Ways to Care for Your Ford Super Deluxe
The Ford Super Deluxe, produced on and off between 1941 and 1948, is the car you usually see in old, war-time movies. If you are a lucky owner of this vintage vehicle, then you might want to keep it well-maintained so you can drive it on a Sunday afternoon. Here are some tips on how to properly care for this car.
- Clean every inch of your car.
If you want your Ford Super Deluxe to feel like new, you'd want to make it look like new, which you can easily do by cleaning your car—from the exterior to the interior and the undercarriage. But because this is a classic car, you need to be more gentle and careful about it. And because this can take a large amount of your time, you might want to set aside an entire morning or afternoon for this task. If you don't want your car to be detailed by professionals and you'd rather do it yourself, you should wash it with a soft sponge and a gentle, detergent-free soap. If possible, do not use the same sponge more than two or three times, or at least have a sponge dedicated to your vintage car and won't be used to clean other things. Then use a soft chamois leather cloth to wipe it dry and remove stains and marks. Rub the surface gently in a circular motion and keep the chamois loose in your hands—don't tighten it into a ball. Finally, wax it with a polish suited to your car's paint and color, and use a dry lint-free cloth to polish it.
Since you'd want to drive the Ford Super Deluxe occasionally, you need to focus on the area you're actually going to touch, which is the cabin. Start by fixing the steering wheel and the dashboard. If they look deteriorated, a simple cover can make a difference, but if you want to splurge, go ahead and replace both of them. If the dashboard pad looks faded but is otherwise in good condition, you might just want to repaint or dye it. You should also check the illumination on the dashboard. Simply replace the bulbs as well as the knobs and switches if they're no longer working or worn. It's also a great idea to replace the front seats with a newer pair, or at least ones that haven't been used too much and are still in good condition.
- Equip your old-school car with modern tech.
Just because your Ford Super Deluxe is vintage doesn't mean you have to keep its authenticity with classic furnishings. You can personalize your classic car by installing it with high tech gadgets such as a radio that integrates with your smart phone, an electronic GPS, a dashboard camera, and even a DVD player and TV. You can have fun modifying you vintage car so you can enjoy driving it even more. Your imagination and skills are the limit here. Just take care when installing new electronics so you won't have to rebuild the rest of your car's electrical components.