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Practical Classics

Practical Classics October 2020

Practical Classics magazine has a 30-year tradition of delivering the very best, hands-on classic car experiences to its readers. Every staff writer and contributor works on and restores their own classics. Each issue is packed with: * Rigorous buying advice * Real-world product tests * Inspirational classic driving features * Fascinating historical insight Practical Classics is also a campaigning title, taking the concerns of classic car owners to Parliament and keeping its readers' classics where they belong - on the road. So come and join PC in the workshop - the kettle's on.

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Land:
United Kingdom
Sprache:
English
Verlag:
H BAUER PUBLISHING LIMITED
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39,45 €(Inkl. MwSt.)
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4 Min
persistent head gasket oil leak

Ever since I acquired my TR6 15 years ago, it’s had an irritating habit of leaking oil from the head gasket. The oil seeps from the pushrod side of the gasket and runs down the block behind the distributor and PI metering unit, seemingly worse while the engine is warming up. Over the years, I’ve replaced the head gasket a couple of times trying to cure the leak, following advice to lightly coat the edge of the gasket with sealant, and I’ve fitted uprated cylinderhead studs in unsuccessful attempts to stem the oily flow. Nothing had yet worked, though the job remained low down on my lengthy classic to-do list, waiting for a moment when there was time to spare. Lockdown suddenly meant time was no longer an issue, so…

1 Min
next issue…

To celebrate 60 years of Haynes, we’re giving away a special reprint of the original Haynes manual WITH THE NEXT ISSUE We also go behind the scenes at Haynes and visit its workshop FIRST HAYNES MANUAL FREE WITH NEXT ISSUE! The world’s toughest P6 Ranald’s rallying Rover, fresh from its Monte adventures Buying guides How to bag the brilliant Puma and avoid a rotten experience. PLUS Porsche 924 buyers’ guide. Brand NEW Tech! How to revive your car’s tired leather in an afternoon, veneer your own dashboard and sort your hand brake. Fantasy Forecourt NEW FEATURE Given the funds/space, what open four-seater would we buy? PLUS We’re back! After months indoors, the PC team jumps into its cars for a huge road trip… it has been a long time coming, but boy, does it feel good NOV ISSUE ON SALE SEPT…

1 Min
2020 classic price guide

Prices are researched from several sources, including clubs, auctions, the trade and advertisements online and in print. Prices are reviewed and updated every issue. Our C/D rating is a basic guide to what you can expect to pay (£) for the best examples of a model, a concours car or something from a dealer. CONDITION 1 means well-presented cars that have no obvious faults. CONDITION 2 cars are capable of regular use. They have a current MoT certificate but will need work and/or original parts. CONDITION 3 cars usually need a full rebuild, but may be driveable and MoT’d. PLEASE NOTE You can’t value any car without seeing it – don’t buy blind. Russ says ‘Buying and selling should be fun, but sometimes, it’s a nightmare. Follow these three rules for pain-free deals: be honest, be…

3 Min
quick posts

Best hot weather classic? My 16-valve Punto Cabrio! Josh Brailsford I’ll stick with my Lotus Cortina Crayford. Graham Orchard Could I have a Citroën DS Usine Décapotable by Henri Chapron, pretty please? Grahame Baker Talbot Samba Cabriolet all the way! James Prescott Always fancied a Jensen- Healey. They were quite cheap…once. Luke Benson Having today witnessed some of the worst driving I have ever seen (East Devon, BMW Z3 in metallic blue) could I have one of these, please? Chris Waghorn A refrigerated food van? Steve Reynolds Going to be controversial and say that no classic drop top will keep you cool in this weather. Modern classic with AC. So, on that basis, maybe a 986 Boxster 2.7? Andrew Hall Got to be a Caterham. They’re the best fun you can have in a car and great at keeping you cool on a hot day… as long…

2 Min
welcome to the workshop

New cars are still rolling off production lines across the UK. The global pandemic has decimated sales, but there are signs of recovery. Let’s hope it comes quickly and is robust and long-lived. Because there is nothing quite as depressing as an abandoned car factory. Longbridge has worn this look since production ceased in 2005. When work stopped, it left incomplete shells stuck on their lines, unfitted engines still in their crates and silent workshops with tools on benches. Dormant. Depressing. MG’s attempt to use the factory to complete it’s Far Eastern-built cars was never really much of a substitute for what went before. By the time you read this, the factory will be no more, as the last of the production buildings have been demolished. Decades of investment, expertise and enterprise,…

1 Min
met police ford saved by club

The last surviving Metropolitan Police Ford Anglia is to be restored, after it was found abandoned in a London driveway recently. The 105E was last sold for £19 at a police auction back in 1972, when it was stored by its now 84-year-old owner. ‘It is also one of the very last Anglias ever built…’ The Anglia will now get a new lease of life from Ford enthusiast Joseph Gabrelli-Lane. He snapped up the 1967 car and plans to completely restore it, having recently done the same for the last ex-CID Anglia. Having been built in October of ‘67, the base-spec car is also thought to be one of the last Anglias ever made. Joseph says he’s thrilled. ‘The paintwork is bleached but the paintwork under the bonnet is still in its original…