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The Unusual World of Modified Classic Cars
What is a modified car? To purists, a classic car that is altered in any way is a modified car. For most collectors, a modified car is the result of an owner choosing to enhance its performance or appearance in some way. For the owner of a modified car, well – this car is like no other, a priceless possession built with creative sweat equity. One thing is certain: after a car is modified, it’s not the same as the day it rolls off the assembly line; often, it is better. We’ve put together a fact sheet on the do’s and don’ts of modifying a car. Share it with other car enthusiasts.
Classic and Modern
Whether a Rat Rod, Street Rod, Resto-mods, Tweener, Street Machine, Kit, Replica or Radical Custom, they all represent an owner’s willingness to change a classic from its original factory state. Many restorers strive to keep their cars “numbers matching,” but a desire for more power and modern conveniences wins out.
More are Opting to Modify Their Cars
Modified cars reflect a growing slice of the classic car world. With the scarcity of original parts and an increasing desire to drive these creations safely, more and more collectors are willing to modify their vehicles:
- For instance, safety in pre-1960 cars is a big concern. Many of these cars have single cylinder braking systems - one leak and the brakes won’t work. Front disc brakes allow for more stopping power and better control while braking.
- Classic cars do not absorb the energy of a crash the same way modern cars do. You want to keep you and your family safe to enjoy many rides in the future. Considering adding seat belts. Have an expert properly install the correct restraints for the size and weight of your car.
Redefining an Original
Preservation purists say that a car is only original once, when it rolls off the line. In these modern times, staying true to this vision is a tough and potentially expensive road to travel. Whether your classic is a numbers matching original or a modified muscle, the bottom line is we love all of our cars. They are part of the family and like all families, there’s room for everyone at the table.
Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less
Modifying a car takes creativity and hard work. Protect your customized classic with a customized insurance plan from Classic Auto Insurance. Let our friendly, knowledgeable staff answer all your questions and find the perfect policy for your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.
When you think of 3D printing your mind instantly thinks of Star Trek or some other science fiction movie where characters have the ability to create whatever they want, with technological help, of course. How many times have you wished you could push a computer button and materialize the one obsolete part stalling your classic car’s restoration? Well, beam me up Scotty! The future of 3D printed car parts is here.
The Future of 3D Printing is Now
Not New. Identical.
The mystical process begins when an object is scanned and converted into a 3D CAD drawing. The design is sent to a 3D printer where layers of powdered materials (plastic, metal, carbon fiber) are fused together with a laser to create an identical rendition, down to the imperfections and blemishes, of your desired part.
These printers can produce already assembled objects with working parts. If you scan a working vise grip, then you will get a working vise grip – just made out of a lightweight material. 3D printers have yet to master recreating intricate circuit boards like GPS units or smartphones, yet the process is creating medical miracles every day. Prosthetic hands and limbs are being customized to comfortably fit individual patients. Titanium implants are being printed for the jaw, knees and spine. Researchers can now print organic tissue, grown from cells obtained from blood. It’s only a matter to time.
What You Scan is What You Get
3D parts eliminate the question of whether or not parts will fit. You can easily test the newly rendered piece on your car before the final part is produced. This allows for adjustments to be made on the computer and a new part printed. A mold can be made from the final version and sent to be fabricated.
Envision it, Then Print it
Even parts that are incomplete or damaged can be recreated using 3D printing. The fragments are scanned then reassembled by the computer software. A mock-up is produced for testing. 3D printing offers restorers the opportunity to customize their classic cars. 3D printers create anything you can design.
Jay Knows 3D Printing
Well-known car enthusiast Jay Leno champions the 3D printing process for classic car parts because he knows it works. When his 1907 White Steamer needed a feed-water heater and the original part could no longer be repaired, he used a NextEngine scanner and a Stratasys 3D printer to create a new one. It took 33 hours to complete before his antique car was back on the road.
No More Time Consuming Searches
Fortunately, the price of both scanners and printers is dropping, albeit slowly. If you don’t want to purchase one for your home garage, many restoration shops are now using 3D printing. Put an end to desperate searching for that elusive grill or door handle, have them print one for you.
Skyfall Bond Car a 3D Model
Did you really think the producers blew up a classic Aston Martin DB-5 in the James Bond film Skyfall? (They aren’t that crazy.) It is a scaled down 3D model, painstakingly scanned and re-created. It looked so much like the original version, producers shot close ups of it, rather than the real one.
Are 3D Parts Considered Original?
New technology always brings new questions. Is an original parts car still original if some of its parts came from a 3D printer? Is a car with 3D parts considered modified not restored? Are parts manufacturers having their patents infringed upon when restorers freely scan their old parts? All are questions we can debate until the proverbial classic cows come home.
Finish Your Restoration with 3D Printing
The reality of this issue is original parts are getting harder and harder to find. The parts you do find are often in fragile condition themselves. Bottom line, if you want to finish your restoration and get your classic car on the road, 3D printing can help you get there. Take care of yourself and your car and let the future sort itself out.
Collector and Classic Car Insurance for Less
Every collector is unique, which is why we customize our policies to each individual. No one size fits all coverage here! Let the friendly staff at Classic Auto Insurance answer all your questions and find the right policy for your needs. Visit our website at www.classicins.com and see how we can help safeguard your dream car.