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Exceeding BXpectations - Now With Added Renault 4


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#331 OFFLINE   artdjones

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 07:18 PM

Fantastic buy. I don't remember seeing one on the roads in the UK for at least 5 years. So is it a monocoque, how easy would it be to replace the grotty bits on top?


It's got a punt chassis rather like a 2CV,but with torsion bar suspension.A lot of the panels bolt on.That includes the rear wings,so it should be fairly easy to repair.

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 07:54 PM

RIP lil'Sirion, a truly noble steed that did sterling work taking us to a mystery lane in the general vicinity of Rugby to buy that Alfa 156.


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Posted 17 October 2018 - 08:10 PM

It's got a punt chassis rather like a 2CV...

 

Closer in concept to a VW Beetle, but with the oily bits at the right end.

 

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#334 OFFLINE   Junkman

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Posted 17 October 2018 - 08:11 PM

I've been full with envy since you rocked up with it out of the blue at Chodmolestly.

Although my dream is a 6 Volt three speed with Quillery translucent controls and spectacle grille.

The GTL is way too good a car for me.


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Posted 17 October 2018 - 08:13 PM

it should be fairly easy to repair.

 

Yeah, right.

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Posted 18 October 2018 - 12:42 AM

I want a 4GTL... preferably in a pale solid colour but I'll take what comes, as you can't be too picky with these things. A 4GTL is what will take the place of my 416GSi, once it sells and everything comes together, hopefully in a few months' time. Between that and my 416GTi, I think I'll have all bases covered.


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Posted 18 October 2018 - 11:55 AM

Fantastic buy. I don't remember seeing one on the roads in the UK for at least 5 years. So is it a monocoque, how easy would it be to replace the grotty bits on top?

 

Aside from that bit on the boot floor much of the rest of the rust can be sorted by unbolting panels and throwing them away, which is definitely the best kind of rust repair.



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Posted 18 October 2018 - 12:26 PM

RIP lil'Sirion, a truly noble steed that did sterling work taking us to a mystery lane in the general vicinity of Rugby to buy that Alfa 156.

 

Happy days. I remember it performed amazingly well on the journey south, then I realised why on the way back when the almighty Storm Doris-induced headwind left me no chance of keeping up with the awesome power of a 2.4JTD.

 

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It was a proud, valiant little car, the Sirion. Despite having led a life of abuse and neglect before I bought it, it never let me down, provided me with three and a half years of near faultlessly reliable service and took me all over the country without complaint (from the car at least). If I'd had somewhere to store it I'd have kept it while I stockpiled parts and welded it up but real life ruined that dream.

 

Sadly it was killed by its maker: not only did they build it from steel even the Alfasud quality control people would have rejected, they then priced all the parts way beyond the bounds of sanity. This was OK when there was a decent supply of reasonably priced parts elsewhere, but this had dried up in the time I owned the car, especially once the Daihatsu parts specialists started closing down.

 

At least I know its good bits will go on to keep other Daihatsus alive.


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Posted 18 October 2018 - 12:59 PM

Although my dream is a 6 Volt three speed with Quillery translucent controls and spectacle grille.

 

When's the collection thread happening?

 

I want a 4GTL... preferably in a pale solid colour but I'll take what comes, as you can't be too picky with these things. A 4GTL is what will take the place of my 416GSi, once it sells and everything comes together, hopefully in a few months' time. Between that and my 416GTi, I think I'll have all bases covered.

 

Good luck, get yourself on the R4 forum which is possibly the best place to find one. They perfectly complement good all-round 80s/90s midrangers like the R8 or my BX.


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Posted 18 October 2018 - 09:55 PM

Ooh, an R4! Do you have any more photos of the dash - there seems to be a surprising amount of warning lights for a basic car?



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Posted 18 October 2018 - 10:10 PM

 

Good luck, get yourself on the R4 forum which is possibly the best place to find one. They perfectly complement good all-round 80s/90s midrangers like the R8 or my BX.

 

Sounds good. Junkman and I might have a plan to get one to pay for itself though...


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Posted 18 October 2018 - 10:56 PM

Although my dream is a 6 Volt three speed with Quillery translucent controls and spectacle grille.

I briefly had a 1967 4L in maroon.  It had all of the above, plus a medium-sized hole in the passenger side front floor.  It was completely different to drive to a later 4, felt like it was from another era.  I did like the gearbox, especially the whine in first (non-syncro), but I found it hopelessly slow in modern traffic - the chap I got it from was obviously made of sterner stuff than I, he'd driven it to Le Mans the year before.

 

The one I'd really like to try (more out of masochism than anything else) is a Renner Three.


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