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by Staff
To the classic car enthusiast, almost any problem can be solved with enough time, effort and money. In this quiz, we'll look at the different parts of a car, their predicted road life and ways we can make them last longer.

What's the most common procedure for removing rust from panels and frames?

  • sandblasting
  • rust-removal soaks
  • belt sanders

True or false: Sandblasters are preferable to rust-removal soaks because the latter are generally toxic and unsuitable for a home shop environment.

  • true
  • false

What are the most popular model years for the Ford Mustang collector?

  • 1962 to 1966
  • 1965 to 1968
  • 1969 to 1972

A Chevy Camaro, second only to the Ford Mustang in popularity among collectors, generally sells within what price range?

  • $10,000 to $250,000
  • $6,000 to $50,000
  • $8,000 to $75,000

The single-pedal, four-wheel brake system now standard in all vehicles was not developed until what year?

  • 1919
  • 1945
  • 1967

The Nash company introduced factory-installed safety belts in 1949, but some consumers cut them out with razor blades. Of the 48,000 cars sold, how many safety belts were used regularly?

  • 1,000
  • 15,000
  • 40,000

Prior to the 1950s, cars usually drove on inner-tube tires. When was the tubeless tire, still in use today, first introduced?

  • 1937
  • 1942
  • 1947

Responsible auto owners should check their manufacturer's guide often enough to make sure they're up to speed, but it helps to remember a few basic rules of thumb. How often should you replace your spark plugs, for example?

  • every 10,000 to 15,000 miles
  • every 15,000 to 20,000 miles
  • every 25,000 to 35,000 miles

Today's tires can be expected to last up to 80,000 miles, depending on manufacturer and range. How long did they generally last back in the 1970s?

  • 20,000 miles
  • 45,000 miles
  • 60,000 miles

Healthy brake pads are essential for safe driving. While there are stories of pads lasting anywhere from 100 to 100,000 miles, the general mileage range these days is more along these lines of what?

  • 20,000 to 30,000 miles
  • 30,000 to 70,000 miles
  • 60,000 to 80,000 miles