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    Okay, so it's taken a while thanks to a false start with poorly modified rear suspension bushes that failed a roadworthy (lesson learned there), but at last my R12 is on the road. Only issue to date is a hot rear nearside hub which I suspect is due to the drum brake dragging. The 1179 engine is surprisingly torquey for a pushrod, and it will surprise a few in the sprint from traffic lights. Need new speedo and tacho needles though, as they've twisted and drooped over time and now show about a 10 percent error. Thinking of making new ones out of aluminum unless anyone has any easier alternatives.
    Oh, and even though I've done most of the work myself to keep costs down, the exchequer is yet to see the bill. Hopefully she won't claim full ownership when she does...

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    Believe me keep the amount hidden. From my experience once she finds out there will be a bar on any more expenditure.

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    Dragging rear brake drum is more than likely a frozen brake cylinder if you did not change them
    Pics??

    You must have a really quick R12 if Tach and Speedo needles are bent.
    Never managed to go that fast
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    Dragging rear brake drum is more than likely a frozen brake cylinder if you did not change them
    Pics??

    You must have a really quick R12 if Tach and Speedo needles are bent.
    Never managed to go that fast

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    But Yaaaay another 12!

    photos already

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    So is this car also celebrating its 40th birthday this month?
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    '76 build, so she's already past it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by driven View Post
    Dragging rear brake drum is more than likely a frozen brake cylinder if you did not change them
    Pics??

    You must have a really quick R12 if Tach and Speedo needles are bent.
    Never managed to go that fast
    Looks like bearings. Pulled the cap off and there's no grease in the hub.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One.four View Post
    '76 build, so she's already past it.
    Hmm, OK. My system didn't work :-)

    It looks like a ripper car though!

    I'll give the system a stress test; oval plate number prediction R1179/449x
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    Ugly colour but nice car.

    It's Aluminium.

    Keep driving it. Few cars are so rewarding.
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    Look how straight that thing is. Fookin Great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    Hmm, OK. My system didn't work :-)

    It looks like a ripper car though!

    I'll give the system a stress test; oval plate number prediction R1179/449x


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    Quote Originally Posted by schlitzaugen View Post
    Ugly colour but nice car.

    It's Aluminium.

    Keep driving it. Few cars are so rewarding.
    What is the name of the colour? Having real trouble matching it.

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    There should be a dulex sticker somewhere under the bonnet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    There should be a dulex sticker somewhere under the bonnet?
    There's your problem ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by One.four View Post


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    There should be a dulex sticker somewhere under the bonnet?
    At a guess that rectangular outline is where the paint colour and code was
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    Looks a bit like the ford colour ghost gum, although it’s been a longtime since I’ve seen one that colour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
    At a guess that rectangular outline is where the paint colour and code was
    As Col says, the sticker should be where it doesn't appear.

    The colour is Daim Beige, Dulux reference 566.30599 or Berger/Spartan 50674.

    As for my number predictor, back to the drawing board with the system :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    Looks a bit like the ford colour ghost gum, although it’s been a longtime since I’ve seen one that colour.
    I have had an R12 that colour, not sure what the cloour is, but its not ghost gum (which is an off white). The colour is a Beige.

    Here is a thread on Renault colours Renault Colour Codes
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    Ford ghost gum COL

    Like TE cortinas etc in the early 80’s
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    Congratulations one.four, always good to see someone else that appreciates the 12's.

    But you cheated, there aren't any under-bonnet shots of that huge powerful 1398cc beast of an engine.

    But it is definitely not ghostgum, which is an off-white.
    (After 40 odd years in the Aussie sun any original ghostgum paint remaining would now be pure white).
    A very fetching shade of 70's beige.

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    Yeah, my old white R12 was painted Ghost Gum. And the engine mounts were Chewing Gum.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuey View Post
    Yeah, my old white R12 was painted Ghost Gum. And the engine mounts were Chewing Gum.
    Yeh, oil + rubber = chewing gum and all R12's leak oil.
    They're all like that.
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    boy, that brings back memories...

    Karingal High school in Frankston, late 1970s. Several of my teachers had R12s, Mr Lettieri had an avocado green sedan, Mr Conquest had a brown 12 TL wagon, Mr and Mrs Scales drove a lovely 1.4 wagon in bright orange. Later they got an 18 wagon, too. I thought they were great and talked my Mum into getting a white 1974 12 GL sedan in about 1979. It was an amazing car, the back seat was more roomy and comfortable than the "family" car, a 69 XT Falcon wagon, so it was our car of choice for family outings. The Falcon had a huge hump in the floor and big wheel arch intrusions each side of the seat, the R12 had none of those and it was more softly sprung, too. It started my love of French cars.

    As a card carying nutcase I want to point out that your lovely R12 1.4 has an important feature missing.... The drivers side wiper on Australian assembled R12s has a clever pantographic double linkage which means the blade sweeps perfectly parallel to the drivers side pillar. Yours has been replaced with a standard single-arm wiper which will leave an unwiped wedge at the right of the screen. This is unique to Australian R12s and I like to see them preserved...
    Either way, congratulations on your lovely car.
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