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    It's very early days, I'm about to get married so it's unlikely I'll be buying anything but a wedding and honeymoon in the near future, but what is the situation on R16's these days? I've always liked the look, feel and idea of one (the different wheelbase from one side to the other has always appealed to my sense of French absurdity - and yes, I do know why it is so); are there many around, what sort of nick, price, specification, etc. Who knows? I bought a Lotto ticket last Saturday, so I could be really rich now! Any ideas, info etc?

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    To save a lot of repeat typing, probably just do a search of Renault 16 either in the wanted to buy/sell forums or Renault forums. From that search I'm sure all your Q's will be answered, as many of them have been covered before.

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    I'd actually like and enjoy a bit of interaction, input and sociability with fellow froggers, rather than just relying on past information; surely the point of this forum. I'm quite familiar with the capabilities of the search facility...
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    Quote Originally Posted by boodek
    idea of one (the different wheelbase from one side to the other has always appealed to my sense of French absurdity - and yes, I do know why it is so
    eh? what? huh? different length wheelbase on each side?? is that what you said??

    is this true? by how much? why?

    please!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mi16_weapon
    eh? what? huh? different length wheelbase on each side?? is that what you said??

    is this true? by how much? why?

    please!?

    true = yes
    how much = i'm not sure
    why = because of the way they set the torsion bars up on them from what what i believe

    i sat down with the ex pug/ren dealer here a while ago and he explained it all to me
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    bloody wierd foreign cars!

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    The R16 used transverse torsion bars; with torsion bars usually longer is better so they made them span the width of the car. Obviously then one needs to sit in front of the other, so the wheelbase on one side is longer than the other by 70mm.

    Have a look here.

    http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/S...6/techdt16.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by boodek
    The R16 used transverse torsion bars; with torsion bars usually longer is better so they made them span the width of the car. Obviously then one needs to sit in front of the other, so the wheelbase on one side is longer than the other by 70mm.

    Have a look here.

    http://www.geocities.com/MotorCity/S...6/techdt16.htm
    70mm

    holy snappin duck sh*t!

    thats 7 whole centimetres (i does maffs! )

    thats nuts! does it affect handling at all??
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    There are a few around from time to time..

    I have 2 now, one from a wreckers for $350 (rusty but running with good interiour) and the other for free with a TX gearbox. (gearbox cost me $1200)
    That 16 is a 1976 and runs well, but needs a few little expensive things for roadworthy, such as "rear inner and outer suspention bushes" which I dont think I can do myself.. about $800 worth I recon.. incl labor.

    Most 16's that haven't had these bits (some other froggy can probably elaborate) replaced will NEED this done on them.

    Besides a windscreen, upper left balljoint and wheel bearings, its in pretty good condition.

    I guess its being ready to buy one, when one is up for grabs, and not really being too picky. Keep your eyes open and one will show up.

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