5 WAYS TO MAKE IT BETTER
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.