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Why classics need regular servicing

Basic servicing of your classic car can dramatically increase its reliability, longevity and performance. Most classics don’t undertake the mileage that modern cars do but they are more fragile. Therefore, for trouble free motoring it is important to keep on top of your classics needs.

When left unattended a cars 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 adding to the stress on the vehicle.

Manufacturers know best?

We treat the manufacturer service schedule as a starting point to create a bespoke maintenance regime better suited to the car’s use. That is why Project Shop recommends two services a year:

  • A major one prior to the start of the season
  • A minor one at the end.

With our modern cars we have become use to racing into the servicing department, drinking a cappuccino whilst the technician drops the oil, spins on a new filter before banging it into the queue for the car wash. This is not enough for a car of twenty years old or more.

Pre-season Service

When putting the car into summer use after a winter in the garage, the inspection needs to include full assessments of the cars condition. Special attension should be paid to the cooling and brake systems which deteriorate faster when the car is not in use. All of this is on top of normal servicing schedule of fluid changes and greasing.

Pre-storage maintenance

When laying up a car for the winter, a fuel additive to prevent the petrol going stale should be added. The oil should be fresh as contaminated oil can accelerate deterioration. Therefore the car needs a minor service, a check over, plus another full lube and grease-up.

When you get the car home, the tyres need pumping up to their maximum inflation pressure, normally around 50psi, to avoid flat spots as it sits in one place over the winter.

We have developed service schedules for hundreds of makes and models so your car will be treated 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.

Time and cost

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.

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