Top Tweaks

En­hance your car and un­leash its po­ten­tial with our handy one-stop im­prove­ment shop

Practical Classics (UK) - - CONTENTS - WORDS THEO GIL­LAM PHO­TOS MATT HOW­ELL & THEO GIL­LAM

Un­less you’re into the self-flag­el­la­tion of unerring orig­i­nal­ity, it’s good to up­grade your clas­sic to el­e­vate its drive­abil­ity, im­prove safety and en­sure its re­li­a­bil­ity. Non-ironic furry dice and mar­que-spe­cific cush­ions smoth­er­ing the par­cel shelf are fairly in­nocu­ous but some up­grades can turn out to be time-con­sum­ing, ex­pen­sive down­grades. Like at­tach­ing a whale-tail to your Viva HA’S boot with the ad­he­sive of over-op­ti­mism. Or re­plac­ing your Ox­ford’s coolant hoses with sil­i­cone in Play­mo­bil hues. It’s easy to be­come en­tan­gled with the seedy un­der­belly of ac­ces­sory-porn af­ter be­ing beguiled by glossy cat­a­logues… be­fore you know where you are, you’ve got a four-point har­ness in yel­low, gauges in blue, and a bank bal­ance in red.

The ba­sic re­quire­ment of any up­grade is to make your clas­sic car more re­li­able and drive­able, thus in­creas­ing the trust be­tween hu­man and ma­chine, mak­ing the whole ex­pe­ri­ence a joy, not a chore.

Here are our sug­ges­tions for some worth­while up­grades that will prop­erly im­prove your clas­sic while leav­ing purists rel­a­tively aneurysm-free.

CLAS­SIC TYRE TIPS ELEC­TRONIC IG­NI­TION AD­VICE

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