How to Get Rid of Rust will show you how to protect your car from the dreaded tin-worm. A little time invested now will pay dividends in years to come. Our expert, Ian Allen, shares some top tips for corrosion-free engineering throughout your restoration.
This course will teach you the art of how to clean and detail your car. Bert and Rich from Professional Valeters demonstrate safe wash techniques; including pre-washing with snow foam, the two-bucket method and wheel washing. You’ll learn the right techniques for decontaminating wheels and paintwork to remove deeply embedded grime using tar solvent, fallout remover and a clay bar. Machine Polishing is covered in depth with a run-down of the right equipment, products and techniques to use. Finally you’ll learn how to add the finishing touches to your car with a guide to wax and polish, finishing with metal polish & sealant, tyre dressing and glass sealant.
Learning to MIG weld will not only save you shedloads of money, it’ll give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing a job has been done well. This course will teach you the simple techniques you’ll need so you can complete a basic repair on your classic car in your own garage. It simply takes practice, patience and help from our expert guide, Ben Field.
In this course, you will be able to build upon skills learned in the “The Basics of MIG Welding” and “Simple Body Repairs” courses, or come to it fresh if you just want to improve your welding skills.
Restoration guru Michael Coman takes you on a step-by-step journey through the skills required to complete basic car body repairs. Sign up to this comprehensive yet easy-to-follow course and you’ll learn the basics of filling, panel beating, patch repairs, wheelarch repairs and finishing welded repairs.
In this course we enter the Practical Classics workshop to delve into the basics of classic car electrics. Whether your car is experiencing faulty wiring or you’re looking to install auxiliary lighting, we’ve got the tips and expert advice you’ll need to do many of the jobs yourself.
In each class, introduced by Practical Classics editor Danny Hopkins, restoration expert Ed Hughes shows you the simple techniques required to keep your classic’s engine in top condition. We use a typical 4-cylinder overhead valve engine here, but the techniques described are applicable across most classic engine types.
The MGB has long been Britain’s favourite sports car – for good reason –and we’d like to keep that tradition alive, so here we teach you some of the basic maintenance tips you’ll need to complete an MGB restoration and service job.
This course will teach you how to recolour and detail leather seats, so you can get a new look interior for a fraction of the price of a retrim. In this course, Matt Tomkins from Practical Classics magazine and Brad from the Leather repair Company will show you the correct techniques for stripping the colour from your leather seats and trim. You will also learn the correct way to recolour and protect the newly recoloured seats and leather. This is also applicable to vinyl seats and interiors.
In this course, Matt Tomkins and Brad from the Leather Repair Company will teach you the basics of leather cleaning and revival: how to keep the patina, make it look superb and protect it for the long-term. They will show you how to clean leather seats and trim correctly without damaging it or causing the leather to fade. You will also learn the correct techniques and products used to feed, revive and protect your car's leather interior.
Ed demonstrates a simple upholstery project and demonstrates how to make and upholster a set of door cards from scratch. Over time door cards can get warped and water damaged, so fitting a new set is a simple way to make your car's interior look great. Ed shares his tips on choosing the right types of material to use to make the door cards, the tools required and how to prepare a set of bare door cards. To sew a design into the upholstery isn't difficult, and Ed shows you how to create a decorative stitching effect.
Often the door card in a classic car will warp due to water, which naturally gets past the wind-down window seals in large quantities, finding its way onto the door card. In this course Ed Hughes shows you how to replace the board and reuse the old upholstery. He demonstrates how to remove the old door card, assess the card, clean it and make local repairs. Ed will also teach you how to attach and detach classic trim and explains the options available when reviving your interior.
This course teaches you how to remove and dismantle the cylinder head correctly and assess the condition of the components inside. You will learn how to revive the cylinder head, how to clean and lap in valves and how to decoke an engine to improve performance.
Understanding how to operate a sewing machine for simple automotive projects can save you a great deal of money - you can enhance the appearance of trim and even make new seat covers. In this course, Ed Hughes shows you how to choose a cheap and robust sewing machine; how to set it up and how to get the best out of it so you can use it to give home-made trim a more professional appearance.