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If there is one hobby that unites people all over the globe – it is renovating classic cars. Take that one step further, and you hit the niche market of a classic muscle car. The genuine classic muscle car can turn the heads of on-lookers, regardless of where in the world they happen to be driven.
Often rightly held in awe when seen either on the road or even parked curbside, those that own them can enjoy the praise and admiration by the bucket load. If you have a dream to own one yourself, but don’t know where to start, you could follow the same path as those that have gone before you.
1. Purchasing The Ideal Muscle Car
Pretty much everybody has their own idea and dream of the muscle car that they would either like to own, take a drive in or just be able to gaze at regularly. Depending on what type of cars spark your interest, you will decide which is best for you.
Getting your hands on your dream muscle car could very well take time and patience as well as a great deal of research, especially if you are looking for a certain make, model, and year of manufacture. However according to Mike Savage from New Canaan, CT there are 5 places where you can purchase a classic muscle car including eBay, Craigslist, and online magazines.
Undoubtedly, if you are not shy of a bit of manual labor and prepared to carry out some bodywork yourself or pay to get a qualified panel beater involved, you are likely to find the muscle car you are interested in a lot faster than if you are purely looking for one that is renovated to your specifications. This is also true of being happy to purchase a non-runner, which could save you a ton of money if you are a mechanic. If you are not a mechanic, however, brace yourself and be prepared for bills as it is unwise to play at being a mechanic if you do not know what you are doing.
2. Bringing It Back To Life & Its Glory Days
It is more than likely that you will be looking for a vehicle of some age, so it is going to show some wear and tear on the interior trims and seats. You will be interested to know that there are professionals that will be able to either repair any damage (in the form of rips) to interior leather or replace it with new ones while still matching the original color scheme.
When it comes to replacing damaged steering wheels, hub caps, bumpers, and grills you could find that in-depth searches for specialist junkyards or breakers on the internet will be worth your while. If not, then there are always owner clubs who could point you in the right direction.
3. Showing It Off To Others
When your muscle car is up and running, you are almost certainly going to want to show it off to everyone. You are likely to find that the best places to go to gain the most attention are the various conventions and meets that relate to your make of muscle car. However, this does not mean to say that you should not attend any others. In fact, you will find that those who have muscle cars in general and have put the work into them themselves will enjoy, remark and praise your work. They may even be interested to chat with you about your journey from hunting for your car right through to your drive to the event.
Classic Auto Fairs
Fairs are not just about selling or buying cars. Many people go to be among others of like mind, pick brains and gain answers from those with expertise, as well as seek inspiration for their next big project. It stands to reason then that you should take your muscle car so that you too can share your experiences with others.
Owners Club Meets
Classic muscle car owners’ clubs often hold meets where their members can chat, exchange stories, and marvel at the sight of so many of their favorite classic muscle cars all in one place. You may find that your own muscle car doesn’t stand out from the crowd here; however, these can also be the place to go if you are looking to sell or purchase another vehicle at a later date.
Organized Road Cruise
If you are wanting to take your muscle car out on the road and not be by yourself, you can attend an organized cruise just like the Woodward dream cruises which are held annually for one day in August. Here you will find that there are millions of people who attend, marvel and enjoy all different types of cars just like yours.
Of course, you do not have to go on an organized ‘cruise’ just to drive your beloved muscle car around or for that matter have it noticed. You could take your loved one on a coast-to-coast road trip and get to fully enjoy your muscle car and all that it has to offer you, after all a car is to be driven as well as appreciated by onlookers.
However, when taking your classic muscle car on a coast-to-coast road trip, you are going to have to keep in mind that this is not a new car. Keep an eye on your gas consumption as you may find that your muscle car requires frequent stops to refill the tank. You are not going to want to exhaust your vehicle either, so plan your route carefully and limit your daily mileage. With this in mind, you should make sure that you have a breakdown cover with a quality recovery firm such as triple-A.
Regardless of what type of vehicle you are traveling in, it is wise to make sure you always have some charge in your cell phone’s battery and that you have important numbers stored in its memory. Contact details of an auto accident attorney, for instance, for each state that you are planning on driving through is a must. This is sensible because most states have different laws and hiring an attorney in the state your accident happens in could be the difference between you getting a payout that you deserve and you losing the case on a technicality.
4. What You Will Need To Keep With You To Show Your Car At Its Best
Regardless of where you choose to show off your classic muscle car, you are going to want it to look its best. For this to happen, you are going to have to fix yourself up with a special car maintenance and grooming kit. This kit should contain a few handy items such as soft cloths for cleaning interiors as well as for buffing your exterior paintwork, glass cleaner, and pad so that your windows are kept sparkling clean.
To Wrap It All Up
Having sourced and brought your dream classic muscle car, there is no doubt that you are going to want it to look its very best. Although there are some really fun aspects that you can do yourself, it is a good idea to leave mechanics at least to the professionals.
Undoubtedly, owning a classic muscle car is what you want to do, but it is still very nice to receive feedback from others that appreciate your work, vision, and money invested in your very enjoyable hobby. So, to provide as much enjoyment as you possibly can (for yourself and others), you should make every effort to show it off and let others enjoy it by gazing upon it as much as humanly possible.