CLAS­SIC CAR SER­VIC­ING

New Zealand Classic Car - - CLASSIC CAR SERVICING -

There’s noth­ing quite like get­ting down and dirty in the en­gine bay or un­der­side of your own clas­sic car and han­dling reg­u­lar main­te­nance chores and re­pair work. Sim­plic­ity is one of the great as­pect about own­ing and run­ning a gen­uine clas­sic and work­ing on your own car can will not only save you money, it also in­creases the per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion and well-be­ing we all feel through the own­er­ship of a much-loved clas­sic car.

There’s lit­tle doubt­ing that we all like to get out in the garage and tin­ker with our clas­sic. In fact, it seems that more and more of us tak­ing up the chal­lenge of at­tend­ing to the more tech­ni­cal aspects of ser­vic­ing our clas­sics on a reg­u­lar ba­sis, choos­ing to leave only the ‘ma­jor’ re­pairs to the ex­perts.

For many, though, the very thought of at­tempt­ing to tackle any­thing un­der the bon­net can seem to be some­what daunting process, with the re­sult that much needed ser­vic­ing can of­ten be over-looked due to fac­tors such as time re­straints, lack of suit­able equip­ment – of sim­ply just a lack of abil­ity.

How­ever, this isn’t nec­es­sar­ily a bad thing and shouldn’t stop any­one from en­joy­ing a clas­sic car – help is on the way as there are many com­pa­nies out there in this great land of ours with more than enough ex­pe­ri­ence to keep your clas­sic car run­ning like the prover­bial Swiss watch. Whether it be a generic, we-fix-all, type of me­chan­i­cal work­shop or one that spe­cialises in a spe­cific clas­sic mar­que, the choice is end­less and, in most cases, the work­man­ship of of­fer is first class. Af­ter all, qual­ity con­trol is of the ut­most im­por­tance and at­ten­tion to de­tail is es­sen­tial, es­pe­cially when it comes to han­dling some of the finer points of a cher­ished clas­sic. As such, choos­ing the right pro­fes­sional for the job is paramount and when we con­sign our cars to a work­shop we want to know that they’ll look af­ter our ‘baby’ as well as we would.

Choos­ing a pro­fes­sional com­pany through word-of-mouth rec­om­men­da­tions from fel­low clas­sic car own­ers or through the pages of spe­cial­ist mag­a­zines such as NZ Clas­sic Car, can help you to se­lect the right work­shop. Choose wisely and, in many cases, you’ll be re­as­sured to find that the pro­pri­etors and staff of such rec­om­mended es­tab­lish­ments are, in­deed, clas­sic cars own­ers them­selves and will re­spect as well as look af­ter your car as if it was their own spe­cial ve­hi­cle.

Re­mem­ber – reg­u­lar ser­vic­ing can save you from nasty un­ex­pected, and costly, sur­prises and with this in mind we’ve put to­gether a com­pre­hen­sive list of spe­cial­ist clas­sic car ser­vic­ing com­pa­nies. Whether your car re­quires noth­ing more than a sim­ple oil change and tune-up or some­thing fairly ma­jor such as an en­gine re­build, it’s im­por­tant to know that there are spe­cial­ists out here to as­sist you all the way.

Theteam of four at One Stop Me­chan­i­cal Ser­vic­ing have well over 100 years’ me­chan­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence be­tween them — owner Dave Par­ton has been in the mo­tor in­dus­try for more than 46 years. They’ve all worked on the quin­tes­sen­tial Kiwi clas­sics, while up­skilling to keep up with mod­ern au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy. Dave cur­rently drives a ’74 Es­cort RS2000, and with a Jaguar E-type, Lotus Su­per Seven, Mor­gans, and Ri­leys amongst the cars to have rolled through their doors, as well as a ’51 Com­mer cur­rently un­der­go­ing surgery, they’ll be more than happy to take care of your clas­sic.

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