Tips for Classic Car Starting Problems

Tips for Classic Car Starting Problems

If your classic is reluctant to start, here are some top tips on how to get it going. Get an assistant to pull the choke out. Look underneath the carburettors and check that the main jet holders are being pulled down by the choke mechanism. Investigate if they aren’t. Disconnect the fuel hose to the… Read more »

Revive a Smelly Classic Car Heater

Revive a Smelly Classic Car Heater

A festering ventilation system is a real health risk, and if yours smells dank and musty when switched on, it’s something well worth combatting. It’s possible that at some point in the car’s history, dirty flood water, sewage or countryside effluent has found its way down the external vents and into the system. This means… Read more »

How to Remove Silt From a Classic Car

How to Remove Silt From a Classic Car

If the cooling passages of your classic are clogged with silt, it can lead to hot spots in the block and potential catastrophic failure. If you don’t want to remove the engine from the car and strip it completely, it’s often effective to fill the engine with quite a strong solution of kettle or dishwasher… Read more »

How to Loosen a Distributor

How to Loosen a Distributor

Question: Do you have any suggestions for loosening a distributor fitted to the cast iron engine of my Triumph GT6? I fitted an Aldon Ignitor electronic ignition to the car and all was well until I tried to retime the engine at the distributor. I don’t want to use brute force because the alloy body… Read more »

Improving Fuel Flow

Improving Fuel Flow

If your classic is having difficulty drawing fuel, it can manifest in symptoms from not starting to regular cutting out particularly under load as fuel runs out in the carburettor float. If you suspect this to be the case, there are a few things you can check. Flakes of rust or even a disintegrated gauze… Read more »

How to Give Your Brakes a Post-lay-up Health-check

How to Give Your Brakes a Post-lay-up Health-check

Sometimes, a braking system just requires a few miles’ use to regain its function after a winter lay-up. We strongly advise, though, that it’s visually inspected for fluid leaks and dodgy pipes and hoses before turning a wheel. If matters don’t rapidly improve or if a major fault becomes obvious, then the whole system should… Read more »

Get Better Brakes by Fitting a Brake Servo

Get Better Brakes by Fitting a Brake Servo

A brake servo in certain circumstances, can be a great upgrade for a classic car. However, many people use an aftermarket brake servo as a sticking plaster solution to mask an underlying problem. Before you even think about fitting a servo, you should fully inspect your brakes. Remove the wheels, with disc brakes, pry the… Read more »

Checks to Make When Your Car Won’t Start When Warm

Question: My 1973 1200 Beetle will start perfectly from cold but sometimes if the engine is warm it is as though the battery has gone flat and the engine simply refuses to turn over. If I leave the car for a few hours to go cold it will start again no problem. Is it just… Read more »

Tyres checks for selling your classic car

Tyres Checks for Selling Your Classic Car

Never underestimate the importance of good wheels and rubber, especially when buying and selling. The wheels and tyres may not be in the eye-line but they constitute a significant percentage of the car’s façade, can cost lots to put right, and are therefore a selling point. We recommend the wheels are the correct ones for… Read more »

What to check when your classic car is losing water

What to Check When Your Classic Car Is Losing Water

If your classic is losing water, the first thing to check is underneath to see if it’s escaping through a perished hose or water pump gasket. If it isn’t you could be forgiven for jumping to head gasket failure as a probable culprit, but don’t assume the worst too soon. First, top up the radiator… Read more »

How to cure starting problems

How to Cure Starting Problems

If your classic is reluctant to start, here are some top tips on how to get it going. Get an assistant to pull the choke out. Look underneath the carburettors and check that the main jet holders are being pulled down by the choke mechanism. Investigate if they aren’t. Disconnect the fuel hose to the… Read more »

What to do if your classic car is losing water

What to Do if Your Classic Car Loses Water

If your classic is losing water, the first thing to check is underneath to see if it’s escaping through a perished hose or water pump gasket. If it isn’t you could be forgiven for jumping to head gasket failure as a probable culprit, but don’t assume the worst too soon. First, top up the radiator… Read more »