Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

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.

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