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.
It is important to understand basic principles before progressing. In its simplest form, an electrical circuit is the flow of electrons from the positive side of the battery through a component back to the other battery terminal. For more tips on auto electrics, visit our course Classic Car Electrics.Watch Now >>
Working on the bench is all well and good while you’re learning, but it’s rare to find joints that need welding in easily accessible locations on your car. With this in mind, Michael Coman teaches you how to weld the joints demonstrated in Class 1 in both vertical and upside-down positions in the horizontal plane. Michael also talks you through the various safety considerations you need to bear in mind when welding in these positions, as well as the adjustments you should make to your welder to simplify your job. Above all, listen for the sizzle.Watch Now >>