Basic servicing of your classic car can dramatically increase its reliability, longevity and performance. Although most classics don’t undertake the mileage that modern cars do, they are more fragile.
If left unattended their performance tends to degrade over time making them grumpy to start and unable to run smoothly or economically.
Cars from the 1940s-‘90s were designed to be used everyday. Yet when a car is treated as a heritage vehicle, it can endure long periods of idleness, coupled with intense periods of activity. These usually occur in the height of summer, when the weather is hottest too.
Which is why we treat the manufacturer service schedule as only a starting point to create a bespoke maintenance regime better suited to the car’s use. Project Shop recommends two services a year – one major one prior to the start of the classic car season. And one minor one at the end of the season.
With modern cars we have become use to racing our car into the servicing department, drinking a machine made cappuccino whilst the technician drops the oil, spins on a new filter has a quick glance over before banging it into the queue for the car wash.
What are the differences? First, when putting the car into summer use after a winter in the garage, the inspection needs to include full assessments of cylinder compression and leakdown. The carburettor and fuel tank may need fresh fuel. And the cooling system needs checking that it’s tip-top. All of this is on top of normal servicing schedule, fluid changes and greasing.
When laying up a car for the winter, a fuel additive to prevent the petrol going stale needs to be added. The car should not be laid up with old, contaminated oil in the sump as combustion debris held in suspension within the oil can cause accelerated deterioration. So the car needs a minor service and checkover, plus another full lub and grease-up. And the tyres need pumping up to their maximum inflation pressure, normally around 50psi, to avoid flat spots.
We have service schedules for hundreds of makes and models so your car will be serviced to its exact requirements. This means that:
- We know exactly what oils to use
- Which filters should be replaced
- Whether chassis and suspension points require greasing
- If carburetors require adjustment
- Where the ignition timing should be set
- If tappets require adjustment
- Whether it is time for an ignition service with points gapped or replaced
- What tyre pressures should be set to
- What type of coolant should be used to avoid damage to the engine block
- We will also give the car a comprehensive check over to make sure your brakes, cooling and electrical systems are safe for the season ahead.
It take 3 hours to comprehensively service most classic cars, costing £163.50 + Consumables and VAT. We guarantee that your classic will be better to drive and methodically maintained. You will also get a service report detailing the work carried out to bolster your service file rather than just a one line bill.