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7 tips for new enthusiasts

Short of comparing the car world to another transportation-focused hobby, one of the best analogies for the automotive universe is the ocean. Owning and driving a vintage vehicle is akin to playing on the beach, and debating rod ratios and piston ring thicknesses is like exploring the Mariana Trench. The two seem worlds apart, and the process of getting from one to the other requires vast amounts of time and effort—not to mention money. If you're currently standing on the beach, longing to wade out into deeper waters, we are here to help.


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First thing read the date codes on the tires.  Some collector cars sit for years or are driven very few miles.  Tires sometimes look brand new but are really old enough to vote.  The rubber breaks down over time and can fail suddenly.  To be conservative I don't drive on tires over 7 years old.  When buying a car factor in if you are going to need new tires right out of the gate.

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