Here in India paucity of trained manpower and often lack of spares has led to a innovative yet seriously compromised system of restoration called “Jugaad”. Translated this means make do with whatever you have and alter to make things work. This approach may see your prized vintage car able to run on road but it is anything but what the manufacturer and engineers who designed your car intended in terms of specifications and performance.
A machine is often designed to run over a period of time and withstand routine wear and tear to its components. Routine maintenance is required to inhibit the deterioration and prolong the life of the vehicle.
When restoring a vintage car that has survived a couple of decades, often with extended period of non-use, the condition of the car and its internals are at best in a critical state calling for a thorough overhaul and refreshment. Failure to address component health at depth will only accelerate the deterioration of a car as it gets used.
If you desire your vintage car to be in the best of health and function at the level it was intended to perform, a comprehensive restoration of all components is really the only way you can ensure you have your car to top spec.
When it comes to machinery there is only one way to restore and that is the right way. When parts fall out of the permissible range of wear they must be replaced. Lubricants must be renewed with attention to oil and grease seals as being able to retain the lubes. Oil pressures must be as per manufacturer spec to ensure a longer life for the rebuild.
As a popular tagline goes in the automotive refinishing world, Do it Once – Do it Right !!