BUY­ING TIPS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - DRIVING -

1 RUST IN PiECE(S)

Th­ese cars rust prodi­giously but most of it is usu­ally vis­i­ble, so check for bodg­ing on the sills, whee­larches, floor­pans and out­rig­gers, and scru­ti­nise the A-, B- and C-pil­lars for filler. While un­der the car take a good look at the area around the spring hang­ers in par­tic­u­lar.

2 WING AND a PRAYER

Stick­ing with the rot theme, front wings of­ten cor­rode around the head­lights and front side­lights and around their lower edges where they join the sills. As­sorted re­pair sec­tions are avail­able as well as whole panels and even GRP wings. Wings are not iden­ti­cal to those on other BMC Fari­nas, but most other panels are in­ter­change­able.

3 B-SE­RIES IS GRADE a

A BMC B-se­ries en­gine can man­age more than 100,000 miles with­out ma­jor over­haul. Watch for low oil pres­sure, ex­ces­sive smoke, poor breath­ing and oil leaks. Re­builds are straight­for­ward. Gear­boxes can wear, and watch for fail­ing syn­chro­mesh on sec­ond. Re­pairs can be car­ried out but most own­ers tend to live with it.

4 STEER­ING AWAY

Steer­ing is in­her­ently a lit­tle sloppy but ex­ces­sive way­ward­ness is usu­ally down to a worn box. There is some room for ad­just­ment but re­place­ments are avail­able. King­pins wear pre­ma­turely on a bad­ly­main­tained car, like­wise dampers and prop­shaft joints.

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