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    I thought most enamels used activators these days to help them harden in a much smaller time frame Possibly it's best not to use these due to there toxicity either way I just remembered, the first car I ever did ... my old R12 when I was 16years old my grandfather helped me paint, we used enamel due to it's low cost.... It came out quite well (other than my very dodgy bodywork .......... everyone has to learn somehow right ).

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    Fabulous work Graham. A true inspiration.

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    Thanks for the rap Luthier, I never would have thought that the skills gained from a lifetime of doing things would be employed in fixing up an old Renault.....part of the benefit of getting older I suppose.

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    It ain't original but will do until I can find the real thing...





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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
    It ain't original but will do until I can find the real thing...
    That is mine if you do get an original one, you did say that.

    Your engine has been commented on else where, but can you tell me what you have done to get it so clean and shinny, as I might give it a go.
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    Hi John,

    It just requires some elbow grease.

    Get the motor up onto a bench where you can get at it and scrape as much crud off as you can and then use petrol and degreaser and a stiff brush to clean it up.

    Then give it a good go over with wax'n'grease remover (don't miss this step).

    And the secret ingredient is 3M engine paint available from supersheap.

    One can will do the whole thing but don't paint the head or exhaust manifold.









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    Hi Graham,

    I have been following your work and congratulate you on the excellent work to date!

    I note there are no side engine-bellhousing stiffening plates fitted. Is this to come, or do you run in without?

    Also in you last picture it looks like you have used steel spacers between the rear cross memeber and the rubber
    mount. Why have you done this?

    Angelo

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    Hi Angelo,

    I run ok without bellhousing stiffners simply because I don't have any.

    The packing blocks you refer to are actually plastic and was a trial at altering the rear wheel camber by dropping the gearbox height by 18mm, there are two different size gearbox top mounts and I just happened to have one of each so gave it a shot, the plastic packers have since been replaced with a solid 18mm plywood block (painted black of course).
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    Did you achieve the camber result you were looking for?
    If so has it made a difference to your handling?
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    I was just after a better look and achieved that, as far as handling I haven't noticed any difference but then again I drive it like I'm wearing a halo...

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    Thanks Graham.
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    Default The completed engine bay...

    It sports a 1397 Siera engine with a new Italian made 32/36 DGV weber carbie.

    The exhaust is a standard R10 muffler and manifold, I will be making a new set of stainless steel extractors in the coming months.

    The heater is a standard sofica blower, new fuel pump, water pump, coil etc.

    New Spanish made R10 radiator and hoses.

    Still running a ducelier generator, good starter motor, new regulator.


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    I know I've told you before but you really should block off the rear grille so as not to loose the air coming in through the bonnet as a caravelle set up, and perhaps put a shroud at the front as a caravelle or floride would have, in your case bolted onto the three tabs.
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    Thanks for the input fellow Frogger but this car cools like a ripper and I am unwilling to tamper with that.
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    Graham this is the sort of cabrio I'd like to see SWMBO driving.
    The problem is she has narrowed the choice down to the Mini Cooper or the VW EOS, current Frogs are just not in the race as the 308CC has too wide of a rocker panel and the 207/8CC is too wee.
    Who won the bloody war?
    Have seen an EOS in white with white trim, spec'bloody'tacular! Then you have to keep the interior clean.
    What you have done is inspiring, the level of workmanship borders on the OCD...THIS IS A GOOD THING! Perfection doesn't roll off the production line unless it's located at Crewe.
    Keep the discourse flowing.

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    Thanks Bluey,

    It may be OCD but as Paul Hogan says "you bite off more than you can chew then chew like buggery"

    It works for me....

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    Default Random shots..

    Did the wheel alignment today, fitted doors and now patiently waiting for the rain to abate so I can go for a test drive...

    Jobs left to do..

    Assemble the hard top.

    Make a new vinyl trunk lining.

    Have a new soft top made.

    Detail and polish.

    Polish stainless hubcaps on lathe.

    Build new exhaust extractors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
    Did the wheel alignment today, fitted doors and now patiently waiting for the rain to abate so I can go for a test drive...

    Jobs left to do..

    Assemble the hard top.

    Make a new vinyl trunk lining.

    Have a new soft top made.

    Detail and polish.

    Polish stainless hubcaps on lath.

    Build new exhaust extractors.
    Coming together nicely Graham and you must be pretty well on target?

    How was the bonnet fit after the adjustments you made?

    The weather has pretty well put my project on hold, can't wait to get back into it, your work has inspired

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBlood View Post

    The weather has pretty well put my project on hold, can't wait to get back into it, your work has inspired

    Cheers
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    Thanks Chris,

    The bonnet fits much better probably 99 %.

    As you already know it takes a bit of self motivation to restore old cars and I can't wait to see your posts fire up again as it has been an interesting thread.

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    Default Grinning like a split melon...

    .......Just took the Floride for a road test around my suburb which is hilly in places and put it through it's paces....

    The steering, suspension and brakes feel nice and tight.

    No rattles, shudders or shakes.

    Nothing went clanging down the road because I forgot to tighten it.

    The temperature stayed at 75.

    It all went great.


    The color blocking has commenced and will take a few days to complete and I have issues getting the doors and window regulators working as well as the were before the rebuild.

    But all in all I am delighted with the work so far.

    I will post some decent pics soon now that I can get the car out of my cramped garage and do a proper photo shoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
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    I will post some decent pics soon now that I can get the car out of my cramped garage and do a proper photo shoot.

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    Still waiting
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    I wish I could oblige but I'm working away for a few more months and don't have my Floride with me...

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    That's a poor excuse, just pop your address on 'ere and we'll send some of the lads round ......






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    How are the S/S extractors coming along?
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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    How are the S/S extractors coming along?
    KB
    Dismal, I'm under the pump at work and can't get anywhere near my car at the moment..a bit of a contrast to the end of last year when I had a lot of spare time.

    Still, one does what one can.

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