5 WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

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

1 KEEP IT COOL

The cool­ing sys­tem can strug­gle to cope, so it’s worth fit­ting a sec­ond elec­tric fan to the ra­di­a­tor – al­though au­to­mat­ics got a sec­ond fan as stan­dard.

2 FIT NEW WHEELS

Some Am­bas­sadors came with steel wheels. It’s pos­si­ble to fit Princess or later Am­bas­sador al­loy items, but use the cor­rect fix­ings or grief is guar­an­teed.

3 CLEAN THE SUN­ROOF

A sun­roof was an op­tion on the Van­den Plas, but the drainage tubes get blocked. To keep them clear, stick in a piece of wire reg­u­larly and care­fully wig­gle it about.

4 FIX THE THER­MO­STAT

The ther­mo­stat fuses into its hous­ing on the O-Se­ries en­gine, which breaks the hous­ing. Re­place­ments are vir­tu­ally un­ob­tain­able now, so ev­ery six months, dis­man­tle and re­assem­ble the whole thing.

5 MEND THE STRUTS

The tail­gate and bon­net are held up by gas struts which lose their springi­ness. At the first sign of this spend a few quid with SGS En­gi­neer­ing on re­place­ments.

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