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Just a quick question.

Went to see a 74 1300 for view to buy & tidy up. Found a bad bit on the beam upright , where the steering stop bracket attaches, the hole runs along the bottom of this bracket. Is this something that i could weld up, or this a likely basket case ?

Couldn't find any other rot on the beam, but noticed some earlier repairs that look like they have been done well.

The sills look good, has some work under arches at front of heater channels, Both rear floor halves gave gone. No end float on engine.
So possible everywhere else. Bodywork(wings) is a tad tatty, but doors havent dropped at all
 

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If you can see a hole in the beam shock tower, and earlier patches, it's likely to be much worse when you start chipping the rust away. They suffer when the drain holes in the bottom of the shock tower get blocked, but they can be repaired, I've done 2 recently, there are even repair panels for that bit between the 2 tubes, (the lock stop needs to be removed, and welded back on afterwards). Even if the beam can not be salvaged, a replacement, bare beam with bearings only, is no more than £150 new, and a lot cheaper at swapmeets. May still be a half decent car, if the price is right.
 
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