How to Add More Years to the Classic Plymouth Savoy
In 1951, the Plymouth Savoy made its debut. It first became a premium version of the Suburban Wagon, and then later on, it got refurbished as a sedan and coupe. Inspired by its namesake, the old Savoy Hotel in London, the vehicle has a rather conventional but classic design. It has a welded body that sat on an arc-welded frame with double-channel box section side rails and five crossmembers. It also has a ribbed floor pan and box and section reinforcements around the doors and windows. It has a shiny and polished looked with its baked enamel finish. Overall, the car weighs 3,300 pounds. Although it does not boast having sporty dynamics or breathtaking maneuverability, the Savoy is still pretty much a reliable ride. It has good brake performance and a sturdy chassis. All in all, the Savoy is a good classic car to own.
Here are some tips on how to add more years to your Plymouth Savoy.
This step is a case to case basis, depending on the condition of your Savoy. Sometimes, it is best to keep the original parts, such as gauges and the handles. This keeps the original classic "charm" of the vehicle, making it more attractive and valuable for resale. However, consider replacing some engine parts for better driving performance and safety. This especially holds true if rust and corrosion have already eaten vital metal components, such as the brake pads and the spark plugs. Consult an expert technician or a car restorer which newer car parts may be compatible with the Plymouth Savoy.
- Give it some good detailing.
Good detailing is tantamount to cleaning both the exterior body and the interior cabin. Remove grime, mud, and road salts from the body paint. Brush off dust and wash microbes away to keep your cabin looking and smelling fresh. The choice of the car cleanser is a factor too. Avoid using detergent and soaps as cleansers as they will hasten the fading of the paint. There are many specialized car cleansers in the market; many of them are used for specific car parts. There are tire cleaners and body paint cleansers that will address different parts' specific needs. Minimize friction by using microfiber cloths, specialized car sponges, and soft brushes. To cap it off, use waxes and seals for added protection against the elements.
If you do not plan to use the Savoy as your everyday car, then make sure it is covered and stored well. Before covering it up, bleed out the fuel and replenish with fresh and clean supply. Detail the body and the interior to avoid bacteria and mold buildup. Also, it is better if you can take out the battery and store it carefully in a car battery charger. Once you have checked off all these tasks, then you are ready to put the cover on. Choose to over the Savoy with a non-abrasive car cover. There are plenty of good ones to choose from in your local dealer and auto supply shop. Keep in mind that even if you are planning long-term storage, you still have to warm up the engine once in a while. Drive the Savoy around for at least 20 minutes once a month.