Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics -

Lee has two FDs – one is com­pletely orig­i­nal while the other is any­thing but. ‘In 2014 I bought an FD with a Rover V8 in­stalled, but it was very much a project,’ he says. ‘It was still fit­ted with the orig­i­nal rear axle; I’ve now fit­ted a more ro­bust, higher-ra­tio Ventora unit. I’ve also fit­ted a Borg-Warner Type 35 gear­box, a stronger prop­shaft and I’ve up­graded the cool­ing sys­tem. The ra­di­a­tor was up to the job but it didn’t have the air­flow, so now I’ve in­stalled a pair of 10in Revotec elec­tric fans to pre­vent over­heat­ing. There’s loads of space for a V8 as the FD was de­signed from the out­set to be fit­ted with such an en­gine, but the oil cri­sis hit and GM scaled things back.’

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