5 ways to make it bet­ter

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

1 FIT SOME CAR­PETS

Mini com­mer­cials didn’t come with car­pets; they got rub­ber mats in­stead. Fit­ting a set of car­pets re­ally lifts the cabin though, and helps a lit­tle with sound­proof­ing.

2 UPRATE THE BRAKES

With drum brakes all round there’s room for im­prove­ment when it comes to stop­ping power. There are even rear disc con­ver­sion kits, al­though you’ll prob­a­bly find that front discs are all that’s needed.

3 MAKE IT RUN BET­TER

One of the first things that many Mini own­ers do is to swap the orig­i­nal points and con­denser for an elec­tronic set-up, for bet­ter start­ing and more con­sis­tent run­ning of the en­gine.

4 UP THE POWER

There are lots of op­tions here; su­per­charg­ing, tur­bocharg­ing, a stan­dard (or modded) 1275cc unit, plus all the tra­di­tional tun­ing routes avail­able to Mini own­ers.

5 ADD MORE CARBS

Stick with car­bu­ret­tors and you can fit an SU H4 or HS4, but you’re bet­ter off mov­ing to twin SUs for more con­sis­tent fu­elling across the cylin­ders.

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