FIVE WAYS TO MAKE IT BETTER
1 STRONGER SPARKS
Replacing the standard twin contact breaker ignition with an electronic system is an excellent way to improve both starting and general running, and it’s easy to do on a DIY basis. Owner Chris Seabrook (see panel, bottom left) recommends the Pertronix system, which can be sourced from Jaguar/ Daimler parts suppliers for about £200. Fitting an uprated coil and good-quality HT leads will also pay dividends.
2 BETTER CRUISING 3 GO NEGATIVE
Pre-1967 models used a dynamofed positive earth electrical system, but if you’re planning year-round or daily use then a change to negative earth electrics with an alternator makes a lot of sense. It’s a sensible thing to do for power-draining winter motoring, it’s a straightforward task for the DIY owner, and you can source a complete conversion kit from specialist suppliers for around £400.
4 STAY COOL
We’ve already mentioned the importance of a healthy cooling system, and there are plenty of ways to improve it. A high-efficiency radiator is a great starting point and you can find lighter, alloy items from around £600; specialists also suggest the addition of an electric fan. You can source a Kenlowe unit for around £200, ditching the old fan cowling for easier access to the engine.
5 IMPROVE THE BRAKES
The original brakes are lacking by modern standards, so specialists and owners advise a move to four-piston front calipers. Those from Coopercraft or Zeus Engineering are often the items of choice and a pair of uprated units cost in the region of £450. Team them with an upgraded servo at £150, and you’ll really notice the difference – stopping performance will be greatly improved.