Having prepared the surface of the car, we look at how to apply a hard-wearing finish to the car. There are various options available to you, which Ian and Matt discuss the pros and cons of, before demonstrating how to apply a popular flexible wax coating on the wheel arch of our Austin Maxi.
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.Watch Now >>
Michael Coman demonstrates the proper technique for achieving a sleek, even finish on a weld. You’ll learn about necessary safety equipment and the correct protocol for using various grinding and sanding tools to carefully wear down the weld until it is flush with the surfaces of your newly joined pieces.Watch Now >>
In the second half of our cold engine check, Danny and Clive disengage the spark plug leads to take a closer look at the quality and cleanliness of the spark plugs. They also inspect the brake and clutch fluid reservoirs, oil and coolant. Before cracking on to the warm engine inspection, be sure to walk through each of the components Danny and Clive cover, looking for damage and other abnormalities.Watch Now >>
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.Watch Now >>