Auto Parts: How Do I Find The Rare Ones?

Classic cars and their auto parts are a tradition of this country. The USA is unique in its value of the personal rights of the individual citizen including the right to personal property. This means that there are a lot of collectors and just like anything else that people value cars break and need replacement parts.

Older cars are valued for their age and the history they signify. They also wear down over the years and require restoration. The problem is that there is a finite supply of these old auto parts as the models are no longer made. So there is a significant market for these parts. This is what I want to discuss in the next several paragraphs.

So auto parts are often sought to restore a car to its original working condition which is a state that is valued to relive important history. Therefore the demand is high which makes it easier to locate the auto parts because their sale can be a lucrative endeavor. So where do you find these parts and where do they come from?

Well anywhere you find antiques you can find these parts. Old estate auctions, flee markets, and antique malls. The problem is that these can be considerably time consuming and often not very productive. So before you go you should do your research. Body shops are good resources as they are constantly seeking auto parts, car collectors are another valuable source of information. Another great resource is the internet which brings together basically all people with a similar interest in the form of forums, or bulletin boards, or blogs. If there is a part you have the best chance of finding it on the internet.

Another great place to look for things like outdated auto parts is on the online auctions like ebay. If people seek it, that is if there is a market for it, than it is generally being sold on ebay. Often just like when you restore anything you may have to purchase more than just that one part (i.e. a whole car that is often in disrepair or inoperable) but that is what you deal with. The internet is also a great place to shop for parts for your new guns as well as there are liquidators and wholesalers for things like this on the web.

Hopefully this gives you a start as you seek to restore and/or repair that symbol of American freedom. Happing auto parts hunting!

Spiffy Clean with Auto Detailing

1974 Trans Am Super Duty Auto-Restoration
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The practice of thorough polishing, waxing and cleaning of a car in both the interior and exterior sides in order to produce a fixed quality detail level is called as auto detailing.
It can be practiced as a sort of personal preference and satisfaction or can also be prepared for elegant cars which feature that appearance of every car. Different elements of auto detailing include waxing, polishing and claying.

When it comes to interior detailing, it usually involves overall cleaning of the car’s interior using brushers, vacuums and liquid cleaners. Detailing of engine involves the cleaning of the engine area from grease and dirt using all-purpose cleaners and degreasers.

Detailing and its Processes
There is really no specific guideline when it comes to detailing but what is sure is that it is considered as more comprehensive than just cleaning because of the different features that it sets out for a car owner. Detailing often involves a lot of steps more than washing. The main goal of detailing is mainly centered on the protection and beautification of the car.

Not only that, some are also focused on minor services like paint repairs and restoration of surface as well as complete cleaning in places of one’s car that is normally ignored just by ordinary cleaning like the underchassis, tires, engine, trim and wheels.

The sequence of detailing the exterior of the car paint is from wash, dry, polishing, glazing, sealant and waxing. Application of glaze is based on the person’s preference which is entirely optional and also with the application of both wax and sealant. The important thing is, cleaning is maintained at a satisfactory status. Shampoos, degreasers, polishes, protectants, waxes, cleaners and lubricants are developed through time to suit different demands of professionals and consumers.

Detailing can either be an individual habit or service. Polishing has different purposes like removing swirls, water deposits, scratches, oxidation and other paint imperfections. Whereas clay bars are used to remove any kind of contamination that can injure the car, polishing can remove imperfections on the car’s surface. Generally, polishing is considered as the most time consuming part of exterior detailing.

Typically, there are two categories of polishes: abrasive or chemical. Abrasive polishes can remove a smaller portion of the car’s clearcoart. Abrasive polishes can be classified based on the product’s abrasive properties. Rubbing Compound is considered as the abrasion that can remove swirls, heavily made scratches, and oxidation as well. It can be regarded as a refined piece of sandpaper. The lesser abrasion is known as finishing polish which is used to remove fine scratches and lighter swirls and oxidations. It is also used for the removal of haze that results in the application of an abrasive polish that has more abrasive contents.

Sealants and Waxing Purposes
Polymer and sealants synthetically made are based which provide more durability than the carnauba wax. These are liquid which are applied in form which is similar to liquid wax. Waxing can further enhance the depth and gloss of paint and also provide a shorter yet lasting protection. Wax can come in numerous forms like paste, liquid and cream. Waxes may contain carnauba that contains large amounts of fatty acids.

These fatty acids create a solid layer in between the outside world and the paint which, on the other hand, protects the car and gives it a glossy finish. Waxes which are synthetic mix high amounts of ultraviolet rays and less amounts of cleaners which are regarded to as inhibitors to create the identical protective layer that the carnauba does.

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