by Alice Brown

Having the opportunity to own a legendary car is a great luck in this day and age. Muscle cars have become expensive. We are talking of over $100,000 for the least priced and over $3.5 million for a dream worthy legendary car at Berrett-Jackson. With that in mind, you don’t want to ignore the state of your classic vehicle.

Muscle cars are unique, and the way you care for them is a bit different. There is no denying that each car might require a special approach. Nonetheless, there are general tips that apply to the upkeep of all muscle cars. So,what are they? Check below.

Say No to Fake Spare Parts

Original muscle car spares can be very expensive with some parts like the transmission costing over $30,000. However, that should not pave the way for using fake parts on your classic vehicle. The problem with substandard spares is that they don’t last and may cause more harm on other car parts. For instance, if you choose to fit one of the wheels with an inferior rim and it disintegrates when the car is on speed, that may cause damage to the stub excel threads forcing you to replace more other parts.

In fact, when it comes to the engine of your classic car, shun away from generic spare parts completely, they can ruin your vehicle.

If you can’t get the broken part from your local spare shop, try to search it from online vendors.Chances are you will definitely find it. You can also get back to the dealer who sold you the car, and they can direct you to the original muscle car spare shops.

Hide it from Extreme Weather Elements

It is most probable that some parts of your classic car are somewhat aged. Nevertheless, even if the vehicle is still new, muscle cars need protection from extreme colds or heat. A good place to store the “machine” is inside your garage. Of cause it’s important that the room be well ventilated and a way from direct sunlight.

Nonetheless, if you’ve planned to keep the car in storage for long, it’s recommended that you drain the fluids and disconnect the battery terminals. To drain the radiator, open a small cork located on its lower side; likewise to the engine, the gearbox, and the differential. Remember to replace these fluids with new ones when you want to put the car back on the road.

Say No To Friction and Rusting

The good thing with classic cars is that they come with special lube- inlets to facilitate for proper greasing. When you start hearing strange friction sounds emanating from the car, it means time to add grease to the steering box, the rack end bushes, or the swivel joint is up.

What about replacing the engine or differential oil, how often should you do it? Well, it depends on how often you use the car. Nonetheless, it’s important to change the oil after some months,because the older it becomes, the lighter it turns out to be, and doesn’t provide proper lubrication.

Use it or lose it

While muscle cars are known for robust and durable parts, keeping the vehicle in regular use is highly recommended. There are some breather holes in the engine, gearbox, the alternator, and other significant parts; thus if the car is left unused for extended times, some insects may take residence in such holes. The result of such holes being blocked can cause the engine to cease, or may facilitate rusting.

A quick drive of about 25 minutes each month is an excellent way to keep your muscle car in use. That could avoid insects from building their habitat on the vehicle. However, if you don’t have time for that, try to start the car and leave it running for more than 25 minutes every month.

Get a Car Cover

If your garage space has gotten smaller, or the temperatures are okay for keeping the vehicle outdoors, you will still want to get a reliable car cover for it. You may want to protect the car from changing sunlight intensities as that may damage its paint.

Get a recommended cover or soft cotton and place it well on the car every time after using it. It is a good idea to leave the window open underneath the cover as that will facilitate air circulation. The cover keeps the car from acidic bird droppings, the wind, and debris.

Besides, you should also wash your car regularly so that your car will avoid rust and look like new one.

Give it a “Treat.”

We buying muscle cars for several reasons, they perform powerfully, look good and give a sense of artistic pride. Now let’s go to maintaining its look. Keeping your vehicle ever-clean displays your enthusiasm towards legendary autos and people will respect it more. In the process of cleaning your seats ensure the right detergent and clean or non-corrosive water is used.

Additionally, you may want to give the smelly atmosphere inside your car a fix. First, you can use a vacuum cleaner to eliminate any food debris that is in the process of rooting from the hard-to-reach crevices areas of the vehicle. However, if the smoke or engine-oil smell seems stubborn, you can bring in a car fragrance. The whole idea here is keeping your vehicle’s atmosphere fresh, and as welcoming as possible.

Store the Necessary Fluids

To avoid possible inconveniences, you may want to keep a “back up” of some essential fluids in your car or at your garage. These may include the break-fluid, clutch-fluid, distilled water for the battery, and a small water jerrycan for the radiator. It is also, smart to keep a hard-start spray in case you are faced with the situation where by your classic car’s engine has become too cold to start.

Generally, it is great to own a muscle car and you can be sure that people envy you.It’s something outstanding in this day and age. However, it’s good that you keep the car in shape by giving it proper care as recommended by some car lovers.

Author Bio 

Alice is the founder of She is both a car enthusiast and an expert in the automobile industry. She loves to offer vehicle repair tips, ways to save money on car parts, and solid advice that you can’t get elsewhere. Her blog highlights the best automotive products and car repair tricks in a straightforward manner. Join her audience who enjoy the fun and easy-to-read posts, at