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    Hi all,

    I'm back from ZA after a 5 week holiday!!

    Hi all,

    I'm back from ZA after a 5 week holiday!! It was an unforgettable time and being Jimmy's host, we only touched earth every 2nd or 3rd day. Thanks Jimmy, it was out of this world.

    On arrival I was presented with my daily driver for the holiday. This is it.....





    Arriving at his home I was treated to this sight in his garage.








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    and from the model cars there are more that can can be posted but I'll leave it there for a start.

    We went out during the weeks driving something different every day. Two cars that impressed the pants off me was the Porsche and the Spyder Turbo boosting 1.5 bar. The Porsche is in a class of its own with a 0-60 of around 4 secs. I drove it a s well and tested the launch control! Awesome. You put your foot on the brake and floor the accelerator, at around 7000rpm a light comes on and then you slip your foot off the brake and then experience something like someone hits you with a cricket bat in the back. We gave it a quick burst on the motor way and recorded a 233 kph in 6th with 7th still available.



    The Spider was something completely different. It is a raing car with no PS no traction control and no booster on the brakes. It is awesome to drive but a man's car through and through. Changing lanes after a traffic light and changing to 2nd made me do some quick thinking or we would have faced the wrong way. It is a brute!!




    There is so much to tell that I will do it in sessions. so for now I will say
    "to be continued"

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    Welcome Back Tell us more about the engines you built for Jimmy and the Porsche

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    Some of it so far Harry, a lot to come.

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    I await with anticipation, well done...
    Every day when I wake up I reach up in the darkness with my eyes shut and if I cannot feel anything that resembles a wooden lid I know it will be a good day. No lid today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frans View Post


    Frans.
    Look forward to more motoring porn!!!

    Frans, the internet is a funny thing, i have no mental image of you as a person, and the only images in my mind that i associate of you are of a blue G or some immaculate engine internal part.

    Is that you in the blue T shirt??




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    Jo,
    What a sh!t picture. I must have been talking to my wife then. This one looks better and yes that is me in the blue T shirt.



    We can now move over to Jimmy's workshop. Here we find a lot thats in restoration process and some just needs refreshing and others that is complete. I'l post the pics and if there is a question I'll answer it.











    These cars are standing in the "good" area. Now moving into the "to do" area.








    This is his latest G. The other one is show condition and I fixed it but I never photographed it.



    This 4CV belongs to another club member.




    This is it for the Johannesburg cars. We then went down to Cape Town and there were a few very nice cars......later

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    Do I spy a gullwing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    Do I spy a gullwing?
    Gees you've got sharp eyes I'd missed that,surely it can't be...
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    Steph will know, Frans is probably asleep by now (nearly midnight in NZ)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    Steph will know, Frans is probably asleep by now (nearly midnight in NZ)!
    Midnight is not bedtime! Assembling the Matra gearbox.

    No, it is not a Gullwing, although there is a Gullwing later on. This is what Addo saw and well spotted.



    Goodnight
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    Cape Town.

    Down in CT we went to see a few Renoholics. I've heard about these guys but now actually met them. One of them in particular is a busy body and he has 5 Renaults of which 3 is restored and the others are awaiting their turn. The first one is a Dauphine with a 1400 motor in, slight cam etc and the odd thing, an airconditioner! Everything is well built and tidy. To be different he fitted a Datsun rocker cover.







    He then got hold of a G but without an engine. To get hold of an engine isn't easy so he went ahead and fitted a 16TS in it. another very neat and tidy job






    His other car is this 4cv that is standard. very neat.





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    Some awesome cars there Frans, you must have had a ball!

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    Never seen so many different types of 3 stud alloys .that white douphine has 4 stud wheels ,pugs

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    The pale blue 16 or 16TS has something some of us wished for here in Australia. A South/East African suspension package! That girder across the top of the shocker attachments is easy to see, but the cars also has double plated lower wishbones, among other other heavy duty refinements. Not considered applicable for Australia, as I found out after fracturing a lower wishbone on both an early TL and a TS!
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    Wow. Now that is a holiday. No wonder Harry told me I should meet Jimmy!!

    See you late July on current plans.
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    My thoughts exactly Kim. Neat arrangement on the blue 16, with the radiator hose going through it.
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    Kim Luck,
    Not quite true about all R16 in Southern Africa. All had the HD cross suspension support, except the TL (ordinary). And only about 30% of TSs had the HD suspension (rough terrain).

    Rough Terrain tortion bars did come on Australian cars, but to my knowledge not the control arms.

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    Not wishing to hijack the thread here but in Oz we couldn't even option any of the East African bits. They would have been helpful!
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    Henry, yes it was a ball.

    Pugwash, it is easy to do a 4 stud conversion in ZA. Once the car is bought, it has to go through a warrant of fitness and there after you can do what ever you want to it because nobody ever checks it again.

    JohnW, looking forward to late July.

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    Nice one, Hans.

    Wouldn't have thought anyone would care about an R6 though. Must be getting really rare these days even in Africa.

    What's the story with the blue Dauphine (Gordini?) with four headlights?

    Like the old (original from memory) radio in the aircon Dauphine. I think it must be about 30-35 years since I last saw one of those. Worked too.

    What car are those plug wires in the R8G with the R16 engine from?
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    Geez... what's not to like? I especially like the Estafette and the wheels on the white 10.
    Cheers Renomad

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    Yes I'd have the estafette and the R4 with twin webers!
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    Wow! What an awesome Renault drool fest Frans! I'd love to take some of those for a spin. As mentioned, there's a nice range of wheels amongst them. I love the 4CV with extractors
    cheers,

    John

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    Love the pics Frans, keep them coming.
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    Bring on all that old STUFF and hurry

    Thanks Frans and Jimmy
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