White van/R5gtt tales

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KP
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Post by KP »

Wish i could but with my current activa woes doubt i could afford the trip and with the nippers in tow doubt they would find it much fun, well matthew might as he loved the old coupe noise...

HDI
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Post by HDI »

Brigsy , have u realised the significance of the reg on the van ?

Brigsygtt
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Post by Brigsygtt »

R5 91! well spotted i had to think about that for a moment then.

Took the gtt for test today, failed on snapped coil spring o/s front, half a coil missing at top. Wouldn't have had this problem on an xantia for sure :lol:

Mot tester did say what a minter like, underneath is in a1 nick.

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Post by HDI »

Not quite !! I hadn't spotted that !
No , it's a bit more subtle. R NOU , as in Rene Arnoux , the legendary Renault F1 driver !! :D Thats well cool !

Brigsygtt
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Post by Brigsygtt »

That is pretty cool, didn't think of that 8)

A couple of new pics to add. Fixed front fogs & cleaned engine bay.

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KP
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Post by KP »

looks good, nice oil pressure as well for the engine from cold :)

Whats that thing to the drivers side of the engine bay that goes to the carb? cant remember myslef but think it was something to do with avoiding fuel vapourisation on hot engines??

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Post by XantiaMan »

KP wrote:looks good, nice oil pressure as well for the engine from cold :)

Whats that thing to the drivers side of the engine bay that goes to the carb? cant remember myslef but think it was something to do with avoiding fuel vapourisation on hot engines??
On the Maestro the same thing is called a Carb Cooling Fan, on the R5 that called it an Anti-Perculation Fan or Perc Fan for short...

Brigsygtt
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Post by Brigsygtt »

Aye its the anti-perc fan. Stops fuel from evaporating out of teh carb when hot, makes hot starting faster. A bit of a bodge by renault, works ok though..

Had the gtt on the rolling road last week, pulled 138hp/142lb torque.

Was going to take the van to the rolling road aswell but the clutch failed whilst setting the boost/fuelling up last friday night, refuses to go into gear when running. With the cam fitted its certainly interesting starting it up in gear, kangaroo's liuke a learner driver :lol:

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CitroJim
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Post by CitroJim »

Looking good :D That's pretty good power and torque :D Well done!

I was honoured to see at close quarters a very nice white R5GTT in Slough the other weekend. I believe you may know of the one I mean. The instrument pod on that one is something else :D

Brigsygtt
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Post by Brigsygtt »

Marc's new gtt? Going to be a weapon when finished.

His old gtt was canny quick, i had a few passenger laps last year at mallory.

Had to crack the spanners out on my gtt this week, the turbo decided enough was enough & started smoking on idle. I suspect a dodgy rebuild/tolerances as no play in the shaft but the oil seal has failed :?

Also had to change a trackrod end, drives nice again though so pleased. Shame the weather is too poor most of the time to have a decent ride out, roll on next summer!

Brigsygtt
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Post by Brigsygtt »

Destroyed the clutch on the van a while back so has been sat in the lockup.

Work commences this week to get it back on the road. Next years goal is 12 sec qtr so have started gathering the relevant parts to make the most out of the current setup..

Ap 4 paddle clutch

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Big Jim racing 1 piece elbow/downpipe to replace the nasty stock cast elbow.

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XantiaMan
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Post by XantiaMan »

My Maestro has a 4 paddle clutch similar to that, but its coming out next year as its such a pain to drive in any traffic and takes the fun out of just 'driving' its. Great for drag strip work as you can get an amazing launch with it, but it you do any significant road driving i would advise against unless there is no alternative.

Brigsygtt
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Post by Brigsygtt »

Aye i imagine it will be a nightmare on the road, only other option is multi-plate which wont be cheap :shock:

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Post by Brigsygtt »

Pulled engine out of the van tonight, found the problem. I can only assume a few hard launches at the pod & epic wheelspin in 2nd gear when setting it up made it fail?

Spring was pointing out sideways on removal aswell thats how it came out. Made no noise when running!

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Post by RichardW »

Impressive - at least you didn't have to look too far for the fault!