Clas­sic Car Electrics: En­thu­si­ast’s Restora­tion Manual £19.99

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

Car electrics are some­thing of a dark art, if you’ll for­give the pun. Even those of us only too happy to at­tempt body or me­chan­i­cal work some­times fal­ter at the prospect of all those lit­tle lengths of coloured spaghetti, with their po­ten­tial for shocks and fires if in­cor­rectly con­nected. So, this Ve­loce book, reis­sued again after its first pub­li­ca­tion in 1998, should be in­valu­able to any­body who fan­cies a bit of DIY but wants some ex­pert ad­vice on their side.

It fo­cuses on cars from the 1930s to the 1990s and it’s pretty in­valu­able for a gen­eral over­view of how sparks flow through an older car and make things hap­pen. Charg­ing, starter, ig­ni­tion, light­ing and ac­ces­sory sys­tems are all cov­ered in great de­tail, and au­thor Martin Thad­deus writes in a way that will en­gage both rook­ies and those with pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence.

There are more than 300 use­ful colour pho­tos and il­lus­tra­tions and they’re well-re­pro­duced.

There should be some­thing for ev­ery­body to learn here, and we’d imag­ine that it will en­cour­age new­bies to at­tempt jobs they might oth­er­wise have paid some­body else to do. So, a money saver too, and wor­thy of a place on any clas­sic ve­hi­cle owner’s book­shelf. Richard Gunn

Au­thor: Martin Thad­deus Pub­lisher: Ve­loce (ve­loce.co.uk)

ISBN 978-1-787111-01-1

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