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Easiest engine upgrade

Postby ruairidh » Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:53 pm

Just throwing out a query to see what would be the easiest route to go down for putting a more powerful engine in to my pick up.
At present I have a 1275cc Ital with 5spd gearbox but having done the national last week to Scampton it struggles on the hills and coming over the A66 it sits fine on the motorway until you hit a hill.
Any thoughts anyone :?:
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Re: Easiest engine upgrade

Postby Panky » Sat Jul 04, 2015 9:56 pm

It would be easier and quicker to upgrade the head and cam I would have thought, same tuning bits as a Mini :twisted: What carb are you running? Maybe a good service and tune on the engine as it is would make a difference.
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Re: Easiest engine upgrade

Postby ruairidh » Sun Jul 05, 2015 9:32 am

Sorry should have put in that I was towing a pod as well.
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Re: Easiest engine upgrade

Postby Panky » Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:25 pm

Same applies, you only need a few more horses to sail up those hills. Rather than go for a major transplant a few of hundred quid on tuning upgrades will pay dividends :) For instance my standard 1098 traveller was the usual sedate little run around but with a 12G940 head, 1 1/2" carb and decent exhaust it's a different beast altogether 8) If you can stretch to it a stage 3 head, 286 cam with HF44 carb and an RC40 would be superb ( same as my Mini and it really does fly :twisted: )
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Re: Easiest engine upgrade

Postby chrisryder » Sun Jul 05, 2015 6:05 pm

What diff ratio have you got ruairidh? If you're running a 3.7 it's not a surprise if you're struggling on hills, especially towing!

Whatever you've got, it could be worth going to the next ratio up (3.7 to 3.9, or 3.9 to 4.2, etc). I run a 3.9 in Bluey with 1275 and 5 speed. Not tried towing with it yet though!
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Re: Easiest engine upgrade

Postby ruairidh » Sun Jul 05, 2015 7:51 pm

Chris I have a 4.2 diff.
Panky it has an unleaded head with a minor carb on it. I do have a metro/montego carb, alloy manifold and a 3 into 1 branch for the exhaust.
Just a bit dubious about fitting the carb as its a bit of an unknown quantity and my carb skills are lacking. Not sure if there is anyone near me who could refurb it. I have 2 so one is bound to be good.
Don't want to change the cam as thats quite a big job. :)
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Re: Easiest engine upgrade

Postby Custard » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:10 pm

Did you ever make your canopy for the pickup?

And is it Ping you were towing?

I ask because a pickup without a canopy and a bluff fronted trailer does not help as the air comes in behind the cab and hits the front of the trailer, so unfortunately in that situation the pickup would need more power to tow the same weight than a traveller would.

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Re: Easiest engine upgrade

Postby Big Al » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:35 pm

Put a 1098 into Ping... ;)
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Re: Easiest engine upgrade

Postby Panky » Sun Jul 05, 2015 10:01 pm

ruairidh wrote:Chris I have a 4.2 diff.
Panky it has an unleaded head with a minor carb on it. I do have a metro/montego carb, alloy manifold and a 3 into 1 branch for the exhaust.
Just a bit dubious about fitting the carb as its a bit of an unknown quantity and my carb skills are lacking. Not sure if there is anyone near me who could refurb it. I have 2 so one is bound to be good.
Don't want to change the cam as thats quite a big job. :)
Thanks both for the info very helpful.


The engine will be seriously restricted with an 1 1/4" Minor carb, you want an 1 3/4" to get the best out of the engine. SU's are very robust and it's well worth trying it with the manifolds. Are you using the Minor exhaust as well?
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Re: Easiest engine upgrade

Postby ruairidh » Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:47 am

Custard yes its ping and I have not made my canopy yet, did think about the wind resistance as well.
Panky my plan is to use an hif 44 carb with the branch and stainless exhaust.
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Re: Easiest engine upgrade

Postby Panky » Mon Jul 06, 2015 10:14 am

Is your pick-up yellow by any chance?
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Re: Easiest engine upgrade

Postby ruairidh » Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:29 pm

Yes and called Charlotte.
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Re: Easiest engine upgrade

Postby Panky » Mon Jul 06, 2015 4:45 pm

Spotted you southbound on the M6 on Friday 26th June, you must have been on the way to the nationals. I was heading north to Moffat, you may have spotted a pair of large Commer campers - I was in the hearing aid beige one :D
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Re: Easiest engine upgrade

Postby ruairidh » Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:11 pm

No sorry must have missed you.
Did see 4 ford anglia's though.
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Re: Easiest engine upgrade

Postby Panky » Mon Jul 06, 2015 7:14 pm

Yep, overtook them and a tractor ;)
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