The original plan, before viewing the car, was to use the Mazda 2.5l 24v V6 from the MX6 that SHMBO call the "silver front garden ornament" as it has not moved for two years. This could be joined with an MX5 gearbox and off you go. However, once I had seen that the car body was original, had not been changed and had no rust to deal with, plans changed. In order to tame the 200HP+ of the v6, the Anglia would need some large stoppers and wide tyres which would mean chopping the arches, not something I now want to do.
The solution was to change direction and build the car in the spirit of a "Lotus Twink inspired restomod", stock looking shell with race underpinnings and a small revvy 1.6l ish engine. So current plans are to use the 1.6l or preferably the 1.7l Ford Puma Zetec SE (Sigma) engine mated to the Type 9 gearbox that I got with the car. I now have a long shopping list to get the Puma engine up and running and connected to the Type 9 gearbox.
The other consequence of retaining the stock arches is that this limits the width and diameter of the front wheels, current research seems to suggest this is a 5.5"x13" wheel (ET to be confirmed by possibly +19) with something around the 175/50/13 tyres. This will limit the choice of wheels but minilites in gunmetal will possibly go well with the white/blue paintwork but is a safe choice, I'll keep looking and get out and do some measuring.
The final piece of the jigsaw is that by limiting the wheel size this limits the brake size. Ideally I would like to go for discs all round and a brake bias pedal box. Looking around there are Wilwood 4 pots that will fit in a 13" wheel and a Granada caliper based rear disk mod, this may be a bit overkill but will provide the best braking I can get with the compromises made.
Back to the web for another search for potential parts/options/solutions.