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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,495 ✭✭✭ kyote00


    1981 Renault 5 tl - back on the road after 12 restoration

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  • Registered Users Posts: 997 ✭✭✭ MrCostington


    Lovely! That was my first car :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,543 ✭✭✭ BrianD3


    Lovely indeed :) 12 month restoration? It would be interesting to hear some history on the car and also details on the restoration.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,495 ✭✭✭ kyote00


    I bought it from a well known renault guy in Kilkenny about 7-8 years ago.

    Has had two 'restorations'....
    I did a major mechanical in 2015 -->
    new water pump, belts
    reconditioned alternator
    reconditioned distributor
    new points, coil, leads etc
    new clutch

    Last year, did the body restoration - mostly doors, jacking points, suspension, full paint and new interior !

    Dublin car (north county) and mostly lived in Lusk and Clontarf....

    Service stamps on the inside of the bonnet and Padre Pio sticker in back window.... so all bases covered :D

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,819 ✭✭✭ RobAMerc


    kyote00 wrote: »
    I bought it from a well known renault guy in Kilkenny about 7-8 years ago.

    Has had two 'restorations'....
    I did a major mechanical in 2015 -->
    new water pump, belts
    reconditioned alternator
    reconditioned distributor
    new points, coil, leads etc
    new clutch

    Last year, did the body restoration - mostly doors, jacking points, suspension, full paint and new interior !

    Thats just lovely kyote00 -


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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,955 ✭✭✭✭ Duke O Smiley


    Excellent stuff, that Renault is just brilliant. Eric Leonard motors has only just closed down recently. The showroom is currently for sale.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,448 ✭✭✭ jetfiremuck


    My sister had the 5 gtl if I remember. Miser on fuel and lovely suspension over rough roads


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,448 ✭✭✭ jetfiremuck


    Had a black Gordini 1.6 over the years. It had a renault 16 gearbox as the original was damaged. Lovely seats and nippy. Think it had a w\twin choke weber or solex. Cant remember


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,366 ✭✭✭ ba_barabus


    kyote00 wrote: »
    I bought it from a well known renault guy in Kilkenny about 7-8 years ago.

    Has had two 'restorations'....
    I did a major mechanical in 2015 -->
    new water pump, belts
    reconditioned alternator
    reconditioned distributor
    new points, coil, leads etc
    new clutch

    Last year, did the body restoration - mostly doors, jacking points, suspension, full paint and new interior !

    Dublin car (north county) and mostly lived in Lusk and Clontarf....

    Service stamps on the inside of the bonnet and Padre Pio sticker in back window.... so all bases covered :D

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    I was there the day that well known guy bought it. Lovely little car it was


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,028 ✭✭✭ kaizersoze


    kyote00 wrote: »
    1981 Renault 5 tl - back on the road after 12 restoration

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    Jeez that's gorgeous. Well done and well wear.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭ Isambard


    at a loose end, so here's a couple of recent photos

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,819 ✭✭✭ RobAMerc


    been waiting weeks to get a pic of all of them together . I had hoped to get my neighbours immaculate 1990 w124 estate into it too but I've not got round to it

    So here is 2 pics featuring my "fleet"

    The Merc is on Irish plates now - I did it slightly differently, I booked a VRT appointment and went and bought a car to bring along !:D

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,131 ✭✭✭ w124man


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    Great car but uncomfortable on a long trip. Sold it a few weeks ago


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,366 ✭✭✭ ba_barabus


    w124man wrote: »

    Great car but uncomfortable on a long trip. Sold it a few weeks ago
    Really? I would have assumed it was a comfortable mile muncher


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,366 ✭✭✭ ba_barabus


    Christmas bumper edition of Autocar :D

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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,131 ✭✭✭ w124man


    ba_barabus wrote: »
    Really? I would have assumed it was a comfortable mile muncher

    Well that's what I thought too and some will agree and some wont. Neither the Missus or myself could last more that two hours without a break whereas in either the 124 or 126 we can drive from Cherbourg to La Rochelle in one shot. Perhaps its an age thing! Mine was a 320 V6 and 32 mpg was regularly doable but we didn't fit in it I suppose.


  • Registered Users Posts: 244 ✭✭ davidglanza


    My 20 valve corolla


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,028 ✭✭✭ kaizersoze


    ba_barabus wrote: »
    Christmas bumper edition of Autocar :D

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    Nice one and a lovely machine.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,028 ✭✭✭ kaizersoze


    A recent acquisition. Fairly solid overall but a bit neglected mechanically.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭ Isambard


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  • Registered Users Posts: 2,323 ✭✭✭ tc20


    ^ nice pair Isambard - enlighten me here a bit more.
    They are both Mk4's, I'm guessing the '78 is a 2.0 Ghia, what's the spec on the other? Was the vinyl roof a higher trim level?


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭ Isambard


    tc20 wrote: »
    ^ nice pair Isambard - enlighten me here a bit more.
    They are both Mk4's, I'm guessing the '78 is a 2.0 Ghia, what's the spec on the other? Was the vinyl roof a higher trim level?

    the 78 is a 2.3 Ghia V6 manual. The 79 is 1.6GL. It's not that easy to see what extra you get on a Ghia!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭ Harcrid


    Sold the MGB over the weekend and just picked this up.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,042 ✭✭✭ noelf


    I posted a picture of your Audi back in 2018 in ' what's the oldest car you saw on the road today '
    I've removed the reg .


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Regional East Moderators Posts: 57,831 CMod ✭✭✭✭ unkel


    Harcrid wrote: »
    Sold the MGB over the weekend and just picked this up.

    Wow, looks fantastic! Any more details?

    Your dad was so keen on the MGB, you weren't. How did you manage to convince him to sell it? :)

    "Wind is Ireland's oil" - An Taoiseach, 25/05/2022



  • Registered Users Posts: 7,028 ✭✭✭ kaizersoze


    Harcrid wrote: »
    Sold the MGB over the weekend and just picked this up.

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    Glorious. Love the 80 Coupe. Well ware.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,819 ✭✭✭ RobAMerc


    Harcrid wrote: »
    Sold the MGB over the weekend and just picked this up.

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    Beautiful car, well ware. We had a 90 back in 86 ( AGI 600 ) - is the GT a 5 cylinder 2.0 engine too ? What a sound!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭ Harcrid


    unkel wrote: »
    Wow, looks fantastic! Any more details?

    Your dad was so keen on the MGB, you weren't. How did you manage to convince him to sell it? :)

    As nice as the MGb was for nostalgia reasons, they are pretty awful to drive and you dont get much pleasure out of it. Plus the market went up on them and a profit was to be had so we felt the time was right. I think this Audi is more my style than his so I win this time around. :)

    The Audi is a clean example but no show car. Originally a UK car that was brought over 4 years ago by a lovely gentleman who did a few bits to it to tidy it up. It has a decent history and drives well and was obviously looked after. And it has an all important NCT which can be rare enough got 80's cars. I'll upload more pics some other day.

    Its only the 1.8 but goes pretty well even with that. I think it was the engine used in the Golf GTI from that era.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,028 ✭✭✭ kaizersoze


    Before and after valet and buff up.
    Mechanically sound at last and tested.

    Next phase is to pretty it up and sort a few of the electric bits.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,796 ✭✭✭ Isambard


    LIGHTNING wrote: »
    I was topping up the fluids on the classic and I decided to clean up the oil cap. It was really looking a bit sad. The girl needs a bit of body work tidying up so it has to start somewhere :pac:

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    a Huile 710!


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