BUY­ING TIPS

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Sadly, Rover build qual­ity had ob­vi­ously been Ley­lan­dised by the mid-1970s so watch out for badly fit­ted pan­els. These are bolted to a base unit which can rot hap­pily, and you can’t re­ally dis­man­tle the car on your drive­way.

Sills are struc­tural too, and rot can eas­ily be dis­guised by new outer cov­ers. Take ex­treme care in check­ing the pan­els in­side the rear wings (by open­ing the boot) as the rear sus­pen­sion trail­ing arms are bolted to them.

Four-cylin­der en­gines can suf­fer from in­ter­nal cor­ro­sion of the cylin­der head if anti-freeze has been ne­glected and wa­ter can leak from the cover plates on the blocks. Watch for over­heat­ing and ex­ces­sive tim­ing chain rat­tle.

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