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    Great work, very impressive all around. May you enjoy great many miles in your beast.

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    Just curious about the "nice drive", was the traction control on or off? or did you have a hand brake for company?
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    That looks great, all pumped up looking for action! brettr (as in Rob Dickinson, not Rootes) is the Singer of the Renault world :-)
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    Plenty still happening.

    One uni decided to let it's magic needle contents come forth. 24x63.3mm is hardy spicer part number k5-a532. That's Alfa spider unis or probably better xtrail unis are 24x63mm and $15 compared to $75.


    So two new unis, and put the other sides double row rear bearing in - remember that Jose in Spain is wrong, it's 6.3mm off the hub rear face not 4mm.


    Same time checked the driveshafts on the granite top and they are both not straight. So I put 2 10s ones in that checked out as good.


    Drill out the ends and put the rubber centering stops in.



    Make a bracket for the water pipes.


    Then Friday drive to lindfield and at 530pm half way down the m2 in peak hour this happens.


    Got it home with no clutch and still the orig starter which didn't have the grunt to start it in gear so it was a full on calculated drive to the max!

    So this was a custom cable silver soldered into the Renault rod as it came when bought. So I need to make it better.

    So rummage through my stocks and find a Suzuki Sierra jx clutch cable. Easy to get a new one so cut the hook off the Suzuki pedal and weld onto the rod at 900mm between centres, make a new bracket bolted to the floor and a new clutch system was in. Temp bracket until I remake it now the size and shape is known.



    Then put in a new starter. Amazing the starter came from Melbourne off ebay new delivered for $100. So I bought the 2 available. Same time ran a second juicy 2 gauge starter cable and it starts excellent.



    Alot of tuning still going on and alot more to go in general....

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    I would have expected the drive shafts/axles would have been something bigger. I remember seeing a larger diameter R8G axle from Meca but they dont seem to have it listed now?. I would have thought there would be something bigger than an 10S axle.

    I will be looking for axles and uni joints for the big box for my Caravelle/Floride project in the next few weeks so keep those part numbers Brett.

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    I have not destroyed an axle yet even with the turbo engine.

    These seemed both identical in their run out almost to the extent that it seemed like a manufacturer fault.

    Steve Swan reckons he has never broken an axle.

    And mecaparts still sells them I think 25 spline instead of 23 but resplining the unis doesn't leave as much around the spline.

    So far bigger shafts are not necessary unless you want to start shock loading the axles in lower gears like by having it lit up on dirt and running onto tar etc.

    My 2 cents.

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    Although not having the power of your turbo, I never broke an axle either, but I did break 13 standard gearboxes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alan moore View Post
    Although not having the power of your turbo, I never broke an axle either, but I did break 13 standard gearboxes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alan moore View Post
    Although not having the power of your turbo, I never broke an axle either, but I did break 13 standard gearboxes.
    I knew you'd done a few, but 13.... Did you keep the bits out of interest? It would be worth retrieving energiser springs from the synchro units, of all things. Brett's done quite a job, hasn't he.

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    Aussiefrogs was so alarmed at Alan's breakage qty it went off line.
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    I thought it croaked

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    Aussiefrogs was so alarmed at Alan's breakage qty it went off line.
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    Had some oil leaking from being forced up the dizzy drive shaft so I tapped the two drain holes and put M6 nipples in them and plumbed them to the catch can.

    Oil tight again!


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    Then during the week each day going to work and back the quality of shifting is getting worse and worse.

    I put it on the hoist and I just can't understand why, everything looks ok.

    Then one morning I can't even get reverse. So after alot more investigation I find it.

    You couldn't really even see the crack until I flexed it.

    This is definitely a warranty claim through Renault.

    Slowly ironing out all the bugs......

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    Finally put M5 nutserts around the inspection panel. Then put in another air tube into the intercooler. It ran up to 52deg max IAT after a good run today at the peak heat of the day showing 39 outside - IC spray was disabled.

    Engine was running at a rock solid 88, no matter what was being done.


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    Quote Originally Posted by brettr View Post
    Then during the week each day going to work and back the quality of shifting is getting worse and worse.

    I put it on the hoist and I just can't understand why, everything looks ok. Then one morning I can't even get reverse. So after alot more investigation I find it. You couldn't really even see the crack until I flexed it. This is definitely a warranty claim through Renault.

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    There's a first time for everything! Never seen that break before. Great job by the way!!
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    You can see the shoddy factory weld, it doesn't even go around the entire tube. Though it seems one weld is holding up fine, the other only penetrated halfway around, but the metal plate looks like it gave in to fatigue.

    Given these were welded manually, you can understand why they didn't bother too much.

    On the other hand, that was 50 years ago or so. Hmmm, half a century. Geez.
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    Geez indeed....
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    The failure is caused by flat changes into third to wheels stand the beast.
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    Wish I had that much hp!

    I was going to build a bigger meth tank for above the pump but have given in temporarily to simplicity. Just bent up some stainless steel 3mm brackets and mounted the tank it came with.

    Then fill it full of Boost Juice and get to tuning.....




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    Oh you weren't kidding about the boot juice hahaha.
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    Then these arrived.....

    Some new rears. 7" for the 205's will stop the bagging and reduce sway to a minimum.

    Will cut down the 9" rear guards to suit.

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    They are bloody beautiful, who made them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowie View Post
    They are bloody beautiful, who made them?
    They are Madin Wheels.

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    They are just madin's courtesy of mecaparts.

    And only a paltry 853 euros delivered.

    Oh hang on, I was using the conversion from paseo's, I just looked at the euro conversion and suddenly feel unwell.

    And to answer ceenines question of will it ever make it to the road this has been done in the last month or so as a daily driver.


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