WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR

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

BODY AND STRUC­TURE

Scru­ti­nise the floor pans, sills, front and rear wheel arches and be­neath the wind­screen.

EN­GINES

Fuel in­jec­tion ar­rived in 1963, but the USA stuck with car­bu­ret­tors. The en­gines changed from three-bear­ing to five-bear­ing in 1964, im­prov­ing smooth­ness and longevity. Taxis had gut­less 1.8 diesels from 1963, and slightly stronger 1.9 diesels fol­lowed from 1964.

TRANS­MIS­SION

The gear­box should be very long-lived, but snag­ging be­tween gear changes in­di­cate a fail­ing syn­chro. Make sure it doesn’t hop out of gear dur­ing hard ac­cel­er­a­tion, too. Watch out for leaks too. A re­build won’t be cheap or easy in the UK.

RUN­NING GEAR

The front drum brakes were en­larged from 1962 and discs ar­rived in 1969. Es­tates have dou­ble rear springs, in place of the sa­loons and cabri­o­let’s sin­gle springs. Time-worn sus­pen­sion bushes are of­ten needed to rec­tify track­ing is­sues and wob­bles.

TRIM AND IN­TE­RIOR

Lift all the car­pets to check un­der­neath for cor­ro­sion from water ingress. Check con­vert­ible hoods for cracks or tears. Some trim items are now dif­fi­cult to re­place, but elec­tri­cal is­sues should be sim­ple enough to di­ag­nose and re­pair.

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