Basic engine maintenance is essential for guaranteeing a long and healthy life for your classic car. As long as you provide the engine with regular checkups, careful inspection and timely parts replacements, you can rack up a ton of miles and see the world in your classic car. So in this multi-part instructional video series from Skill Shack, we’ll help you discover the basic engine maintenance methods professionals use to keep their classic cars running in tip-top shape.
In our first class, Danny and Clive dig into the engine bay to inspect a number of components prior to starting the engine. Cold engine checks are recommended for taking a closer look at hoses and other smaller parts of the engine that easily show damage and wear by shining a light. Before moving on to the next class, make sure you’ve inspected each of the components seen in this video.
Any capable restorer of classic cars ought to know how to decoke an engine. Over time the engine on a classic car becomes backed up with carbon, which causes the efficiency of said engine to drop. When enough carbon builds up, it might be time to decoke the engine–but how do you know whether it’s the right time?
Throughout this course, Danny and Ed will teach you some of the basic tips any car restorer needs to correctly maintain cylinder heads and gaskets, focusing on how to decoke an engine once the head has been removed.
Discover the different forms of welding and assess which is most appropriate for your car’s new wheel arch. Michael Coman discusses the pros and cons of each weld type, and teaches you how to install and weld a factory wheel arch in place of an old rusted component.