FIVE WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

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

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.

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