Classic Car Servicing, Maintenance & Repairs Gold Coast
Aston Martin DB4, DB5, DB6 and DB7
Austin Healey 3000, 100, Sprite
Triumph Stag, TR2, TR3, TR4, TR5, TR6, Spitfire and GT6
Jaguar Mark 2, E-Type, XK120, XK140, XK150, S-Type, XJS
Porsche 911, 912 and 964
Land Rover Series 1,2,3
Lancia Fulvia, Flavia, 2000 and Integrale
Holden EH, EJ, FJ, HD, HR, Monaro, Torana
Fiat, 500, 600, 124, Spider
Mercedes SL, 3.5,220,280,300
Alfa Romeo 105, Spider, 2600
Mini, Mini Cooper, Mini Cooper S
Datsun 240Z, 280Z, Fairlady
Chrysler Valiant, Charger
MG – MGTC, MGTD, MGY, MG, Magnette, MGB, MGC, MGB V8, MGRV8, MGF
Ford – Mustang, Fairlane, Falcon, T-Bird
Regular maintenance and regular use
Reliability from your classic car is achieved in various ways; the two most important are regular maintenance and regular use; the latter is self-explanatory. The more you use your classic car, the more every component is ‘worked’ and will, therefore, not corrode, seize or perish through standing. Fuel systems will also give rise to problems if not kept in regular use with the fuel evaporating’s key constituents and leaving the residue to block up fuel pumps, fuel filters and carburettor jets.
Cooling systems are another troublesome area if not used regularly. Radiators corrode and ultimately leak. Engine core plugs corrode and can pop out. Water pumps will start to leak once turned after a lay-up period, and finally (and possibly most importantly) corrosion and debris usually carried in suspension in the cooling system will settle. The build-up of sludge and silt will cause overheating problems, with the consequences potentially much more severe. It goes without saying that here, at the Classic Car Clinic on the Gold Coast, we have encountered all these problems in the past, and can, of course, cater for any eventuality should any of the above problems affect your vehicle.
Why Regular Maintenance Is Important
Regular maintenance of classic cars on the Gold Coast; keeping suspension and steering joints well lubricated and greased is essential. The older the vehicle, the more grease nipples need attention.
At Classic Car Clinic, we can gain access to all the greasing points on your classic car and, at the same time, inspect brakes and suspension systems for wear or damage. It is not uncommon for us to spot a potentially fatal component on a vehicle whilst carrying out routine classic car servicing!
Another point that the classic car owner may lose sight of is the need to service or lubricate these vehicles on a far more regular basis than the modern car, with service intervals of up to 12 months in some cases. For example, did you know that for an MGB, the gearbox oil should be checked every 6000 miles and changed every 12000 miles? Your steering rack or box should be topped-up every 6000 miles? Or that the brake fluid should be renewed every 2-years? These figures apply to most, if not all classic cars, not just the MGB.
We always use engine oils with the correct levels of ZDDP, a most important consistent in any classic engine oil for maximum wear protection. Modern engine oils must NOT be used in classic car engines.
Vintage, historic and classic cars all require regular servicing, preferably by a classic car mechanic with experience working on old vehicles. The service consists of various things that, during a period, show wear and tear. Oil and oil filter are changed, gearbox oil level checked, or the oil changed, likewise with the axle. Other fluids that receive attention are the coolant and brake/clutch fluids. A visual inspection of the brake shoes or brake pads and corresponding drum or disc is also conducted. Lights are checked, and bulbs (globes) are replaced as required. The tyre pressures checked and adjusted. Battery levels are checked and topped up with electrolyte if required; terminals are also checked for cleanliness. Adjustments are made to tappets and the entire condition of the vehicle observed. Any points of concern are noted and pointed out to the client, and the severity advised upon.
All in all, we are looking for reliability in a vehicle. For expert classic car servicing on the Gold Coast, contact the team for an obligation free estimate!