When buyers purchase a car, they frequently make a commitment to keep it clean by maintaining the its interior and exterior. As time marches on, the enthusiasm diminishes and cars become dirty, cluttered, and perhaps mechanically neglected. The same principle holds true for some buyers of classic pickup trucks. When they first purchase their “new” antique truck they baby it. They wash and wax it, polish the interior, and make sure it gets routine service by licensed professionals. Over time, some antique truck owners begin to slowly lose their zest in terms of maintaining it. If you are the proud owner of an antique truck, it is important that you care for it properly to ensure that it maintains it’s mechanical reliability and aesthetic beauty for years to come.
While there might be a temptation to drive your antique truck regularly, remember that each mile you put on your truck, the more wear and tear is placed on its mechanical components. Unfortunately, parts for antique cars and trucks are sometimes hard to come by, so it’s wise to minimize the amount of time you spend behind the wheel. That’s not to say you should park it and only look at it. You should absolutely take it for a spin on a sunny day, but you shouldn’t treat it the same way you would treat a newer truck.
Another thing to make sue of is that you and your loved ones do not misuse the antique truck by capitalizing on its utilitarian nature and design. Antique pickup trucks should not be used to haul large, heavy items because of the propensity for scratches and damage due to weight.
In terms of the antique pickup truck’s body, you need to make sure that you take the necessary steps to protect the finish. Some products can help protect the paint, while others, even when applied correctly could damage your antique pickup.
Owning an antique pickup truck should be a joy, not a hassle, and following these tips will ensure that you get the most enjoyment possible out of your investment. If you’re in the market for an antique truck, stop by Vanguard Motor Sales in Plymouth, MI today, or give us a call at 248-974-9513!