Originally posted by tone:[QB]im going to have a look at a 75 v6 (1986) thats for sale ,tommorow
any things i used look for especially
A couple of problems are common to the 75 - poor gearchange and synchros on first, second and sometimes third gears (renew all bushes for more precise changes, rebuild gearbox with new synchros); corrosion around the rear lights (check all around the rear lights from inside the boot); corrosion around the boot floor welds; corrosion around front and rear screens and scuttles; corrosion in sills.
Then check for the usual panel alignment/paint finish abnomalies, check for engine smoothness/power - blue smoke is a worn engine, white smoke is water (check for emulsion in oil - likely head gasket problem). Check that oil is clean. Check coolant has correct mix of antifreeze - ideally 50% - its an all alloy engine and needs the antifreeze's corrosion inhibitor.
Check for tactile feedback - all driving controls should be smooth and responsive with no slop. Check that all warning lights illuminate when the ignition is switched on, and then extinguish when the engine is running. Check gauge operation - and oil pressure - during the test drive.
Parts are not cheap and some cannot be obtained, so check thoroughly for damage. Headlights are about £100 each, wings I think are about £350+ each. Doors about the same. There are some scrappies with spares, but they're quite rare so be warned.
A full sevice history is very good news, but as most 75s are at least 10 years old, this is unlikely, so a good history with servicing by Alfa/Lancia specialists will suffice.
Oh yes - finally, get it HPI'd.
Hope this helps.