Practical Classics

Practical Classics June 2021

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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3 min
‘it was like a honeypot to a breed now extinct’

We all remember the great drives of our lives; twisty roads, awesome scenery, the rich aroma of hot oil mingling with honeysuckle, deep melodic thrum of a classic in perfect health… maybe a special companion. I vividly remember journeying from Peterborough to Market Harborough back in 1993, ironically, if I remember rightly, to visit the TSSC. My steed was one the first ever Ford Mondeos, a silver 1.6LX, on loan from its manufacturer. How, I thought, could something on wheels so much lack discernible character and styling touches. Had Ford really spent £3bn on developing this thing as a world car? Wayne’s World perhaps? Later, I was putting the old girl through her paces on the motorway when it was necessary to stop at a motor services to make a phone…

5 min
how to replace your mgf roof

START DAY 1 REMOVE THE OLD HOOD Expose the header rail Start by lowering the hood to gain access to the header rail. Remove the two catches, then lever off trim and clips, fold back the cloth and chisel or drill off the pop rivet heads hidden beneath. Detach tensioning cables Lever up the tab and detach the tensioning cables found at the outer ends of the header rail, after a bit of exploring. The manual says to release the adjuster at the other end – don’t do it! Well, I’ll be bifurcated! There’s a cunningly hidden bifurcated rivet plate on each side, securing the fabric to the base of the B-post brackets. Straighten the ‘legs’ and remove the plate from each side. Remove third hood bow Now, remove the felt covering from the third hood bow –…

5 min
tune carburettors with an exhaust gas analyser

NIGEL’S JOB CARD CARB FETTLING Simple gas analysers have (become available with price tags around £100, bringing them into the realm of DIY car maintenance. Adjusting the CO level correctly with an exhaust gas analyser takes the guesswork out of carburettor tuning, enabling the engine to run as the manufacturer intended. Accurately set carburettors will give smoothness and best performance. We’ll start by ensuring the engine and carburettor are in good health before setting the mixture. How tough? You’ll need: ► Basic tools, ► Workshop manual, ► Exhaust gas (CO) analyser, ► Airflow meter (for twin carbs). Specialist: Will take: Will cost: Cash saved EXPLAINER: WILL IT WORK FOR ME? While more sophisticated professional kit can measurearange of exhaust gases plus the air/fuel ratio, simple ‘home use’ gas analysers measure only Carbon Monoxide (CO). That’s actually very helpful, since CO is an excellent indicator…

7 min
slippery customers

Lockdown. I don’t know about you, but over winter the novelty has definitely worn off. Despite having helped around the village, taking supplies to the old folk from our entirely excellent local shop in my TR7, and popping up to the Practical Classics workshop for essential business, I have been craving some serious classic action. So when I called Castrol Classic Oils to order some 20w50 for the aforementioned workshop, I asked if it would be possible to speak to Castrol Classic bossman David Sculthorpe. I happened to know that the company had a new promotional vehicle, a 1967 A35 van, and I had my eyes on it. I made a bold suggestion. ‘How about I do a delivery run for you?’ I said… ‘in the A35?’ Now, for obvious reasons, the…

1 min
‘zoey’ the pc years

1 min
starting handle

The sale of eight more cars from the Vauxhall Heritage collection has set alarm bells ringing for many enthusiasts. Coming hot on the heals of the sell-off of Mitsubishi’s heritage fleet (after they quit the UK) and redundancies elsewhere in the UK’s motoring heritage sector there is unease about the future of manufacturer owned classics. It is a marketing about-turn from the position we were in pre-COVID, where makers saw heritage as a key element in building brand loyalty and awareness. I remember being on a Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders day at Millbrook three years ago when the heritage cars available to journalists almost outnumbered the new cars on show. It was obvious, then, that every brand’s back catalogue had a key role to play in positioning and inspiring its…