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FIT A STAIN­LESS EX­HAUST £1000

Most of Jane’s ex­haust sys­tem was fit­ted from off-the-shelf parts. The tubu­lar man­i­fold and Phoenix pipes are reg­u­lar stain­less steel parts, which are read­ily avail­able. The dis­tinc­tive four-pipe out­let, mean­while, was picked up at the Beaulieu Au­to­jum­ble.

UPGRADE THE WHEELS £300

Jane’s GT6 came with 14-inch Minilite repli­cas, but she switched to gen­uine 13-inch Minilites when a half-shaft broke. They look bet­ter, put less stress on the wheel bear­ings and fit un­der the whee­larches with the sus­pen­sion mod­i­fi­ca­tions.

FIT THE RIGHT SEATS £1000

When ac­quired, the GT6 was fit­ted with very tired Spit­fire seats, which didn’t of­fer enough sup­port. The solution was to source the cor­rect GT6 seats, which were de­signed specif­i­cally for the GT6’s floor­pan. Jane says: ‘ The orig­i­nal seats should be re­ally comfy; if not, they prob­a­bly need to be over­hauled.’

FIT SAFER SUS­PEN­SION £400

With shorter, stiffer springs up front and a rear swing spring con­ver­sion to pre­vent tuck un­der, longer half-shafts need to be fit­ted. This helps the han­dling no end, but it also lim­its which af­ter­mar­ket wheels can be fit­ted, be­cause of whee­larch clear­ance is­sues.

PRE­VENT BRAKE FADE £700

The GT6 MkI has solid discs up front and drums at the rear, with no servo. The sys­tem works okay, but the brakes can fade with hard use, so Jane has fit­ted Wil­wood Pow­er­lite four­pot calipers, vented discs, braided hoses and a servo.

IM­PROVE START­ING £150

The orig­i­nal Lu­cas starter mo­tor takes a lot of cur­rent to turn over the Tri­umph six­cylin­der en­gine. It also sits very close to the ex­haust if you’ve got a tubu­lar man­i­fold fit­ted. The pre­ferred fix is to fit a mod­ern high-torque mo­tor, which takes less cur­rent and be­ing shorter, sits fur­ther away from the man­i­fold.

IN­STALL OVERDRIVE £500

Jane’s GT6 has a stan­dard four-speed man­ual overdrive gear­box. One of these Lay­cock D-Type units is es­sen­tial if you do many miles. This GT6 also has a Spit­fire 1500 3.63:1 diff in place of the usual 3.89:1, unit for more re­laxed cruis­ing.

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