Journal: What Drives You Insane About Your Classic?

What Drives You Insane About Your Classic?

By Michael Banovsky
September 26, 2016

Every day, for a few years now, we’ve been bringing the world of vintage motoring in all its glory with films, a website, and social media—all of it overwhelmingly positive. Because it is. But every now and then, small issues and problems creep up (even with the most well-sorted of cars), and we’d by lying if we said none of them happened to us. So what drives you insane about your classic car?

For me, other than it being parked more than I’d like, I find my 1973 Porsche 914 2.0-litre to have a few annoying traits. I wasn’t around to drive it when it was new, so much of my chagrin revolves around the game of whack-a-mole when fault tracing and the yoga poses I need to deploy to even get at much of its engine.

With the Citroën 2CV I owned for a year, the thing that drove me insane wasn’t how slow it was: I (stupidly) thought it’d plod through traffic mostly unnoticed…but it attracted people like an iPhone launch. OK, maybe not like an iPhone launch…but sometimes you just want to go for a quick jaunt without playing curator.

What drives you insane about your classic?

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5 years ago

After 12 years of relatively reliable motoring in my 1750 GTV, I decided that for peace of mind I would buck the ethos of don’t fix anything that isn’t broken. Even though I’ve never had a breakdown on a trip, I got tired of wondering what might go whilst on a trip through the Alps or elsewhere and spoil a vacation, so I went to town and pretty much replaced everything mechanical on the car. Rebuilt the motor, replaced the brakes (incl MC and steel braided lines), suspension,wheel bearings, steering gear, clutch (incl SC), ignition, wiring harness,cooling hoses,water pump,oil pump,fuel pump,rebuilt the motor,carbs,prop shaft,starter motor,brake servo…the only thing i havent touched is the gear box and diff. So now I feel I have a nearly new car mechanically and I can relax and enjoy the trip. These cars are pretty simple and the parts reasonably affordable. Very happy I bit the bullet and did this. Now all I have to worry about is someone rear-ending me while texting.

Rod Williams
Rod Williams(@prndl)
5 years ago

I’ve owned my 1967 MGB for 12 years and have just finished completely refurbishing it to as-new condition. It is the 6th series 1 MGB I’ve owned. That, on the face of it, indicates that I was more than likely insane before I even started down this path.

Clifford Townsend
Clifford Townsend(@gt1966)
5 years ago

Over the past 28 years of ownership, I’ve taken my 1966 Mustang GT A-code model from a docile cruiser to a fairly raw, high-performance street machine. The increased HP, the modified suspension and the exhaust note can be tiresome on a 500 mile weekend blast. My wife won’t drive in it anymore, which some might say in an OK thing!

Mark Petersen
Mark Petersen(@originalmrp)
5 years ago

Chasing the faults around the car is number one on my list.
Just when everything is going right, a smile is on my face, the sun is high in a cloudless sky the head gasket goes.
However what is truly drives me insane are dealing with suppliers.
Over priced, poor quality parts that fail, suppliers and ‘specialists’ that try to take you for a fool and ramp up prices.

Pedro Macedo
Pedro Macedo(@linkerman)
5 years ago

The fact that as soon as I fix something, another issue comes up right away.

I just replaced a worn front right tie rod end, and the gearbox and differential fluids.
Now something cracked near the injection rail and the fuel leak is so bad that I had to get the car towed to the mechanic — he’s afraid that a fire might start if he tried to drive it the 5kms from my home to his garage.

Sir Mouse
Sir Mouse(@sir-mouse)
5 years ago

I don’t have a classic car but do have a classic motorcycle.( 1979 Honda CBX 1000 6 cyl) I have owned it for three years and despite trying multiple bike repair shops the gremlins have bedeviled every mechanic who has had it in his care. I finally found on the recommendation of a fellow bike owner a mechanic who took the time to sort out the issues and now have a sweet running machine.

Anthony Joh
Anthony Joh(@motoyen)
5 years ago

The attention from the police that my E30 M3 received. Also the fact that I sold it before the prices went insane!

5 years ago

The price for being mid-engined: Heat soak isn’t often a problem, but when it does pop up, it’s rather annoying. Also, engine labor often requires engine-out service.

5 years ago

The electrics on my 944, although not as bad as our British brethren, it can still be quiet frustrating.

Johannes Oppitz
Johannes Oppitz(@johannes999)
5 years ago

The turn light switch of my BMW 1800 is mounted on right, on my daily-driver 520i it’s mounted on left. Both car have always super clean wind.

Frank Anigbo
Frank Anigbo(@fanigbo)
5 years ago

The obsessive need to mark their territory.