Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Classic cars restauration tipes

Classic cars have more charisma, the experience to guide them are fascinating and you will make new friends. On the other hand, require more maintenance, and some parts are more expensive every day. Whether or not you will burn money.

If you still have the desire to take an old car, but all I have to hand are pictures, fantasies and virtual board of experts who have never sat his ass in a car these, you might want to read this post.

1) Arm yourself with information

Old cars need frequent maintenance. Therefore, the best friend of a Classic cars lover are skilled mechanics. Finding a honest is a real mission - the more complex model to find the dream itself. Picks are good to talk, love to talk ill of other professionals in the industry and if you do not understand the mechanics, will never be able to identify it.

Therefore, the prerequisite is to have an ancient knowledge of mechanics. Yes, I know you know how an engine works, the "how stuff works" is in your list of favorites, but we are talking about the real world. To begin to understand the peculiarities and difficulties and pleasures of each model, the best way is to follow the forums and "mailing lists" (such as Yahoo Groups and Google Groups) that bring together owners and enthusiasts. Accompany them give you a nice base over the month - and half word, hope you are a good listener: buy an antique is an exercise in patience, which begins (much) even before the search of a unit in accordance in your pocket.

The second tip is paper. The good old books, irreplaceable as sources of knowledge. Books of restoration and preparation are not just for those who want to get your hands dirty. To find these books on sites like, enough keywords such as "how to", "guide" or "book" followed by the name of the Classic cars or model you are looking for. Even if an Opal or Beetle, you will find books of mechanics, because the engines were designed and produced abroad. Read the reviews of those who have bought on their own page, and see if the owners recommend the purchase of another publication.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Sport Cars the history

The sports cars traces its roots to early 20th century touring cars. These raced in early rallys, such as the Herkomer Cup, Prinz Heinrich Fahrt, and Monte Carlo.
The first sports cars are considered to be (though the term would not be coined until after World War One) the 3 litre made in 1910 Vauxhall 20 hp (15 kW) and 27/80PS Austro-Daimler (designed by Ferdinand Porsche).
These would shortly be joined by the French DFP (which became sporters after tuning by H.M. and W. O. Bentley) and the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. In the U.S. (where the type was variously called roadster, speedster, runabout, or raceabout, there was Apperson, Kissel, Marion, Midland, National, Overland, Stoddard-Dayton, and Thomas among small models (which today would be called sports cars), while Chadwick, Mercer, Stutz, and Simplex were among large ones (which might today be called sports sedans or grand tourers).
In 1921, Ballot premiered its 2LS, with a remarkable 75 hp (56 kW) DOHC two liter, designed by Ernest Henry (formerly of Peugeot's Grand Prix program), capable of 150 km/h (90 mph); at most, one hundred were built in four years. This was followed by the SOHC 2LT and 2LTS. The same year, Benz built a supercharged 28/95PS four for the Coppa Florio; Max Sailer won.
Simson in 1924 offered a Paul Henze-designed 60 hp (45 kW) DOHC 2 liter four, the Simson Supra Type S, in a long-wheelbase 120 km/h (60 mph) tourer and 115 km/h (71 mph) twin-carburettor sporter; only thirty were sold, against around three hundred of the SOHC model and 750 of the pushrod-six Type R. Duerkopp's Zoller-blown two liter in 1924, as well.
There was a clear cleavage by 1925. As four-seaters were more profitable, two-seaters increasingly turned over to specialst manufacturers, led by Alvis, Aston-Martin, and Frazer-Nash, with shoestring budgets, fanatic followers, and limited sales (today exemplified by Aston and Morgan): between 1921 and 1939, 350 Astons were built; 323 Frazer-Nashes in the period 1924-39.
By the end of the 1920s, AC produced a 2 liter six, the 3.5 liter Nazzaro had a three-valve OHC (only until 1922), while French makers Amilcar, Bignan, Hispano-Suiza, and Samson had the typical small four-cylinder sporters and Delage, Hotchkiss, and Chenard-Walcker the large tourers. Benz introduced the powerful SS and SSK, and Alfa Romeo, the Vittorio Jano-designed 6C.
Two companies would offer the first really reliable sports cars: Austin with the Seven and Morris Garages (MG) with the Midget. The Seven would quickly be "rodded" by numerous companies (as the Type 1 would be a generation later), including Bassett and Dingle (Hammersmith, London); in 1928, a Cozette blower was fitted to the Seven Super Sports, while Cecil Kimber fitted an 847 cc Minor engine, and sold more Midgets in the first year than MG's entire previous production.