New or old, any car will last longer with tender loving care. For most enthusiasts, a
large part of the joy of owning a hobby car lies in getting their hands dirty. If you
really want to develop an intimate relationship with a machine, there is no better way
than to crawl under it and over it, to take it apart and put it back together, to clean it
and polish it.If you live with a car long enough, you'll eventually come to know it so
well that even the most insignificant faults will immediately be recognizable, and you'll
be able to anticipate the need for repairs before serious problems develop. The key to
establishing this kind of relationship with your car is a systematic approach to
maintenance and repair besides saving money; the do-it-yourself mechanic learns the
working and every system in his car.
A Helping Hand
Before you even think about driving under that prized car, you should equip yourself with
as much information as possible. Ideally you should obtain a copy of the vehicle
manufacturer's service manual for your hobby car. If you can't obtain the factory book for
your car, general service manuals are available. You could try using manuals from Haynes.
We would strongly recommend that you do not attempt
to repair or service the vehicle before acquiring a service manual and tools for the
vehicle in question.