FAQs—Chevrolet Two-Ten Series
I am very happy with my Chevrolet Two-Ten Series classic car. It is such a beauty. I am thinking whether I should replace some parts or to keep them as original. Is it advisable to take out parts, such as factory gauges, and update them to the latest ones?
To upgrade or to restore is the common dilemma of most classic car owners. Keeping the car in its original state has an advantage since some consider classic parts as more valuable. This would also make it easier to resell so that the next enthusiast can go back to the original specifications. On the other hand, modern upgrades add comfort and safety. There is also the better chance of withstanding wear and tear from frequent use. You can consider upgrading the disc brakes, suspension, power steering, and the air conditioner. This is recommended if you frequently use the vehicle and do not just store it in the garage as a collector's item. For a more enjoyable ride, you could also think of replacing the old stereo system with more modern components such as mp3 media player, bluetooth stereo, DVD player, and the like.
My Chevrolet 210 series has been with me for a long time. I have noticed that rust has started to build on the fenders and on the underside of the doors. How do I fight rust and prevent it from coming back?
Despite the abundance of protective seals and coats in the market, steel will, naturally, succumb to rust sooner or later. The best way to fight it is to eliminate small rust spots immediately to keep them from spreading to other parts. Use sandpaper and a Calcium and Lime Rust (CLR) remover. Apply the CLR using a cotton tip to the rusted chips in your fender and doors. You can apply primer and paint afterwards. The best way to fight rust is to wash your vehicle regularly. Eliminate grime, dust, and salt as they may build up and cause corrosion in your vehicle's metal parts. Another good tip is to check the drain holes along the bottom of the doors and rocker panels. These drain holes allow rainwater out. Use a pipe cleaner to drain and clean the holes, keeping your Chevy dry and clean.
I rarely use my Chevrolet 2010 series, but when I did, it overheated only after a few hours. True enough, the coolant was low in the reservoir. I bent to check beneath the chassis, and there is indeed some leaking in the radiator. How do I fix this?
Wash the radiator with water and let the engine run to determine where exactly in the radiator the leak may be coming from. Does the leak come from the cap or the radiator body itself? Once you determined the source, let the engine cool down first and plug the leak. You can use a cold weld epoxy or a good leak repair product that is available in the market. One such example is K-seal. Other more temporary solutions include duct tape or a piece of black pepper. It is still best to take your vehicle to an expert mechanic for a more thorough and permanent repair. If you find that the radiator is already corroded beyond recognition, then perhaps it is time to change it.