Renault 4 Van

  1. malcolm

    malcolm & Clementine the Cat

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    it's been ages since I did any car work. I'm more rusty than the van!

    I like my van. Chassis repairs around the rear suspension would have been body off and the rest of the chassis isn't that good. Ordered a new one before lockdown. Had to pay the postage after lockdown and that hurt.

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  2. malcolm

    malcolm & Clementine the Cat

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    Quickly to bits. There really isn't much to these things.

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  3. tom2207 Member

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    Ive not seen one of those in years , theres a scrap yard just out side of Swords , edge of Dublin had hundreds of them literally , the southern gpo used to use them . He must have got the job of scrapping them , they were in lines and lines .
     
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  4. malcolm

    malcolm & Clementine the Cat

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    Some were assembled in Ireland. Posties had green ones. I gather the rustproofing wasn't that good in the factory there
     
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  5. Bullet2012

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    4s are very cool, especially ones that deliver wine
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  6. galooph

    galooph Forum Supporter

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    Same colour as the Renault 4 we had when I was a little boy, VBF 372S. Happy memories of working the dash gearshift for Dad, unhappy memories of the red hot black vinyl seats in Summer :laughing:
     
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  7. malcolm

    malcolm & Clementine the Cat

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    Found a bit of rust at the top of the front inner and outer wings.

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  8. tom2207 Member

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    Only surface rust ,, It might T-Cut out
     
  9. malcolm

    malcolm & Clementine the Cat

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    It's been 8 years since I tried welding thin metal. I'm not good at it any more. A lot of holes to fill with paint.

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  10. malcolm

    malcolm & Clementine the Cat

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    Doing the outer wings too. Paint is very faded and I'll never get a match. Best patch up the old ones.

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  11. malcolm

    malcolm & Clementine the Cat

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    And that's me up to date. Only one of the horrid things still left to do. They take a day each.

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  12. Farside

    Farside Badly Welded Man

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    First proper crash I had was in one of those.
    They're brilliant in the snow, but not so good when a front wheel hits a two-foot boulder. Wrecks the suspension.
     
  13. tom2207 Member

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    great progress , well done.
     
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  14. malcolm

    malcolm & Clementine the Cat

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    I've done that. It pulls the tie bar away from the chassis. You can weld them back on.
     
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  15. malcolm

    malcolm & Clementine the Cat

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    That one is a lot more 2CV like than mine but still very cool. :)
     
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  16. optima21 Forum Supporter

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    I know that as standard the R4' are a bit basic on creature comforts.....you could always add one or two options from the one in the film Trafic



    comes with all mod cons :D:D
     
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  17. MCKDAVID Member

    mate over here has the Van in the 4x4 version, SINPAR, been trying to get him to a sensible price for a while, he's not budging yet, he's still talking in thousands, when I'm in the hundreds..:D:D body wise it's in excellent nick, just needs the mechanicals put back to running, engine runs, but brakes etc are all solid as it's been sat at the back of his farm for a while...
    Probably need more red wine required to negociate I reckon. Wouldd make a great mobile advert for my repair business.
     
  18. Bullet2012

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    Well you know Renrot, Citrorot Peugogrot all look the same :scared::laughing:
     
  19. malcolm

    malcolm & Clementine the Cat

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    Check out leboncoin.fr for prices. Thousands might be pushing it and the Simpar can be a bit fiddly for spare parts. Outside the Alpes normal ones are fine off road.
     
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  20. MCKDAVID Member

    already have, thousands is pushing it agreed. To be fair he's not really taking the P, well a bit, but it is in good shape, and every thing is there, and all original. To be honest the only reason I'm interested in the 4x4 version is for "la chasse", I already have a Niva 4x4 I use, but I like the oddballs, and it would combine the business publicity and I can get rid of the russian limousine at the same time.
     
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