FIVE WAYS TO MAKE IT BETTER
1 SWAP THE GEARBOX
The Vixen is yet another classic that can benefit from the swap to Ford’s Type 9 fivespeed gearbox. The improved spread of ratios are ideal if you’ve upped the performance, and long-distance cruising will be a more pleasant experience too. Expect to pay from £300 for a secondhand unit, and the swap itself isn’t especially challenging.
2 GIVE IT A POWER BOOST
The use of proprietary engines means that a wealth of tuning options are available. The Ford units respond well to conventional tuning methods such as porting and fitment of a more sporting camshaft, while fitting twin Weber 40DCOE carbs are a proven route to extra shove. You’ll need to decide on how far you want to go, but 125-130bhp is easily achievable from a four-cylinder Ford engine.
3 UPGRADE THE BRAKES Thanks to the light kerbweight, the standard brakes are up to the task, but if you’ve boosted the performance then upgrading the front discs and pads costs less than £150. Or you could go further and opt for a rear disc conversion from the likes of TVR specialist, DG Sportscars. An effective custom set-up, it costs in the region of £850.
4 SORT THE SUSPENSION
We’ve already flagged the need to check the rear suspension hubs/uprights as failure will lead to the wheel coming off the axle. Fortunately, specialists can supply fully rebuilt and upgraded units that incorporate a stronger quill shaft. Budget £350-£400 for the parts, although fitting is straightforward.
5 FIT BETTER ELECTRICS
The original wiring is rather basic, so upgrading the system by adding additional fuses and relays to circuits is recommended. Components are cheap and easily sourced and there’s plenty of knowledge within the owners’ club if you want to tackle the job yourself. A new loom costs less than £350.