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    Default How many of these locally?

    Tomorrow I pick up my new(to me) older Renault.

    If the purchase gets me consigned to the 'doghouse' at least I have a place to lay my head,How many of these locally?-pc085111.jpgHow many of these locally?-pc085109.jpgHow many of these locally?-pc085110.jpg (only joking - J had prior knowledge and gave tacit approval).

    Following my mate's Virage experience...yes, I did inspect it and drive it in person before committing. It will be fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith mcelroy View Post
    Tomorrow I pick up my new(to me) older Renault.

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ID:	63718 (only joking - J had prior knowledge and gave tacit approval).

    Following my mate's Virage experience...yes, I did inspect it and drive it in person before committing. It will be fun.

    Cheers
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    Is that one from Castlemaine/Newstead? I know of one there. Can't remember if the roof is as high or not.

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    Cool car

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    Quote Originally Posted by DanielBendigo View Post
    Is that one from Castlemaine/Newstead? I know of one there. Can't remember if the roof is as high or not.
    Yes, from Newstead. Baby diesel. 1990 so soon to hit 'H' plate eligible.
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    Kind of looks like a wheel chock for a truck but I like it
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    Next Cape York Trip?
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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    Next Cape York Trip?
    Now THAT'S an idea!
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-man View Post
    Kind of looks like a wheel chock for a truck but I like it
    Best description yet. Caused a cackle at this end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith mcelroy View Post
    Yes, from Newstead. Baby diesel. 1990 so soon to hit 'H' plate eligible.
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    I guess that means I won't see it down the shops on my lunch break anymore. Still come to think of it, I don't remember seeing it in a while.

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    What is it? an early Kangoo or does it have a different model name?

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    Quote Originally Posted by simca1100 View Post
    What is it? an early Kangoo or does it have a different model name?
    As far as I can asses at this time, so new to the whole idea: Name is "Renault Trail Finder". Derivation as follows:
    Start with Renault R5 car 2nd Generation (after switch form North-South engine and gearbox to the modern East-West (transverse) set up.
    Then go to Panel van version of R5 known as Extra in England where this on came from (also called Express in other markets).
    Choose diesel engine version.
    Thence to the micro campervan designed by Barry Stimson, also known for Roma vans).
    I believe the R5 Gen 2 based Extra panel van was intended as a successor of sorts to the R4. In turn this could be considered an ancestor of the Kangoo

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    Do away with the Diesel and whack in a 182 or 197 Clio motor?
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    hmm... lived in the UK until 2005 .................................. Tell me you put it up on a hoist and took a look underneath before you purchased it

    I've never heard or seen of such a thing. Does it do the speed limit It would be a non turbo diesel wouldn't it

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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    Do away with the Diesel and whack in a 182 or 197 Clio motor?
    Yeah, but why not the 200 out of the unloved Clio Gordini (by my beloved). Could be the only Clio camper in town, with two offset stripes.

    In all seriousness, seems to mooch along quite ok, in grey nomad style, with the diesel. C of G might limit it's motorkhana potential. So far the costs total $1,500. Don't want to over-capitalise and have to sleep in it full time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleChevron View Post
    hmm... lived in the UK until 2005 .................................. Tell me you put it up on a hoist and took a look underneath before you purchased it

    I've never heard or seen of such a thing. Does it do the speed limit It would be a non turbo diesel wouldn't it

    seeya,
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    PS: I'll be damned ... your right it can go onto a club permit next year !
    Seems rust free. Full Victorian roadworthy 3,000 miles ago.

    I had not seen or heard of one before seeing the advt on Monday, either.

    Does the speed limit ok, on the one flattish Newstead to Ballarat drive I've done. Yes, non turbo.

    I have a 4 day window between end of reg and H eligible so I need to be efficient with inspection and paperwork.
    All import papers kept beautifully, together with factory workshop manuals 5" thick (marked 30 British pounds)

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    find a club with a safety permit inspector... You don't need to take the vehicle upto Vicroads to put it onto a club permit. From memory it's the guy at Reptile Gulch motors in ballarat will do a "safety inspection" which is less stringent than a full roadworthy if your club will accept that (that's how the classic/vintage club in ballarat does theres... it takes the liability back off the club and onto someone with insurance).

    Pommy cars rust underneath ... it's amazing how they can look great from above but be rotten as buggery underneath. Yours is probably fine if it's passed a RWC

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    It was bought out here by Nick and Jan Davies from Adelaide quite a few years ago. They used it around Europe and bought it back with them. It's based on a Renault Express (R5 van).
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    Isn't this one that turned up at a French Car Festival a few years ago?
    Those people that say I know - generally don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Boulton View Post
    Isn't this one that turned up at a French Car Festival a few years ago?
    Yes Ron.........Unless there is 2 of them but I doubt it.
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    Thats super cool Keith - depsite the evil deisel part, I might have been tempted if I'd known about it!

    My plan is a newish Kangoo and a more basic fitout - that I can remove for normal car duties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith mcelroy View Post
    Yeah, but why not the 200 out of the unloved Clio Gordini (by my beloved). Could be the only Clio camper in town, with two offset stripes.

    In all seriousness, seems to mooch along quite ok, in grey nomad style, with the diesel. C of G might limit it's motorkhana potential. So far the costs total $1,500. Don't want to over-capitalise and have to sleep in it full time!
    Keith
    Probably a good thing I didn't see the advert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keith mcelroy View Post
    Tomorrow I pick up my new(to me) older Renault. If the purchase gets me consigned to the 'doghouse' at least I have a place to lay my head,Click image for larger version. 

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ID:	63718 (only joking - J had prior knowledge and gave tacit approval). Following my mate's Virage experience...yes, I did inspect it and drive it in person before committing. It will be fun. Cheers Keith
    That is just wonderful. How is it set up internally? I have never seen anything like it and, thinking of Shane's comment, if it is indeed rust free it is brilliant. Not perhaps for carparks with height limits....

    Well bought! You should bring it over to Perth for a French Car Festival - October 2015 would be suitable!!

    I can't imagine there is more than one of them in Oz.

    Cheers
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    Speed limited to 100km/h....unless you have a tail wind

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistareno View Post
    Speed limited to 100km/h....unless you have a tail wind
    Who cares? You can always turn on the autopilot whilst you go to make a cup of coffee................:-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kim Luck View Post
    Who cares? You can always turn on the autopilot whilst you go to make a cup of coffee................:-)
    ...and there is no contra-indication in the manuals for this procedure (thus, obviously superior to them thar Winnebagos)

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