5 WAYS TO MAKE IT BETTER
1 BETTER DAMPING The rudimentary suspension system limits the ability to exploit the V8’s performance, but one answer lies in a switch to telescopic shock absorbers to replace the outdated lever arms. Various aftermarket kits are available.
2 KEEPING COOL HEADS
The V8 needs a healthy cooling system to avoid cylinder head gasket woes, so a high efficiency radiator will pay dividends. At the same time, it’s worth renewing the water pump, flushing the system, and refilling with fresh coolant so you know the whole lot is tip-top.
3 WE HAVE IGNITION
It might be a common mod among older classics but replacing the old contact breaker ignition with an electronic set up is a worthwhile route to improved reliability and starting. Various options are available but we like the well-engineered 123 Ignition system, which comprises a replacement distributor that’s programmable via a USB interface.
4 USE LESS MUSCLE
Although the steering’s not especially weighty, a conversion to power-assistance will reduce parking effort and improve agility. An electric set-up from the likes of EZ Power Steering is one option, although the MG Owners’ Club also offers a conversion kit for around £1500. Further modifications are required.
5 FOUR TO FIVE SPEEDS
A common upgrade is converting to a five-speed transmission. The Borg Warner T5 ‘box is tough and works well, but Frontline Developments offers a complete package using a brand new Mazda MX-5 gearbox. It’s not cheap at nigh-on £3000 but the kit has everything for DIY installation.