How to Remove, Revive and Decoke Your Engine Cylinder Head

with Ed Hughes

What your course includes:

  • In-depth instruction; four detailed classes
  • On-demand video – access any time
  • Pay once, view anywhere on any device
  • Bonus material included (see below)

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Over time the classic engines can become clogged up with carbon, which causes poor running and potential failure. An engine decoke should be within the capabilities of any classic car restorer – but how do you know when and how to do it?

In this four-class video course from Skill Shack with Practical Classics, you’ll learn to diagnose your classic engine’s condition to determine if it’s in need of a decoke. We’ll teach you how to complete a decoke by removing and dismantling the cylinder head.

The Classes

Throughout this course, Danny and Ed will teach you some of the basic tips any car restorer needs to correctly revive cylinder heads, focusing on how to decoke an engine once the head has been removed. You’ll learn how to:

  • Remove a cylinder head
  • Assess the head correctly
  • Decoke an engine safely
  • Lap valves in correctly
  • Reassembling the head with new gasket
  • The Methods

    With these classes, you are free to skip to whatever you haven’t done before. Because each of these techniques is demonstrated in order of the process, we recommend starting with Class 1, but it’s up to you whether you follow along or jump from class to class. And don’t forget: you can stop, rewind and fast-forward whenever you need to. So go ahead, select a class and learn something new!

    Ed Hughes

    Ed spent almost twenty years teaching Wood- and Metalwork, Science, Electronics and Mathematics in secondary schools while running an increasingly large fleet of obscure, Eastern Bloc cars. Those educational skills - plus years of scientific analysis of everyday motoring annoyances - mean that he has the ability to explain things well, guiding the hobby mechanic through complex tasks while identifying the possible pitfalls along the way.

    Bonus Materials Included

    • Overhauling a Cylinder Head
    • Guide to Replacing Valve Seals
    • Setting your Valve Clearances
    • How to Replace a Head Gasket
    • Planning your Restoration