HOW TO BAG THE BEST DEAL

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

AND STRUC­TURE

Cor­ro­sion can be a huge headache. Check the usual un­der-body weak spots, plus the sun­roof, doors and bon­net. High qual­ity re­place­ment pan­els are avail­able from UK and Ire­land spe­cial­ists.

POT EN­GINES

Check for thor­ough main­te­nance, with reg­u­lar coolant and oil re­newal, as many are rou­tinely pushed to their 7500rpm red­line. Look for leaks and ex­haust smoke, and lis­ten for in­ter­nal wear.

3 MAN­UAL GEAR­BOX

The original clutches were a weak point, so look out for dif­fi­cult gear se­lec­tion or spongey ac­tion. US SR5 mod­els had an au­to­matic ‘box, while GT-S mod­els had an op­tional lim­ited-slip dif­fer­en­tial. Check the gear­ing – drifters some­times fit higher ra­tio diffs.

4 RUN­NING GEAR

Worn bushes/ dampers, wonky wheel align­ment, or sim­ply poor mod­i­fi­ca­tions can lead to wan­der­ing or track­ing prob­lems, which should be ob­vi­ous on the road. Sus­pen­sion that bot­toms out over bumps usu­ally re­quires new springs to fix.

IN­TE­RIOR AND ELECTRICS

Roll cages are com­mon, as are af­ter­mar­ket seats, which are of­ten frayed. In­te­ri­ors are fre­quently stripped for weight re­duc­tion and splits in the dash are the norm. The electrics are sim­ple, how­ever – dry cli­mate cars shouldn’t have any se­ri­ous wiring is­sues.

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