HOW TO BAG THE BEST DEAL

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

1 COR­RO­SION

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.

2 EN­GINES

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.

3 TRANS­MIS­SION

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.

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