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Old 16-03-2017, 09:57 AM   #651
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Mine wasn't a personal criticism but an opinion that you can choose to accept or not. No problem with that at all, after all there is a certain amount of single mindedness needed in any restoration.

I'd liken my comments to the following:-
As a newcomer machine polishing, if I posted a picture where I said, "guys, just polished the car, really pleased with it" but in reality there were pigtails, a bit of marring and an improvement but not mirror finish, I personally would like the community to say "good job, but I've noticed X,Y Z, if you did this instead it would look even better".

I'd take that comment in what I'd assume was the good nature it was intended and see if it was within my ability to resolve and if it was important to me.

I detect that you are feeling got at, but I genuinely am offering my opinion with the intention to help, not to pick fault. If that has come across as anything else, then I apologise.

As I said before, I really hope that you can get the fun from getting the car back on the road, especially the sense of history and attachment you have with it. When you posted that you were not even sure if you were going to keep it any more, I was "No, you can't!!!! Not now after everything you've been through"

Please keep posting updates, I for one would miss out on the conclusion of the project, and the updates as it's used and maintained in the coming years.

However, if you were to paint it neon pink and fit a bad boy spoiler, I don't think I'd be able to keep that to myself
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Old 16-03-2017, 12:28 PM   #652
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Vfr, your comments were taken as you said them. You expressed a bit of
confusion. All I have done is matter-of-factly explain the dilemma I faced
and you can see the results of the decision I took. I make no claim to that
decision being perfect, but I do believe I have remained close to the goals I
stated right at the outset. If it divides opinion, then so be it.

This is a bit like the reaction to my changing the wheel colour on my Coupé.
The purists hate it, but I have received many, many more positive comments
and compliments since the change. When they were silver, they were more
or less invisible.

Everyone who has physically seen the doorcards fitted has gone "Wow!", in
appreciation...

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Old 16-03-2017, 06:52 PM   #653
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I've been keeping a keen eye on this, as the car looks similar to my mates 10 or so years ago, if not more!

Personally, I like what you're doing to keep homage to the car through its life, rather than an identical to factory car, where's the fun in that!

It looks stunning so far, had its own little quirks, and I hope you get to fully enjoy it when it's finished
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It's great to see it being saved.
I haven't read every page... Do you have the rear badge?

The door cards look great.

The Phase 1 door cards are grey vinyl mine are a little out of place in a couple of spots. You have to be looking for it though. Not bad for a 30 year old car.
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Old 16-03-2017, 09:02 PM   #655
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Do you have the rear badge? Not bad for a 30 year old car.
Yes, that was actually removed back in the day, simply because it was an
invite to every make-believe Ford XR3i driver to put me in a really scary
place. The Renault 5 part has been "lost in the fire", but I have the original
GT Turbo addition which suffered a bit of red paint loss in the removal. I have
replacements for both parts if needs be.

The car will be 27 on 11th April - I'm hoping it'll be going on the rolling road
for a PistonHeads East Anglia meet on the 8th. I'll be arranging a session to
fit a replacement needle screw on the carb and AFR setting ahead of the day.
On the Tuesday, I'll be driving it into the original supplying garage in Norwich,
2 years late, but still unannounced.

Completion gets ever closer and I'm even wearing R5 GT Turbo emblazoned
tee-shirts, so despite major spending on the Coupé this week, I'm finding
some love for this after all. As I walked past both my cars on my way out of
Karl's workshop today, I remarked that he'll be glad to see the back of me...

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Old 16-03-2017, 11:53 PM   #656
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hi ya im restoring a raider at the moment where did you get the stickers and well done it looks great
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hi ya im restoring a raider at the moment where did you get the stickers and well done it looks great
From the Renault Turbo Owner's Club shop.

We need to see a thread about your Raider - good luck with it
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Steve,

I've been quietly following this project from the start.

Really enjoying seeing progress and look forward to the updates during the last stages.

All the best

Pete


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All Going Well...

...Completion Maybe This Week!

So, I'm having a bit of a sort-out at home and come across an almost full
bottle of Type D coolant. This was probably surplus from when I had the
timing belt and water pump done on the Coupé a couple of years back.

We had discussed the probability of there not being enough in our store. On
arrival at Karl's workshop, the bottle was taken with a cheeky grin then
promptly emptied into the expansion bottle, with nary a drop left. Not only
that, there's a heat shield in place with its fan sensor in place and all wired up.













The carburettor has been primed by attaching a temporary power line to the
fuel pump; there's oil in the engine and enough coolant for bleeding, so just
very last tightness checks are left to be made before the key gets turned.
A lot of bits had to be removed then refitted to accommodate other parts so
these checks will be key. Nevertheless, Karl has his video camera on charge
ready to record the big moment.

At home I had arranged for next year's insurance: £177 with all the trimmings.
So, it's just the bonnet to refit then it's along for its MoT. Question is, do
I lose 3 weeks of tax by putting it back on the road on Friday? I think it's
only right and to let Karl give it its full road test - he's earned it!

Other work done has been to remove the gummy stuff from the backs of
the bumper inserts...





Oh my word, that's a job I don't want to repeat! As you can see, there's
still some stuff to remove, though I gave up due to the fumes from the TarX.
I still have the other front corner to do and the complete rear one, so that'll
get done in bite-size chunks.

Finding a suitable replacement tape may be a job too. It looks like the wider
strip runs along the bottom, so weather-proofing the top is going to present
a problem to solve. These won't be replaced on the car ahead of its full detail,
so there's plenty of time to research suitable bonding materials.

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Old 21-03-2017, 09:41 AM   #660
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Getting close now, you'll be itching to get the wheels rolling.

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...Completion Maybe This Week!

Finding a suitable replacement tape may be a job too. It looks like the wider
strip runs along the bottom, so weather-proofing the top is going to present
a problem to solve.
Is this tape any use?

Alternatively 3M have a contact page that you can call someone for advice.

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