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Classic British Car Electrical Systems – Guide to understanding, repairing & improving electrical components & systems

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Classic British Car Electrical Systems – Guide to understanding, repairing & improving electrical components & systems
Classics Monthly Book of the year 2009

By Rick Astley
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V4948 • Paperback • 27x20.7cm • 192 pages • 419 pictures • ISBN: 978-1-845849-48-1 • UPC: 6-36847-04948-5

ISBN: 978-1-845849-48-1

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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


The definitive and indispensable guide to British car electrical systems.

Classic British Car Electrical Systems provides the theory, component parts, and full system operating explanations for each major electrical system used from 1950 to 1980, with particular emphasis on Lucas, Smith and SU components that were ubiquitous in British cars of the period.


Your in-depth colour illustrated guide to understanding, repairing and improving the electrical systems of British classics.
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.

Independent Reviews

The go-to-guide for electrical work on your car.
Practical Classics

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.

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

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The electrical systems of British cars of this era are notorious for their unreliability.

Labeled photographs and diagrams, plus fault-finding tables.

Hundreds of photographs and illustrations, together with clear explanations, takes the mystery out of an infamous subject.


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