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.
In the final class of our video series on basic engine maintenance, Ed walks you step by step through a servicing of the components on an engine’s carburettor. You’ll learn the basics of the carburettor and discover how to make sure it is in proper working condition.Watch Now >>
More often than not, an electrical issue on a classic car is as simple as adjusting a fuse or correcting a faulty wire. For those times when it’s just a bit more complicated, Ed teaches you how to read a circuit diagram on your classic car to discover where the faulty component might be in your car’s system.Watch Now >>
As with most projects in the garage, it’s important to first learn the essential techniques and then challenge yourself on the more complicated scenarios. To help you gain an introductory understanding of classic car electrics, Danny Hopkins and Ed Hughes are here to demonstrate a number of simple car maintenance projects that focus on classic car electrics. With each of the five classes in this course, you’ll discover a new technique that you can implement in your own garage and grow more confident as a classic car restorer.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 >>