1400 to 1800 power -
and 1996, one of Caterham's most popular engine installations was the 1400 Rover
K-series, in both "standard" and "Supersport" form. In fact in 1994, more 1400
K-Series engines were fitted to factory built cars than any other configuration.
comparatively powerful engine for it's capacity
and undoubtedly a very sweet performer in the Caterham, the chassis is capable of
running with much more power and particularly an increase in torque over that
offered by the 1400. Time therefore to swap to 1800 power ......
Dry Sump drain plate
- this part is a "special" non-Caterham part,
originally commissioned by
Hellier Motorsport. The plate replaces the standard "blue plate"
fitted to the bottom of the Caterham belltank and incorporates a drain hole and
magnetic plug. The usual method of draining the oil from the tank is to remove
the blue plate - messy and requiring re-sealing afterwards. This plate enables
oil to be drained in the same manner as would be used with a normal sump -
remove the magnetic plug and refit afterwards. Much tidier.
- available from various sources such as
and is used to reduce under-bonnet temperatures.
The heat emitted by the exhaust in the small engine bay of the Caterham
can cause damage to components within the engine bay -
the starter motor being just one. The integral solenoid of the starter is often
located above the starter motor, resulting in only a few millimeters
clearance to the exhaust primaries.
Around 60 feet of 1" wrapping tape is needed to wrap the primaries. This is Cool
Tec tape which has proven to be very durable over a number of years of use. The tape
is applied wet with the primaries removed and dries to a tight fit.
LED gauge bulbs
- post '96 Caterham branded gauges are very badly illuminated. Using LED bulbs
www.ultraleds.co.uk the brightness is improved to an acceptable level. The
image shows a standard bulb on the left (tachometer), and an LED on the right