We support the idea of using classic cars all year round, and if you enjoy your cherished car in all weathers there should be no reason to worry about using the car through the winter – as long as a few simple steps are taken to protect it. We cover all those steps in this Skill Shack ‘How to’ video. We guide you through underbody protection considerations, winter tyres, protecting chrome and brightwork, upgrading headlamps, a few simple rituals to observe to protect against rain and road salt. Also for older classics, we discuss what you’ll need to do to help the car’s electrical system cope such as upgrading from a dynamo to alternator, which is covered in a separate video.
In the previous class, Ed showed you how to clean the valves and prepare them for reinsertion into the head. Now, you’ll learn how to lap in the valves using grinding paste and then decoke the engine in order to increase its efficiency and ensure top-notch engine performance for another several thousand miles. Ed introduces the tools you need to complete this process and then shows you how to use them.Watch Now >>
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 >>
In the final step of the engine decoking process, you’ll learn to reassemble the head, replace a new gasket, and remount the cleaned and decoked components onto the engine block. Ed walks you step by step through the finishing methods needed to put the cylinder head back together and make sure everything is properly affixed and operational.Watch Now >>