MORRIS MINOR 100O
Inspections should begin underneath. Check the two main chassis rails for any rust, knocks or kinks. Move on to the front crossmember, which supports the rear ends of the torsion bars, before poking around the floorpans. Spring areas (front and back) mustn’t be forgotten, either.
You’ll also need to be alert to rot affecting the front wings around the headlamps and at the rear near the A-pillar, plus usual problem areas such as wheelarches, door bottoms and sills. Check the latter from inside by lifting the carpets, in addition to the central crossmember (under the seats).
The A-series engine can hardly be described as oil-tight, so leaks are to be expected. Most originate from the back of the unit – a worn rear crankshaft seal being the most likely culprit. Regular oil changes are key to the engine’s longevity.
Front trunnions and kingpins should be greased every 3000 miles. If they aren’t, expect wayward handling characteristics, while you can confirm your suspicions by jacking up the front of the car, attempting to wiggle the wheel while holding it at the top and the base, and finding significant movement.