The ultimate video course

We take this car to pieces and then build it again, explaining how every single part works.

The most detailed guide to car mechanics ever produced

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Normal price $80.

What you get

  • You will receive a link to download the PDF immediately.
  • The video course is being filmed now and will be released to supporters in July 2017.
  • PLUS you'll get the brand new How a Car Works app when it is released in Summer 2017 (normal price $9.99)


We predict that the completed course will be between 20 and 30 hours in length, possibly longer. We want to cover every part in extreme detail so if we have to shoot more video then that's what we'll do!


The car
Garage tour
The kit
The plan


You'll probably want to just watch the quick timelapse of the car being dismantled. The meat of the videos are when we put everything back together. But in the interests of completeness, we will explain the entire disassembly process as we go.

Getting started
Draining the fluids
The interior
Body panels & Doors
Wiring and electrics
Removing the body shell
Engine removal
Gearbox and driveshaft
The wheels
The braking system

The chassis

Types of chassis
How the chassis gets its strength
Crash protection areas

The bodyshell

Crumple zones explained
Materials and construction
Design considerations

The engine

Timelapse strip down
Building the bottom end
How the crankshaft works
Fitting the cylinder head
How the camshaft works
Installing the valves
The oil pump
Installing the sump
How engine timing works
Reinstalling the engine on the chassis

Fuel injection

Fuel injection overview
How an injector works
Timing of injection
Modifying the injection system
The fuel pump and petrol tank

The transmission

Gearbox disassmbly timelapse
How the clutch works
How the gearbox works
How reverse gear works
Rebuilding the gearbox
The drive shaft
Diff strip and rebuild
How a diff works
Fitting the gearbox to the chassis

Exhaust system

What the exhaust does
Exhaust designs
What's inside a catalytic converter
Types of emissions
Refitting the exhaust


Fitting the bodyshell to the chassis
Body panels
The doors
How electric wing mirrors work
How electric windows work
How central locking works
How windscreen wipers work
Air conditioning

Electrical systems

The wiring loom
Understanding the ECU
The ECU: Input sensors
The ECU: Outputs
How the alternator works
How the battery works


Everything in the dashboard
How the speedometer works
Power assisted steering explained
How the seats adjust
How seatbelts work
Installing trim


Reconnecting everything
Types of fluids in a car
Refilling the fluids
Lets go!