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A seriously rotten car can be a nightmare, and major restoration is unlikely to be viable. Corrosion strikes almost everywhere, but pay special attention to the front and rear valances, inner and outer wings, wheelarches, door bottoms, the edges of the bonnet and boot lid, and the rear panel between the lights where it meets the rear wings. A lack of wheelarch liners and the subsequent accumulation of muck cause the front wings to corrode around the headlights. Check for any bubbling around the front or rear screens. The sills are also at risk, particularly the inner section where it meets the floor; have a good prod around inside the cabin where they are covered by carpet, feeling for any movement. Panels are available but can be pricey, while original brightwork is almost impossible to source so you’ll be looking at re-manufactured items.