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Did you know they sold a Renault 12 van in the UK? I found an old news article about it - which I assume comes from the late 1970s?http://www.roadtransport.com/blogs/truc ... vival.htmlSorry I have diverted you to my blog again - but like I explained in my Lada calendar entry I'm trying to boost my blog figures in the hope that I will one day get a raise at work - which will enable me to buy another Peugeot 504!

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Named in France the 'Société' I believe?Mr Bucket - a diversion to your blog is always a pleasurable one. No matter what your views on the all-round wonderful R12. :D

I think its safe to say that this can be added to our list of crap CVs, although some of my friends on www.autoshite.co.uk may well disagree.

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Named in France the 'Société' I believe?

And also known as....

 

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....Somewhere! :roll:

 

I think its safe to say that this can be added to our list of crap CVs, although some of my friends on www.autoshite.co.uk may well disagree.

PAH!!!! :lol:

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Funny youmention that Wuvvum -as its 'developing nicely'.I do indeed have a 12 van -a curious beast -I imported from mid France -basically an estate with over panelled sides. I had fitted a 5 Gordini turbo engine -but was stymied by the turbo needing the same space as the suspension! And so it sat till 10 days ago -when I helped Paul Godfrey scrap a rusted out 12 estate 4 by 4- and bought the relevant partsDifferent gearbox- 2 levers to move in and out 4 wheel drive, a different rear axle -apparently modified by Simca, gear levers, trans tunnel with a nice little 4 by 4 light, propshaft etc etc.So-I will shortly be converting the van to an 'original' 4 by 4 renault.(Seemingly they made a dozen Estate versions -but never a van). I intend to use a 17 engine -if i can find one, or if pushed- after I fit a 21t engine to my 17- and use that- apparently its a near straight fit -better than the 5 anyway!By pure chance- I have the 12 Estate sitting on the dolly outside- moving it into store for the winter...Small world

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Mr Bickle - you are a hero!What a fantastic machine the R12 (Gordini) 4 x 4 van will be!I recently gave away all my R17 engines, else you could have had one of those. :( Can you post any piccies of the estate (is it the pale blue one Mr Godfrey had)?

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Hi guys -yes that is an 850 spider. Given me free- if I moved it within 12 hrs from a 'bolt hole' it had been in for 12 years. Rustfree and complete- but mechanically shot. Wont be too difficult -when I get around to it....Bit disinterested- my now portly figure makes it a bit of a squeeze...The 12 estate was bought from a chap near Poole. Was originally intended to be spares for the van -but its too good to break. The roof and bonnet are suffering from sun damage, a few more bits of rot here and there -but basically a nice one. Green 'R' plate -with a replacement blue o/s front wing -I needed it out of the way to have a shift around. Only the cost of tax stops me getting it out at pres- might use it next spring....

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The number plate lamps and reversing lights on that 12 look like they came off a 5. Is this how they were? I don;t recall the 12 Estates ever having them.Edit: Just seen them on the B&W photo of the dealer vans. Obviously original.

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nigel bickle wrote:

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What's this in the foreground? looks like a mega-rare Mitsubishi Celeste or 'Mustang wannabe' Celica mk1. Do tell...

I'm going to assume it's one of his Renault 17's!
Ok, so I only got the 'mega-rare' bit right :oops:

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Hey Regie -did you realise that 2 of the cars 'out front' at pres are indeed Standards? The Estate (called a Companion) passed its first MOT in 7 years yesterday (somewhat shocked to notice on the V5c that I've owned it since 1977!) and the saloon -a Pennant is gradually being prepared.And hidden behind the Trannie -a 1937 Flying 9, mid 'up date' -6-to 12 volt, plus the addition of hidden indicators (- semaphores are just no good in this day and age) and a hidden elec fuel pump -the original mechanical is a bit lazy.That'll be out shortly -too, hopefully!

No I didn't! :shock: Not really surprising though, as there can't be much you haven't got / have had! Maybe I subconciously took it in if you mentioned them before, as they're a bit old for my liking and it's a bit of a coincidence otherwise!I passed yours today, just to see what was new (it's a fun game!). What's happening to your metallic green R12 estate, is it off on a little adventure? Nothing serious I hope, it's one of my favourites of yours, not least because of the colour, & I've never seen it move before! I saw your FSO pickup more clearly now too! Is that leaving soon?

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12's gone intoo store for winter -virtually MOTable -but I dont fancy paying Tax on it yet...Pickup is awaiting collection -from Wigan! -after selling for a pittance on the 'Bay. not really bothered if he doesnt collect- I'll just put it away with the rest -till'1 day' finally arrives!MG Midget, 17 and early 127 out shortly.

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Nigel, I would just like to say that I too love your house ( or rather the things parked outside/ around it, though I'm sure the actual house if fine too) and have taken to detouring past it whenever I drive thru that village you live in! A great game!

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Well thank you kind Sir. All change at the moment as I tidy the front up a bit. FSO pickup goes tomorrow, Transit comes out -so I can get the doors open enough to weld a floor in, MG goes for an MOT this or next MOnday (I have a 'standing'MOT time -8am Mondays- usually used!) and now I have to find a new engine for the Mrs' Fiat Coupe that I spectacularily grenaded on the M40 yesterday! If you see me out there- say hello - everyone else does!! Late Sunday pms I often get a few other 'old boys' turn up for a cuppa and a chat...

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