THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
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.
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.
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.’