RUST WOR­RIES

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

156s are getting rusty so don’t as­sume all’s well be­neath shiny paint­work. The front wings need check­ing, es­pe­cially where they meet the bumper, and it’s best to re­move the whee­larch lin­ers for a proper look, but it’s the un­der­neath that re­quires the great­est scru­tiny; the rear pas­sen­ger footwells are par­tic­u­larly at risk, but check the en­tire length of the floor­pan to be cer­tain. Sill rot is rear­ing its head, too, and check within the front whee­larches where the brake pipes at­tach to the in­ner wing; given the po­ten­tial for tin-worm a thor­ough ex­am­i­na­tion for pre­vi­ous re­pairs/welding is ad­vis­able. A lack of side rub­bing strips leaves doors prone to park­ing dents, look for scruffy paint­work and stone-chip­ping, and check for speed-bump dam­age be­neath the low-slung GTA.

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