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Are classic cars safe?

Physical safety Modern cars are amazingly more safe than classic cars. Guys that are into classic cars frequently throw around phrases like "They don't make them like they used to!" or "This is ...
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Are classic cars safe?

No, they are not safe Safety standards dating back to before now were not as stringent as they are now. The further in time you go back the less safe they become. Safety has been driven by ...
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Are classic cars safe?

You've already seen the safety comparisons. With that being said, classic cars are for fun. If you're looking for safety, a classic car isn't for you. If you're looking to have fun, go for it. ...
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Are classic cars safe?

Classic cars are significantly less safe than modern cars. In a classic car, it is both harder to avoid a crash and more likely that you will sustain serious or fatal injuries in the event of a crash. ...
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Are classic cars safe?

Given the assertion that most car accidents occur at speeds of 12MPH or less, most classic cars should be considered safe. Your odds of surviving a crash at parking-lot speeds are very good. However, ...
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Are classic cars safe?

You're asking two different questions - are they safe, and are they as safe as a modern car. For the second question - No. An older car without all the modern safety features will not protect you, ...
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Are classic cars safe?

In the event of an accident, how does a classic vehicle compare to a modern machine? Badly. Are safety features on new vehicles really a life saver? Yes. Can anything be done to improve the ...
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Are classic cars safe?

As others have said, you're asking different questions so I will address them separately. Classic cars are safe to drive Classic cars are simply older cars. They were driven successful by people of ...
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Getting Stale Gas Out of a Gas Tank w/out Dropping the Tank

If there is under a gallon of stale gas and you filled your tank up with fresh, I don't think there'd be an issue with the stale gas. It would dilute enough you shouldn't have to worry about it. If ...
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Are classic cars safe?

Safety in crashes (protecting you): Improvements are visible on a decadal scale and the tend to aggregate over time. (this is somewhat backed up by the plot with the dips discussed above) 2016: Cars ...
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How to restore and care for leather?

The post is not so much direct techniques as those will vary by type of roof and upholstery, age, and condition. Automobile upholstery falls under two basic types that being either true leather or a ...
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Does an Engine Strut Bar have any effect on performance?

This question and answer from @BobCross is very illuminating and may help you in your decision making process. Have a look.
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Are classic cars safe?

Can anything be done to improve the safety of classic vehicles? You can attach & use safety equipment like a racing seat & harness, helmet, even a roll cage: This article about Racing ...
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Are classic cars safe?

No car is safe! It can (and does) hurt and kill much more than anything most of us do frequently. Best safety equipment is the operator of the vehicle....NOTHING can replace an alert, smart, and ...
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Are classic cars safe?

in response to the original question: "are modern cars safer then classic cars" (firefighter here) simple answer: Yes. A lot. why? The structure is much more stable and deforms pretty much less ...
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How much leaner can you responsibly run an old engine?

I wouldn't go too far with it, for risk of pinking, which could damage your pistons - plus, as I'm sure you well know, the Triumph slant 4 isn't exactly known for it's cooling abilities! You'll ...
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Are classic cars safe?

I have been involved in several aspects of the old car world since the early 70's. This subject has come up more and more in the last maybe, ten years and I have spent alot of time pondering it and my ...
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Does an Engine Strut Bar have any effect on performance?

Tl;dr: it might be better for noise, vibration and harshness than for handling. Once upon a time, I had a Fox body mustang. I remembered it being chock full of rattles and squeaks. It was ...
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How to spot CV joint with sawdust inside

Also look for traces of CV grease on the drive shaft and around the CV joint itself. If the boot has been tampered with recently its likely there will be giveaway traces of grease or lubed/shiny areas ...
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Getting Stale Gas Out of a Gas Tank w/out Dropping the Tank

Just dilute it 3 year old gas? Don't worry about it. Drain it as far as possible, then just dilute it by filling the tank with new gas. It'll be fine. If you're really that, that worried about ...
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1986 El Camino: deprecation

6 months won't have done much damage. It might be worth changing those tyres if it's been sat on them flat for months. It started so battery and fuel system are probably OK. Sometimes brakes will ...
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Buy a new car or old car

How used are we talking here? For me, I always take the price and divide by miles available. I like to always make that number 100,000 miles before major maintenance is required. For instance, if I ...
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How to restore and care for leather?

Determine if the "Leather" is leather or vinyl. Then buy appropriate leather or vinyl cleaners, kits, solutions, etc. What does the process look like for cleaning leather? Depends on the product, but ...
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Vintage Car Radios .Issues with modern Antennas

RG-62/U coaxial cable might be a reasonable match. The dielectric is air space polyethylene with a velocity factor of .86, impedance of 93 ohms 13.5 pf per foot. Outer dimension of 0.242 inches and a ...
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How can I clean an old oil filter for re-use? [no one makes 'em anymore]

If the filter fits, but is only 5mm shorter in length, you are better off using that than trying to clean the old filter. Reason being, the filter is what catches all the contaminates. In 5mm you ...
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How can I clean an old oil filter for re-use? [no one makes 'em anymore]

Practically speaking, cleaning a filter is impractical. The filter absorbs particles, generally to about 10 microns, which become embedded into the media. Even if one could "wash" it, much of the ...
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Where is the odometer in this car?

The odometer on that car is mechanical, and is in the center of the speedometer. In this image, it reads 1.4 miles.
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Clunking/grating sound coming from front right when turning left at speed

It could be a couple of things, but I suspect that you have a something rubbing on the body. When you turn while moving, the car will lean as the suspension compresses. That might make just enough ...
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Do IIHS safety tests changed from year to year?

Volvos have a reputation for being safe and including things like impact bars before they were a legal requirement. Volvo did produce an advert when some manufacturers were advertising their ...
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Why is my car making a knocking noise?

The 2001 Sebring with the 2.7 engine holds 5 quarts of oil. Sounds like you ran it out of oil. That would make the engine knock and do all kinds of bad things to the internal engine parts. If you ...
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