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Practical Classics

Practical Classics July 2018

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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in this issue

2 min.
welcome to the workshop

We’ve just returned from our epic 1700-mile round Britain run, judging the places you voted for as being Britain’s Best Classic Destinations. It was a great trip and I want to say a huge thank you to all the people who made us feel welcome and to all of you who came out in your classics to say hello. The results are in this issue, I hope you enjoy the feature and find it useful next time you take your classic for a day out. I find it a bit odd when I see classics that aren’t allowed to stretch their legs properly.... in this issue there are ten excellent reasons to get it out and use it. You will also notice in the picture above, the body of a Triumph…

2 min.
win our project spit!

In the great tradition of Practical Classics giveaways, we want you to have our rather magnificent Triumph Spitfire project. It’s a 1300 MkIV and although mostly complete, it’s definitely a big restoration. However, we reckon you’re up to the challenge! Perhaps you’ve retired and are looking for a fun project? Maybe you’re a younger enthusiast looking to take on your first resto or you are a group of friends who can join forces and make this terrific Triumph live again. It has many new parts ready to fit, the engine is largely complete and the chassis has been stripped and repainted (although it needs a patch repair). But the bad stuff is where your skills will be required. The body tub and bonnet will need extensive repairs and dent removal…

1 min.
the month in 5 pictures

The BRM Type 15 V16 starred at Beaulieu’s Spring Autojumble when it started for the first time after a four-year engine rebuild. Doug Hill was at the wheel. Viva GT owners are urged to bring their cars OR the number plate for a display at the Market Harborough Showground on July 15. Email mail@vivaoutlaws.co.uk. Seven classics featured in TV show Car SOS – starring ex-PC man Fuzz Townshend – are to be displayed at the British Motor Museum to mark its sixth series. The Police Car UK Club has a new museum and mobile display unit made from an old police mobile control unit. Visit policecarunitedkingdom.com for details. The spectacular Madeira Classic Car Revival attracted 600 cars from across the tiny island, gathering in the capital Funchal to the delight of locals and tourists.…

2 min.
starting   handle

While scrolling through Facebook recently, I came across a somewhat worrying post on a group that I’m a member of. Another enthusiast was asking for advice on a torque setting for the rear wheel bearing on a Morris Minor, not that the specific issue is important. A huge variety of answers flooded back ranging from 180lb ft, through 60lb ft, to nipped up then backed off half a turn. The latter might well be the case for modern taper roller bearing but certainly isn’t for the single race ball bearings fitted in this case. To follow this advice could easily have had dangerous or even potentially fatal consequences. I’ve known hubs and wheels to come adrift at speed from this very issue. It struck me that although social media is often…

2 min.
mot exemption backlash

The Department for Transport decision to make cars that were built more than 40 years ago exempt from the MoT, with owners voluntarily electing to have their car checked if they feel it needs one, has been greeted with almost universal incredulity in the non-classic media. Print and broadcast media headlines ranged from ‘BACK FROM THE DEAD More than 115,000 old cars could legally be back on the road WITHOUT an MOT next week’ in The Sun to, ‘MOT shock – Why 500,000 old cars won’t need one but your new car will’ in The Express . Strong stuff indeed. The exemption story was covered in some depth on the BBC’s flagship The One Show on May 15 with a visit to Bicester Heritage highlighting a variety of views. However back…

1 min.
tetraboost e-guard 15 £25.95 including vat

tetraboost.com It would be possible to blind yourself with science when describing TetraBOOST. The simple description is that it is lead in liquid form that, when added to modern fuel, goes a long way to recreating leaded petrol. Add to super unleaded and you have old school five star in your tank. The product also boosts octane rating and is now available exclusively from Fuzz Townshend’s Classic Oils. We used it in our Triumph 2000 round Britain – 1700 miles at the end of which produced one telltale sign: a grey exhaust. Let your car take a sip and help prolong engine life.…