What To Look For When Buying A Classic Car

Buying A Classic Car
What To Look For When Buying A Classic Car

Troubleshooting Does Not Mean Pass Up

When buying a classic car, examine the framework or chassis, engine block and support for cracks and welding before you sign on the dotted line.

If cracks or welds are obvious, the car should not be passed up because it is a good investment.

However, if the classic car is being sold for top dollar in good operating condition, knowing what to look for when buying a classic car will strengthen your bargaining position.

Listen for noises in the motor.

Make sure wheels are in proper alignment.

Light or heavy bangs or knocks may be due to poor valve adjustment or loose bearings, worn pistons or carbon deposits.

Uneven running of the motor may mean distributor trouble, poor spark plugs or improper timing.

If the clutch facing is worn, then you will experience a jerky starting or the engine may race when going up a grade without showing sufficient power.

If, while driving, you hear a bang in the rear end, it may be due to a broken tooth in the master pinion gear in the differential.

This will eventually cause more teeth to break and finally stop the car.

A broken bearing in the rear wheel is indicated by a heavy thump in the wheel while driving.

The steering post can be tested by turning it two inches in either direction.

If the wheels do not turn within this space, the steering worms may be worn or there may be loose steering connections.

Examine the spring leaves beneath the car to see that none are broken.

Make sure the battery is charged and that the generator is charging.

The cooling system including the radiator hose and water pump should be examined carefully for leaks.

Road test the car at various speeds to see if the motor runs hot.

If a sharp click is heard on starting off, and then the noise stops, it may indicated worn universal joints.

Check up on this by starting, stopping and reversing.

If upon pressing on the starter only a whirring sound is heard, it may indicate a broken tooth on the flywheel or that a mesh gear is stuck.

I write articles about classic cars because my dad was a master mechanic so I became a class car enthusiast.

I drove, collected and sold classic cars, and had an online antique car club for many years.

I hope this information helps if you need to know what to look for when buying a classic car.

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