Use high quality parts and check all fluid levels all the time. Check oil at every fill up. Check trans and coolant level often, maybe monthly. Keep everything lubricated to avoid squeaks. If you have to replace upper control arm bushings make sure to reinstall with grease fittings that fit the tight space. Periodically check drum brake adjustment. Make sure adjusters turn freely. Keep belts properly tensioned. Carb choke settings need to be adjusted according to season. Shop manual has the procedure.
I'm sure I've missed something. Seems like a lot of work, but these old cars are not low maintenance. Will make you appreciate the new ones (even Vauxhalls!)
Nah I dont think I appreciate a vauxhall haha. Lots of good stuff here.. whats seafoam.. and good tip about warming her uo first. I notice that she runs sluggish when cold so good call. Going to get a user manual next
You should only use sea foam on an improperly maintained engine... Follow everything everyone else is saying and you should never have to run sea foam.