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    16th June 2018, 09:02 PM
    Frans replied to a thread My R12 POS Arrived! in Renault Forum
    Hi, I'm not so sure about your question either. The Gordini engine photo on the previous page is just engine photos before installation in a car...
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    16th June 2018, 09:36 AM
    Frans replied to a thread My R12 POS Arrived! in Renault Forum
    Hi Schols, It cost about $50.00 for the wheel's design and cutting. I must admit that it was 10 years ago. A few more detailed pics of the...
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    15th June 2018, 07:16 AM
    Frans replied to a thread My R12 POS Arrived! in Renault Forum
    Hi, I don't want to step on toes or have a competition between me and Ray but just my :2cents: worth. I realise that depending on the selection of...
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    11th June 2018, 08:40 PM
    Frans replied to a thread R8 front seat upgrade in Renault Forum
    You guys have an answer for everything!:jiggy:
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    11th June 2018, 08:12 PM
    Frans replied to a thread Two new racecars in NZ in Renault Forum
    Hi All, Attended our prize giving Buffet Dinner on Saturday night and looked forward to the meal because there was no chance of a prize due to all...
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    11th June 2018, 10:15 AM
    Frans replied to a thread R8 front seat upgrade in Renault Forum
    I can only imagine Gill's neck stretching to hit the rear parcel shelf, something like the Road Runner accelerating in the cartoons.:D Enjoy,...
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    8th June 2018, 08:22 AM
    Hi Godzilla, good looking car you have there!! I think that the 28 mm chokes will be too small. The only base to work on that I can give you is...
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    5th June 2018, 09:48 PM
    That is good then. I am sure these rods were taken out to 20mm as well. So you have rods that can be used. They must be reamed out to 20mm with a...
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    5th June 2018, 08:35 PM
    Hi, Measurements done and this is what I found: The conrod length center to center =128mm. The Gordini piston gudgeon pin = 20mm. ...
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    5th June 2018, 09:10 AM
    Hi, I have at home a stripped 1100 Gordini engine (804) that I need to rebuild for a customer. The history behind this engine is that it was raced...
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    4th June 2018, 12:04 PM
    Frans replied to a thread Two new racecars in NZ in Renault Forum
    Hi All, Queens birthday! At least one good thing from her. I've been doing some maintenance on the race car and noticed the vibration from the...
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    4th June 2018, 11:16 AM
    Gee Ray! I wish I could but all is installed and I don't really have old photos that concentrate on the small end of a rod for instance. Stcos85,...
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    4th June 2018, 09:31 AM
    Bowie, Not sure I understand your question but I don't think they are on the verge of design. I think they are very over designed. Most of what I...
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    4th June 2018, 08:57 AM
    Hi, It looks like you have the wrong ones because on all my engines I have been using Fiat 1500 pistons and their gudgeon pins are even bigger at...
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    3rd June 2018, 10:41 PM
    Cambushes are available from Mecaparts but a nuisance to install. Then you have to remove the plugs and redrill the oil feed holes and thoroughly...
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    3rd June 2018, 09:35 PM
    To identify the head, the 1255 head has a removable plug between the number 2 & 3 spark plug tubes that can be removed with an Allen key, where the...
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    3rd June 2018, 09:33 PM
    Hi, To add to Simon's comment, the 804 block will have camshaft bushes as well (white metal bushes)
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    3rd June 2018, 09:29 PM
    Hi, Push rods should be 4 long and 4 short with balls on both ends. Pedestal: yes it clamps onto the block and its use is to elevate the...
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    3rd June 2018, 08:36 PM
    Hi, I would say: 1) Distributor with the long drive shaft. 2) Distributor pedestal (mounting seat) 3) Rocker shaft with rockers. 4) Push...
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    3rd June 2018, 08:08 PM
    Hi, Yes the gudgeon pin is 20mm. So the rod should be that as well. I'm not sure what you mean by: Firstly are all rods the same as gordini rods....
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    2nd June 2018, 09:43 PM
    Hi, Yes I have a similar one on my race car that is a stainless homemade one but that is learnt from the real G because they have a similar cross...
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    30th May 2018, 08:29 AM
    Hi Phil, Well done. The engine looks superb compared to how you got it!!! I am sure that with the power to weight ratio it should go okay. ...
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    28th May 2018, 02:28 PM
    Hi All, I have just come across some more interesting stories from Renaults in South Africa. These stories is during the times when I was just a...
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    25th May 2018, 06:18 AM
    Hi exocet, Did I do the video yet? No not yet but just wondering, did I say I would?
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    23rd May 2018, 07:33 PM
    Kim, I agree 100% with you. I do have a company car that is replaced every 3 years and my car includes private use. Needless to say that when we go...
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    23rd May 2018, 08:03 AM
    Agree with COL. From the picture it looks like you have an interesting water plumbing system there. Is it a temp sensor in the heater hose? Frans.
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    Hello Frans.

    Sorry that I've been a little shy of late.... Hope you, your family and your brace of Renault R8 Gordini's are in perfect health. Would love to keep in contact with you (not just for your interest in Alpine A310 matters) and catch up for a coffee sometime real soon.


    Just in case you've not got my new e-mail address..... It's "mr.jo[email protected]".


    Cheers Frans,


    John.
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    Hi Frans
    What are the spindles worth as I would be needing 2 ? What ignition system are you using, it looks like a custom fit crank position sensor? I am trying to get these 2 race cars built, but I'm flying blind without all the blokes from the track in SA . You forget how valuable those beers were after the race.
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    Hi Frans
    Interesting, I was racing a left hand drive dauphine ,Brian Evans has it now.The Gordini motor that was in that is going into the R8 . It has the Dacia block and all the other good bits . Just not sure where I will race it ? After the Dauphine I raced a 911 and then a Camaro that Peter DuToit now has (the yellow and white one) , the good old days when it was easy to go racing.
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Renault R8 Gordini 1970, Renault Gordini 1966, Race Car

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