5 WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

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

1 SORT THE HEAD

We’ve al­ready high­lighted the propen­sity for head gas­ket is­sues so if you’re un­sure of the car’s his­tory then this is a job worth do­ing. The part it­self is cheap, rang­ing from £35 for a gen­uine orig­i­nal part to around £80 for an up­graded MLS item. It’s fairly straight­for­ward if you fancy some DIY span­ner­ing, or ex­pect to pay a spe­cial­ist around £500 to do the job.

SUS­PEN­SION MAKEOVER 2

Both mod­els are tidy and se­cure han­dlers in stan­dard form, but there’s a wealth of im­prove­ments out there to make things sharper still. Up­grad­ing the bushes to polyurethane costs around £125 for a set, or you could go fur­ther and opt for a full coil-over set-up. A set of ad­justable Spax items for the ZS are avail­able from Rim­mer Bros for £880.

SHARPER STOP­PERS 3

If you plan on mak­ing the most of the per­for­mance, per­haps on a track day, then brake up­grades are a good move. A set of im­proved front pads and discs from the EBC Green­stuff range is around £200, and will pro­vide a no­tice­able im­prove­ment. Al­ter­na­tively, the beefier brakes from the ZR 160VVC model can be fit­ted to a 105 or 120 with­out mod­i­fi­ca­tion.

MORE PER­FOR­MANCE 4

De­pend­ing on your bud­get there are end­less pos­si­bil­i­ties here, from in­duc­tion kits and sports ex­hausts to full en­gine trans­plants, but an ECU re-map can bring use­ful gains with­out break­ing the bank. K-Se­ries spe­cial­ists, Kmaps, can pro­vide a re-mapped ECU from £239 which prom­ises power gains of up to ten per cent, plus im­proved econ­omy and en­gine re­sponse.

LESS SLIP 5

A limited-slip dif­fer­en­tial helps to get power down to the road, and there are var­i­ous routes to get­ting one fit­ted. One is a brand-new LSD from Quaife which fits the PG1 gear­box and costs around £700 plus fit­ting. Or you could source a sec­ond­hand gear­box and fi­nal drive from a 200 BRM LE or other Rover Turbo model. Have a chat with an own­ers’ club or spe­cial­ist for in-depth ad­vice.

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