WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING -

1 FIT A BIG­GER EN­GINE

The ear­lier en­gines tend to feel a bit breath­less in mod­ern traf­fic. Later (and slightly big­ger) en­gines are nicer, but can be tricky to fit be­cause the mount­ings changed for the Se­ries V and VI.

2 JUST ADD OVER­DRIVE

Fit­ting over­drive will give the en­gine an eas­ier time and ease your fuel bills – not to men­tion mak­ing the car qui­eter at mo­tor­way speeds – but you’ll need to find a Gazelle trans­mis­sion and fit it whole­sale, in­clud­ing the prop­shaft.

3 SWAP THE SHIFTER

You can con­vert a col­umn-change so it’s floor-mounted by fit­ting the later, all-syn­chro­mesh gearbox (fit­ted from part-way through Se­ries V pro­duc­tion). This isn’t with­out prob­lems though...

4 CHANGE THE CLUTCH

...be­cause these later gear­boxes have a dif­fer­ent clutch, which re­quires the re­place­ment of the mas­ter and slave cylin­der, so things aren’t as straight­for­ward – or as cheap – as you might think.

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