Vintage Car Maintenance: Keep Your Ford Custom Looking Like New
Produced from the late 1940s until the early 1980s, the Ford Custom has the distinction of being part of pop culture, as a model appeared in the famous 1960 thriller-horror movie Psycho. If you own a Custom, do not let it look so filthy, as though it just came out of a horror film, unless you want to star in your own real-life horror movie (with a rusty car going bonkers in the middle of the road). Make your good old vintage car look always new with a few maintenance tricks.
- Fix minor windshield and window glass damage.
Chips and blemishes (caused by road debris or a flying stone) as small as a pea can be simply corrected using an auto glass repairer, which comes in a kit of small drills, a suction cup, and sealers that fill and repair a damaged glass surface. If you just ignore the minor damage, it will become worse over time. When damage becomes major, then you need to install a new windshield or window glass.
- Wash and touch up the exterior.
The importance of regularly washing your car can never be emphasized enough: it keeps your four-wheeled machine looking good and clean and saves you from having to spend more on eliminating hard-to-remove dirt and grime.
After thoroughly washing your car and letting it dry completely, take the time to inspect the paint surface for any damage such as dents, chips, scratches, and dings. You can fill chips and scratches by yourself using a touch-up paint that you can get for just a few bucks. Choose a touch-up paint whose color exactly matches that of your Ford Custom. If the paint does not come with an applicator brush, you can use a small artist's brush and put light dabs over the scratches and dings. Allow the paint to dry for one or two days before you polish your Custom.
- Remove minor dents and dings on the body panels.
If you are willing to shell out extra money to have your Custom's ugly dents and dings fixed, then go ahead. A less expensive way to fix dents and dings is the paintless dent removal that uses special tools to mold small dents from the inside. Look for a body shop that offers this service at a minimal fee but with outstanding quality.
- Cover or store it when not in use.
Do not let the classy look of your vintage car be ruined even if it is just stationary or when you are not driving it for a long time. Aside from your garage, another storage option can be a weatherproof car cover that can protect your car from animal droppings, moisture, and other damaging elements.
The inside of your Custom can become home to many unwelcome guests—sand, dust, mud, debris, food and liquid stains, pet dander, and more. The most vulnerable victims are your carpets and upholsteries. For a few dollars, you can buy a pet spot remover and a carpet-cleaning spray. If your carpets are already full of dirt and look as though they are impossible to clean, then it is time to buy a new set. Willing to spend more just to make sure your Custom's interior looks pristine? For a hundred dollars or two, you can have your vehicle undergo professional buffing in a car wash shop. This will eliminate minor scratches and make your vintage car looking good as new. But if you are confident with your polishing skill, you can do so by hand or with the help of an electric buffer.