Vive le rust porn

renaultvation

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I eventually got round to working on the bonnet. As expected, the minor bubbling concealed filler and rust with new metal welded over rust along the leading edge. There were also some hefty dents with 1/4 inch of filler. I made a former to make repair panels as the bonnet is gently curved in two directions. Having made the first panel I cut a section of the bonnet and exposed the rusty frame. I suspect that this is very much like the repair on a Commer door bottom. Having repaired the frame, the new top panel was carefully welded to avoid warping. I worked my way across the whole bonnet and removed as much of the dent as possible using heat shrinking. A skim of filler and a coat of primer and I am quite pleased with the result. A trial fit and and it looks good. I've also managed to secure the missing headlights from someone in Egypt, so tried them for size.

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jimberlake

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Good work, do love these, they had a Gordini one in Anglia car auctions last year, bit rough but very repairable
 

renaultvation

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Good work, do love these, they had a Gordini one in Anglia car auctions last year, bit rough but very repairable
Mine is a Gordini in all but name. It is a 1972 TS which was re-badged Gordini in 1974 together with a slight increase in capacity from 1565cc to 1647cc. It was quite advanced for its day, having an all alloy hemispherical engine, fuel injection, disc brakes all round, 5 speed gearbox and electric windows. It's an enlarged version of the engine used in the Lotus Europa. I did see that Gordini in the auction which was known to the Renault Classic Car Club. Anyone repairing one of these has to factor in making all your own panels as there are no new ones available and good secondhand panels are rarer than Commer quarterlight seals!
 

jimberlake

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Ahhh, learnt something there, great looking cars and very different. Really like the old Renaults and Citroen’s
 
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