Common Classic Car Engine Issues Explained

The heart and soul of a car is widely considered the engine with most car enthusiasts. It determines the general feeling of the car, its speed and handling. However, engines with over 100,000 miles on them and are 40-50 years old may begin to experience issues. Those working on restoration and restomod projects sometimes have to face engine problems when working on their cars since modern cars are required to adhere to the current technologies and regulations. All muscle car engines differ when it comes to fuel efficiency and power and also can be harder to source when parts need to be replaced or repaired.


Car Maintenance

Maintaining your car, no matter how old it is, is very important. You need to know how to properly maintain the car and engine, especially if it is a classic car. Heat is often a common issue of engine failure with classic cars. That is why you need to keep up with oil changes, changing out the spark plugs, and watching your coolant and air filters. Experts argue that you should change your oil in a classic car every 2,500 miles compared to the newer models which rely on a 100,000 timetable. Do you currently have your classic car in storage? You need to take it out for a spin every so often. This will shake the cobwebs off and it will also indicate whether or not you have engine issues.

The Rebuild

A lot of people like to rebuild their classic cars and classic muscle cars. We recommend that if you want a full and total rebuild, to visit a professional. The only exception is if you have done a full-throttle rebuild before. Those who know what they are doing can attempt the rebuild. You have to know what you are doing at every turn. That is why most take their car to a professional. Some like to rebuild their cars to their former glory. Others want a complete and new design. Replacement parts work well, but you have to know what you are looking for and where to go. Do you want OEM (original equipment manufacturer) or aftermarket (those are designed by third-party people)? You are not going to find a definitive answer to which one is better. It comes down to what you want out of your rebuild and why.

Engine Swap

There may be circumstances where the original engine is too far damaged or entails too many repairs to be worthwhile. Original parts can be difficult to find as well. This is when an engine swap may be a beneficial choice. However, it is going to change the performance of your classic car. You might want to look at all your options unless that is your goal.

If you are looking to get started on restoring your classic muscle car contact us today for a consultation and quote at 561-729-0911

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