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Old 21st-April-2017, 11:33 AM   #1
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Hi Guys,

Just got back into cars after a 26 year layoff.
I now own a very nice Pro Street car, details are all listed in my album.

What are you guys doing for routine maintenance? I have heard everything from wait till it breaks, to go over every single nut and bolt once a month. Looking for a more realistic approach to preventive maintenance on a car like this.

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Old 21st-April-2017, 11:36 AM   #2
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Welcome to the site. Where in VA are you located?
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Old 21st-April-2017, 11:46 AM   #3
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Thanks. I'm in Falls Church. Last time I had a 'car' I was in NY. So I need to start building up my car guy group again.
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Old 21st-April-2017, 12:02 PM   #4
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I do a complete nut and bolt once a year. We have a indoor show here in Michigan that is 5 days long. I take this time for a good clean up and nut and bolt check up to ready myself for the up coming car show season. Great time also to clay bar - polish - glaze - wax. We have two day prep to ready us for the 3 day show.
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Old 21st-April-2017, 02:32 PM   #5
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Do you race this car or use it only for weekend car shows or cruise-ins?

The inspection and subsequent maintenance intervals for the two use-cases will be different. There's really no need to do a yearly every-nut-and-bolt inspection for the latter if you've used the proper fasteners, installed them correctly, and done quality fabrication elsewhere on the vehicle.
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Old 21st-April-2017, 03:08 PM   #6
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Do you race this car or use it only for weekend car shows or cruise-ins?

The inspection and subsequent maintenance intervals for the two use-cases will be different. There's really no need to do a yearly every-nut-and-bolt inspection for the latter if you've used the proper fasteners, installed them correctly, and done quality fabrication elsewhere on the vehicle.
I agree, if once a year you want to look around under the car it's not a bad idea since some parts may not have been specifically designed for road use. but otherwise bolts are bolts. You don't do a nut and bolt check on your daily driver.
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Drive it and take note of any problems.
Get it on a lift if possible and get a couple pairs of eyes to look it over
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Old 21st-April-2017, 04:56 PM   #8
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I do all my own work and I know I do a good job.... but I still spend a fair amount of time cleaning and checking everything I can when I can.

Helps find a problem before it becomes a problem at 130mph. But I'm stressing my car frequently at the drags, I take a different approach with my drivers but still spend some time with them.

What to check:
Chassis, cracks rust bends
Suspension: cracks, leaks, binding, hardware
Engine: exhaust leaks, oil leaks, wire getting burned, wires in general, throttle linkage, choke if you have one, AFR if you have a gauge, plugs, dizzy, coolant, play in belts and pulleys, fluids.





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Old 21st-April-2017, 07:34 PM   #9
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Thanks Guys,

This is the first car that I did not build myself, so I need to get to know it.
Right now it is just to cruise and hit some shows. This summer I would like to get it to the track and start to get to know it even better ...

Of course youtube is filled with guys doing burnouts with wheels flying off, rear ends left behind at the starting lines, etc. I would like to prevent that, ha ha ha.

Never had these issues with previous cars, but since I did not do this build, I am a little nervous and wanting to prevent anything silly. Loose header bolts, shocks, etc.
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