What's the Best Way to Customize and Modernize a Classic Car?

June 30, 2020

Restoring a vintage car is the ultimate labor of love. It requires passion, patience, knowledge, and a willingness to invest time and money into a vehicle that you're only going to be driving during the warmer months of the year. And yet, it's one of the most rewarding experiences a car enthusiast can have.

So how do you get into the world of vintage car customization? What should be your first considerations when beginning the process of classic car customizing in Huntington Beach? How do you ensure your oldtimer is as safe as its modern counterparts?

We'll answer these frequently asked classic car restoration questions in the following article. Read on to learn more.

 

How do you modernize a classic car?

Today's drivers are a little spoiled. Features that were once considered to be luxuries (eg., disk brakes, air conditioning, power steering, etc.) can now be found in practically every vehicle that rolls off the assembly line. 

The only way to truly modernize a classic car and turn it into a cutting-edge daily driver is to equip it with these modern features. In some states, certain modern features are actually necessary in order for a vehicle to be considered safe to drive

Install the following improvements after you've made the car roadworthy:

  • Suspension can increase the longevity of your muscle car, and provide a stiffer, safer ride quality.

  • Air conditioning. No matter how well-restored your oldtimer is, it's going to be uncomfortable to ride in unless you have a modern AC system.

  • Power steering. The steering wheels in older cars are notoriously difficult to turn. A modern power steering wheel not only makes driving more comfortable, it also makes it safer by giving you finer control over the vehicle.

  • Disc brakes. As with all things in life, safety should always be your first consideration when restoring and upgrading a classic car. Modern brakes are much more effective than the old drum brake setups, and as such are a must-have addition to any classic car.

How can I customize my car interior?

The interior is one of the most striking and important parts of any classic car. After all, it's where you and your passengers will be during the entirety of your ride. What's more, there are quite a few useful features you can add to further improve your car's interior.

Consider getting some or all of the following:

  • A custom floor mat that fits the color and shape of your seats.

  • Custom seat covers are a great way to both get a unique look and protect your upholstery.

  • Customize the door panels with bold colors and unique styles.

  • A steering wheel cover makes driving more comfortable and allows you to further customize your car.

Where can I customize my classic car?

Unless you're a professional auto technician with access to expert-level equipment, your best bet is to have your classic car customized and modernized by a trusted automotive shop that specializes in this type of service. 

In addition to being able to install new parts and upholstery, your classic car restoration company of choice should also offer car painting and long term storage services. 

 

Who provides dependable classic car customizing services in Huntington Beach?

Here at Chimera Motors, we can proudly say we're the top classic car restoration company in Orange County. With our help, you'll soon be watching the sun set over the Huntington Beach Pier from the comfort of your fully restored and modernized oldtimer. 

Visit our shop today, or give us a call if you'd like to learn more about what we offer. We can't wait to meet you and make your classic car the best it can be.

 

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