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Video:How to Make a Classic Car More Road Worthy

with Zac Moseley

A lot has changed in the way cars are made, so driving a classic car might feel like a whole different ballgame. Learn what common upgrades you can make to your classic car to enhance your driving experience.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Make a Classic Car More Road Worthy

Now that you have your classic car, we are going to go through some simple things you can do to maintain it and improve it, during the time you own it. I am Zac Moseley, Director of the Classic Car Club of Manhattan and I am here with About.com.

Why Fix a Classic Car to Become Road Worthy?

Even if your car is in good shape to start with, there are a lot of things you may want to do to improve the driving experience and the reliability. There is a lot of modern technology that you can put into a car without ruining the classic feeling of it that will make it better to drive.

Classic Car Cooling Systems

The number one thing we go through when we get an old car is the cooling system. That is a vital system that keeps the engine running right and protects the engines longevity. Classic cars generally had mechanical fans that were attached to the motor. Modern cars have aluminum radiators and electric fans -- the reason being, a mechanical fan is relying on how fast the motor is spinning, and when you need it most, like when you are sitting in traffic on a hot day, the fan is not going to be spinning very fast. On this car, we have a nice, modern thick aluminum radiator, it is very efficient, and an electric cooling fan. This fan will be running all the time, especially when you are stopped in traffic, so it is always pulling air through the radiator and cooling down the engine -- which will help it last longer and keep it from overheating.

Classic Car Brakes

This is a 1965 Mustang Fastback. This car came with manual drum brakes, which meant there was no power assist -- so when you stepped on the pedal, you really had to step on it hard. And the drum brakes just do not stop as well. They are pretty powerful when they are working right, but over a long trip they will fade and you lose the power. On this car, we put in a brand new power brake booster and a new master cylinder. It is all available in a kit. Putting in an upgrade power disk brake system like that is probably about a day's work. It is a bit of effort to do, but it is well-spent because the car will stop better and you will get more reliable handling as well.

Even with these changes, you have to remember that it is still not going to be as reliable or as predictable as a modern car. When a car is designed around the modern systems, they are going to work better than adding them on to an old car. That being said, they are still very valuable improvements -- you put a bit of money in and it will make the car a lot more enjoyable to drive.

Drive the Classic Car

Lastly, as I said before, drive your classic car and drive it often. It's the best thing you can do to keep it running!

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