What is the difference between a classic, vintage and an antique car?

Here at Overdrive, you will know that we specialise in classic car repairs.  Sometimes we find that some people find it hard to define the difference between certain type of cars. This is why we ask what is the difference between a vintage car, a classic car and an antique car? The definitions do overlap a tad but we define them below.

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How to Maintain a Classic Car

Buying a classic car can be a big decision and can set you back by a large amount. You want to make sure the car stays in the best condition it can for the time you have with it. If you don’t maintain it then over time they will deteriorate.  Here are some tips to keep your prized possession in top condition.

Stay indoors

This is not just for classic cars, every car, new or old is better off stored indoors.  By keeping the car indoors deters burglars,  as well as protecting your car from the elements, and help prevent premature damage such as rusting.  In addition to this, some insurance providers will request that the car is stored off-street.

Driving conditions

as mentioned before, these cars tend to rust easier, so avoid driving when the weather is gloomy. to deter the mechanical frailties from developing drive in summer months when the weather is dry and clear.

Internal

Make sure all the fluids in your car are stocked up. This includes oil, water and brake fluid. This is vital to do as these cars can overheat easily so it needs a lubricant to stay cool in order to keep it running efficiently. That also means keeping a close eye on the gauges and swapping things out regularly. However, bear in mind that parts of older models can be extremely rare and may be hard to source. If you need a service or repair then check out our list of services here.

Cleaning

Regular cleaning should be a given when purchasing a classic car. The less the car is cleaned the higher the likelihood of the paint fading or scratching. Ideally, you should wash the body of the car and then the undercarriage. To make it looks its best apply a layer of wax to the body. Cleaning not only helps the car to look good but to also perform better, especially when cleaning the tyres.

Insurance

One of the most important considerations if you own a classic car is getting insurance. Most of the larger insurance companies have specialists teams which deal specifically with these types of vehicles. Or there are even some companies which deal with classic cars exclusively.

Don’t drive it

If you own a genuine well-maintained classic, then consider full storage. They can be seen as an investment as there is less chance the car will deter if it is never driven. However, this option is more for those who want to make a profit on the car, not for those who own it out of love for the vehicle.

 

If you need any assistance with the maintenance and repair of your classic vehicle, then please do not hesitate to contact us here.

We are re-manufacturers of all the Laycock de Normanville overdrive units and their spare parts. Staffed by ex-Laycock employees, we offer a professional service to all Classic Car Owners and Restorers.

Most Iconic Cars in History

iconic cars

Through history, many cars have marked the era they were popular in. From great symbols of innovation and design to the stars that have owned them over the years, the following five stood out as some of the most iconic cars through history. Have a look at the list below and start dreaming:

Jaguar E-Type

Manufactured between 1961 and 1975, the British sports car was a symbol of incredibly modern design and performance. On the year of its release, Enzo Ferrari called it ‘the most beautiful car ever made’ and the two-seater has since been seen as iconic, appearing in various Hollywood films and top cars lists.

Aston Martin DB4 and DB5

No iconic cars’ list could be completed without James Bond’s favourite manufacturer: Aston Martin. The British-made luxury grand tourer was released in 1963 and has since made us dream about its incredible design and high performance.

Triumph Spitfire

The small English two-seater sports a classic 1960s design, a 1147 cc OHV I4 engine and a 4-speed manual transmission. It is a great and relatively affordable classic car to own so make sure you check our classic car buying guide for more information!

Porsche 911

The two-seater is a classic German sports car, with independent suspensions and a six-cylinder boxer engine. Since its introduction in 1963, it became an instant classic and it is considered one of the most successful competition cars in history.

Volkswagen Beetle

The ‘Superbug’, as it has also been called over the years, is a great example of how iconic cars are not necessarily incredibly pricey. The reason why the Beetle always makes any iconic cars list is for its importance in the history of motorisation. It was created by Ferdinand Porsche in 1938 as a cheap and easily available car, changing the way people viewed motorisation forever. Thanks to the Beetle, cars became available to most families as opposed to the few, leading to a massive change in the lives of the low to middle classes.

Above are five of the most iconic cars of all time, which have made us dream about one day owning or leasing them. If you are thinking of making that dream come true, always think about eventual repairs and substitutions first. Have a look at our articles to find out what you should look for before buying a classic car!

4 Common Gearbox Problems You Might Need to Repair

A car’s transmission is a very complex mechanical system.

It controls the application of power from the engine to the driveshaft. Over time, it is bound to suffer some wear and tear, more so than most other parts of your vehicle as a result of the heat and friction produced by the variety of moving components.

It fairs well to know common types of transmission problems you may encounter so you can easily identify them and get them fixed.

Below, we’ve compiled a list of 4 symptoms of transmission issues and the signs you should be keeping your eyes peeled for.

Slow responses

As the driver shifts from park to drive, the car should immediately into proper gear. For any automatic transmissions, it is possible that the driver will notice when shifting into drive or park that there is a sort of delay prior to feeling the gear engage. Often, this is a transmission-based concern.

Manual transmissions can have the same lacking response issue, but after shifting into gear the engine’s RPMs will surge, but the car may not move as fast as the engine will sound like it’s going. This often indicates the clutch needing to be replaced.

Whining sounds

It’s hard to call what the sound of your car when there is trouble with your transmission, however, you will notice it. The sounds that are produced will vary widely between different makes and models, but it is comparable to buzzing, whining or humming noise.

Leaking fluid

The most identifiable symptom is a leakage, something which should be repaired as soon as possible. Allowing fluids to leak is one fo the most common causes for transmissions to break down.

Automatic transition fluid (ATF) is, essentially, the lifeblood of a transmission as it cleans, lubricates and conditions the seals, along with acting like a hydraulic fluid. Without the ATF, the engine will stop working completely.

Grinding or shaking

A car should be running smoothly and be without shaking movements and grinding sounds. If you do encounter these issues, it could be an indicator that there is a problem with the gears.

Manual transmissions will commonly indicate problems by making a grinding noise or feeling when you are shifting into gear. If the grinding noise occurs after engaging the clutch and shifting, this can be sign that clutch will need to be replaced or adjusted.

Tips When Buying a Vintage Triumph Spitfire

When purchasing a vintage car, you need to consider that it isn’t like buying a modern car.

To begin with, there will be fewer cars available for selection when buying a classic car, not to mention that time will take its toll on older cars, including the Triumph Spitfire which is likely to rust and obtain structural problems.

Bear in mind that there is likely to be a need for repairs on such a vintage car, this can be fairly expensive. Cosmetic repairs can be the cheaper option but will only last long enough to sell a car.

Often, sellers will leave out details about the car that might need your attention: they may describe the vehicle to have good mechanics, however, this could suggest it has a bad body, and vice versa – so look between the lines of some the advertisements you may come across.

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Which Oil Should Be Used in an Austin Healey Overdrive Gearbox?

austin healey overdrive gearbox oil

The type of oil that you should use in your Healey overdrive gearbox may be something you’ve thought of for a while.

The reason for this is often because the available information on the subject can be rather confusing. Below are some basic issues one man uncovered:

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The 4 most common faults with the Triumph Spitfire

 

Triumph Spitfire Gearbox

There are a few common faults that occur in the classic Triumph Spitfire. Of course, many of the problems are the usual niggles that were common in cars made it that era. If you’re planning to buy a vintage Triumph be sure to check alignment, rust, engine and gearbox. If you’re already the proud owner of a Spitfire, the following article will help you to diagnose any issues you’ve come across

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