3 Things To NEVER Do To Your Classic Car

We've talked in length about what you should do to keep your classic car in tip-top condition and on the road. We've shared many tips and tricks to keep your baby running right and looking its best. But we haven't really talked about the things you SHOULDN'T do to prevent damage to that vintage ride of yours. So, we at Farm Boy Garage are sharing with you 3 things to NEVER do to your classic car!

1. Never Drive It
When classic cars come to mind for many, the thought of being sealed up in a storage facility or covered up in a garage often eludes to the idea that these are the best cared-for cars. In actuality, they often turn out to be the most problematic cars when they are finally driven. Unfortunately, non-use of these classic beauties can cause seals to dry out and start to leak; gas gets stale and turns to varnish; batteries corrode when not removed; and tires get flat spots. Cars that are used and maintained on a regular basis, on the other hand, are often the happiest and most reliable old cars.

2. Improper Storage
Failure to drain fuel or use a stabilizer, not using jack stands, and making certain that anti-freeze is up to snuff all contribute to storage-related deterioration. But even more dangerous than that, is the four legged, long-tailed destruction that chews through seats, wires, and more. Improperly storing your classic car could result in damage you didn't even imagine could happen, until something smokes or catches fire from behind the dash of your 1969 Dodge Charger. 

3. Bad Driving Habits
While letting your classic car sit for far too long is abuse in itself, there are far worse things you can do to damage the major systems of your classic. Probably the most destructive thing you can do to a vintage car is to not let it warm up properly before driving it like you stole it. If you don’t warm up an old engine before driving, you run the risk of causing excessive engine wear. The oil pump, may not have reached operating pressure and that means the engine oil hasn’t travelled through the small engine galleries and coated the moving components. Always drive gently until the car has reached normal operating temperature (usually around the mid-point of the temperature gauge).

If you've been guilty of any of these no-no's, don't feel too bad. You're not alone. All too often, people who are lucky enough to have a vintage car either are extremely cautious about driving it, think it's best left in storage, or simply get too excited to wait for the engine to warm up before hitting that gas pedal. Unfortunately, all of these things can do some serious damage to your precious ride. If you've experienced damage that you'd like to have fixed, let us have a look! We can give you a fair estimate before you make any decisions on restoration. We can be reached at the phone number listed below. You can also follow us on our social media channels listed below to stay up to date on our latest announcements.

Farm Boy Garage
10660 E. County Line Rd.
Des Moines, Iowa 50320
Phone: 515-528-8904
Cell: 515-333-1238

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