I recently became the owner of a G reg 1990 Sportrak EL (carb, not injected model)and was quite chuffed with my purchase.
Unfortunately, it has recently started to get rather too hot after a run of 5 miles or so, and it then starts venting white smoke from the exhaust (I can smell the anti-freeze).
On the occasions this has happened, I have immediately turned on the heating full blast (and the temperature has dropped), or stopped to let it cool down.
On short journeys, where it doesn't have a chance to get up to normal operating temperature, it doesn't vent anything abnormal from the exhaust.
I suspect that I have a crack in my cylinder head which is opening up when the engine gets sufficiently hot - hence the white steamy exhaust.
Do you think my fears are justified...and what do you think my options are, particularly as I can't afford to fork out tons in repairs, but do feel that apart from this recent problem, it is a good wee car?