Are older cars (like the 1968-1970 Camaros, or the older Mustangs) easier to
maintain since they didn't have as much electrical stuff as cars do now?
Since they're American, are the parts also cheaper? I just love the look of
those older cars but , due to my limited budget, I'll also be using it as my
I currently have an '89 Volvo (not exactly a 'cool' car) and I've noticed
that, since they're older, they seem easier to fix than these new cars that
seem to be more complicated. Is this one of those cars that any mechanic
can maintain (not someone specialized)?
More importantly, is it expensive to add A/C ?
I would say that the repairs are easier to access rather than easier
to repair. A late model car with some sort of fuel injection will
usually tell you what to look at when something goes bad. A simple
thing like changing the plugs in my 68' takes about 20 minutes or so
because of the relatively open engine compartment and all plugs can be
reached from the top. On my 88' Formula one side is reached from the
top and the other is from the bottom, the easiest I've found so far at
least. Parts do seem to be cheaper on older cars though, unless it is
a part that is specific to that car.
Right now I'm replacing the intake gaskets on the 88' (TPI), and it is
a truly trying experience. It's quite a bit more complicated than
pulling the distributor, removing a couple of hoses, a fuel line, and
taking out 8 bolts as is the assembly on my 68'. You have to pull the
throttle body, fuel lines, coolant hoses, electrical jacks, vacuum
hoses, plenum, runners, fuel rails, distributor, ignition coil, etc.
etc. All before you can remove the intake.
Try finding a model that already has the a/c installed. It'll be much
cheaper in the long run. Putting in an a/c system with factory parts
is expensive. There are companies that sell complete bolt in systems
to convert non a/c cars that are reasonably priced.
Good luck with your decision.
68' Camaro RS
88' Firebird Formula
00' Mustang GT Vert
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