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1989 Renault Express 1.6 diesel thread - DAILY EXPRESS - UK registered, house prices rise wherever this is parked


Lacquer Peel

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Just now, cort16 said:

Cool van. How  much of a ball ache is it to get it on UK plates? Did we get these in the UK I can't remember ever seeing them?

It will cost £55 plus 6 months tax at least, I have the French documents they need and it's already MOT tested and has been NOVA declared. It's a fairly straightforward if slow process.

Yes we did get them in the UK as the Renault Extra but they have all but disappeared. They are probably more commonly seen as a facelift version with a more modern grille and teardrop headlights.

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16 minutes ago, phil_lihp said:

That's a cool little van, well bought - looks pretty tidy too.

The paint is faded but there is very little rust and the engine looks almost brand new bar the valve cover leak. It would be a pile of rust if it was a UK van. 

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Looks great, the number 31 right and the end of the plate I think is haute Garonne so if it’s spent it’s life there it’s been sun baked in the south of France, presumably with little or not rot.

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4 minutes ago, HMC said:

Looks great, the number 31 right and the end of the plate I think is haute Garonne so if it’s spent it’s life there it’s been sun baked in the south of France, presumably with little or not rot.

Yep it's amazingly clean, just a couple of rust blebs at the bottom windscreen corners and surface rust where paint has worn away on the wings next to the headlights. 

It would be good to get advice about how to preserve the bodywork. 

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Is  the partially glazed side panels some sort of french legislation or fashion? I can see some visibility benefits;  Very common on french c15s also, but seldom seen on uk c15s or extras.

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1 minute ago, HMC said:

Is  the partially glazed rear end some sort of french legislation or fashion? Very common on french c15s also, but seldom seen on uk c15s or extras.

It does seem to be and I think I figured out why - visibility and safety, you can see out of the sides of the van, check for cars coming you way at junctions and roundabouts. 

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3 hours ago, Lacquer Peel said:

Yep it's amazingly clean, just a couple of rust blebs at the bottom windscreen corners and surface rust where paint has worn away on the wings next to the headlights. 

It would be good to get advice about how to preserve the bodywork. 

Chainsaw bar and chain oil and drench the thing.

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2 hours ago, Lacquer Peel said:

It would be good to get advice about how to preserve the bodywork. 

 

22 minutes ago, wuvvum said:

Get it out of Scotland ASAP.

Unfortunately true.  The reason it's lasted so far is because it's not been in Scotland.  Or indeed anywhere in the UK.  This island is pretty severe for corrosion.  Either park it in a dry dehumidified garage every night, in a swimming pool of waxoyl, or in Southern France.

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Happy to have been an enabler! That so needed to be bought. We should do a rust prevention weekend at my workshop and fill the thing with linseed oil after Vactan on any spots of rust.

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28 minutes ago, Jimbob McGregor said:

Happy to have been an enabler! That so needed to be bought. We should do a rust prevention weekend at my workshop and fill the thing with linseed oil after Vactan on any spots of rust.

I'd be up for that!

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2 hours ago, Talbot said:

 

Unfortunately true.  The reason it's lasted so far is because it's not been in Scotland.  Or indeed anywhere in the UK.  This island is pretty severe for corrosion.  Either park it in a dry dehumidified garage every night, in a swimming pool of waxoyl, or in Southern France.

I get it would be more slowing down the inevitable than preventing it from rusting but none of these are good suggestions and it is in Scotland and will likely stay here for a while. 

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Try Lanoguard. I fully intend(ed) to smother the bare bits of my MR2 in it prior to the shite weather coming in, but I may have missed the boat...

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