• 1:05

    It is very important that the dashpot on your carburettor is filled with oil, preventing fluctuations in fuel/air mixture under acceleration. SU damper oil is designed specifically for this job. For more helpful tips and tricks, check out our MGB Service Guide course.

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  • 0:46

    Danny and Clive, from the Skill Shack with Practical Classics team, show you how to use a strobe light to check the timing of your classic car, demonstrated here on an MGB. Timing your ignition system will help increase power, fuel economy and car engine longevity. This clip shows you how to adjust the distributor

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    Ensure the engine is hot, the throttle open and the choke off and coil disconnected. Then this highly informative test can be carried out. For more helpful tips and techniques, be sure to check out our Basic Engine Maintenance for Classic Cars course.

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    The vacuum advance is key to the good running of the engine. If the pipe or diaphragm are leaking, the engine will run poorly.

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  • 34:21

    With the front end out of the way, now we’ll need to take a look at all components on the underside of an MGB from the gearbox to the rear wheels. Danny and Matt work their way backwards, inspecting every part they can see and even those they can’t.

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  • 22:04

    Now that we’ve checked the components in our MGB’s engine bay, it’s time to prop the car up and look under it’s belly at the front end. Danny and Matt take a look at everything on the front of the car, from the suspension to the steering column and even some of the body work, checking to see that all parts are undamaged and in working order.

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  • 16:51

    Next in the process, we’ll turn on the MGB to have a look, a listen and a feel at how the engine is running. Danny and Clive teach you how to complete a warm engine check, which requires you to pay particular attention to the sounds, the smells and the vibrations emanating from the car. Learn to diagnose any abnormalities in timing and efficiency while the car is still in the garage.

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  • 13:41

    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.

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  • 21:21

    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.

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