BUY­ING TIPS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Front Page -

1 LET’S BODY TALK

These cars may cor­rode rather less than many of their con­tem­po­raries, but still look out for rust in the wings, par­tic­u­larly where they meet the sills, the sills them­selves, doors, out­rig­gers and spring hang­ers.

2 SHOULD BE SECTIONED

Rootes spe­cial­ist Macs Fac­tors can help with re­pair sec­tions for most of the bits when Minx body­work de­cides to part com­pany with the rest of the car. Com­plete pan­els aren’t avail­able but spe­cial­ists and clubs have done a lot of work in amass­ing sec­ond­hand originals.

3 KEEP ON RUN­NING

The five-bear­ing 1725cc en­gine is gen­er­ally sturdy and ca­pa­ble of cov­er­ing high mileages be­tween re­builds, but lis­ten for bot­tom end rum­ble and look out for ex­ces­sive ex­haust smoke and poor breath­ing.

4 GET­TING INTO GEAR

The Borg-Warner 35 gear­box is renowned for be­ing re­li­able, but check for jerky changes. Brown and/or smelly trans­mis­sion fluid sug­gests in­ter­nal trans­mis­sion wear. Spares and pro­fes­sional help are avail­able, though the cost of a re­build can run well into four fig­ures.

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