Thinking of buying one , what to look for

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Thinking of buying one , what to look for

#1 Post by rusty pelican » Sat Feb 13, 2010 4:26 pm

Hi everyone , Ive been looking to replace my modern with a classic for ages , I already have a couple of Imps but need something bigger for everyday , anyway just found the following
1966 2000 mk1 saloon
MOTed til sept
Taxed til July
Bodywork is basically rot free having had £3000 spent on sill etc ( bills to prove although i havnt seen them yet , looks really good though and as im a qualified welder ive got a good idea on this , its a light primer grey in colour and the paint isnt brilliant but its certainly ok , apparenly the guy ran out of dosh and couldnt stretch to a respray after getting the welding done
everything works and it drives lovely , its sat on TR6 wheels which suit it i think , origials come with it
He want £1800 for it and as i sort of know him , ( weve spoke a few times at shows ) he will drive it down to my place
Is this too much money , Im a bit green on these , Imps ive had since 81 but nout like these

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Re: Thinking of buying one , what to look for

#2 Post by Alec » Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:17 pm

Hello RP,

these cars are very undervalued in my opinion and £1800 for a sound bodied car seems very reasonable.

The bodywork is relatively complicated compared to most classics so if that has been properly sorted then there are few worries left. Mechanically they are very straight forward and easily fixed if need be. There are a few specialist about and there is a section in the forum for them.

They are nice to drive (especially if a fourspeed with overdrive) and even a 2000 keeps up with modern traffic quite easily.

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#3 Post by rusty pelican » Sat Feb 13, 2010 5:22 pm

Cheers , it is a four speed with O/D on 3rd and 4 th , everything works fine , looks like it may be a good chance to get one

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#4 Post by Charles H » Mon Feb 15, 2010 12:34 pm

If the body is in good condition and the sills have been fitted well the asking price could be pretty good. The grey colour could be either Gunmetal (18) Dark (28) Phantom (38) Dolphin (48 or Slate (68). Let us see some photos if you have any :D

Where are you? someone may be able to come and help you view! :wink:
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#5 Post by rusty pelican » Mon Feb 15, 2010 5:11 pm

Pritty sure its Dolphin grey ( primer coloured basically ) Im in Yeovil , som , car is being delivered ( driven down by the current owner ) in the next couple of weeks , just wondered if theres anything i should listen for on the test run or something they are prone to ( diff whine for example ) :)

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#6 Post by Charles H » Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:17 pm

Diffs do whine, but this is sometimes the quill shaft or even worn UJs. The most important bit is the bodywork. All the mechanical bits and bobs, engine, gearbox, suspension and even trim and interior are available second hand or even new/reconditioned and are reasonable in price. :)
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Re: Thinking of buying one , what to look for

#7 Post by rusty pelican » Mon Feb 15, 2010 8:41 pm

Charles H wrote:. The most important bit is the bodywork. All the mechanical bits and bobs, engine, gearbox, suspension and even trim and interior are available second hand or even new/reconditioned and are reasonable in price. :)
Same as every car then , good to know most parts are available , Loads of stuff for Imps is made from unobtainium , looking forward to getting the " beast " soon as i can , Thanks for the reply .

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#8 Post by dave.w » Mon Feb 15, 2010 9:27 pm

Hi RP just read your posting, this car sounds like the one for sale at shepton mallet autojumble at the wk end.If it is, and im not trying to nit pick, but i had a quick look around it and theres a few things i think i should point out. Body wise it is really sound its just the sills, although welded well they are missing the jacking point studs and water drain slots underneath, which should in my opinion for the amount thats been spent on welding ought to be there. :)

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#9 Post by rusty pelican » Tue Feb 16, 2010 12:06 am

dave.w wrote:Hi RP just read your posting, this car sounds like the one for sale at shepton mallet autojumble at the wk end.If it is, and im not trying to nit pick, but i had a quick look around it and theres a few things i think i should point out. Body wise it is really sound its just the sills, although welded well they are missing the jacking point studs and water drain slots underneath, which should in my opinion for the amount thats been spent on welding ought to be there. :)
Thanks nit pic away , i havnt parted with the cash yet :) , it is that one , paints not the greatest but thats cosmetic and not a worry to me , never noticed the lack of drain holes or jacking points but then again im not used to these cars , the Imp van parked next to it is what im used to , do you think i should avoid it then seeing as something is odviously not correct or could the jacking points be added , drain holes again could be added , imp ones are slotted and easy to add , As said im not sure exactly what i need to see , any advise is very helpfull

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Re: Thinking of buying one , what to look for

#10 Post by Alec » Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:55 am

Hello Rusty,

a little worrying if the jacking points have been omitted. not something a good restorer would miss. They are impossible to retro fit without chopping out sections of the outer sill as they are a sill depth pressing that sits inside the sill. The little boss that protrudes through the bottom of the sill is just a small part. That said you can jack elsewhere of course with a bottle or trolley jack. It would just make you look that much harder at the car itself.

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