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    Default R8 Gordini parts

    Where do we buy new R8G parts from these days?

    Are Mecaparts still the go or is there someone else?

    Things like shockers, disc rotors (is standard size 8mm from memory), rack boots

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    Yes, Mecaparts are the ones that have most of Gordini parts. But you also have GBS Alpine and a couple of others

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    For dampers, I bought Koni "reds" locally from the main Koni distributor.

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    Sounds like someone is moving a G project on.... Very good to hear!

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    Also contact Jean Yves Lardinois @ Pieces Alpine....
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    Mecaparts is good but rather expensive. They have an international profile and is dealing mainly with costomers with expensive cars like Gordinis and Alpines. A lot of their products can be bought cheaper at other webshops cathering for the more humble models and customers. Some have a more domestic(French) profile but is just as nice to deal with.

    https://www.piece-alpine-r8.fr/r8-r8g-r8s-matra-djet/

    https://www.melun-retro-passion.com/Pays=5

    https://www.neoretroclassic.com/fr/526-neoretro-renault-r8







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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Sounds like someone is moving a G project on.... Very good to hear!

    Cheers
    Yes John, Yass is only 2 years away. It's surprisingly good underneath, I don't think it will be a hard as I thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reidar View Post
    Mecaparts is good but rather expensive. They have an international profile and is dealing mainly with costomers with expensive cars like Gordinis and Alpines. A lot of their products can be bought cheaper at other webshops cathering for the more humble models and customers. Some have a more domestic(French) profile but is just as nice to deal with.

    https://www.piece-alpine-r8.fr/r8-r8g-r8s-matra-djet/

    https://www.melun-retro-passion.com/Pays=5

    https://www.neoretroclassic.com/fr/526-neoretro-renault-r8







    Yes that's what I was thinking Megaparts for the "G" bits but someone else for the R8 bits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nauli View Post
    Also contact Jean Yves Lardinois @ Pieces Alpine....
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4cvg View Post
    For dampers, I bought Koni "reds" locally from the main Koni distributor.
    Thanks for that. I just rang the Melbourne office and they had them is stock. Genuine Koni, brand new and cheaper than all the Euro sites advertising standard shocks.
    the guy on the phone knew straight off his head about the 4 shock rear end. Wow what an easy purchase. One box ticked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cavanagh View Post
    Thanks for that. I just rang the Melbourne office and they had them is stock. Genuine Koni, brand new and cheaper than all the Euro sites advertising standard shocks.
    the guy on the phone knew straight off his head about the 4 shock rear end. Wow what an easy purchase. One box ticked.
    You'll know all about the two different front shock absorber lengths for the R8 I imagine.... There are two different bottom mounts. I've an article, I guess in Fourword, about this some time ago I think. Shout if you want it.
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    Have you tried calling “French Connection” in Melbourne? Think they have some Renault parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    You'll know all about the two different front shock absorber lengths for the R8 I imagine.... There are two different bottom mounts. I've an article, I guess in Fourword, about this some time ago I think. Shout if you want it.
    I'm not sure John. I'm new to these funny rear engined Renaults. Steve is the expert on these, I was more into torque steer and wheel spin.

    The Koni bloke at Toperformance products asked what year it was, specifically asked if it was an 1134 or 1135 and gave me two different part numbers for front and rear so he seemed to know what he was talking about.
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    Email with diagrams etc in Word document sent to frenchconnect email address. It doesn't matter which front shock absorber length you have bought, just needs the correct lower brackets. Maybe they changed because they needed stronger brackets, and the later ones are a bit better in that regard.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Email with diagrams etc in Word document sent to frenchconnect email address. It doesn't matter which front shock absorber length you have bought, just needs the correct lower brackets. Maybe they changed because they needed stronger brackets, and the later ones are a bit better in that regard.

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    Thanks John,
    I have the correct bracket, seems the later cars have the short shockers and mine being the last one it's pretty easy. Someone welded a 1/4 solid rod down the bracket, looks like another rally ad on.
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    There are strengthening plates available (?Mecaparts) for those wishbones, or the upper ones, or both, too. Heaven knows what Renault Australia used. The South Africans know a lot about strengthening Renault front suspensions, so Frans and Geckoeng might be useful contacts for you!

    Good you have the right combination...

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    The R16 TS's rallied by Renault Australia used the complete East African suspension parts. Reinforced front wishbones and a shock tower brace were just one of their upgrades..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    There are strengthening plates available (?Mecaparts) for those wishbones, or the upper ones, or both, too. Heaven knows what Renault Australia used. The South Africans know a lot about strengthening Renault front suspensions, so Frans and Geckoeng might be useful contacts for you!

    Good you have the right combination...

    Cheers
    Yes but remember John I'm restoring it to how Renault Australia left it. I'm not building a new rally car, this is a tribute to the man who won the 1971 VRC in it, the late Mal McPherson and team mechanic the late Enzo Dozzi. Bruce Shepard went weak at the knees when I told him about it and as for the man himself Mr Bob Watson. well he started drooling. They never expected their cars to still be here nearly 50 years later.

    So the car will be as close to what they built as possible even with the crudely welded stiffening plates.

    I'd love to see a photo of it underneath, like on a hoist or something. The front and rear bash plates are there but the middle ones aren't and I can see holes drilled to mount it and the foam filling used to keep it stiff but the plate itself has long gone

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    Hi David,

    That's a worthy project. What an iconic car! What wheels does it have out of interest?
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    hi david,sad to hear enzo dozzi has passed,i was only thinking a few days ago after being on af how he was going.i bumoed into his brother rino 5 or six years ago and he mentioned ian amsing had passed away,all three old school gentlmen of the industry.enzo,s son john began at renault aust punt rd in about 1975 but i think it was after rally dept had closed as he may remember your r8g sat up,just a thought.....jim

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Cavanagh View Post
    Off topic, there's some serious shed envy going on here David
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    Yes, it looks like he built the garage just the G!
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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    Yes, it looks like he built the garage just the G!
    Funny you should say that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dacia4x4 View Post
    hi david,sad to hear enzo dozzi has passed,i was only thinking a few days ago after being on af how he was going.i bumoed into his brother rino 5 or six years ago and he mentioned ian amsing had passed away,all three old school gentlmen of the industry.enzo,s son john began at renault aust punt rd in about 1975 but i think it was after rally dept had closed as he may remember your r8g sat up,just a thought.....jim
    I bumped into his son at the rally day recently at Geelong and was impressed at his knowledge. I didn't get a chance to tell him about the car or get his details. Wasn't real sure it he was still interested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Hi David,

    That's a worthy project. What an iconic car! What wheels does it have out of interest?
    Just standard at the moment. Mark in WA has a set of 14's that are very close to rally spec that I offered to buy off him but have lost his details.
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