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• Get-you-home help provided throughout
• Each system circuit explained with easy-to-follow diagrams
• Fault-finding guides for each major system
• Component evolution explained
• Clear photographs aid component identification
• Explanations, with diagrams, of how systems work
• Differences between home and export models described and explained
• Repair procedures for expensive or hard-to-find components
• Modification suggestions to improve safety, reliability and driveability
• Basic theory to help diagnose unique problems
This book covers British car electrical systems from 1950 to 1980. Particular emphasis is placed on the Lucas, Smith and SU components that were ubiquitous in British cars of the period. Each major system is given its own chapter, providing theory, component parts and full system operating explanations. Modifications are suggested for those wishing to bring performance and reliability up to more modern standards. Fault-finding charts, cross referenced to the appropriate pages in the book, are provided throughout.
YOUR in-depth colour illustrated guide to understanding, repairing & improving the electrical systems of British classics equipped with Lucas, Smiths Industries & SU components. 1950 to 1980.
The 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. 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 a formula proven in Rick Astley’s previous and much acclaimed book, MGB Electrical Systems, this new 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.
"It covers everything that you need to know and is a must have on the bookshelf of all British Car lovers. Thoroughly recommended." – British Car Club of New Zealand
"Each major system is given its own chapter, providing theory, component parts and full system operating explanations. Also included are fully cross-referenced, fault-finding charts, which combine with hundreds of colour photographs and illustrations to allow the owner to understand, repair and improve their cherished classic." – Irish Vintage Scene
"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
"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
Covering common car electrical systems from 1950 to 1980 this book is packed with illustrations and easy-to-follow guides." – Practical Classics
"Book of the Year 2009. Covers everything you're ever likely to need to know about your classic's wiring. Full colour images and clear advice make this book a bargain." – Classics Monthly
Models covered: British cars built between 1950 and 1980 with an emphasis on those using Lucas electrical systems.
Models not covered: British cars designed outside of UK including some Vauxhall, Ford and other brands made in the late 1970s that use Delco, Valeo, Martin-Marrietta, VDO, Hella and Bosch components.