Classic Daily Driver
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
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...
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 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...
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?