Mark Simpson

Automotive Electrical System

with Mark Simpson

An Automotive Electrical System can seem like black magic to most of us, especially when things go wrong.

But in practice, most electric circuits are relatively simple and most problems can be isolated with a series of tests. Additionally many classic car enthusiasts also want to add modern electrical equipment to their vintage rides, but understanding the limits of vintage electrical systems is key to making everything work and may require other upgrades too.

Wiring new circuits or resolving electrical problems starts with fully understanding the various components in an automotive electrical system and how they all work together.

In this class we’ll take a close look at all aspects of an electrical system and explore different types of circuits and how they work together.

We’re here to help

This class provides you with a fundamental understanding of the various components of an electrical system, how they function together and how to service them safely. You’ll see how to make crimp and solder connections, as well as how to assemble and disassemble multi-wire connectors. You’ll also learn how to determine the correct size wire or cable to use for any circuit and how to properly wire a relay.

We’ll take a close look

We’ll take an in-depth look at a range of components covered in this class, how they work together and ensure they function safely. In addition, there are tons of electrical system tips and tricks provided throughout the class that you’ll be able to use on your classic. You’ll learn about:

• Wiring Safety
• Must-have Tools
• Battery Types & Maintenance
• Selecting Wire
• Proper Grounding
• Types of Connectors
• Soldering Wires
• Fuses & Circuit Breakers
• And Much More…

In addition to the detailed video, this class provides you with some downloadable material and helpful information to print and keep, including a detailed Class Guide you can follow and use as a reminder for the key points of the class.

If you’re looking to spend more time enjoying your classic car and less time trying to resolve electrical problems, this is the class for you.

  • 17 Sessions
  • 2h 27m
Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson

Mark Simpson is the Managing Editor of the Classic Car Restoration Club. Mark’s passion for classic cars started decades ago when he bought his 1940 Chevy coupe when he was only 15 years old. Since that time, Mark has owned and restored dozens of classic cars. After college he worked for over 40 years in magazine publishing, including serving as Editor and Executive Director of national automotive magazines. Additionally, Mark is an owner in a metal fabrication and restoration business in his hometown.

Bonus materials available after purchase

Printable Class Guide PDF

Download this detailed supplement and keep as a reference for the key points covered in the class.

Video: Meet Your Instructor

Download this short video to meet your class instructor, Mark Simpson

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