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Written By: admin on January 8, 2013 No Comment

All modern cars have their roots in history. It is often said that history repeats itself and this can be seen as much in cars as it can be observed in other forms of fashion. Cars have become fashion statements in their own right. They are no longer just the practical gadgets they have always been perceived to be. The kind of car a man drives or parks in his garage tells a lot about what kind of a person he is.

Utilizing Modern Technology

It is not usually possible to get a classic car of yesteryear in mint condition. The available ones have to be rebuilt. This is the only way to restore them to their original condition. Modern day rebuilds however, do not just bring a car back to what it was, they make the car better. This is achieved by incorporating new technology. The improvements make the car perform better and overcome most of the problems that were encountered by motorists back in the day.

Sentimental Value

Due to the sentimental value attached to classic cars, they are usually more expensive than modern equivalents. They are said to be priceless because they do not have a fixed price tag. Their value depends on their condition and willingness of the owner to sell. The level of modifications and improvements also play a major role in determining the true value of these vehicles.

Epitome of Luxury

Owning and driving a vintage is the epitome of luxury. It is the kind of a car with which one can be sure of getting no competition. It uniqueness and rarity makes the owner to stand out among peers. It gives a new dimension to car ownership because it has a personality of its own. A classic car becomes a true member of the family in any home. Its true worth goes beyond performance. It develops a true character which is not possible with even the most advanced modern car.

Collector’s Items

Car lovers treat their cars like collector’s items. There is however no better collector’s item than a vintage car. A collector wants to be the only one who owns a particular thing. There is no better way to achieve this than by getting some really old cars brought to mint condition by restoration experts. It is exciting to get an extremely old car looking like the way it did when it was brand new. Rebuilding a classic car involves customizing and improving it and so one ends up with a better car.

To Buy or to Rebuild

Making the decision on whether to buy an old car and restore it, or get one that is already restored depends on one’s budget and technical aptitude. Not everybody has the know-how and patience required to rebuild a classic car. This is work that is best left to the true enthusiasts. It is however quite cost effective to undertake the work by oneself on condition that there is a professional adviser close at hand. This enhances the attachment one has for his car on completion of the restoration.

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Written By: admin on December 21, 2012 No Comment

Maintaining your car on a regular basis is important in order to ensure its longevity and functionality. Maintaining and repairing a car should not be a too difficult task, provided that you consider all the important steps meticulously. You must also adopt some safety measures when repairing a car in order to protect yourself from unwanted accidents and dangers. Hence, given below are some of the important safety measures that you must take on when repairing a car.

Do not attempt to repair if it’s beyond your capability: If you think that repairing a car is not your line of job, then do not attempt to do it on your own. In such cases, it is advisable to hire the services of a professional car mechanic who will do it with ultimate commitment, skills and/or expertise. It is always wise to pay someone who knows the job rather than to attempt to do it by yourself and invite a danger.

Physically unfit: If you are not physically fit to repair the car by yourself, then it is highly recommended to not attempt to do the task. Replacing or repairing certain parts of the car may require you lifting, crawling under the vehicle, laying or working in awkward position, bending, twisting, straining and jerking. People who are suffering from back ache, knee problems or lack of physical strength should not be repairing the cars on their own.

General safety measures:

  • Make sure that you do not smoke when repairing a car and/or working on fuel related components like fuel filter, carburetor, fuel injectors, fuel pump, fuel lines or fuel tank.
  • Keep an arrangement of a fire extinguisher near the location where you are repairing the car.
  • Batteries of the car contain hydrogen gas which is very explosive. So it is advisable to not smoke when working on the battery.
  • When elevating the car, use a jack as well as a pair of support stands positioned underneath the vehicle. This will securely hold your vehicle up and prevent it from falling on you. Make sure that the support stands are strong enough to hold up the weight of the vehicle. Avoid using blocks of woods, wheels or bricks for supporting the vehicle as these might slip and collapse any time.
  • When replacing a starter, installing a radio or repairing a broken switch, make sure that you detach one of the battery cables or remove power fuses. This will help you prevent accidental shorts, damages or fire. This safety measure should also be adopted for Gearbox Repairs Dublin during gearbox reconditioning and head gasket replacement.
  • Make sure that you do not unplug any electrical connector when the engine is running. Unplugging connectors when current is flowing through them can create a voltage spike and damage any expensive components of a car.
  • When repairing your vehicle, do not wear any loose fitted clothes, jewelry, rings, scarf or bulky gloves. These items may entangle with any moving parts of the vehicle, causing serious injury or even death.
  • It is advisable to wear protection when hammering, pounding, grinding, sawing or drilling because exposure to the high level sound can lead to permanent hearing loss.
Written By: admin on December 21, 2012 No Comment

Taking proper care of your car and maintaining it regularly is crucial to ensure its longevity. Also, you must replace the car engine as soon as it starts showing up any major faults or damages. This will help your car running smoothly and safely. However, replacing the car engine is not a simple task, and requires extensive knowledge about the car and its mechanical components. Given below are the important steps that you must follow when replacing the car engine or Servicing of Cars on your own.

  • Before you replace the engine of car, you must find out the problem associated with it. Also, check the started, transmission and other important parts of the car to determine if there is any damage or they need to be replaced. If you see that the problem is not because of the other parts of the car, then be assured that you will need to replace the engine.
  • Having proper tools and equipments is extremely important to replace the car engine in a correct manner. You can either buy a factory-made engine or a manufactured engine, depending upon the requirement of your car. If you do not possess appropriate tools and equipments for the job, then them or rent from a local car center. Two most important pieces of equipment that you must rent are engine hoist and stand.
  • Once you have got hold of all the necessary equipments, start the process by disconnecting the negative battery cable in the car. After you disconnect the battery cable, remove the top most the top most accessible parts around the engine. Then also, disengage the distributor cover, cap, the cooling fan and the electrical harness.
  • Once you detach all these components in your car, unplug the fuel lines. If there is any excess amount of fuel, store it in an air tight jar. Then disconnect the throttle links as well. Give a proper code to the links and note down their correct place on a sheet.
  • After this take off the coolant and heater hoses from the radiator. Then remove the AC compressor and its assembly. Put them in an appropriate and safe location. Take off the alternator bolts and belts and disconnect the battery that is joined to it. Also, disconnect power steering pump.
  • Then remove the tires of the car, by using jack stands for support. Also, detach the lower radiator, power steering bracket, pump, exhaust shield and pump.
  • Take off the motor mount from the car and also the attached bolts and starter.  After you do this, remove the engine by using a hoist.  Keep the engine somewhere safe and secured. Then place the new engine in the engine compartment, by using a hoist again. Then lift the car onto a jack stand and reinstall the mechanical components that had been removed. Install them in the same chronology as they had been taken out. Join the engine to the transmission and reconnect the fuel lines, hoses, alternators and bolts.
  • Before you take the car for a test drive, make sure that you pour oil in the engine because a    dry new engine can damage the other components in surrounding. Let the oil warm up and see if there is any damage or leakage in the engine. Then take the car for a drive to see whether it’s running smoothly. These tips will immensely help you in replacing and reconditioning engines.
Written By: admin on September 3, 2012 No Comment

In preparation for any dreaded day that you get a flat tyre and you’re in the car alone, it’s a good idea to practice changing your wheels at home.   As with anything, the more experience you have with something, the better you’ll be at it.

Provided you’re parked safely, have some basic knowledge and the right tools, changing a wheel is actually a fairly straightforward task.

Tools Required


  • Prior to Lifting the Car
    Spare Wheel – inflated
  • Vehicle Jack
  • Wheel-nut Wrench
  • 1 or more Wheel Chock’s
  • Handbook – to show you where to attach the jack
  • Gloves
  • Torch – in case it’s dark
  • Reflective Jacket – for your own safety

Aim to do the job with the vehicle raised for as little time as possible.  With the engine turned off and the hazard lights switched on, apply the handbrake and engage first gear (or ‘P’ if your cause is an automatic).  Then chock the road wheel diagonally opposite the tyre to be replaced.  Position the jack in the recommended lifting point in your handbook.  Make sure the jack head is engaged correctly before you extend it until the car just starts to lift off the ground.  Do not lift the car any further at this point.

Unscrew the wheel nuts anti-clockwise using the car’s wheel brace.  Position yourself steadily so that you don’t lose your balance once the nut comes off.

Lifting the Car

Raise the jack so that the wheel is just off the ground.  Remove the wheel nuts whilst keeping the wheel in position.  It’s worthwhile leaving the last nut until last so that you can lift the wheel away from the hub using both hands.

Fitting the Replacement

Secure the wheel by screwing on the top nut first.  Attach the remaining nuts by hand and then lower the wheel to make contact with the ground.  Now you can fully tighten all of the wheel nuts.

Safety

  • Do not go under or work under the car whilst it is raised on the Jack.
  • Do not attempt to use the Jack anywhere other than the jacking points specified in your handbook.
  • Do not change the wheel on soft, loose or uneven ground.
  • Make sure all passengers are out of the car whilst you are changing the wheel.

Written by Barrie on behalf of iCarHireInsurance.com – providing Car Hire Insurance Excess for your travels.

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