Oldtimer winterstalling

De zomer loopt weer ten einde en de dagen worden korter. Nog een paar weken en dan mag de auto weer in de stalling. Reserveer daarom tijdig een plek voor de winterstalling. Veilig en vertrouwd bij Dandy Classics.

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MGB GT restoration: finished in Jaguar Silver Blue

This MGB GT was sold by Dandy Classics in 2018. Although the car was still in well-driving condition, the new owner decided to venture on a nut and bolt restoration. The first phase of this restoration was covered in an earlier blog post.

After shot blasting, the bare metal body received two layers of epoxy primer. New sills were put in, after which the interior and engine bay were painted Jaguar Silver Blue. A stylish 1960's metallic, also seen on Meghan and Harry's electric E-type wedding car.

The naked body shell was soon re-united with its rebuilt drive train components. A rolling and driving GT was brought to a professional paint shop in Germany, to be primed, block sanded and finished.

The result looks absolutely stunning. A perfectly finished MGB GT in a bespoke and distinctive colour. Soon to be seen on the road again, after the final assembly stage.


The risk of ethanol in fuel for classic cars

Modern fuels contain more and more ethanol. This is a big concern for classic car owners, as these fuels are not suitable for older fuel systems. In our workshop, we get to work on many cars with fuel related problems. Most of these can be tracked down to old petrol, especially in relation to a high ethanol content.

Pictured above is the top part of a Weber carburettor from an MGB. The car was parked for several years, causing severe contamination in the fuel tank and carburettor. This eventually led to clogged up needles and a leaking brass float. Luckily, replacement parts are easily available and relatively affordable. It just takes an awful lot of time to get everything working like it should...

After several months, ethanol starts to attract moisture. This will eventually lead to corrosion in your fuel tank and pipes. Old fuel evaporates into a gooey substance, clogging carburettors and injectors. The ethanol is also aggressive to certain materials used in classic car fuel systems, such as rubber, cork, copper and brass.

How to prevent these problems? Here are some tips:

  • Use petrol with the highest available octane grade (preferably 98 or higher, if available). These fuels contain less ethanol.
  • Use your classic car regularly, at least enough to refuel every 6 months.
  • Pay attention to your fuel hoses. Are they ethanol resistant? If in doubt, replace them with high quality modern rubber.
  • Replace your fuel filter regularly.
  • When storing your car long term, fill it up with high grade fuel. Try to let it run every other month and store it in low-humidity conditions.  

Want to dive deeper into this subject? Read our previous posts on classic car fuel and storage tips.


Techno Classica Essen 2020 postponed due to Corona virus

Several media reported the postponement of Techno Classica Essen 2020. At the time of writing, this information is yet to be confirmed on the organisation's website. Supposedly, the event will be rescheduled to 17 - 21 June 2020. Depending on the COVID-19 pandemic's development, this might even be further postponed to late 2020.

The exhibition, scheduled to take place from 25 - 29 March, can be seen as the kick off of the European classic car season. Having attracting nearly 200.000 visitors from 46 countries in 2019, it was regarded as a high-risk event for some time.

Both Coys and RM Sotheby's auctions will likely be rescheduled with the 2020 Techno Classica edition. It is yet unclear if and how the financial consequences for exhibitioners will be compensated. The North Rhine Westfalia state government has not officially banned the event in prior weeks, which would have made free cancellation legally possible. In the current situation, stand holders and the Techno Classica organisation will have to find a way to a satisfactory solution.


Celebrating 5 years of Dandy Classics

5 years ago, I turned my passion for motoring icons into a business. What started as a small shop developed into a 1500 m2 showroom, storage facility and parts warehouse. During these 5 years I have been lucky to meet a lot of fellow enthusiasts, helping them realise their dreams on wheels, or pass them on to someone else. In and out came a wide variety of cars, that attracted a wide variety of folks, all with a shared passion. Classic cars stir up emotions, inspire and connect people.

Rusty wrecks were rescued from leaky barns, shipped across the world and passed on to skillful enthusiasts. No doubt these cars have put their new owners to the test. Greasy fingernails, welding burns and bloody knuckles are just some of the physical discomforts that come with a restoration. The mental challenge is one of hardship and discipline, learning new skills and bringing that big project to an end. The biggest reward comes at the end. Finally that big smile on your face when you are able to drive your own crystallised blood sweat and tears; 'I love it when a plan comes together'.

Developing Dandy Classics is a journey comparable with the restoration of a classic car. It's a story of ups and downs, of perseverance and dedicated attention. Two major developments were creating a 2000 article web shop and establishing a dedicated storage facility. The collection of classic cars for sale is ever changing and growing, with old friends making place for new arrivals.

Looking back, it is hard to believe to have been in business for 5 years already. Time sure flies when you are having fun. A big word of thanks goes out to our customers. Without your trust and enthusiasm, this journey would not have been possible. Thanks a lot for your continued support! Lets make the next 5 years as memorable as the last ones.