Bringing Juliette back to life.

  1. harbourseal

    harbourseal Enthusiast

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    Today I started helping my friend Andrej to bring his 1962 4L Juliette back to life.

    We spend most of the day taking het from the storage position on to the bridge.

    And we started with removing all the old brake parts and and putting a new master cilinder and slave cilinders in.
    We have also done the ball joints on both the upper and lower wheel arms.

    Juliette came from Clairemont Ferrant being owned by a mechanic from a local Renault garage.
    He converted her to 12v as soon as it became available and did some more modifications.
    The last control technique and tax sticker were from 1994.
    She has always been kept dry. She has been well cared for in the past.
    It is nice to work on a well cared for car for a change. All the parts that had to be taken of came off quite easily.
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    Last edited: Mar 20, 2017
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  2. Cornish4

    Cornish4 Le Dazzleur

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    What a great looking car Robert, and such an early example. Wow!
     
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  3. Jurjenz

    Jurjenz Enthusiast

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    Wow, beautiful! :laughing:
     
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  4. Stuart Delahoy

    Stuart Delahoy Enthusiast

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    Just perfect!
     
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  5. jjad

    jjad Enthusiast

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    Really very nice. It must be one of the oldest ones still alive!

    I do think that the earliest ones are the prettiest looking.
     
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  6. JonathanT

    JonathanT Not normal for Norfolk

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    It's lovely! The simplicity is delightful
     
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  7. Iain

    Iain Enthusiast

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    Great stuff, looks like she'll be back on the road with a new CT in next to no time.
     
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  8. harbourseal

    harbourseal Enthusiast

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    Today was a day of ups and downs.

    First the downs. I hate working on drum brakes. Specially the front brakes with the handbrake are a pain. If anybody knows an easy way to attach the handbrake assembly without hailing the lord in names I will not repeat Please let me know.

    Andrej bought the wrong brake hoses for the back brakes so they are not finished yet.
    That was it for the downs.
    Had I mentioned the that Juliette was well cared for yet. Adjusting the the brakes was a breeze. The adjustment pieces on the anchor plate were loose. On This 55 year old lady everything works, nothing is seized.

    We put in two new drive shafts.
    Tried to turn the engine by hand and it is not seized either.
    The gearbox was empty but it is turning the wheels when put in gear.

    We think that the previous owner was doing a service and then suddenly was stopped short in doing so because the whole left front brake assembly was missing.
    There was nothing in the drum. We suspect that he was changing the oil from the gearbox to.

    Here are some more photo's
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    The floor. No rust what so ever. And it is untreated.


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    Just some dust on the petrol tank
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    Front bake assembly with new driveshaft and blocks
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    A little rust on the front crossbar
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    Juliette is flying

    Thursday morning I will be back at her finishing the brakes.
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2017
  9. JonathanT

    JonathanT Not normal for Norfolk

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    How do you find such a beautiful car!?
     
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  10. harbourseal

    harbourseal Enthusiast

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    Andrej found her at an auction.

    In France you can still find them.
     
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  11. JdeW

    JdeW Enthusiast

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    Wow, a very nice early grey almost original R4.:clapping:
    Last year I almost bought a 1965 Blue one, still regret it I didn't do it :doh:
     
  12. JonathanT

    JonathanT Not normal for Norfolk

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    I believe 'Ornella' ex Malcolm is up for sale via Mr Reno. She is left hand drive too and quite delightful
     
  13. mr-reno-139

    mr-reno-139 AKA Paul Cunningham

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    When did anyone mention ornella for sale I've only got it for mot and a new battery
    Being collected tomorrow
    Having just bought more expensive 6v battery on owners request can't see it being for sale
     
  14. malcolm

    malcolm & Clementine the Cat Staff Member

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    How is the lovely Ornella getting on?
     
  15. mr-reno-139

    mr-reno-139 AKA Paul Cunningham

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    Behaving very well after I refitted the insulated carb spacer last year
    Video from 2015
    Few others on my YouTube channel
     
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