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Classic Daily Driver

Updated on April 22, 2013

A Classic Car as Your Daily Driver

If you love vintage cars, do you drive them every day? I know... new cars are safe, reliable, and low maintenance. They have good performance and great fuel economy. Besides all that, they're... boring. If you'd rather drive something that isn't a belly button... if you're not afraid of mechanical things... if you want to try something different... you need a classic daily driver. Driving an old car as your daily driver can be challenging and frustrating, but it won't be boring and it's almost guaranteed to be a lot of fun. Keep reading to find out how...

My Classic Daily Driver - My 1962 Buick Special Deluxe Wagon

My 1962 Buick Special classic daily driver
My 1962 Buick Special classic daily driver

This is my daily driver - a 1962 Buick Special station wagon. I've been driving it since 2010 with almost no problems. I wouldn't take it on a road trip (though I did drive it from the bay area in California to Sparks) but it's perfect for around town.

Really? A Station Wagon??? - Yes, really...

Buick at dawn
Buick at dawn

I love Station Wagons. They make great daily drivers, especially if you need a family car. They look great, haul a lot of stuff, and you don't see 5 million of them on the road every day - perfect traits for a daily driver...

Classic Daily Driver
Classic Daily Driver

Updating Your Classic

Making your classic safe and reliable...

Thanks to modern technology, new cars are safer than ever, reliable, and get great gas mileage. Classic cars can also be safe and reliable, but it does take some work to get them closer to modern standards for safety and reliability. The main issues that need to be addressed with classic cars are brakes, seat belts, fuel delivery, insurance, and maintenance. Modern cars have anti-lock brakes, 3 point seat belts with airbags, and electronic fuel injection and ignition systems. Classic cars make do with drum brakes, laps belts (or no seat belts), carburetors, and distributors. If you want your classic daily driver to be safe and reliable you'll need to address these issues.

Keeping It On The Road - Technical data you'll need to maintain your classic car...

If you work on old cars (and if your daily driver is a classic you will be working on it), information can be difficult to find. Chilton's Auto Repair manual for 1964-71 covers all major systems for American cars built by AMC, Chrysler, Ford, and General Motors. It's a must-have for maintaining an older vehicle.

Chilton's Auto Repair Manual 1964-71
Chilton's Auto Repair Manual 1964-71

Chilton's Auto Repair Manual is the best source of information for your vintage daily driver. It includes detailed, step by step procedures for maintaining and repairing your classic car. I can't recommend this book enough:)

 

The Most Important Tool - If you drive a classic, this is essential...

(Photo: rmkoske under Creative Commons)

Maintaining a classic car - especially if it's your daily driver - requires lots of tools. The most important one is also the cheapest - a notebook. Old cars have lots of little things you need to worry about that don't apply to newer vehicles. Sounds, the way it feels going down the road... Keeping track of what's going on with your car is easy if you carry a note book in the glove box. I use mine to keep track of gas mileage, new noises that shouldn't be present, and anything else that might indicate that I need to look at something and get it fixed.

Chilton's Auto Repair Manual 1964-71

 

Classic or Modern... - What do you like to drive?

Which is the best daily driver - and why?

Classic all the way!!! You can't beat the styling and fun...

Classic all the way!!! You can't beat the styling and fun...

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    • Johnd610 2 years ago

      Very neat article post.Much thanks again. Much obliged. cbbadeedfdge

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      My 1965 Wildcat will fillet and grill 9/10 new cars on the road today. Why be depressed sitting in your tan Toyota Seppuku or Honda Kamikaze when you can drive real American steel with chrome glistening in the sun? (Hint hint...those plastic bumpers now never glisten....ever)

    • seeker2011 lm 5 years ago

      There is a bloke up the road who has several classic cars and each day I pass his house I see him in a different car be it mustang, ponitac, chev, comaro, and he is doing up another. Way to go.

    Modern all the way!!! You can't beat the safety and fuel economy...

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Dream=57 Chevy Convertible :D

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          Ayngel Overson 5 years ago from Crestone, Co

          Someday I'll have my classic car, or two... but I doubt I'd actually drive a Belair every day!