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

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.

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