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Driving a Classic Car Part 2

What Roads Will You Take?

This time around in driving a classic car part 2 Uncle Tony answers the question of how do you do a long distance road trip. As he points out, it depends greatly on what vintage and type of classic collector car you are going to drive. This site covers mostly restored cars but a big segment of our readers also have modified/updated classics. These have better brakes, improved suspensions, and even air conditioning.

In his video, Uncle Tony talks mostly about mechanical issues. I highly recommend that you also consider safety and comfort conditions. We will not dwell on these but adding safety belts, new windshield wipers and tires are a must. Do you really only want am AM radio as you travel cross country? Why not update it to accept FM and connect to your smartphone playlist. We recommend you look your tires over particularly well. It is very easy for us to forget the new tires we put on the car 5 years ago may now be badly weather checked and cracked even if it does have good tread. Give serious consideration to any tire that is 10 years old even if it looks perfect.

I recently purchased a 1967 Corvette that had original style tires with only 450 miles on them. I have owned many Corvettes and put substantial happy miles on them but when I drove this one for the first time on the highway I was scared to death. I was extremely disappointed, it did not drive like any I had ever owned. I checked the tires and they looked perfect but were well over 10 years old. I purchased a new set and the car drove as it should. I had an alignment done and it drove even better.

One last comment, always remember that these older cars did not have permanently lubricated components like today’s cars. All those old school grease fittings under the car on the suspension need to be lubed every 2,000 miles and don’t forget the front wheel bearings.

Next time, Part 3, Checking the Car Over.

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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