THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

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Cor­roded cross­mem­ber

It’s a rare Se­ries III that hasn’t suf­fered from a rusty rear cross­mem­ber, so it’s wise to take a de­cent gan­der. In fact, take a look all the way along the chas­sis. Patched re­pairs aren’t good enough – you want to see pris­tine com­po­nents to be sure that the ve­hi­cle has seen de­cent care. The good news is that re­place­ment parts are read­ily avail­able.

Cor­roded bulk­head

A well-known rust trap. Cor­ro­sion com­mences when the seal be­tween the wind­screen and the top of the bulk­head gives up the ghost and rot sets in. Once per­fo­ra­tion oc­curs, mois­ture finds its way to lower ar­eas and nib­bles away at the down­stairs steel too. Re­pair pan­els and com­plete assem­blies are avail­able, but re­pairs can be an in­volved process.

Bodged re­pairs

Dodgy wir­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions rule supreme here. Failed orig­i­nal looms are of­ten by­passed us­ing any old cable that comes to hand. If the car you’re look­ing at dis­plays th­ese de­light­ful traits, the best course of ac­tion is a to­tal re-wire. In­dif­fer­ent main­te­nance of me­chan­i­cal parts is also rife, with poor lu­bri­ca­tion regimes lead­ing to rapid wear of mul­ti­ple com­po­nents.

Plen­ti­ful parts and sim­ple me­chan­i­cal de­sign make a Se­ries III the per­fect project ve­hi­cle to im­prove or re­store in any way you like. ‘Buy a slice of un­de­ni­able clas­sic mo­tor­ing his­tory that is the SIII and you’ll be able to go al­most any­where you wish, al­beit at a se­date pace.’

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