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    Question: What is the Number 1 rule when taking a road trip in an old Renault?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exfrogger View Post
    Question: What is the Number 1 rule when taking a road trip in an old Renault?
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    keep the speed down, lest you find the limits of aging cooling and lubrication systems.

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    Dont take your eye off the temp gauge.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Exfrogger View Post
    Question: What is the Number 1 rule when taking a road trip in an old Renault?
    No 1 - Convoy

    No 2 - mobile phone (not much use in some parts of WA out of Perth mind you.....)

    No 3 - Not this weekend - much too hot for an unknown quantity

    No 4 - Cruise at not more than 90 kph

    No 5 - Check all fluids, tyres.

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    Also bring your smart phone so you can start a thread on here and keep us updated on the "adventure"
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    White!!!
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    Man this is an adventure I wish it was me.

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    Exfrogger update your current list of cars.

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    White!!!
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    DCoupe and I left Gero 7:00 Friday morning.

    We were going to go either the new coastal route or down the Brand Highway. We got met by the FESA people just out of Dongara and told fires had cut the Highway and our best course of action was further inland via, Mingenew, Three Springs and Carnamah.

    We loaded the Golf up with such bits as I could assemble that included a monster tool kit, 4 spare R12 wheels for Gekoeng, rubber bits, tape, glue an expansion bottle R12 ball joints, well the list was huge. The normally stable VW got its nose off the roads and became a little less settled.

    The drive was great and we had no recourse to hook up the IPod.

    Got to Perth and met the owner. The car was a gem but the battery was flat. The electric sun roof didn't work, nor did the electric windows. (What an R17 with dead window winders?) John said that the battery was stuffed and wouldn't take a charge.

    DCoupe bought his battery pack and the car started easily. It struggled a bit to idle but revved easily. We left the car, zipped down the road, stopped a wine shop found a couple of good bottles for John, picked up a battery, and returned. While John and I did the paperwork DCoupe popped the battery in. John handed me a folder with all the history of the car, a handbook, and many receipts. DCoupe struck up a conversation and it turns out he is a mate of the first owner.

    The tank was full there was air in the tyres and the afternoon traffic in Perth was building. We headed off for DC's father's place in Jandakot. On the freeway opened the throttle in second it blew a cloud of black smoke then got going. It accelerated briskly, stopped in a straight line and ran through the gears without drama.

    There was a lot of wheel shim; the steering wheel was a little off-centre, too. But in stop start traffic the temp guage stayed in the middle.

    Tyrepower managed to fit us in at 4:45 on a Friday arvo. The diagnosis was that the tyres were flat spotted, out of balance and the rims out of true. They swapped the best of them to the front charged us below the going rate and set us on our way.

    Those who know me, know me as a man of substance. I climbed into the car at the back of the shop and promptly broke the seat. That soured my "new" car experience somewhat...

    Back at DC's Fathers place we pulled the seat out and DC did some prompt and neat welding to the seat frame and we crawled over the car. I checked the oil and it was as clean as a whistle the cooling system was good. I went to change the air filter and it too was fresh. The filter to carby horn had been over-tightened and it was creased allowing air in. I pulled it off, flexed it a bit to remove the memory then noticed that the carby was a lot newer than the stuff around it. Oh, and the roof won't close.

    Put the seat in, DC picked up some excellent Chinese and a six pack. Dinner.

    Back in the shed we put the car on a hoist... Two new footwells had been welded in. The exhaust was a tad odd but the brake, suspension and steering were all good. Gearbox was a bit oily. There's rust bubbling in the front guards

    We clean up. I take a dip in the pool and hit the sack.

    I'm a confident man: I put on a tasteful Hawaiian shirt and a pair of off-white pants.

    We say our goodbyes and hit the road. We plan to refuel in and breakfast in Midlands (the road is are still closed). Seems that today is the day they've decided to carry the dissembled bits of one of those huge mining dump trucks up north. The buckets on these things are so wide they take up 2 lanes and then some. In traffic we crawl along at 60kph. To make myself easier to find I turn on the headlights. After a while I notice the battery charge is well into the red. I turn them off. The needle creeps up but stays in the red. Hmmm...

    We finally pass the trucks, decide to skip Midlands and head off for Moora. The Fuel guage is flicking all over the place, we're tired and suffering acute caffeine withdrawal. On this fine warm summer morning in a new car, the roof down and the open road beckoning I'm about a micro-second away from a road rage incident that'll make the national news.

    Moora: find a servo but with the extra traffic on the road its a zoo. Cars everywhere. I reverse upto a vacant bowsers splash some valve saver in and half a bottle of metho in the hopes that any water in the tank will leave of its own accord. The bloke in the huge 4X4 with the mobile McMansion on behind wanders back to his Dream Home then as I start cleaning the screen starts whinging because he can't get out (turn out the poor guy's been scammed. Some bastard sold him a rig with no reverse gear. ) I'm usually pretty passive in these matters but - caffeine deprived - I fire up. We discuss servo etiquette but come to no sound conclusions. DC found the diesel pump but it has the high-flow nozzle and he's filling the Golf a thimble at a time. I go into pay and he's still pumping. I tell the cashier that the guy behind me is in a snit and I'll move the car. It won't start. I push the 17 out the path of His Grand Majesty, blow him a kiss and go back inside. Hope he meets the dump truck convoy on his journey south. He might have to back that rig of his for miles...

    We order breakfast and get some coffee. DC pulls the battery pack and we get started. Wanting to stay ahead of the trucks we've passed we eat and drink on the go. Its hot now, really hot. DC tells me the external temp on some parts of the road is 45deg. I splash sunscreen all over the bare bits and push on, the battery charge guage stays in the red and the temp gauge climbs. It reaches high normal but never crosses into the red.

    Stays that way all the way home.

    So now one more car I've got to find a roof for.

    All the best
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    Quote Originally Posted by Exfrogger View Post

    So now one more car I've got to find a roof for.

    All the best
    Fantastic, had to read every word, brilliant

    I think I saw on the evening news - something about a huge 4X4 with the mobile McMansion on behind hitting a rock that didn't appear on his GPS and is now heavily listing, apparently the driver abandoned ship leaving his pet sheep and offspring to fend for themselves

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    Nice work Exfrogger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exfrogger View Post
    So now one more car I've got to find a roof for.
    It sounds like you may be onto it, but as you have a lead on the first owner, see if you can find out where the fibreglass hardtop has gone (If it didn't actually come with the car).
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBlood View Post
    Fantastic, had to read every word, brilliant

    I think I saw on the evening news - something about a huge 4X4 with the mobile McMansion on behind hitting a rock that didn't appear on his GPS and is now heavily listing, apparently the driver abandoned ship leaving his pet sheep and offspring to fend for themselves

    Cheers
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    Good read exfrogger! Braver man than i taking on a trip like that in weather that extreme, but you folks from the Federal Republic of WA have always had an adventurous streak!

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    Oh well we might as well forget you finishing your Gero to Rock adventure you'll be to busy on the 17 now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon View Post
    It sounds like you may be onto it, but as you have a lead on the first owner, see if you can find out where the fibreglass hardtop has gone (If it didn't actually come with the car).
    Actually I do know what happened...

    Apparently the second owner was a young man who was into surfing. One day he strapped the board to the roof and lit off for the beach - and whatever held roof to the car let go.

    Both the board and the roof were write offs.

    The last owner located one in Germany but with the calls, transfers and the like said it would've been cheaper just to have flown over and picked it up.
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    Mine has a roof and it would be easy to take a mold from it it is pretty straight forward nothing too complex. Wish I had been there heat and all.

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