What to consider when buying.
Here are our top tips on things to consider when buying a Forward Control. Discuss prospective buys on our message boards, too.
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V8 engine. This needs regular oil changes to prevent excessive camshaft wear. Hydraulic followers mean there's no noise until parts are badly worn
Front axle swivels. Check for rust or pitting. Avoid if oil is running out
Rear crossmember. Rear bumperettes funnel rainwater to the crossmember, which rusts
Suspension. Rear spring mountings rust and repair is difficult - better to replace the rear crossmember, which includes the spring mounts
Door tops. Suffer from construction and rot problems. Push-pull gently to test
Exhaust. Manifolds are commonly cracked.
Exhaust smoke. Excessive white smoke on start-up can be due to water in the bores (run engine for a while to see if it clears as engine warms), blue smoke means worn engine
Steering joints and relay. Worn joints will cause excessive steering play - 75mm max for MoT test, but less is desirable
Steering box. Is it leaking? If it hasn't been kept topped-up it will probably be worn. Pull upwards and downwards on the steering wheel - there's movement box probably needs rebuilding
Canvas tilt on GS - check condition carefully
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