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I have a cross flow 1300 gt with a weber carb that is us would a nikki carb do the job of the webber carb.

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Havent woorked on one of these in years ,used to build them on the assembly line in the 70s ,yes a nikki carb would do fine providing you get the right one ,these vehicles used a non progressive carb ,ie - the first venturi opened then the second one ,also all these engines from the first ones in 1971 have stelite coated valves and valve seats so you can use unleaded fuel of 98 octane in them.The tappet settings were done in the factory with a vacumn gauge and they do suffer from wear under the tappet face but the tappet is heat treated so dont reface them on a grinder ,replace them .tappet settings were if i remember for a gt were 12/14 inlet and 18/21 exhaust but i alway done them to 12 and 16 any tighter and it will drink petrol ,also the timing advance was different it advance a lot more compared to the normal engine,got me going now as i cannot remember the distributor code or the paint code on the thermostat housing on the head ,i do remember they had yellow build cards with GT in teh top right hand corner and heavier flywheels with bigger clutches .thanks for the memory jerker it makes a change from monster american cars on here and auto boxes ,Also built V6 zodiac engines as well as V4 transits

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