Modernizing Your Classic Car (Pt. 2)

Updated: Mar 7

No matter how much we enjoy driving these exhilarating time capsules we call Classic Cars, they can sometimes be more than a little rough around the edges, especially when compared to any modern-day automobile. Luckily though, there are many different options available to update your ride's drivability.


Interior

Spending long periods of time in a vintage car can be a physically uncomfortable experience, but there are many options available to help overcome this. For example, aftermarket seats have exploded onto the car scene in recent years, ranging from racing-style seats to luxury EOM plus seats with built features like lumbar support. Often, many vintage cars lacked a center console and, most importantly, cup holders, but now there are many different options available for center consoles, some of which can simply velcro into place for ease of installation and removal.


Climate control

One of the biggest modern luxuries that we have grown accustomed to is climate control, but it was a rarity on most vintage cars, especially air conditioning that was almost always reserved for the top trim levels of a vehicle. Fortunately, there are many options available on the aftermarket to help keep you cool in the summertime. But in the colder months, something as simple as overhauling your current heating system can make a world of difference. There are also a few companies specializing in aftermarket heated seats for classic cars. Updating and replacing your vehicle's worn-out weatherstripping is something commonly overlooked. Excessively worn-out weatherstripping will make it almost impossible to hold heat inside of your vehicle and could potently allow water to leak inside your vehicle; luckily, this is usually an easy fix.


Lights

Driving a classic car at night comes with its own set of unique risks, foremost being the inability to see what is on and off the road in front of you. Old halogen headlights can feel like you merely have flashlights taped to the front of your car, luckily LED lights have been an increasingly popular solution, and there is now a wide range of lights available. LED lights can range from almost stock looking reproductions to full custom resto-mod style lighting, with a vast amount of options available for virtually any vehicle.


Safety

One of the worst things that an avid car enthusiast can imagine is getting into an automotive accident, and this is especially true when talking about classic cars. Not only is the vehicle most likely something you've poured your heart and soul into, but it is probably not up to favorable modern safety standards, which, needless to say, can be extremely detrimental. We have already covered some things that can help you avoid an accident, but if the worst does come to fruition, putting your life in the hands of old lap-style seat belts can be deadly. Many manufacturers have come up with a solution by developing three-point retractable seat belts that can be easily retrofitted into most classic cars providing a significant boost in safety.


So whether you are deciding just to do a couple of modifications or go with a full resto-mod style build, hopefully, this helped you decide on modernizing your classic car.


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