Five ways to make it bet­ter

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

keep it cool 1

High un­der-bon­net tem­per­a­tures mean that a healthy cool­ing sys­tem is para­mount, so a thor­ough over­haul is well worth­while. If com­po­nents are ageing, then a new ra­di­a­tor is a good start­ing point – a re-cored, high-per­for­mance item costs from £350-500 and will mas­sively im­prove ef­fi­ciency – along with a high­per­for­mance ther­mo­stat. A cool­ing sys­tem flush will pay div­i­dends, too, and you could also con­sider a swap to wa­ter­less coolant.

just add fans 2

Happy that the cool­ing sys­tem is sound but still want ad­di­tional pro­tec­tion? Then a pair of up­rated elec­tric fans is the way to go and there are var­i­ous op­tions on the mar­ket to suit. Spe­cial­ist Cro­predy Bridge Garage has a Bosch up­grade avail­able for around £270, which it rec­om­mends team­ing with an up­rated 100amp al­ter­na­tor. The lat­ter is worth hav­ing any­way – the kit costs £420.

up­grade the starter 3

Crank­ing over an en­gine as big as the In­ter­cep­tor’s V8 is no easy task, and the orig­i­nal starter motor can prove a bit slug­gish. The an­swer is to fit a mod­ern high-torque re­place­ment that will cer­tainly im­prove start­ing on in­fre­quently used cars, and in colder tem­per­a­tures. Bud­get in the re­gion of £200 for the part from a Jensen spe­cial­ist.

check the wiring 4

Elec­tri­cal is­sues are a pain with any clas­sic, and In­ter­cep­tors have more wiring than most, so it pays to en­sure that it’s up to scratch. If there’s no ev­i­dence of re­cent re­fur­bish­ment then hav­ing a spe­cial­ist give the sys­tem a through health-check is money well spent. Early cars may ben­e­fit from ad­di­tional fuses and re­lays to safe­guard against fu­ture prob­lems, and will mean that you can fit ex­tra elec­tri­cal equip­ment with­out over­load­ing the sys­tem.

hit the Brakes 5

While the orig­i­nal brak­ing sys­tem is ad­e­quate, you can’t re­ally have too much stop­ping power, so con­sider up­grad­ing the front calipers to four-pis­ton items. A con­ver­sion from Cro­predy Bridge Garage is around £1500. You can also fit larger front discs, although a switch to 17in al­loy wheels will be re­quired; bud­get around £1000 for set of good qual­ity af­ter­mar­ket items, and the size in­crease should make find­ing tyres eas­ier and cheaper.

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