HOW TO BAG THE BEST DEAL

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

1 STRUC­TURE

Fo­cus on the in­ner wings, front cross­mem­ber, floor­pan and sills, as well as the base of the A- and B-pil­lars – all rust hotspots – and be alert to dodgy filler. Re­place­ment pan­els have be­come more widely avail­able in re­cent years, but the qual­ity of parts orig­i­nat­ing from the Far East can be vari­able.

2 EN­GINES

Four dif­fer­ent twin-cam units were in­stalled, rang­ing from 1300 to 2000. Look for oil leaks or a white emul­sion in­side the oil filler cap and lis­ten for rat­tles com­ing from noisy tap­pets or a worn tim­ing chain.

3 GEAR­BOXES

The five-speed man­ual is tough, but the gear se­lec­tor fork can bend and cause the car to leap out of re­verse. Syn­chro on sec­ond gear can also fail if it has been driven hard be­fore the oil has warmed prop­erly.

4 IN­TE­RI­ORS

The electrics aren’t too both­er­some, but fuel gauge grem­lins can emerge, and in­di­ca­tor stalks can cease to func­tion – though they can be re­built. Other pieces of in­te­rior trim are hard wear­ing, even though the pas­sage of time will have taken its toll.

5 RUN­NING GEAR

Knocks and poor track­ing caused by worn bushes is com­mon, but they can eas­ily be re­placed. Cylin­ders and calipers seize on cars which have seen lit­tle use. Ex­ces­sive white smoke from the ex­haust could be a sign of the brake servo fail­ing.

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