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.
In the first step of our five-part course, Ed Hughes teaches you the basics of electricity and how these basics apply to the wiring on your classic car. You’ll learn some of the key terms that will come in handy later in this series, including the essential technology that connects your car’s electrical components to the car’s battery.
Next in the process, we’ll turn on the MGB to have a look, a listen and a feel at how the engine is running. Danny and Clive teach you how to complete a warm engine check, which requires you to pay particular attention to the sounds, the smells and the vibrations emanating from the car. Learn to diagnose any abnormalities in timing and efficiency while the car is still in the garage.
Once you’ve removed the cylinder head from the engine block, it’s necessary to dismantle the head to properly assess its condition and decide the next course of action. Ed teaches you how to search for any damage on the surface, including to the valves, head and copper sealing rings and the head gaskets, and then takes the head apart to have a look at each of the components inside.