5 WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

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

1 SWAP OR NOT

Re­plac­ing the 1200 en­gine with the 1500 is pop­u­lar, though some are now swap­ping back to pre­serve orig­i­nal­ity. An­other op­tion is the 1300 unit from the Cortina MkII, which pretty much drops straight in.

2 SIM­PLE UP­GRADES

There are plenty of mod­est up­grades avail­able that’ll ben­e­fit re­li­a­bil­ity and per­for­mance if swap­ping en­gines isn’t your bag. £100 or less will get you an easy-fit elec­tronic ig­ni­tion sys­tem, and it’s worth con­sid­er­ing a stain­less steel ex­haust for in­creased longevity – bud­get £250-300. Spend­ing £40 on a K&N air fil­ter is a cheap way to bet­ter breath­ing, too.

3 KEEP IT MAIN­TAINED

MkI en­gines will sol­dier on for many miles with reg­u­lar fet­tling, so keep on top of ser­vic­ing. Parts are cheap, there’s lots of room to work, and a sim­ple tool­kit is all that’s needed, so there’s no ex­cuse for ne­glect. Fresh oil and fil­ter ev­ery 3000 miles will re­duce wear, while the cool­ing sys­tem will ben­e­fit from a flush and re­fill ev­ery other year.

4 BET­TER BRAKES

Swap­ping the ear­lier front drum brakes for discs is com­mon, though quite a few things need to be changed and costs/avail­abil­ity can vary. It’s worth fit­ting a re­mote servo – new ones are around £100 – and mak­ing the most of the ex­ist­ing brak­ing set-up by fit­ting ra­dial tyres.

5 OVER­HAUL THE STOP­PERS

Still on brak­ing mat­ters, if you’re not sure how old com­po­nents are, or the car’s been stand­ing for an ex­tended pe­riod, then a thor­ough over­haul is ad­vis­able. Around £50 will bag new wheel cylin­ders all round, but an over­haul kit is less than half that for both axles. Re­place the flex­i­ble hoses, too – they’re less than a ten­ner each.

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