BUY­ING TIPS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Driving -

1 STRAIGHT SIX DE­LIGHT

The six-cylin­der en­gine is fun­da­men­tally durable, but can suf­fer from ex­ces­sive crankshaft end float. Watch the crank pul­ley as some­one de­presses the clutch to check for move­ment – too much and a re­build is on the cards. Listen out for the valve gear. A slight rat­tle at start-up is fine but it should soon dis­ap­pear.

2 STRUC­TURAL IS­SUES

Ma­jor chas­sis re­pairs will be a body-off job and not for the faint-hearted, so en­sure it gets a thor­ough ex­am­i­na­tion. Sig­nif­i­cant rot spots in­clude the main out­rig­gers, the rails around the dif­fer­en­tial and the point where the chas­sis meets the front bulk­head.

3 WATCH OUT FOR BODY COR­RO­SION

There are plenty of places to check when it comes to cor­ro­sion, and the usual sus­pects such as door bot­toms, wheel arches, and in­ner and out wings are all at risk. You should also pay par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the in­ner and outer sills and the front bulk­head.

4 STOP­PING PER­FOR­MANCE

The brak­ing sys­tem is both easy and cheap to over­haul, so a ba­sic check of con­di­tion will suf­fice. While check­ing the brakes, take a look at the splines and hubs if wire wheels are fit­ted – they were a pop­u­lar ad­di­tion in pe­riod, but de­te­ri­o­rate fairly quickly and even­tu­ally re­quire a spe­cial­ist re­build to bring back up to scratch.

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