Step-by-Step Guides

In this section, you will find all of the Classic Mechanic's tutorials to help you keep your car in good running order. The guides are split into three main sections to : Maintenance Guides cover the routine maintenance that should be carried out on a regular basis, Troubleshooting Guides provide you with vital information to help diagnose and cure problems, whilst the Overhaul Guides provide detailed information when individual components or systems need to be reconditioned.

Maintenance Guides
HT Circuit - Guide to maintaining the spark plugs, rotor arm and HT leads.
Points/Condenser - Step-by Step guide to the routine maintenance of a traditional ignition system.

Troubleshooting Guides
SU Carburettors - A guide to adjusting and setting SU carburettors, including balancing multi-carb setups.
Compensating for Modern Fuels - Effectively set ignition timing to compensate for modern unleaded.
High-Tension Circuit - Troubleshooting the often overlooked high-tension circuit.
Ignition Coil - How to test an ignition coil.
Points/Condenser - How to test and troubleshoot the low-tension circuit in a traditional ignition system.
Spark Plugs - Using spark plugs as a diagnostic test to assess the engine's overall condition.

Overhaul Guides
SU Carburettors - A guide to rebuilding and setting SU carburettors.
Points/Condenser - How to rebuild and set up the low-tension side of a traditional ignition system.
Electronic Ignition Conversion - A guide to fitting electronic ignition (EI), including avoiding common pitfalls.
HT Circuit - Guide to replacing the HT circuit, including how to identify the best spark plug for your car.

Whilst every effort has been made to make these guides as helpful and informative as possible, The Classic Mechanic and its contributors accept no liability for loss, damage or injury caused by any errors in, or omissions from, the information given. 
If you are not confident in undertaking work on your vehicle, seek professional advice from a qualified mechanic.