A tuneup in Cambridge


I’ve never had the chance to drive another series 1, consequently I have no reference. Its been my suspicion that my spluttering engine could do better. My parents, who both learnt to drive on early Land Rovers assure me that that is “just how they were”


My mothers series 1, RVM 294

I’ve tweeked the carburettor and I’ve twirled to dizzy but its always popped and spat.

Today I struck lucky. Peter Baldwin did his apprenticeship at Marshals in Cambridge at a time when this car was cutting edge technology. Yes, I hope he does not mind me saying but he’s older than the car. His speciality is tuning racing minis of which he is an accomplished driver. http://wilshers-garages.com/contact.asp


Peter has a rolling road that he rescued from the demolition ball. He had the foresight to save it when modern cars made it obsolete. Kabylie was connected up and run through her passes. At 65mph stationary with the front wheels chocked, the engine thundering and the rear wheels spinning the rollers.

A couple of hours later I had two carbs and two distributers turned in, gained 10% more power and lost a good deal of noise and some smoke.  I also now know for sure that my engine is working efficiently and produces 56hp at 3000rpm. Well worth the money. Thanks Peter

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