WPC Club, Inc.
Dodge, Fargo, DeSoto, Chrysler, Imperial, Maxwell, Chalmers,
Jeep and Eagle & related
Mopar / All Years / All Models
Got a 1960 Imperial Lebaron? Or what about a
1961 Newport? No matter what classic Chrysler model you have, you're
probably not wanting to keep the ride hung up by it's heels in your
dirty old garage- only taking it out for occasional joy rides.
You're going to want to go driving on a Sunday afternoon, especially
if you've been working hard to keep it mint condition. One way to
accomplish this is by entering
car shows, where you have the opportunity to win prizes and the
chance to network with classic car enthusiasts just like yourself.
Here Are Six Tips on Preparing Your Classic
Chrysler Product for Showing:
1. Detailed Cleaning: Car
shows are about the proper presentation. And presentation is
all in the details. Don't just take your Chrysler into your
local car wash- give it a good detailed wash and wax yourself.
Consider starting with the rims and engine compartment to prevent
chemicals or residue. As you're cleaning your car, always use
products that are specifically intended for cleaning the vehicle
(i.e., don't just use kitchen dish washing soap). And don't just
clean the exterior- your interior is just as important. Give the
vehicle a good cleaning, so that it sparkles, shimmers, and shines,
catching the eyes of the judges and competitors at the show.
2. Touch Up: We've already
covered the importance of detailing your car. But don't think that
you're done here. You're likely to be showing your Chrysler
outdoors. But remember, you're dispatched to the occupants of nature
that could add smudges and hinder your vehicle presentation- the
vehicle isn't immune from bird droppings. Take
touch up tools to the car show so that you can quickly and
easily get your vehicle looking fresh.
3. Tires: Part of proper
presentation is in the tires- never underestimate this important
aspect of the vehicle. Tires with poor tread aren't going to score
well with judges and you'll also be judged by your competitors in
this aspect. So if showing your vehicle is something you do or
intend to do often, consider buying a separate set of tires that are
solely for car shows you enter. The other thing to remember is
that for the best overall showing of your car, make sure your
tires are clean. Nothing wrecks the look of a nice car
like tires with dirty and scuffed sidewalls and whitewalls.
They're easy to clean, just use a commercial cleaner in a
spray bottle and scrub with a stiff brush or even 3M scouring pad.
Then let them dry naturally and if needed, dry off the rims or
hubcaps with your chamois.
4. Clean the glass: This goes
somewhat hand in hand with cleaning. Dirty windows are a no-no.
If they haven't been cleaned for a while the inside glass may be
dirtier than the outside of the glass. If so spray them down
with a typical window clearing product and then polish them dry.
Once you do that you will probably notice they are streaked,
which is very common if you use a product like Windex.
So once you have the dirt off, get rid of the streaks by going
over them again with a clean, damp (with water only) synthetic
chamois or other clean cloth. Then take a clean dry
terry cloth and polish them dry and you'll be amazed how nice they
look. This will get rid of the streaks.
5. Auto Literature: You just put all
that hard work into preparing your vehicle - how about having a
small picnic type table set up in front of the car with
original advertising brochures, owners manuals, & shop manuals
for your specific car. A photo album documenting the
restoration is another item to consider for your table so people can
browse through it as they admire your car. A well
put-together display with a nice car makes for a winner.
6. Ship It: You just put all
that hard work into preparing your vehicle - that last thing you
may want to do is drive it to the show- especially if the show
is out of town and hours away. That's where
come in- they'll ship your vehicle for you. That way, you have the
peace of mind that you're not going to hit a pothole on the way to
the car show and screw up your vehicle- you can rest assured that it
will arrive safely.