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.