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Should I Update My Classic Car?

Posted by Master Power Brakes Team on Jun 23, 2020 8:42:00 AM

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You may have been toying with the idea of updating your classic car for quite a while. After all, it’s not an easy decision. You want to make sure you honor the authenticity of the vehicle. At the same time, you’d like to make some vehicle modifications that enhance your driving experience and make it safer for your passengers and other drivers. Here’s an overview of the pros and cons of taking on a classic car restoration project.

Pros

Get Your Vehicle Up to Modern Safety Standards

It’s not a fun feeling when you’re driving along and you’re uncertain about whether your car will pull to the left or right the next time you brake. That modern car in front of you will be able to stop a lot faster than you. Will you have the responsiveness and time to react appropriately? Whether you drive alone or take passengers with you, much of the fun is taken out of the ride when you’re too worried about safety to enjoy the moment.

More Comfortable Driving Experience

If you know exactly what to expect when you step on the brake pedal, you’ll have the peace of mind of a consistent driving experience. Upgrading the brake system is a great way to improve reliability and predictability. Consider an all-disc brake system as the most modern and effective option. If you’d like to maintain your original drum brakes, opt for a brake booster. You’ll be able to maintain much of your original setup while increasing your vehicle’s stopping power.

Maintain Your Car’s Value

You may worry that too many modernizations will decrease the value of your vehicle. This may be true, but it depends on the nature of the changes. Many classic car upgrades are non-invasive or reversible. Anything that can be bolted on can also be removed. So, you don’t have to worry about risking a decision and having to live with the consequences forever.


To maintain your car’s value, focus your classic car upgrades on areas that will increase safety and reliability while improving your driving experience. Modifications like power steering, a battery, and a starter can make your car reliable without affecting its look or value.

Improve Your Vehicle’s Performance

As mentioned, upgrading to an all-disc brake system is a great way to increase your classic car’s performance. Replacing the tires can also boost performance. Be sure to choose the right tire for your environment and driving conditions. Exchanging the wheels with a lightweight alloy allows for greater heat dissipation.

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Cons

Vehicle Modifications are Time-Consuming

Modifications do take time, but we’re hoping you got into classic car restoration as a hobby that you gladly make time for. Many car enthusiasts find they do have time, but often lack direction or just aren’t sure where to start. Map out a plan, pick a project, and go. Today, more than ever, people are enjoying hobbies from home as a way to decompress.

Classic Car Upgrades Can Be Expensive

Upgrades are expensive—and everyone is on a budget. That’s why it’s important to plan and choose the priority of your classic car upgrades. Make a timeline and decide which projects to take on and when. Start with one mod at a time. You can also look at our Legend Series as a budget-friendly option for your brake system.

Risk Losing the Classic Car Look and Feel

It’s true that too many upgrades can modernize your car more than you would like, compromising that classic experience. Focus your classic car upgrades on internal parts that improve safety and reliability. This will improve your driving experience without losing authenticity.

Your Choice, Your Personal Touch

Taking on a classic car restoration is very personal to you and your vehicle. No one can decide what mods you should make except you. Consider all the pros and cons, and then decide which changes are your highest priorities. Once you make the upgrades, your driving experience will be so much more enjoyable that you’ll probably wish you’d done it a while ago.

Related: Give Your Car the 21st Century Treatment with These Essential Upgrades

As always, we’re here to help if you’re still on the fence. Drop us a line if you still have questions, and we’ll help you choose the right modifications for you and your vehicle. We want to help make driving your car the enjoyable adventure you’ve always wanted it to be.

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