Features to Add While Restoring an Old Car
If you are looking into the possibility of restoring a classic car, there are a couple of different options available to you for styles of restoration. If you are restoring the car for car shows, it is unlikely that you will want to make many noticeable changes to update the car with modern technology; however, many drivers like to add modern comforts and features to their restored cars when the vehicle is intended for personal use. At Vintage Rod Shop, we can help offer advice on what kind of features to add while restoring an old car in order to increase its enjoyability.
Modern Upgrades for Classic Cars
If you want to bring some modern comforts to your classic car while restoring it, some features to consider include:
Updated Sound System
There are many ways to update your classic car’s sound system while making minimal aesthetic changes to it. New speakers can be installed when reupholstering and rewiring the car to make sure that you get quality sound while keeping the system hidden. The radio can be replaced with a Bluetooth system that is hidden behind the old radio operations with a little bit of tinkering.
Better Safety Systems
Most classic cars do not include airbags and the seat belts are often outdated if they are present at all. It is recommended to replace a classic car’s safety systems when restoring it to keep passengers safe in case of an accident.
Many old cars use outdated brake systems or brake systems that are difficult to maintain, like drum brakes. Replacing the brakes with easy-to-maintain, easy-to-install systems such as disc brakes can make a big difference down the road.
New Heating and Air Conditioning
The heating and cooling in older cars are usually incredibly inefficient when compared with modern systems, and most older cars do not even have air conditioning. Installing a modern heating and air conditioning system can be a major relief to both the engine and passengers in the vehicle.
Although many classic cars have power steering, there are many others that do not. It is possible to drive a car without power steering, but the vehicle’s performance can be greatly improved with this addition.
Seats in cars have become much more comfortable in modern times. There are ways to improve your classic car’s seating situation without completely losing its retro aesthetic. Speak to a custom upholsterer about how to improve your vehicle’s seating with better support or individual seats.
If you would like to learn more information about features to add while restoring an old car, or to find out more about the car parts and services that we offer, please contact us at 604-538-8842.