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    Good morning, Myself & my son have just purchased 2 florides, both in need of restoration, the blue convertible is September 1960, the red cabriolet is October 1960. they belonged to the late Bruce Hall of Smith Lakes NSW. the red cabriolet has the original gordini 850 motor, the blue convertible has a 956 R8 motor fitted. the red cabriolet looks mainly rust free the blue convertible has rust in the sills, we will be needing lots of advise as we proceed with both restorations. More to follow as we will pick them up on 28th April and can then have a thorough inspection.
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    Please keep at least one as an original Floride. They are becoming scarce as one by one they are Caravellized.

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    Yes the intention is to restore the red cabriolet to original condition
    cheers Brian.
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    2000 peugeot 306 convertable
    1978 peugeot 604 sl
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    2003 c5 auto (wrecking)
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    1960 Renault floride under restoration

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    Evening, picked up the 2 florides on Saturday & gave the red one (October 1960) a good check over, almost no rust, i am going to remove the paint on the sills to check them, shock/horror there is no petrol tank so if anyone has a spare petrol tank for a drum braked floride please let me know, the previous owner was Bruce Hall from Smiths Lake NSW & he brought them from Peter Barber Crows Nest QLD in 2003
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    Quote Originally Posted by martook View Post
    Yes the intention is to restore the red cabriolet to original condition
    cheers Brian.
    Very glad to hear that. There's lots of help out there for Floride repairs etc! Well, out "here" really!

    I wonder how many of us rear-engined Renault folk also have the rare Citroen CX disease too? I don't know any others offhand.

    Bit puzzled by the Ford description.... Is the gearbox an extra? Where do you keep it?

    More seriously, shout when you need help and don't forget the 4CV Register. Not all our members keep an eye on Aussiefrogs.

    We're very sad about Bruce Hall - he and his wife turned up regularly for 4CV Musters in NSW over the years. Lovely people.

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    I have two fuel tanks, though I'm in Melbourne.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Very glad to hear that. There's lots of help out there for Floride repairs etc! Well, out "here" really!

    I wonder how many of us rear-engined Renault folk also have the rare Citroen CX disease too? I don't know any others offhand.

    Bit puzzled by the Ford description.... Is the gearbox an extra? Where do you keep it?

    More seriously, shout when you need help and don't forget the 4CV Register. Not all our members keep an eye on Aussiefrogs.

    We're very sad about Bruce Hall - he and his wife turned up regularly for 4CV Musters in NSW over the years. Lovely people.

    Best wishes,
    Hi John, the point with the ford is that it has the same engine & gearbox as a c5 without all the false engine management messages of a c5 and has a tow ball weight of 160kgms whereas the c5s is a measly 75kgms it also has self levelling rear suspension!
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    1977 cx 5 speed
    2000 peugeot 306 convertable
    1978 peugeot 604 sl
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    2003 c5 auto (wrecking)
    2001 c5 5 speed
    1960 Renault floride under restoration

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    Quote Originally Posted by martook View Post
    Hi John, the point with the ford is that it has the same engine & gearbox as a c5 without all the false engine management messages of a c5 and has a tow ball weight of 160kgms whereas the c5s is a measly 75kgms it also has self levelling rear suspension! Brian
    Sounds like a reasonable vehicle! I was joking of course.....
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    Isn't the fuel tank the same as a Dauphine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunroof View Post
    Isn't the fuel tank the same as a Dauphine?
    G'day Sunroof. I believe it is the same as a daupf and would be a tad easier to find I reckon.

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    I donít know. I know of more Florideís than Dauphineís kicking around.

    Bit like thereís suddenly more R8 Gordiniís than standard R8ís. Reminds me of the saying about Cooper Sís - of the 7500 originally made, only 15000 remain!
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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    I don’t know. I know of more Floride’s than Dauphine’s kicking around.
    That's my point Grasshopper, many of the Florides are now on the road where as most of the Daufs are still in bits.

    Bits = a tad easier to find.

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    I think you can buy new Dauphine fuel tanks now too.

    Martook, a hint for the future. When/if you pull the head off that 956 motor, check the top surface of the block very carefully across from side to side. They've been known to warp a few thou by the ridge between cam followers and water jacket pulling up. It isn't obvious unless you check and you cannot get a head gasket to seal if it has warped. I had one refaced and it pulled up again a few years later - boat anchor after that. AFAIK the 1100 blocks are fine.

    Be nice to see the red Floride at our Inverell Muster next Easter! Good luck with it.

    Cheers
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    Not many 956cc engine blocks left either. Most have been replaced by 1108 cc blocks.

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