WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying Guide -

Be sure to check the front in­ner wing be­hind the sus­pen­sion tur­ret, as well as the usual rot spots – boot floor, chas­sis rails, door bot­toms, front pan­els, jack­ing points, sills and whee­larches. Re­pro­duc­tion pan­els ap­pear on web­sites oc­ca­sion­ally but front pan­els and valances are be­com­ing very hard to ob­tain.

THE ROT PACK

To get the best from Tri­umph’s three bear­ing crank en­gine, make sure the oil is fresh and qual­ity oil fil­ters are used. The starter is unique to the 1300, as the starter ring is on the crank pul­ley – it ro­tates anti-clock­wise. While in the­ory not suit­able for un­leaded fuel, some own­ers use un­leaded and knock the tim­ing back a cou­ple of de­grees.

GET YOUR MO­TOR RUN­NING

The FWD gear­box can suf­fer from weak sec­ond gear syn­chro but parts are avail­able and it can be re­built with­out re­mov­ing the box from the car. The in­put shaft is an­other po­ten­tially weak spot.

WORK­ING ON THE INSIDE

Can­ley Clas­sics stocks an up­graded shaft and gear com­bi­na­tion. If the clutch needs chang­ing, it can be done from inside the car.

RA­DI­A­TOR/COOL­ING SYS­TEM/HEATER

There are two types of ra­di­a­tor – early cars have a sin­gle top hose while the later ones fea­ture a dou­ble set up. Hoses are avail­able from spe­cial­ists or the TDC.

New old-stock mild steel sys­tems ap­pear from time to time, while the TDC can sup­ply a stain­less sys­tem.

EX­HAUST STOCK

The 1300FWD’s trim is unique, but it is durable. It also has a dif­fer­ent dash­board, car­pets, door han­dles, locks and even win­dow win­ders. Head­lin­ings tend to be glue-stained from the fac­tory. while rear seat up­rights are prone to fad­ing. Be care­ful with the in­stru­ment bin­na­cle – a plas­tic mould­ing – which can crack when re­fit­ted. Wa­ter/damp in the footwells is a tell-tale sign of leaks from the wind­screen.

IN­TE­RIOR ITEMS

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