For my first post, I thought I'd talk about the basics of keeping a car on the road for as long as possible. I have personal experience with this because I own a 1983 Mercedes 300D sedan. That is the thing of beauty you see below. I am 32 years old and that car model year is the year before I was born. My grandfather bought it new off of the showroom floor in early 1983 and it was the shining representation that he had "made it". He bought that model specifically, because my late grandmother fell in love with the car the moment that she saw it. Obviously, it hold significant sentimental value and has been in my hands for about a year and a half and I feel like I need to cherish the car and keep it running and clean forever.
There isn't much work to keeping a car like that running for a very long time. If you do the work yourself, it takes patience, youtube, and honesty when you get in above your level of expertise. If you have a shop do the work, I would recommend that you pick someone who specializes in your type of vehicle. I'm still looking for my permanent shop for the Mercedes, but a friend runs the specific type of shop that I'm talking about. Kuhn Automotive is a specialized Auto Shop in Tucker GA that does great work on Cadillacs and Jaguars. He does just about anything other than body work and will work on any kind of car, but he is the best in the Atlanta area with Caddy's and Jags. I throw him out there because I know him and he is a good example of the kind of shop I'm talking about.
Finding your car's caretaker and being particular about who that is is the first key step to really ensuring that vehicle will be on the road and running well for years to come.