BUY­ING TIPS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - The Best 1976 Buys -

Rust is the big en­emy. Start at the top and give the roof (es­pe­cially those with open­ing sec­tions) a good go­ing over, be­fore check­ing the cab and chas­sis.

Pro­vided that the en­gine has been well main­tained it should give you years of use. Lift the en­gine lid and if there is a black film of oil cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing then start ask­ing ques­tions. An oft-over­looked as­pect is the rub­ber seal around the en­gine tin­ware as you don’t want it to get too hot in there.

Many would-be camper own­ers buy with their hearts rather than their heads – don’t! Ve­hi­cles that look ‘cute’ with rea­son­able look­ing bod­ies and good con­di­tion in­te­ri­ors can turn out to be death-traps with use­less brakes and rot­ting chas­sis. Find some­one who knows what they are look­ing for with an air-cooled ve­hi­cle and heed their ad­vice. Ev­ery­thing can be done to a T2 but the costs soon mount up!

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