HOLE HEAP OF HASSLE
Rustproofing improved as production progressed, with post1988 cars the least likely to rot. That’s one of the reasons why early cars are so rare. Check the obvious places – sills, rear wheel arches and all seams, especially those hidden in the door shuts. A crossmember behind the radiator often rots and the rear suspension turrets corrode out of sight in the boot. Also scrutinise the outer panels which can hole pretty much anywhere; the doorskins, tailgate, bonnet and screen surrounds. Repairing the latter properly involves removing the glass, which is when things can get expensive. Finish by checking around the fuel filler neck as corrosion here is common – the neck itself rusts too, and repairs are involved and often costly.