5 WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

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

1 IG­NI­TION

The con­tacts and con­densers are gen­er­ally poorly made, so it’s worth fit­ting elec­tronic ig­ni­tion. You can buy a kit for less than £100, which will give bet­ter start­ing and more re­li­able run­ning.

2 RUSTPROOFING

Un­less a Mini is com­pletely re­stored and com­pre­hen­sively rust­proofed at the same time, cor­ro­sion is guar­an­teed. Rustproofing an­nu­ally with Dini­trol is key to keep­ing rust at bay.

3 EX­HAUST

On a stan­dard car a good ex­haust can lib­er­ate 3-4bhp while also cre­at­ing a more pur­pose­ful sound. There are loads of mild and stain­less steel sys­tems avail­able, and tubu­lar man­i­folds.

4 FU­ELLING

It’s worth fit­ting twin SUs for more con­sis­tent fu­elling across the cylin­ders, to give more even run­ning and some ex­tra power. Al­ter­na­tively a We­ber 28/36DCD could be fit­ted.

5 BREATH­ING

The stan­dard 848cc and 998cc heads struggle to breathe. Port­ing and pol­ish­ing can in­crease power by 30%, with the cor­rect nee­dle in the stan­dard carb.

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