FIVE WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

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

FIL­TERS 1

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.

ELECTRICS 2

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.

BREATH­ING 3

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.

DIF­FER­EN­TIAL 4

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.

VALVES 5

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.

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