What should you be aware of:
Before purchasing a Stag, you should consider if a project car or a ready restored example , but you should lend yourself a hand a bit, then you will have a different personal access to your vehicle.
Like other cars of the 70ties there are certain spots of interest, it rusts at specific places., which are marked red:
Underfloor palels click
A common spot of rot are the front outriggers as they can easily become wet inside, through a certain hole and because hydraulic jacks are often placed there and if they are not underlaid with rubber or wood, they become dents where the undercoat protection gets damaged.
Front wing click
The inner and outer wheel arches are prone to rust, beside of new wings, ther are half wings and wheel arches available.
Side panels rear clickThese like to rust on certain places, now new panels are available but expensive, repairing panels can be obtained also.
Boot lid click
Water splashes up from the road and enters somehow into the hollow space behind the lock or the number plate lights.. In sequence not only the lock panel can rot - also the boot lid itself rusts away. A new boot lid (800 €) is expensive but repair panels are available.
Door bottom click
A common place for rot, water comes via windows and collects at the bottom, where drain holes normally draws the water off, but very often they are choked with dirt and the water gets trapped. Even in dry weather there is always some damp. Result: rust!
Boot floor panel click Alongside the seams of the rear wing to the boot floor panel, rear inner and outer valence, rear lamp panel.
Take a magnet and hold it at several points, if the magnetization feels weak - then you can suppose there is much filler or putty, covering deeper dennts, perhaps after an accident. If it is generally weak, then there are many layers of paint.
In general, better taking mechanical defects into account than extensive chassis work, beside of new paint.