There are a lot of different things on a vintage car that contribute to driving enjoyment. We're not talking about whipping late models at the stoplights or setting off car alarms with your rumbly exhaust (although we still smile every time that happens). We're talking about the subtle things like rattles, wind leaks, and sticking window lifts. We like to refer to these as "quality of life" details, because while they're small annoyances that don't have any real affect on the car's overall performance, they still detract from our complete enjoyment of our Mopar.

We've got one car that has a little thing that just bugs us. Whenever we lock the door with the plunger from inside the car and then shut the door, the lock mechanism comes up about half way. The door is still locked, but when the key is installed in the tumbler to unlock the door, it has to be first turned to the full locked position, then turned the other way to unlock the door. This is a minor pain at most...but it's still a pain.

Maybe you have something like this on your car-a sticky lock, a window lift that is just a little tight to crank, or the door hinges are sagging just a little bit. Mike Paremsky, owner of Michael's Auto Body, addressed these issues with The Paddock Project Charger. He has a method of cleaning and refurbishing window lifts and door latch mechanisms that makes them look and function like they just came off the shelf from the factory 30 years ago, and it's easy enough for the average enthusiast to do in the garage or driveway. Best of all, it's incredibly inexpensive! While the effort involved is more than a wipe-off and shot of spray lube, it's not much more than that. And the results are parts that function like they did when the car was new. We'll also show you how to rebuild the door hinges to eliminate poor fitting, drooping doors, which is also a fairly easy job.

These aren't things you're likely to notice once the car is on the road, but you also won't notice that they need attention every time you get in the car, which is just going to enhance the overall enjoyment that much more.

SOURCE
Michael's Auto Body
319 Commons Court
Winter Haven
FL  33880
941-299-8122
The Paddock-California
1663 Plum Lane
Box 8547
Redlands
CA  92375
800-854-8532
The Paddock-Indiana
221 W. Main St., Box 30
Knightstown
IN  46148
888-483-6230
The Paddock-Florida
12399 Belcher Rd., Suite 160
Largo
FL  33773
800-338-0167
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