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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: strangecars ()
Date: January 10, 2016 10:42AM

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Steve Morton
1961 Rampside, 67 and 2 1964 Monzas

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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: Melb-Mike ()
Date: January 10, 2016 06:21PM

I just saw this thread, and being a previous owner of a couple of Renault years ago, it really piqued my curiosity. My parents had a Dauphine in 1960. I later bought a brand new R-10 in 1970 and had never sat in a more comfortable seat, then and since then also. After that we had the "Le Car" which I believe was a R4 in France. A few turbos were imported but the cost to get them DMV and FMVSS was very high. An acquaintance had the turbo and it outran his 308 Ferrari.

I see you're chasing parts in South America and struggling at that. At the risk of suggesting something stupid, have you tried in France ? I realize your restoration is being done in Bolivia but maybe you can get a crate of parts from France to keep shipping costs down. There were so few Renaults in the U.S. That although we have junk yards, I doubt nay Renault cars are in the inventory.

Our Dauphine had the big bounce factor, suspension travel compared to the Citroen 2CV. It rode silky smooth. My buddy in high school had one and while driving crazy drunk rolled it over twice. He and the 3 other drunks in the car got out, rolled it back onto its wheels and the drove off. No seat belts , no air bags, but lots of pain reducing alcohol. Drunks never get hurt.

64 Greenbrier
64 Spyder (needs restoration)
65 Corsa 140, restored
66 Corsa turbo, restoring now
66 Corsa 140 "RR" code coupe fully restored
67 Pontiac GTO restored
69 Corvette 427 convertible restored
2004 Caterham R400 (Lotus super7)my race car
2015 Porsche Panamera S
2015 Corvette Z06
1965 AC Cobra (Factory Five)

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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: January 11, 2016 03:21AM

Yep, tried France, Spain. The most available is Argentina where they were produced for many years later than France.

Another problem is costs. Some things are way over-priced because of their scarcity. People want 50 to $70 for the little "Renault" script where three are used. Most restorations end up without these. I repaired the one I had and have triplicated it in Resin (still have to do the fine detail). I've gotten a couple of sets of the side vents, but none have been decent enough to use once I got them.

When I get down to some of the little trim and stuff, I may be looking again.

Restoration in Bolivia
Richard's Mini Pickup
Richard's Corvair
Richard's Renault Dauphine

Selection of the Right Motor Oil for the Corvair
Selection of the right transmission oil for the corvair
How to polish and restore stainless and aluminum trim

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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: Melb-Mike ()
Date: January 11, 2016 07:58AM

I guess the Dauphine was to Argentina like the VW beetle was to Mexico. I don't even know what was the last year it was produced in France, likely early 60's. I never see any at the car auctions here (Mecum or B-J) or ever see them on Hemmings.com ads.

Rare and hard to find parts have always been expensive. I needed the correct 4 barrel Rochester carb for my 69 427 Corvette, had to pay $1,000 for it and was lucky to find it.

64 Greenbrier
64 Spyder (needs restoration)
65 Corsa 140, restored
66 Corsa turbo, restoring now
66 Corsa 140 "RR" code coupe fully restored
67 Pontiac GTO restored
69 Corvette 427 convertible restored
2004 Caterham R400 (Lotus super7)my race car
2015 Porsche Panamera S
2015 Corvette Z06
1965 AC Cobra (Factory Five)

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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: January 12, 2016 08:10AM

Biggest problem is Argentina ran a "Clunkers" program about 8 years ago where you could turn in old cars, running or not, for a credit on a new car. People grabbed up 3 or 4 parts cars and turned them in using 3 or 4 credits against a new one.

I was able to find a couple of people who had stripped a lot off before turning them in.

Restoration in Bolivia
Richard's Mini Pickup
Richard's Corvair
Richard's Renault Dauphine

Selection of the Right Motor Oil for the Corvair
Selection of the right transmission oil for the corvair
How to polish and restore stainless and aluminum trim

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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: February 27, 2016 11:59AM

Not a lot of progress but while in Tarija a couple of weeks ago I needled the body guy and he promised to get back to work.

also took some time to make the side and rear lettering out of resin (they need to be gold color, and I decided to try resin and paint instead of melting brass). Almost finished when I had to return to Santa Cruz for some emergency surgery. End of next week I'll be back and visiting the body shop daily while also working on the details (lettering, dash, etc.) on the Renault.

Meanwhile, I did upgrade the site to be mobile friendly.

Renault Dauphine build

I've started upgrading the Corvair sites, but there is a lot more to it. Just resized the 906 thumbnails. Now to start on changing the pages and putting all the thumbnails in their correct places.

Restoration in Bolivia
Richard's Mini Pickup
Richard's Corvair
Richard's Renault Dauphine

Selection of the Right Motor Oil for the Corvair
Selection of the right transmission oil for the corvair
How to polish and restore stainless and aluminum trim

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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: August 02, 2016 05:32PM

I haven't updated my site yet, but we are progressing. Got him going while I was in Tarija and we got the body painted. Today he sent me pics of the dashboard painted, but in the dark. Body paint is Nissan White Pearl.

Anyway, I brought back my 54 year old bumpers and had them re-chromed. Still need to put an anti-corrosive on the back.

Glass company said their mold moved in the oven, so it will be another day or so for the windshield.

Restoration in Bolivia
Richard's Mini Pickup
Richard's Corvair
Richard's Renault Dauphine

Selection of the Right Motor Oil for the Corvair
Selection of the right transmission oil for the corvair
How to polish and restore stainless and aluminum trim

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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: August 02, 2016 05:57PM

As always... lookin' great!





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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: ROD ()
Date: August 02, 2016 08:30PM

never a disappointment reading your build threads. great looking work thumbs up

Rod Tetrault
El Cajon , CA
65 Corsa Yenko Clone / 65 Corsa EO Creampuff Vert
66 Corsa "JIMISH" Mid engine Turbo LS1 currently 2nd fastest Corvair in the USA
Class 5 Corvair powered Baja
61 Vintage Rampy
Corvair powered Buggy x 3
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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: December 19, 2016 04:49PM

It starts to look like something when you add the trim. Today I assembled lights and the rechromed bumpers and added them.

They started out like this.



Tomorrow I'll go to town and buy some brake tubing and fittings.

Restoration in Bolivia
Richard's Mini Pickup
Richard's Corvair
Richard's Renault Dauphine

Selection of the Right Motor Oil for the Corvair
Selection of the right transmission oil for the corvair
How to polish and restore stainless and aluminum trim

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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: kenzen ()
Date: December 21, 2016 03:46PM

Beautiful...

kenzen
66 Monza Coupe 110/PG
Bel Air, MD

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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: November 19, 2017 10:58AM

Unfortunately time has not been in my favor this year, but I'm finally close. Need to go to the states and get an airtex pump, as the one I ought here only works for a few minutes each time. Then finish the upholstery and registration. Paint is Nissan White Pearl










Restoration in Bolivia
Richard's Mini Pickup
Richard's Corvair
Richard's Renault Dauphine

Selection of the Right Motor Oil for the Corvair
Selection of the right transmission oil for the corvair
How to polish and restore stainless and aluminum trim

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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: November 19, 2017 11:06AM

Richard - The car looks great. Nice it was saved. Even in climate friendly California I haven't see one in decades.

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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: Mel ()
Date: November 19, 2017 11:11AM

From a lump of coal to a diamond thumbs upsmiling smiley

Orangeville, Ontario. CANADA

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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: November 19, 2017 11:21AM

Well worth the wait!





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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: GWLee ()
Date: November 19, 2017 11:41AM

Sweet looking car!

Do you have the windshield wiper arms?

Lee Adkins

A Cave Man car
1960 2dr Coupe with pg
Color Tasco Turq.
With Ermine white top.

Catlettsburg,
In the Beautiful state of
North/East KY!

Not the best pic, but the only I had from then, 1997!

2016!

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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: richard1 ()
Date: November 19, 2017 01:41PM

Wiper arms and a couple of other little things are in Argentina, awaiting a friend's trip across town to give to another friend of mine who has a fleet of tractor-trailers that make the trip weekly.

Hopefully it will all come while I spend December with my kids and grandkids in Florida

(if anyone is around Palm Coast, Fl in Dec., I'd love to meet you.

Restoration in Bolivia
Richard's Mini Pickup
Richard's Corvair
Richard's Renault Dauphine

Selection of the Right Motor Oil for the Corvair
Selection of the right transmission oil for the corvair
How to polish and restore stainless and aluminum trim

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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: rnch ()
Date: November 20, 2017 06:43AM

As I have said before: I would happily, with NO mental issues whatsoever, purchase any car that Richard would have for sale.


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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: November 20, 2017 06:53AM

Well... The Corvair is done. The Mini is done, Daphne (misspelled on purpose) is about done... Safe to assume there will be another in the works soon?

Craig N. Coeur d'Alene ID.
66 Black Monza 4dr, 4.2L V8 49k
61 Seamist Jade Rampside 140 PG
60 Monza coupe (sold, sniff sniff)
66 Sprint Corsa convt - First car! Re-purchased 43 years later
2+2 gnatsuM 5691

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Re: OT- progress on the Renault
Posted by: 66vairman ()
Date: November 20, 2017 01:25PM

Argentina is close and a number of cars were produced there in the 60's.

One unusual car is the Borgward. I've only seen two, both owned in S. Calif.

In 1955 Kaiser automobile production went to Argentina under IKA. Rambler also worked with IKA to make cars, albeit with changes suited to the market.

Later in the 60's IKA produced a car that mainly originated in-house called the Torino based on the AMC platform that did well in competition racing.

So what's next Richard?

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