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    Sorry for the delay, but sadly work got in the way of more important things.

    Anyway, where were we?

    Oh, yes, rotten floorboards. That was in June 2017.

    While the car was receiving metallic surgery, another Continental trip was undertaken. Hence the usual thorough travel preparations were made.












    There is precious little interesting stuff to be spotted on motorways nowadays.




    Cue the and then come two joke here.




    It became slightly better when we reached the ferry port.





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    We had a chat with the chaps who drove this. They were on their way to the Grand Prix in Zeltweg.






    Then a ship was boarded and disembarked, some driving was done and upon arrival at our destination, the day was ended with a party.




    Our humble harbourage:




    We noticed that our conveyance did a sterling job failing to blend in with the local street furniture.




    Some car spotting was done.








    We almost felt at home.




    Then we did some shopping.




    And some more shopping.




    Once back home, other important issues were addressed.












    And some not really so important ones.

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    Now it was time to think about interior decoration.
    Suggestions such like this were quickly discarded:




    Hence for now the original stuff had been opted for.






    Not pretty and it has a nasty habit of trapping condensation. Hence there are plans to replace this stuff with breathable carpet.


    Also, the seats from the shopping trip to that France were installed.






    The result of such doing:




    This used to be required to apply for a registration in the Ununited Kingdom.
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    Forms were filled out and sent off.
    While the bureaucracy did its thing, all sorts of numberplates and frames were removed. To my delight, this was underneath it all:



    It's the car's first reg and it is a Parisian one!

    Also, more wattage was added to the headlights.




    Then this arrived:




    So the plates were printed on my printer and my wife's laminating machine was commandeered.




    A few days later, this arrived:




    And look:



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    Glad to see you appreciate the gorgeous Twingo too.... Nice work and thanks for the pictures!
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    I hope you find my photos and drivel halfways entertaining.
    I always enjoy car stories and photos from far, far away, so I thought you might do, too.

    Yeah, the Twingo we never got. There are a few grey imports kicking about and I can see myself getting one before it gets on the radar of the mainstream collectors.
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    Sadly for us, the Twingo was never offered in RHD as far as I know. Superb little cars.

    The "new" Twingo is RHD and what's more, rear-engined. But it isn't in Oz either....
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    Twingo 1 wasn't available in the UK either, for said reason. There are a few LHDs around now, because people have imported them themselves. Twingo RWD RHD is officially sold here, but is selling in such minuscule numbers, that they are going to take if off the portfolio.

    Stay tuned for the next installment of the R16 Saga soon. I want to continue this until we arrive at the 'now' and then use this thread as a kind of blog documenting what the future has in petto.

    I will also need some advice on a few things I don't really get to grips with.
    I mean, everything can eventually be figured out, I even managed to set up the ignition after seventeen failed attempts, then ultimately reenacting French thinking with the help of the better part of two bottles of red wine, but why bother when there are people around that already went through the process many times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Austria Wild View Post
    I will also need some advice on a few things I don't really get to grips with.
    I mean, everything can eventually be figured out, I even managed to set up the ignition after seventeen failed attempts, then ultimately reenacting French thinking with the help of the better part of two bottles of red wine, but why bother when there are people around that already went through the process many times.
    I have very fond memories of my first (dud) car and first purchase, first R16 when I was 17.

    I bought it in a carpark south of Perth in the dark.
    On the way home I thought I'd wind up the window but the drivers window wasn't there.

    Amongst other things the engine was stuffed, blown head and gunked up with 'no leaks'.

    My next door neighbor was a mechanic / truck driver, strictly a holden man and cried / laughed when he saw the strange little french car I'd bought. In the daylight, there was a ding in every panel, terminal rust in the pillars, sills and underbody.

    I found a donor car with a really nice body, dog eaten interior (with no engine) and a reco-ed engine from a wreck. The owners 12yo son removed it in front of my eyes in 10 mins flat. Ren-Wreck I think it was called.

    I had not realised at that stage, it was too late for me, and the sickness had taken hold.

    12 months later I had new rubber and shocks all round, and running sweet.
    But it wasn't a lack of head scratching, banging and cursing along the way.
    I know if I need to do an engine change anytime soon I can do it in 4 hours (my personal best)

    There are moves that aren't in any of the manuals, that I'm sure many here know, like removing driveshafts without removing the hubs.. using the scissor jack that came with the car to move everything sideways. Or the joys of shoe-horning an engine / gearbox in without crushing things.

    I converted many of my friends after they had experienced the fun of driving the R16TS, the jeering stopped, and it was often defended at how much fun it was.

    How they love to rev, and the 'spritely' gear changes you can get with 4 on the tree!

    I've since owned and driven x6 R16s over the years, such great little cars, I'll always be smitten.
    The only thing more fun is a rear engined renault.

    Dispute the haters, very well thought out and engineered (if not over engineered) to be Renault's answer to the DS with it's long suspension travel.

    I started to embrace the Holden and Ford one eyedness, and the haters, as my own little secret of how good the cars are, built in VIC and how underrated, like our own little secret.

    I still think about putting one on the road as a daily driver, but TAS doesn't have the same (brilliant) historic reg scheme VIC has.

    The Scenic RX4 that is waiting for my Hyundai to die reminds me a lot of the 16 in versatility and body roll.

    What was it so famously you could fit in the back of an R16?
    The P76 was a 44 Gallon drum, might struggle to get that in the back of a 16.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vivid View Post
    What was it so famously you could fit in the back of an R16?

    I have no idea, but it must have been very, very interesting.


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    One answer is a 44 Gallon drum. You can. I've done it.....
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    Well, after it was registered, it was ready for the road, right?

    Fraid not.





    Some ad hoc bodgage commenced.



    Tis fookt.




    So let's fix it before it can be called an FTP.




    Behold the elegant repair!






    Also behold the condition of the car!








    Ultimately it was this part that gave all that trouble by failing after merely 51 years. French cars, etc etc.




    Sadly it's made from unobtainium, so a fish tank shop was raided.

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    Might explain the drainage back to the overflow jar? Great effort with the screwdriver.

    Good opportunity to clean up the rust under that removable panel too!

    And yes, those French cars.... So unreliable and so quick to wear out. I had to replace the front rotors on the R8 at only 45 years.
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