Classic cars are taken out on the road only on special events and occasions. Today, it is hard for one to imagine a classic car driven in its original condition. A restored car, however, has all the same comforts as the new car models of today. They are indeed suited to modern road standards and can be driven safely.
Eugene Bernshtam is a leading name in the real estate industry in the USA; however, when he is not busy with real estate, he is actively involved in car restoration. He is among the Illinois Secretary of State’s Licensed Auto Dealers and a member of the Ferrari Club and Lamborghini Club of America. In the past few years, he has been the recipient of several awards in the field of classic automotive judged concourses. His hobbies include weightlifting, scuba diving, and traveling.
What are the most popular modern upgrades to classic cars?
Classic cars can be upgraded by their owners for a better look and feel. In his opinion, the following are some modern upgrades that one can make to classic cars-
- Electronic ignition upgrade- Replaces the conventional breaker point ignition used on cars manufactured before 1980. This electronic ignition boosts the efficiency of the fuel and gives smoother and faster acceleration; it decreases exhaust emissions and does a lot more.
- Power steering upgrades- If you do not have a power steering upgrade in your classic car, this will really tire you when you hit the road with the car. It is very hard for you to drive the car through crowded and tight places. The ordeal becomes even more difficult when you try to make a U-turn. Power steering helps you in a large way to drive safely and smoothly.
- Disc brakes- Conventionally, the brakes on any classic car depend primarily on its drum brakes. They are attached to the rear or both ends of the car. However, the friction causes them to quickly wear out. Upgrading to disc brakes offers significant braking power as it is less likely to fade, can be adjusted by itself and has a no-hassle maintenance regime.
- Air conditioning- If the comfort of the car needs a primary upgrade, it generally is the air conditioning system. Modern cars generally use the R134 system for air-conditioning. This system has four major components that are the condenser, evaporator, expansion valve, and compressor. One needs to check these parts and restore them with modern upgrades for the comfort you need.
According to Eugene Bernshtam, auto restorations are an expensive and time-consuming affair. However, some car restoration projects are not worth the time and money. In order to determine whether it is prudent to restore your classic car or not with modern upgrades, it is prudent for you to consult an expert in the field. Certain factors need to be taken into consideration so that you do not land up wasting your time and hard-earned money.