Which cars are serious challenges for classic car restoration Orange County CA?

May 26, 2017

 

There’s nothing better than restoring a classic car, breathing new life into a failing machine. Most people who are into classic cars agree that they are just beautiful, much prettier than modern cars. And while all that might be true, restoring a classic car comes with its own set of challenges and problems.

Some of them are easy to solve, some require a bit more technical know-how. If you are interested in restoring a classic car, contact Chimera Motors, the experts for classic car restoration in Orange County, Ca. Chimera Motors specialize in restoration, repairs and customization of classic cars.

AMC Pacer

AMC Pacer is a fairly small car produced by the American Motor Company from 1975 to 1979. Even though it has been called ugly a lot, it still has its fans and some people keep their Pacers in good condition. However, restorers and mechanics aren’t too thrilled about these cars.

The major point of contention is the engine. Being a small car, it was designed with a small engine in mind. A small rotary engine was the intended powerplant for it. However, since it was an American car, designed before all of the environmental regulations, people decided that bigger is better. That’s how this small car ended up with a (comparably) massive 6 liters straight. And there was even a version with an actual V8.

This engineering decision makes it extremely hard to do any work on the engine. To make things slightly worse, spark plugs are hidden in the firewall, making them even more inaccessible.

Aston Martin Lagonda

This obscure car has been produced by Aston Martin from 1974 all the way to 1990. Despite the long production life, there have only been 645 of them produced. The original design only sold 7 cars. The majority of cars produced and sold were the second iteration of the model.

This model included some fantastical futuristic designs, such as LED dashboard, and touchpad controls. Therein lies the main issue with these cars. They are usually mechanically sound and not much different from typical Aston Martin cars from that era. In fact, they share a lot with Aston Martin V8 of the era.

The futuristic electronics design, however, was done manually and it did not stand the test of time. The Time magazine put it best saying that the electronics on the car would be impressive if they actually worked.

Mercedes Benz 600 Grosser

Known as a dictators’ choice car, this machine gives a serious headache to restorers and mechanics alike. This luxury car is entirely operated by hydraulic machinery; everything from the sunroof to the seats and suspension.

While this does give you the luxurious smoothness, it is a nightmare to restore or repair. The oil in the hydraulic system is under 3200 PSI pressure. That is enough pressure to cut you quite badly if you happen to break a line.

Furthermore, if you attempt to open anything by hand, rather than via the hydraulics, you run the risk of breaking it.

Jaguar XJS V12

This is a beautiful car. However, it comes with a slew of problems. It’s really hard to justify trying to rebuild this machine. The primary problem is the V12 engine. It is so complicated, most inexperienced mechanics will probably get a headache just from looking at it. Another big issue with the car is rust which can appear just about anywhere.

If you are looking to restore any car, you could use some help from experts. Chimera Motors was established in 2013, but the team has been in the business of restoring classic cars for over 25 years. Contact Chimera Motors for any sort of restoration, repairs or upgrades to your classic car.

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