Pre­pare Your Clas­sic for Spring

Fuzz Town­shend’s top tips

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

It’s that time of year again; the one all well-be­haved boys and girls have been wait­ing for. Yes, it’s time to get the proper car out of the garage and onto the road. But let’s just as­sume for a mo­ment that clas­sic cars will be­have rather like their own­ers af­ter an en­forced pe­riod of bed rest. They may need eas­ing into ac­tion, rather than har­ing off un­pre­pared into the bril­liant Bri­tish sun­shine for fun and frol­ics.

A few hours un­der­tak­ing pre-use checks and main­te­nance will help to en­sure that rested clas­sics per­form as they should when called to. It’s all part of the fun of own­er­ship and helps to form an over­view of car con­di­tion and gives point­ers to­wards what to ex­pect over the com­ing months. Un­der­side, out­side, un­der-bon­net and in­side the car all fea­ture com­po­nents and equip­ment that should be in­spected for cor­rect op­er­a­tion. It re­ally is worth tak­ing the time.

Make sure you have plenty of the reg­u­lar sun­dries to hand, such as en­gine oil, gear oil, spray lu­bri­cants and coolant. So, tools at the ready, trol­ley jacks and torches to hand. It’s time for a spot of preven­ta­tive main­te­nance.

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