Classic British Car Electrical Systems (Paperback)

YOUR in-depth colour-illustrated guide to understanding, repairing & improving the electrical systems & components of British classics (The Essential Manual)

By Rick Astley

Veloce Publishing, 9781845849481, 192pp.

Publication Date: June 15, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (7/1/2009)

List Price: 70.00*
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Your in-depth colour illustrated guide to understanding, repairing and improving the electrical systems of British classic cars.

Electrical systems used in British cars in the period 1950 to 1980 have gained some notoriety, most of it unfavourable and much of it undeserved. This book shines a light on the subject, system by system, including the murkier corners. Whatever their foibles, the cars remain the cherished possessions of enthusiasts worldwide, and this book's contribution to making the electrical systems understandable and reliable will maintain the enjoyment the cars provide for many decades to come.

Based on the proven formulas of Rick Astley's previous, and much acclaimed book, MGB Electrical Systems, this book breaks down the electrical systems of classic British cars into separate and easily understandable sections. In each, the components and system as a whole are examined in theory and chronology, to show how and why they evolved the way they did. With hundreds of colour photographs and diagrams, together with fault-finding tables, the veil of mystery is removed, allowing the owner to understand, repair and improve their cherished classic.

This book is the definitive and indispensable guide to British car electrical systems, and deserves a place on every enthusiast's bookshelf.

About the Author

An electrical engineer, Rick Astley was born and educated in England. Tight budgets and a need to get to work meant he soon developed a thorough working knowledge of the many used British cars he owned; cars he later restored to an acceptable level of reliability. Even though his professional life took him to Canada and eventually to the USA, where he now lives, through membership of his local MG club he has maintained his interest in the British cars of his youth. Rick now works part-time as an electrical engineering consultant in the Motor City of Detroit.

Praise For Classic British Car Electrical Systems: YOUR in-depth colour-illustrated guide to understanding, repairing & improving the electrical systems & components of British classics (The Essential Manual)

"Covering common car electrical systems from 1950 to 1980 this book is packed with illustrations and easy-to-follow guides." – Practical Classics

"While it centres on post-war British cars built up to 1980, most of the information is relevant to any classic car, and there in-depth descriptions of how to make proper electrical connections, use relays, etc, all illustrated by colour pictures and diagrams. It's just superb." – Octane

"Each major system is given its own chapter and full operating explanations are provided. All in all a valuable help to the classic car owner who it determined to do it himself." – Club Torque

"Book of the Year 2009. Covers everything you're ever likely to need to know about your classic's wiring. Full color images and clear advice make this book a bargain." – Classics Monthly