Engine building for beginners

Engines in classic cars were designed to be rebuilt – again and again

This course will take you step by step through a complete rebuild of a classic car motor. 


Course content

The course is split into two parts:

The participants in part one will:

  1. Strip a complete motor down to its individual component parts.
  2. Learn what each part does and how it contributes to the overall performance and reliability of the competed motor.
  3. Be guided on how to inspect the parts for wear and structural integrity.
  4. Determine the items to be replaced or that require specialist machining.
  5. Clean and prepare the parts for pressure testing, machining and reassembly.

Part 2 will be scheduled once all purchased or machined parts have arrived. 

Participants in part two will:

  1. Examine those parts for compliance with the specific requirements.
  2. Measure all parts for compliance.
  3. Clean and dress all parts ready for assembly.
  4. Pre assemble pistons with connecting rods
  5. Assemble the engine:
    1. Fit piston rings and connect pistons to connecting rods.
    2. Install main bearings and crank.
    3. Install con rod bearings and fit pistons into block.
    4. Fit bearings and install camshaft and timing gear.
    5. Fit flywheel and clutch.
    6. Fit valves, assemble cylinder head and fit to block.
    7. Complete the assembly

$1490 for 30 hours over 12 to 16 weeks.

Minimum of 2, maximum of 4 participants.

Location:  The Vintage and Classic Car Hub workshop, Kings Park, 5 mins from M2/M7.

Gift Vouchers available.

This course is also offered one on one using your own engine.  Contact us for details.




    • “We booked the whole family on a morning drop in class. Turns out our job for the day was to remove the engine and gearbox from a 1970 MGB! Most of the family have no experience at all with tools or cars but Keith and Harry were great in supporting. A fabulous ‘family’ day out for us. Highly recommend.”  ‘Carolyn – MGB
    • “What a delight to find these guys. We’ve been out to their workshop and enjoyed working there. Having the expertise on hand is a godsend. Thanks Keith and team for providing the hoist and workshop environment! We’ll be back”.  Sharyn – Rolls Royce
    • “What a gem of a find. Excellent workshop with hoist – and having Keith and the guys on hand to assist with the more complicated stuff is great – as is their patience in teaching and the imparting of such a wealth of knowledge. Always look forward to being able to make time to get out there. ” John – Dodge
    • “Great workshop & tutors – I learned a lot in my time in their shop and recommend Vintage & Classic Car Hub for all your needs.”  Graham – Jaguar
    • “The “drop in classes” are a great way to experience first hand what’s under the bonnet of some classic vintage cars. This was a rare treat for my son Josh who is looking to enter the automotive mechanical field next year. The price is also incredibly reasonable for this level of opportunity learning from the very experienced team at VCCH. Highly recommended.”  Tim 
    • ‘Excellent workshops, run by 2 very experienced and patient gentlemen. Everything gets explained properly and each time I walk away really feeling I have learned something new.  “Christophe – MG
    • “Best surprise gift you can give to any vintage car lover!”  Damian – Mustang
    • “Needed a new engine built for a 1969 BMW 1600/2. Harry and Keith sorted it out with no problems. Would recommend any day of the week.” Luke – BMW
    • “Great service & these guys are classic car aficionados & really know their stuff.. their passion shines through & their knowledge is second to none”  Andrew – Corvette
    • “Had a great time and very useful for someone my level to get familiar with things on the car”. Matt 
    • “It was a great session, found out so much more about my car”  Peter – Rolls Royce Corniche