is aftermarket parts. Aftermarket parts are, unlike OEM parts, built by third-party companies. Aftermarket parts are generally cheaper, and they also allow classic car owners the ability to upgrade. For instance, most muscle cars from the ‘60s enjoy lots of aftermarket support. Therefore, many car owners decide to upgrade their suspensions with modern shocks and springs to improve handling. It’s easy to see the appeal of enhancing a classic cars drive-ability with modern tech

In the end, the choice between OEM and aftermarket parts is a personal one, and we’re happy to accommodate either in a restoration.  

The Bottom Line

A classic car suspension upgrade won’t change the aesthetics of a classic car, but it will make it much easier to drive. So if you’re planning on cruising in your classic car, make it a point to get the suspension checked out first. 

Learn More

At Precision Restorations, we can handle every aspect of a classic car restoration from the paint job, to the shocks and springs, and everything in between. Contact us toll-free at 1-844-652-1966, or email me directly at dale@precisioncarrestoration.com. We love talking about restoring classic cars!

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Classic vs Antique Cars: What’s the Difference? https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com/classic-vs-antique-cars-whats-the-difference/ Thu, 29 Nov 2018 15:30:23 +0000 http://precisioncarrestoration.com/?p=51117 For outsiders, the terminology of the classic car industry often proves daunting. Indeed, mechanical lingo aside, simply classifying a car as “classic,” or “antique” can be a difficult task. Definitions tend to vary from organization to organization –– and more importantly –– from state to state. The practical difference between classic vs antique cars is […]

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Classic vs AntiqueFor outsiders, the terminology of the classic car industry often proves daunting. Indeed, mechanical lingo aside, simply classifying a car as “classic,” or “antique” can be a difficult task. Definitions tend to vary from organization to organization –– and more importantly –– from state to state. The practical difference between classic vs antique cars is that “classic” a general term that applies to most cars over 20 years old, and “antique” is a special legal distinction that enables historic registration.

Classic, Antique, & Vintage Cars

Let’s get the obvious out of the way here –– classic, antique, and vintage are all synonyms. As such, it’s no wonder that many are confused about the difference between classic, antique, and vintage vehicles. It also doesn’t help that the legal definition of “antique” differs depending on where you register your car.

Vintage Cars

One thing that most classic-car enthusiasts agree on is that vintage cars range 1919-1931. (So cars like the Ford Model A or the Chrysler Model B-70, for reference.) This classification is fairly straightforward.

Classic Cars

Again, “classic” is a general term that applies to cars of a certain age –– typically over 20 years old. Of course, there’s a caveat here too. You won’t hear anyone actually refer to a 1997 Ford Taurus as a “classic” vehicle in regular conversation –– even if it fits the technical definition. Indeed, in the practical sense, classic cars have become synonymous with muscle cars –– powerful, American-made autos from the late 1960s and early 1970s. (Think Dodge Charger, Chevy Camaro, or Ford Mustang.)

Antique & Historic Car Registration

When people encounter the word “antique,” they typically think of a dusty wooden cabinet or a grandfather clock from the 19th century. And some car organizations only consider vehicles that are over 45 years old to be antique. Yet, in many states you can register a car as an antique or a “historic” car, after 20-25 years. Note here that stipulations for car registration vary from state to state. In Missouri, for example, the DMV classes a historic car as a vehicle that’s 25 years or older and that is treated as a collector’s item. (Fun fact: Florida designates any car that predates 1945 as “ancient” in the legal sense.)

Furthermore, there are stipulations regarding how many miles an owner can drive an “antique” car. So it’s typically not a good idea to attempt to register an antique car as a primary vehicle. Lastly, some states require special license plates for antique cars –– though, registering a car as an antique does carry certain benefits. Most notably, some states exempt antique cars from modern inspections and waive other registration fees.

The Bottom Line

Still confused about how to refer to older vehicles? Don’t worry –– if you love retro cars, you’ll always find like-minded individuals who are more than happy to talk about them and share info and tips. You can contact us here at 1-844-652-1966 or email me directly dale@precisioncarrestoration.com to do just that. We’re ready to answer any questions you may have and provide any and all restoration services you require!

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The Most Collectible Classic Cars https://old.precisioncarrestoration.com/the-most-collectible-classic-cars/ Wed, 31 Oct 2018 14:30:25 +0000 http://precisioncarrestoration.com/?p=51112 When most people catch the classic-car bug they don’t restore one vehicle and then call it a day. Instead, those who are passionate about classic cars want to own and collect a number of amazing vintage vehicles. And if you’ve got the capital and the time, there’s nothing more enjoyable than assembling a garage full […]

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most collectible classic carsWhen most people catch the classic-car bug they don’t restore one vehicle and then call it a day. Instead, those who are passionate about classic cars want to own and collect a number of amazing vintage vehicles. And if you’ve got the capital and the time, there’s nothing more enjoyable than assembling a garage full of beautiful retro cars. With that in mind, today we’re going to take a look at some of the most collectible classic cars on the market. So whether you’re just starting to get interested in class cars, or you’ve been restoring them for years, you’ll find a little something for everyone below:

“Starter” Cars

How to best start a classic car collection? Easy. Begin with a Dodge Charger (1969), throw in a Chevy Camaro, and finish up with a Ford Mustang and you’ve already got a pretty potent stable shaping up. Of course, these cars are some of the most iconic of their era, and naturally still hold a great deal of appeal for classic-car enthusiasts. The good news is that many of the most popular classic cars now were also smash hits back in the day, which is why they’re some of the best cars to restore. At the end of the day, no classic car collection is complete without a few American muscle cars.

Next-Step Cars

Perhaps you already own a few classic cars and are ready for something a bit off the beaten track. If that’s the case, then you might want to consider some classic car alternatives like the British-made Shelby Cobra or Jaguar E-Series. These vehicles look great, but will be more difficult to manage than their more prevalent American counterparts. Alternatively, the Pontiac Firebird and Chevy Corvette are also great classic car choices that can fly under-the-radar from time to time.

The Deep Cuts

All classic cars require some level of investment. However, there’s a certain strata of classic car that goes beyond what the average person can afford. The cars in this section are incredibly rare and will almost certainly fetch a price north of a million dollars if one were to go up for auction. Still, if you’ve got the capital (and the opportunity) the 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe, 1970 Plymouth Hemi Superbird, and the 1970 Dodge Coronet Hemi Convertible are some of the rarest and most sought after classic cars on the planet. Considering that so few of these models were made, you’ll have to be ready to splash the cash if you want one. Lastly, the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO can pretty comfortably claim the title as the “Holy Grail” of classic cars. One sold for $48 million back in August.

Learn More

Do you have a classic car in need of a restoration? If so you contact us toll free at 1-844-652-1966 today, or email me directly at dale@precisioncarrestoration.com. We have the experience, tools, and commitment to handle any classic car restoration project.

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