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Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING -

1 RUST CHECK

Cor­ro­sion can creep in along the panels be­hind the bumpers. Doors, bon­net and tail­gate lid can also rust along their bot­toms. The floor and whee­larches are fur­ther weakspots. A range of re­pair panels are avail­able.

2 EN­GINES

The early 1.6-litre en­gine de­vel­ops just 50bhp, so en­gine up­grades are com­mon. All bay win­dow models built in Ger­many orig­i­nally had air­cooled en­gines. Turn the crank­shaft pul­ley back and forth to check for ex­ces­sive move­ment, a sign of worn bear­ings. 3 TRANS­MIS­SION The four-speed man­ual is pretty ro­bust and shouldn’t give prob­lems, but lis­ten for whines or grum­bles that may in­di­cate ex­pir­ing bear­ings. An im­pre­cise gear se­lec­tion caused by worn gear link­ages is quite com­mon. 4 TRIM AND IN­TE­RIOR Head­lin­ings are expensive to re­place, so check for dam­age and wa­ter ingress, es­pe­cially in models with a lift­ing roof. Electrics and trim are of­ten mod­i­fied, so check that ev­ery­thing works. DIY con­ver­sions pro­lif­er­ate, while good orig­i­nal trim is the hall­mark of a gem. 5 RUN­NING GEAR The T2 did away with the swing rear axle, us­ing a transaxle in­stead. Low­ered sus­pen­sion is a fairly com­mon mod, so as­sess the ride and han­dling care­fully.

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