Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
2/13/20 3:46 p.m.

Story by Carl Heideman • Photography by David S. Wallens

Let’s say that you have decided to make a piece of classic machinery your usual ride—rain or shine, hot or cold, in sickness or in health. Overall, it’s a simple proposition. Back when they were new, most classics…

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BimmerMaven
BimmerMaven New Reader
2/19/20 8:05 a.m.

I've never had a new car.

I bought a few in the 3-5 yr old range....  Mini van, Chevy G10 van.
 

All the rest (I'm 66) have been 5-15 yrs old.
All daily drivers.   As an example, I have 91, 99. 00 BMWs and a 99 F250 now on the road daily.
 

Breakdowns ruin any fun I might have driving these cars, so reliability is #1 for me.  That means replacing things before they break.  Rubber parts are my pet peave....brake lines, fuel lines , coolant, belts....and seals in pumps, icv's, hydraulic parts.

I like to pull the drive train, replace all routine wear items at once, while it's easy to get to them....not on the side of the road.  I do my research regarding known weaknesses, and fix them before they break.  I can then start the 10 yr/ 120K clock and RARELY have unscheduled repairs.

 

BTW, I don't kid myself that cheap parts save money.  For me, time is the most expensive part.

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