Many classic car enthusiasts keep their vehicles safely stored in a garage most of the time and only take them out for Sunday drives and special occasions. Others, though, prefer to enjoy their vehicles as much as possible and use them to travel to and from work and to run errands. If you have a classic car that you want to use frequently, you may find that some of its features make it difficult to handle or make the ride less pleasant than it could be. Here are some important upgrades that can make your drive safer and more comfortable.
Modifications to Improve Your Classic Car’s Performance and Safety
Most classic cars have a points ignition system that turns the coil on and off as necessary. As a car ages, the contact points can deteriorate, leading to problems with starting and overall performance that can make driving unsafe. Upgrading to an electronic ignition system is an affordable modification that can make your classic car’s performance more reliable.
A classic vehicle without power steering can be hard to handle in tight spaces, especially if the owner is used to driving a car with power steering. Upgrading your classic car with a power steering system can reduce the risk of accidents and can help keep you, your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians safe.
Older vehicles generally have drum brakes, either in the rear or in both ends of the car. Although drum brakes can allow a large vehicle to go from a high speed to a full stop quickly, they need to be cleaned and adjusted frequently and can wear out quickly. Disc brakes are a safer option and are easy to install.
In an older vehicle with a mechanical engine fan, the fan turns on and off based on how fast the motor is spinning. That means that when you are stuck in traffic, the fan may shut off when the engine is most in need of cooling. Upgrading to an electric fan can prevent the engine from overheating while you are sitting in traffic.
The air conditioning systems in older cars are not nearly as efficient as those in modern vehicles. They can also cause engine drag and affect vehicle performance. Upgrading to a modern air conditioning system can keep you and your passengers cooler and cause less wear and tear on the engine.
Have Classic Car Modifications Done Right
When upgrading a classic car and installing modern equipment, it’s critical to use the correct parts and to have them installed by professionals with the proper training and experience. The team at Innovative Restorations in Wallingford, Connecticut, understand the needs of classic car owners. We can upgrade your vehicle to make it safer and to make the driving experience more enjoyable.