5 WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

1 IG­NI­TION

With so lit­tle power to start with, en­sur­ing that the tim­ing is set up cor­rectly is cru­cial. It’s worth fit­ting elec­tronic ig­ni­tion to help keep things set up ac­cu­rately; many own­ers opt for a 123 sys­tem which costs £240 and comes com­plete with a new dis­trib­u­tor.

2 OIL COOLER

An en­gine’s oil doesn’t just lu­bri­cate – it also cools. This is es­pe­cially so with an air-cooled en­gine so it’s worth giv­ing things a help­ing hand by fit­ting an oil cooler. Kits - start­ing at £474 - are avail­able that in­clude pipes, ra­di­a­tor, fix­ings and a mod­i­fied tim­ing cover.

3 FIFTH GEAR

All 126s came with a four­speed man­ual gear­box which leads to things get­ting very busy when cruis­ing. If the gear­box is due for a re­build it’s worth fit­ting a fifth gear, or you could fit a Bis fi­nal drive to an air-cooled car, as it’s a higher ra­tio. Prices start at £720 for Re­cam­bio’s kit to up­rate the 126’s trans­mis­sion.

4 EX­HAUST

A more free-flow­ing ex­haust will help to in­crease power, if only by a small amount. It’ll also give the 126 a more pur­pose­ful sound and set off the car’s looks. Choose from black or pol­ished fin­ishes and ei­ther sin­gle or twin tail pipes. Ex­pect to pay at least £300 for a de­cent sys­tem.

5 BRAKES

Even if you don’t up the power at all, it’s worth re­plac­ing the 126’s stan­dard drum brakes for discs. You can buy a kit for £474 that al­lows you to up­grade ev­ery­thing your­self, in­clud­ing re­fur­bished stub axles and calipers plus new pads and ven­ti­lated discs. We reckon it’s well worth it for the added stop­ping power you’ll end up with.

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