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Vintage Car and Truck Engines and Components

Classic, vintage, and antique refer to different eras of car and truck manufacturing. Any vehicle older than 20 years is considered a "classic" car while "vintage" has a more specific meaning. For the purposes of restoring, collecting, and purchasing parts, automobiles and trucks that were made between 1919 and 1930 are classified as vintage and may require specific components for restoration.

Can regular gas be used in vintage car engines?

Regular gas sold in most gas stations contains up to 10 percent ethanol in order to reduce the use of fossil fuels. Some gas may be marked E10, which contains 10 percent ethanol, or E15, which can have up to 15 percent ethanol. Genuine vintage manufacturer engines from trucks or cars made between 1919 and 1930 weren't designed to run on fuels with ethanol. Vintage experts advise filling up with pure gasoline as often as possible, using octane boosters and fuel stabilizers, and checking pumps, rubber hoses, gaskets, and connectors frequently for damage.

What are NOS and OEM engine parts for vintage projects?

Original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, are replacement parts that have been made by companies outside the original manufacturer, which could be sold at part stores or repair shops. OEM parts can function identically to original parts, but they could look completely different from parts originally used by the manufacturer. An AC Delco, Fram, or NAPA part could replace a Chevy vintage-engine component and function similarly but might look different. In some cases, OEM parts may deliver more power or performance. NOS stands for new old stock parts that are less frequently available than OEM equipment because they were manufactured at the same time as the vintage engine and car or truck.

Which vintage car and truck engines are for sale?

Remanufactured, OEM, and refurbished engines and powertrains are available to deliver power to nearly every vintage car or truck. Some rarer makes like Tucker and Davis have engines and parts for sale. Vintage Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, and European cars like Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Fiat also have engines, accessories, motors, and other equipment that may be found for sale.

Which engine kits for vintage projects are available?

Depending on the complexity and extent of a vintage project, engines may need replacement, a complete rebuild, or a partial rebuild. You can find engine rebuild kits for Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler, Packard, and many other old car and truck manufacturers. Gasket sets, cylinder sets, mount kits, and hose sets are other types of sets that are available.