Auto Electrical

Finch are experts in classic car electrical services, including fault finding, loom replacement, and upgrades like electric power steering & air conditioning.
Finch Restorations performs Auto-Electrical work on Classic Cars
Finch Restorations performs Auto-Electrical work on Classic Cars

Classic Car Auto-Electrical Services with Finch Restorations

Finch Restorations offers comprehensive auto electrical services for classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. With Australia's oldest vehicle restoration company, you get expertise in fault detection, wiring modifications, and more, delivered with exceptional care.

Expertise in Classic Auto Electrics

Auto electrics in classic vehicles is crucial for safe and functional driving. Our services address the unique challenges of vintage wiring, ensuring your vehicle's electrical system is up to date and reliable.

Our Specialised Services

Our team excels in auto electrical fault finding, loom replacements, and installing modern conveniences like electric power steering and air conditioning in classic vehicles. We bring technical excellence to preserve and enhance your classic car's performance and comfort.

auto electrical fault finding

Fault Finding and Rectification

A key part of the refurbishment of your classic car’s auto electrical equipment is close attention to detail. This includes a thorough diagnosis of your vehicle’s electrical systems and wiring looms to find any electrical faults. The next step is to choose the right approach to address them. This can be trickier than it sounds, depending on the age of the vehicle and the availability of parts. And we do allow you to source and supply your own parts if you prefer.

Loom Replacement

What’s a loom? A wiring loom, also known as a wiring harness or cable assembly, is an assembly of wires that transmits power and signals to the car’s components so they can function properly. Our experienced team specialises in replacing wiring harnesses in classic vehicles, ensuring they perform safely and reliably after the replacement,

Electric Power Steering for Classic Cars

What are the advantages of electric power steering for classic cars? Well, how much effort do you want to put into turning the steering wheel? If you’re young and fit, it might not be much of a problem. But, as you get older …

Modern power steering can reduce the effort on the steering wheel by up to four to seven times over a vintage car with its original manual steering. Setting up your car for electric power steering can depend on finding a power steering kit compatible with the era of your car (such as a muscle car from the 60s or 70s).

Electric Air Conditioning for Classic Cars

Sure, Electric air conditioning for classic cars might not be authentic, but it sure is comfortable! Installing a modern climate control system in a car that originally didn’t come equipped with it can be a complex process. But it’s worth it!

wiring being tidied up over wheel arch

Why Finch Restorations Stands Out

Established in 1965, Finch Restorations brings over 55 years of experience in vehicle restoration. Our team of 30+ professionals has a collective experience of over 700 years, specializing in a range from Veteran to Modern Classic era vehicles. We offer a unique one-stop-shop for all restoration needs, including design, reverse-engineering, parts sourcing, and more.

We pride ourselves on our tailored restoration process, with our unique gateway system guiding each project from assessment to completion. Discover more about our restoration system.

Lucas alternator fitted to Jaguar

FAQs on Auto Electrical Services

Here’s a summary of the questions we most often get asked about our auto electrical services

What Is Auto Electrics for Classics?

Auto Electrics is the field of installing and maintaining wiring and electrical systems in motor vehicles. When you narrow this down to classic auto electrical services, it becomes a critical part of restoring a vintage car, truck or motorcycle. This is because the original wiring has probably deteriorated over time and might need to be rectified or replaced so it can be driven safely on modern roads.

How do you handle vintage or hard-to-find electrical components in classic cars?

With great care! We know that classic auto electrical parts might be quite old and fragile. So long as the part is in good working order, we’ll use our expertise to install it in as gentle a manner as possible.

How long does a typical auto electrical project usually take to complete?

A typical auto electrical job on a modern car might take only a few hours. But 'typical' auto electrical services on a vintage car can introduce a much greater degree of complexity and difficulty. Finding rare replacement parts can take considerable time. That’s why it’s best to contact us directly, explain the job, and then we can give our estimate of the time it might take.

motorbike wiring loom to speaker system

What are common signs that my classic car's electrical system needs attention?

Some common signs are:

  • Failure to start or trouble starting. This could be a sign of a malfunctioning alternator.
  • Your lights are dim or overly bright.
  • You have slow or malfunctioning accessories.
  • Your battery is not being charged properly and keeps going flat. 

What type of warranty or guarantee do you offer for your classic car electrical services?

The answer to this comes down to the parts. We do offer you the option of sourcing and supplying your own vehicle-specific parts and materials in a timely manner. However, it might not be easy to find a part from a professional supplier or OEM (these parts usually have warranties), and a non-professional supplier might have to be sourced, which could be dodgy. There can be so many variations with these suppliers that It’s best to speak to us about warranties on a case-by-case basis. 

Contact Us for Your Classic Car’s Electrical Needs

Ready to enhance your classic car’s electrical system? Contact Finch Restorations today to discuss your goals and find the best auto electrical solutions for your classic vehicle.

Finch Restorations - Over 55 years in the Fine Art of Automobiles


Pty. Ltd. t/a Finch Restorations
ABN. 48 602 085 941

17 Oborn Road
Mount Barker, SA 5251
South Australia

Telephone: +61 (0)8 8398 2332

Mon to Fri: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Sat to Sun: By Appointment

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