How to Tune Up a Classic: Three Things You Need to Know

Michigan Classic Car Tune Up

The month of May just rolled in, which means you and your classic need to be rolling out! Get the good vibes going and take your car out in that nice warm sun. But before you do that, is your car is looking and performing at its best? No worries! We’ve got you covered. Here’s a list of everything you need to know when tuning-up your classic car. Don’t keep your baby locked-up in a cage. Classic cars are meant to be free… and seen.


Safety First


At King Brothers Collisions, our customers’ safety is our number one priority. You should never compromise when the lives of you, your passengers, and other pedestrians are involved.

First things first – check all your car’s fluids. If your car has been stored inside your garage most of winter, you’ll want to see if any fluids need replacing from the transmission, radiator, brake fluid and power steering. Stored cars have the tendency to absorb moisture from the air if they have been sitting in for a long time. Be sure to flush and replace if there are any burning smells when in use. Make sure your brakes are working right as well. If not, you might need to replace your brake fluid.

Check your tires for any flats or deflation. Look at your tires’ threads and see if their traction is still up to scratch. If you had winter tires installed, it’s time to switch back to regular tires for better mobility. How are your lights? If any one of your head, rear, turn signals or brake lights are malfunctioning, don’t take your car out on the road. Not only is it a safety hazard, it’s also a traffic ticket waiting to happen.


How Do I Look?


Vintage cars are most sought after by collectors and enthusiasts for their classic and nostalgic designs. Imagine a fully-restored, well-maintained, freshly-painted screamer of a car rolling down the street, turning heads left and right. Wouldn’t that be a sight? Well, whether you worked on your classic on your own or had a little help, there’s nothing wrong with showing it off.

King Brothers Collisions specializes in body-work and restoration. If your car needs any work done, send it over to our shop and we’ll get that baby running and looking good as new. We’ll even help you pick out the colors as well. A classic car is 50% originality and 50% personality. You don’t want to be driving around in something that just makes you feel awkward. Together, we can work together to find a look that will best suit you and your car.


Fun in the Sun


For most of our customers, it’s more than just about the look – it’s a lifestyle. In the end, it really is about how much you’re enjoying your ride. You really don’t want to commit all that time, money and energy only to feel disappointed. Make sure all the elements are in place so that all you need to worry about is finding your car keys. How’s the AC? Is it blasting at the temperature you like? What about your playlist? Make sure your sound system is up to scratch and ready to play all your favorite tunes. Brought enough snacks for you and your buddies? Never know when you might get the munchies. Top down or top up? Doesn’t matter. Destination: NOWHERE? Great choice! It’s your car, your life. Don’t let anything get in the way of you living the life you want to live. But once again, we need to stress that safety is and should always be top priority. Have fun and stay safe out there!

Taking your classic car out for a spin should never be a chore and should always be something you look forward to. We know you’ve been itching to after being cooped up inside most of winter. But before rolling out, it’s important to remember your safety, your car’s look and your overall enjoyment. King Brothers Collision have been in this business a long time and we know how to treat you and your car right. If you have any questions regarding any automobile matters, Give us a call at 313-534-8090 (Redford) or 734-744-8557 (Livonia). You can also fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you at a more convenient time.

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