Dynamos offer a perfectly serviceable system for classic cars that are used infrequently, but if you use your classic car often – and especially if you drive at night, have added accessories or even use things like sat navs and mobile phone chargers – that system will start to struggle. An alternator is the modern answer to classic car electrical charging problems and can be fitted easily either with a proprietary kit or with a little fabrication. This Skill Shack video tutorial will show you how to upgrade from a dynamo to an alternator and will share hints and tips along the way from fitting brackets, wiring and other considerations like fan belt size and ignition coil positioning. We recommend for owners of older classic cars, that you first view our video on converting from positive to negative earth before undertaking this project.
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 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.Watch Now >>
In the final class of our course on classic car electrics, Ed teaches you about the ignition system on your car. He discusses the two halves of the ignition system, explains how the system is wired to the rest of a car, and then shows you how to trace faults.Watch Now >>
Now that you know how to join two wires and you have a basic understanding of circuit diagrams, it’s time to try your hand at a simple project. Learn how to use essential tools and your new knowledge of electrical wiring to install auxiliary lights to the front of your classic car.Watch Now >>