5 WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

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

1 UP­GRADE THE SEAL

The scroll-type rear crank seal guar­an­tees in­con­ti­nence, but for less than £100 you can in­vest in a tighter lip seal con­ver­sion.

2 SWAP THE EN­GINE

En­gine swaps aren’t dif­fi­cult; choose be­tween 1098cc or 1275cc units in stan­dard or gen­tly breathe­don forms.

3 BEEF UP THE CARB

If you want to cre­ate a Q-car, a 1275cc en­gine fed by twin car­bu­ret­tors will prove sur­pris­ingly perky, with­out guz­zling fuel.

4 SWAP THE ‘BOX

Orig­i­nal cars have a smooth gear­box cas­ing. The later ribbed ver­sion from the A40 MkII is stronger and fea­tures im­proved syn­cromesh.

5 FIT BIG­GER BRAKES

It’s pos­si­ble to fit Mid­get discs up front, es­pe­cially the A40 MkII, which fea­tured the same up­rated king­pins as the Mid­get.

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