FIVE WAYS TO MAKE IT BETTER
No oil or air filters were fitted as standard, but they were available as period accessories (and still are). They aren’t overly expensive and will save both time and effort when it comes to servicing.
The six-volt system works fine so long as it’s properly maintained. A decent battery is essential; some owners convert to 12 volts for better cold starting and lighting and it’s a must if you’re intending to add any sort of in-car entertainment.
There are reproduction period tuning/upgrade parts available for the exhaust and cylinder head. Original twin SU carburettors, four-branch manifolds and alloy cylinder heads though are becoming much sought-after.
With a tuned engine, a 4.7:1 crownwheel and pinion offers more relaxed cruising than the original 5.5:1 ratio. It’s an expensive option but if the mileage you’re doing warrants such a move, then it’s well worth considering.
To make valve clearance adjustment easier, it’s generally recommended that owners fit adjustable cam followers, which are available from Small Ford Spares at £100 per set.