How to Customize a Classic Car


A car must be between 20 and 40 years old to be considered classic, according to the Classic Car Club of America. A car older than 40 years is considered antique. Often car owners apply the term loosely to cars that don’t fit into the classic category. Classic cars are unsafe and equipped with outdated technology, so many owners desire to customize their ride and add some makeup. If you are thinking about how to customize a classic car, there are some things you should keep in mind.

Restoration or customization? One of the most important aspects you should consider when deciding how to customize a classic car is the purpose of the customization. Do you want to improve the performance of your vehicle, or just fix some broken parts and freshen up the paint job? Restoring a car requires the original parts, a challenging task that can take a lot of time, because car companies no longer produces them. You will have to scavenge junkyards and auctions to discover that some can be quite expensive. Classic cars are not that safe and fuel efficient so don’t take the decision lightly.

If you want to increase the performance of a classic and perhaps add more comfortable seats, a different engine and suspensions than customization is the right thing. You can add airbags and seat belts to make it safer and even customize the paint with original designs. It is possible to install air conditioning to your classic, along with hydraulics and superchargers.

Most items are easy to acquire, but the tricky part is finding an engine that fits into the classic. If you have questions about how to customize a classic car engine you should consult a specialist before gathering the rest of the parts. There are no limits to what you can do, but before you start investing make sure that it is worth it. Figure out if you will keep the old engine or replace it with a new one and if you decide not to change, verify if the spark plugs and battery are working properly.

For the exterior look of your car do some research to gather ideas. Check out some websites, old magazines, photos, books, other customized cars and make a sketch of your dream design. You will also need a neat color scheme for the interior and exterior that will make your car stand out. Many people add chrome and LED lights to their classic car, but be careful how much you put on, so it won’t ruin the design. The purpose of the customization- for shows or clubs- will determine how many accessories you add. Determine how much work you want to do yourself and find a professional for the rest.