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For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

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Second Chance Garage

For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

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For the Classic Car Restoration Enthusiast

Second Chance Garage

Auto Theory, Cont'd.

Automotive Electrical Systems - Part 1

Auto Theory
This is the first installment of a 6-part series on automotive electrical systems. You will learn what you need to know to build, troubleshoot and repair your car's electrical system. Covering everything from batteries to voltage regulators, from ignition switches to distributors, this series will go a long way toward bringing clarity to an oftentimes difficult subject. This month's installment will discuss basic electrical theory and batteries …keep reading

The Lowly Oil Filter Does a Princely Job

Auto Theory
Oil does a number of important things in an engine. It helps cool the engine by transferring heat; seals the gap between piston rings and cylinder walls; absorbs contaminants; and suspends soot particles that are the residue of combustion. It's just nice to have around! …keep reading

Lubrication Part 2: Greases

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They are messy and smelly, but we need to learn to love them …keep reading

Leaf Springs

Auto Theory
Rear axles in most classic cars were suspended by semi-elliptical leaf springs. There's more to these systems than meets the eye …keep reading

Lubricants Part 1 - Oil

Auto Theory
Okay, oil is messy and ugly, but we think you need to love and understand it anyway …keep reading

Turn Signals

Auto Theory
Everyone takes the turn signals for granted. They serve an important safety benefit, of course, and seldom fail to operate …keep reading

Shock Absorbers

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True or False? Shock absorbers are installed in a car to make the ride soft and smooth. You might be surprised at the answer …keep reading

Camshaft Theory

Camshaft Theory

Auto Theory
If the crankshaft is frequently called the "heart" of an engine, the camshaft is definitely the "brain." …keep reading

Wheels and Hubs

Auto Theory
Today's cars are widely fitted out with alloy, spoked wheels that are largely a styling exercise. Our older cars utilized "stamped steel" wheels. Actually, these wheels are technically called "drop center, steel disc-type wheels." If you look at one of these wheels you will notice that it's made in two sections …keep reading

Engine Theory: A First Look

Auto Theory
Simply speaking, an engine is a group of related parts that are assembled in a way to convert energy into motion that, in turn, can be harnessed to do work. Ok, so just how does it do that? …keep reading

Air Conditioning

Auto Theory
Air conditioning has been around for well over 100 years, but its use in the automobile didn't really catch on until the late '50s. The reasons are many …keep reading

Suspension & Steering: How It Works

Auto Theory
Suspension does a whole lot more than just keep your ride smooth; and with out steering who knows where you'd end up …keep reading

Postive Crankcase Ventilation

Auto Theory
It's the little valve that gets forgotten all the time …keep reading

Automatic Transmissions - Part 2

Auto Theory
To understand how automatics work you have to go through the numbers, so here goes …keep reading

Automatic Transmissions Part 1 - The Torque Converter

Auto Theory
Unless you've taken an automatic transmission apart, you can't appreciate the technology that goes into them. Here's how and why they work …keep reading