5 WAYS TO MAKE IT BET­TER

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

1 MAKE IT CRUISE EAS­ILY

The Phase 3’s over­drive no­tably im­proves the Van­guard’s long-dis­tance cre­den­tials. A se­cond-hand over­drive gear­box is the eas­i­est con­ver­sion, but find­ing one for sale can be tricky – ex­pect to pay around £400 if you do. Oth­er­wise, you can retro-fit the unit it­self, but some al­ter­ation to the gear­box main shaft will be needed, so it’s a good idea to seek ad­vice from the Club.

2 UP­GRADE THE CAR’S ELEC­TRI­CAL SYS­TEMS

The elec­tri­cal sys­tem is a ba­sic af­fair, but that hand­ily makes it ripe for a few choice im­prove­ments. An elec­tronic ig­ni­tion up­grade is al­ways a good idea, and you can source a sim­ple sys­tem from around £50 or spend more on a pro­gram­mable dis­trib­u­tor. Also con­sider swap­ping the dy­namo for an al­ter­na­tor. Tri­umph parts spe­cial­ists will have some­thing suit­able, or there’s the pe­riod-look­ing ‘Dy­na­tor’ at £400-500.

3 FIT MOD­ERN RUB­BER

If it’s time for a set of new boots, then opt­ing for good-qual­ity ra­dial tyres will do won­ders for the Van­guard’s han­dling. A va­ri­ety of sizes were used depend­ing on year and model so check be­fore you buy, but clas­sic tyre sup­pli­ers will be able to rec­om­mend some­thing suit­able for £120-200 per cor­ner.

4 ADD BET­TER BRAKES

The Phase 3’s DIY-friendly na­ture and cheap and read­ily avail­able parts means that a brake over­haul is straight­for­ward. If you want to go fur­ther you could con­sider fit­ting Gir­ling front disc brakes, which were op­tional on Van­guard Six and En­sign De Luxe mod­els, although sourc­ing the bits might be tricky.

5 PRO­TECT THE BODY

Given the propen­sity for tin worm, it’s well worth mak­ing a ses­sion with rust-proof­ing prod­ucts a part of your an­nual main­te­nance regime. It won’t cost a lot and is some­thing you can do over a week­end – and it will save fi­nan­cial pain in the long run.

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