Classic Car Electrics: Enthusiast’s Restoration Manual £19.99
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)