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Check sills, (particularly where they meet the gearbox crossmember), rear spring hangers and chassis outriggers for rust. Windscreen seals perish and roof guttering corrodes, allowing in water which rots the scuttle and eventually the floors. Blocked drain holes lead to corrosion of the bulkhead around the heater unit.
The 2088cc four-cylinder engines can suffer from corroded cylinder liners if left standing for too long. Cylinder head bolts stretch on six-cylinder cars – look for emulsion under the radiator cap.
Worn column-change linkages make gear selection difficult. Unattended oil leaks will lead to overdrive failure, as will damaged wiring (it was electric from Phase IA onwards). There’s synchromesh on all three gears, so look out for snags or difficulties in engaging gear.
4 TRIM AND INTERIOR
Replacement trim is both expensive and hard to find. Vinyl was fitted as standard, with leather optional on some. Corrosion results in poor earths and connections.
5 RUNNING GEAR
Wear in the steering box leads to play in the steering. It can be adjusted but replacements are rare. Lack of use causes wheel cylinders to seize, so look out for weak stopping, or pulling under braking.