EN­GINE IN­SIGHTS

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

Mae­stros pow­ered by an A-Se­ries en­gine are com­mon, so oil leaks are en­demic. Ex­pect 80,000 miles be­tween re­builds – an easy £600 DIY job. The 1.6- and 2.0-litre en­gines last longer but can sound tap­pety even when set up cor­rectly – which they’re of­ten not, as a spe­cial tool is re­quired. The au­to­matic choke fit­ted to Mae­stros with an SU car­bu­ret­tor is un­re­li­able, but poor run­ning could be down to split rub­ber vac­uum hose con­nec­tions, per­ished vac­uum switch di­aphragms, faulty over­run fuel cut-off switches (best left dis­con­nected af­ter en­sur­ing that the switch is open) or swollen fast idle step­per mo­tor O-rings, which get at­tacked by un­leaded fuel. Un­lead­e­dresis­tant rings made of vi­ton are avail­able from the own­ers’ club.

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