five Ways to make it bet­ter

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING -

1 Gas­keT FiX Swap­ping the head gas­ket is a smart move, es­pe­cially if you’re un­sure of the car’s main­te­nance his­tory. The up­rated multi-layer steel item from HKS costs from around £260 de­pend­ing on sup­plier, al­though the US Cometic brand is well re­spected and cheaper.

2 keeP­iNG cOOl We’ve al­ready men­tioned the need for a healthy cooling sys­tem and swap­ping the stan­dard ra­di­a­tor for an up­rated item with bet­ter flow char­ac­ter­is­tics will pay div­i­dends. Promis­ing much im­proved cooling ca­pac­ity, lighter alu­minium items are avail­able from around £200 but we’d ad­vise join­ing one of the ex­cel­lent MkIII fo­rums for more first-hand ad­vice.

3 MOre POwer The sky re­ally is the limit here. Clearly, it’s de­pen­dent as much on your bud­get as it is on your views on orig­i­nal­ity, but it’s pos­si­ble to vastly im­prove on the stan­dard power out­put – £50 buys an up­rated air fil­ter for im­proved breath­ing and a fruitier in­take rasp, while reshim­ming the turbo’s waste­gate is a cheap way to in­crease boost pres­sure.

4 UP­GraDe THe eX­HaUsT This is a rel­a­tively sim­ple mod­i­fi­ca­tion that can re­lease a few ex­tra horse­power and im­prove the sound of the straight-six. Prices vary widely and there are a host of sup­pli­ers out there, so do your home­work be­fore com­mit­ting, but bank on spend­ing up­wards of £500 for a stain­less steel sys­tem. 5 iM­PrOVeD HaN­DliNG An­other area where seek­ing ad­vice from the fo­rums is wise, there are plenty of op­tions when it comes to trans­form­ing this GT into some­thing sharper. A set of low­ered springs will set you back around £200, with twice that amount se­cur­ing up­rated dampers, while firmer bushes are a cou­ple of hun­dred pounds per set. Fit­ting should be a DIY task if you’re handy with the span­ners.

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