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Old 21-10-2017, 04:07 PM   #761
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Link to completed car pictures - just back a couple of pages...
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Old 21-10-2017, 04:07 PM   #762
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Can I ask you Steve, how's the tailgate spoiler held on? Mine is a phase 1 so came without one.
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Old 21-10-2017, 04:21 PM   #763
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Can I ask you Steve, how's the tailgate spoiler held on? Mine is a phase 1 so came without one.
There are clips meant to be embedded into the spoiler, but they detach from
it before they get released from their locating studs in the tailgate. So, some
double-sided gorilla tape is often used as a belt and braces attaching agent.



The rectangular clips _should_ be embedded into the spoiler, but that's made
of a weird mix of plastic and fibre, which is not very strong. You can see one of
the locating lugs right in the middle.

Up until this point the hold has been by epoxy resin and no tape. Using a strong
bonding tape increases the risk of breaking the spoiler should it need to be
removed at some future point.

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Thanks Steve, as mine sits now it has what I can only describe as a mini whale tail type spoiler and the spare tailgate I have is a phase 1 so nothing at all. Think the phase2 spoiler looks better that the plain tailgate.
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Old 02-11-2017, 04:28 PM   #765
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An Interesting Dilemma

Hello Folks,

Access to the PDF brochure for the new Alpine A110 came through today and
a fair bit makes very interesting viewing, especially the power diagrams!

However, once in the "stable" I'll have a rather interesting dilemma. It is known
that owners of "projects seen to completion" do tend to be quite easily
persuaded to sell their rejuvenated steed, usually in pursuit of other challenges.
With the value of the OE standard R5GTT cars rising by 86% in the past 12
months alone (that's roughly £7k to £12k) it looks like I'll have one appreciating
vehicle keeping company with another doing its depreciation thing. Whether
one will balance the other is moot.

So to the dilemma. With two pretty toys to choose from and no projects that
worry the heck outta my brain, which one will have to go first, before the
boredom sets in?

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Old 09-11-2017, 04:29 AM   #766
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Back in Karl's Workshop

Hello Folks,

More Parts



So, to the snagging list. Turns out the heater doesn't work because of a dud
resistor in the rheostat. This little piece of kit, barely 3 inches long is buried
well into the dash. The biggest eye-watering bit was a penny change out of no
less than forty of our British Pounds!

The sound-deadening panels are for the bonnet, and the paint / clips are for
the heat mat that will be tailored to suit. Not pictured is a replacement tray
for the battery. The original is in a bit of a state. The new one has been powder-
coated and will have a vinyl mat applied for the battery to sit upon.

So, Dash Out Once Again





Well, there is an upside to all this, though I know Karl was a bit disheartened
in having to remove a fair bit of his new wiring for the Toad immobiliser. The
car looks a sorry state mostly because of the ancilliary stuff you have to also
remove, just to get the dashboard out.

On the last trip to Gt Yarmouth I had noticed just how squeaky and rattly it
had all become, so while it's out we'll be addressing that and a few other bits.
Of course, I've been teasing Karl about having a word with the guy who did
all the heat-exchanger work, but not too hard because this was also during
the build-up to all the nonsense already described.

The dash mostly hangs on three clips seen in the picture above. These will be
waxed before refitting. There's also going to be some judicious use of some
velcro padding. The biggest upside is that we can mount the alarm siren well
hidden inside the dash, with all the wiring properly knitted into the loom. If
there's one thing that Karl does well, it's wiring and re-wiring - no more
untidy leccy joints on this car!

The Renault alarm will have its hidden switch restored, so it's completely
independent from being switched off by the doors and with the siren inside
the cabin instead of being under the bonnet, would-be thieves will need ear-
defenders to cope with the noise! It'll run for 20 seconds out of every minute
all the while the car is moving or there is cabin occupancy. The racket will
attract attention even if it's being driven!

More Cleaning

The heater fan works well, but it was in quite a state. The first picture shows
it after stage one of its cleaning. The strange part being that the fan blades
were not uniformly grubby, though grubby they were.



Having started the second stage, time to take overlooked pictures...



4 blades of the rear also cleaned...



All the plastic given a good coat of ADS ArtDeKotsos wax...



...and back in the engine bay to await refitting.



We took the opportunity to trace the shape that the bonnet insulation will be
and that will be cut out and painted by the end of the week. The spoiler and
door badges should be returned tomorrow.

Regards,
Steve

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Old 10-11-2017, 11:38 PM   #767
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Absolutely amazing job, would love to complete a restoration job like this one day and if I could get it to half as good a standard as this i would be delighted. You have put so much effort, time (and probably £££) into this and it shows!
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More Parts & More Work

Hello Folks,

Not much to report, though the rewiring of the alarms into the dashboard is
underway. Unfortunately, there's no wiring diagram for the Renault alarm box
so we'll not be able to incorporate the immobiliser part of the unit into the
loom. There is however plenty of room to hide everything well out of sight.
There are two separate sirens, which was news to me...





More Parts

With all 1980s electric motors being totally sealed units, where even fitting
new brushes costing just a few pence was impossible, I have been slowly
replacing them with the windscreen wiper motor unit being the latest.







They are slowly disappearing from ready availability, so this purchase was
not before time.

Now Some Bad News

Way, way back in July 2014, we did what I had hoped to be some preventative
maintenance in bunging up the recess in the fuel tank that develops a leaky
bung. So, it was a bit of a shock to see that despite the fact that the Milliput
we used, and recommended for the task, there is a new fuel leak. I'll be sending
a report to them because this has been one of its stated uses for many years





So, more cleaning up and hopefully this new sealant will sort the problem. It
sits on top of another spare part for the stores, a TRW clutch cable. This is
very definitely a "service part" for this car. A bargain at £16.50 delivered and
about 40 quid from Renault!



Regards,
Steve

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A TRW clutch cable. This is very definitely a "service part" for this car. A bargain at £16.50 delivered and about 40 quid from Renault!

Regards,
Steve
Absolutely correct. Used to go every couple of thousand on mine. It got so I could drive it without one. Start it up in gear and just slip it up when revs right.
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