A classic car is a beautiful way to capture a moment in history. Your 65 impala air ride will always have that cool factor surrounding it. However, despite your best efforts, it can break down just like any other car.
Keep in mind that your classic car is probably more than 25 years old, and so are most of its parts. Therefore, you may not be able to get necessary parts and tools when you need them.
Even if your car has just undergone a complete restoration and you feel secure cruising around town, you should always keep a safety pack at hand in case of a roadside emergency.
Here are a few essential items you should always keep in your car.
1. Essential tools
You probably have this one covered already, but we suggest that you take another look at your emergency tool kit to confirm everything’s in place. Make sure your toolbox has a flashlight, screwdrivers, screw holders, wrenches and a set of spark plug sockets. Also, don’t forget the locking lug nut key and other tools made for your 65 Impala Air Ride.
2. Extra parts
Be sure to find out how old parts of your car are. It’s important to know whether your alternator is new or 20 years old. This way, you’ll know if it’s time for a replacement. However, breakdowns can happen anytime.
Though the number of repairs you can perform on the side of the road is limited, there are still plenty of problems you can easily fix with proper tools. And it’s not only a flat tire or fluid leak that could happen.
It’s best to be prepared in case some of the important parts fail. Although spare parts like the distributor, fuel pump, fan belt or an extra alternator may seem too much to carry, it is a pure blessing to have them at hand.
A few extra blots, nuts, and screws are also useful to have in case you lose the ones you have of strip them by accident.
3. Duct and electrical tape
These are another valuable items you should always have in your classic car. Duct tape and electrical tape provide an excellent quick fix to get your 65 Impala Air Ride off the road to a place where you can finish the repair. For example, with the duct tape, you can temporarily patch a leak or reattach parts and pieces that come loose on the road.
4. Jumper cables
Regardless of the type of vehicle you own, car batteries die. Having a machine that can jump start your car battery in an emergency is priceless. Make sure that you familiarize yourself with how it works to get your vehicle running in minutes.
5. Nylon tow strap
A tow strap is another indispensable item to always have at hand. Sometimes, regardless of how prepared you are, there are some problems that you may not be able to fix at the roadside.
Although a rope or chain will work, the nylon strap is highly recommended. Its ability to stretch takes some stress off your car when being towed.
Take good care of your 65 Impala Air Ride
Like they say, it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. Some of the things listed here may seem too bulky or heavy to carry around, until the day you need it.
Use your car’s cargo space to pack the necessities you might need along the way. Also, have the number of Chimera Motors on speed dial! We are the leading classic car service in Orange County, CA and our team of qualified mechanics uses their extensive expertise to tackle a myriad of issues with your classic car. Whether you need regular maintenance, restoration or repair, don’t hesitate to call us at (714) 907-0609!