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1990 Renault 4 GTL

MarioZg

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139
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Zagreb, Croatia
Thank you! According to this, it is for 845 engines. I don`t know, I`ll try and see if there is any difference.
 

JdeW

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Laarbeek The Netherlands
You're welcome Mario, it's just all about old plain simple technique like the engine, camshaft, valves, carburetor, distributor, all in it's right proportions and settings ;).
Best regards, Joop
 

Scoobyznack

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Location
London
Hello @MarioZg

Belated thanks for the trip write-up, lovely pics - great variety of interesting metal at the Classic Marathon :)

Great R4 meet too, I haven’t managed to get myself to one like that yet...

Best wishes, Simon.
 

JdeW

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695
Location
Laarbeek The Netherlands
How long was that downhill for 145km/h picture? :whistle:
140+km/h (forward driving) is easily achieved with a GTL like mine before the full restoration started.
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But driving in reverse and you reach 170, then 160, 150....:laughing:
 

MarioZg

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139
Location
Zagreb, Croatia
I came from vaccation, everything went well, made 541 km with average consumption of 5.16 l/100km or 55mpg :cool:
But the real reason why I write this post is this...
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Yes, I finally found them :D :D :D Now I`m searching for the front pair...
 

JdeW

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695
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Laarbeek The Netherlands
Nothing beats DeCarbon shocks either comfort or performance, well done Mario.
Just keep searching it took me 18 months to find front and rear DeCarbon performance.
 

Andy McGhee

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1,131
Location
Cheltenham
There's a pair of De Carbon fronts on Leboncoin at the moment - do a search for 'Amortisseurs avant Sachs Neuf Renault R4L'
 

MarioZg

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139
Location
Zagreb, Croatia
I'm not sure if they fit on my car. I think those are for first r4 series
 

MarioZg

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139
Location
Zagreb, Croatia
Hello!:waving:
Today I changed rear shocks. Since I bought the car, I had trouble with throbbing at the rear end and when passing curves where the road isn`t good, the car jumped a bit. Anyway, I opened my NOS Renault parts secret cave :cool: and pulled out some new shiny De Carbons that I purchase this summer on french ebay. :artist:

Prepared tool and new shocks
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First I had to remove the old ones, so I lift the car on the jack and secure it. Then I removed the wheel and the old, tired grandpa showed up :D
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Then I unscrew the nut on the upper part and then two nuts (thinner, securing the wider) on the lower part and released the pin from the top part. Then I lifted rear suspension with another jack to release the shock.
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May be tricky to insert a new shock but if you lift the suspension just a little bit more, you will be able to put it inside because shocks on R4 works o different principle than on other cars- when the suspension goes up, the shock is stretching.
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So I did exactly the same on the left side, but with a little more effort because one bolt was very very stubborn :mad::D and the exhaust pipe is getting in the way.
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After all, the throbbing is gone, car is more stable but I will need a better (I mean, worse:D) road to get the impressions together. For now that is it, next week I have to remove console on R11 in order to replace the heater, but you will read that in the other topic.
See you, my R4 is waiting for me :whistle:
 

MarioZg

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139
Location
Zagreb, Croatia
Hello my friends, long time no see! :hug:
I didn't do much here because everything is ok so I don't have to do anything besides regular oil change. Few weeks back I changed the oil, the oil filter and put new antifreeze. This week I decided to change all the locks and the key because I had some issues with it. Old key had some serious signs of use, so I changed it before it breaks. Fortunately, in my R4 secret cave I had NOS original Neiman locks with keys. :whistle:
The old key
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And the new one
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Since all the locks were disassembled, it was logical to galvanize them before assembly...
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Now I just have to wait to trunk door lock/handle to come from ebay. I ordered many parts from ebay during the Corona crises (mainly from France any Italy) and all of them came really fast, but I ordered this almost a month ago from Greece and the seller isn't even able to send it because of the airport lockdown. Hope it will be here soon. Until then, enjoy your R4s :waving:
 
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Baron von Zach

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Stockport
Yeah, I have the same problem with something I bought from a guy in Johannesburg.
He is not allowed to post anything. For eleven weeks now.
 

MarioZg

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139
Location
Zagreb, Croatia
Hello!
Parts are ready :D
I have in plan to change timing chain and the clutch. I have NOS original clutch, but this parts I was collecting for almost a year now. Finally, it is all here :cool:
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I am still waiting for crankcase gasket, but it's on the way :D
 

MarioZg

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139
Location
Zagreb, Croatia
Hello!
Long time no see...
Few weeks ago, my R4 passed an MOT for 30th time. So for that anniversary I gave him a gift :D

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New stickers :D

We're on 181000 km now. It also got new brake fluid. I have to replace the clutch and distribution chain and see what I can do with this rusty area. Sometime in his life there was obviously brake fluid leaking.
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Cheers :waving:
 

JdeW

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695
Location
Laarbeek The Netherlands
Congratulations on that anniversary Mario, and about attacking the rust on the front left chassis beam....
Indeed brake fluid is a cause and it can (will) run everywhere inside the front left chassis beam, and in combination with (salty) water it can really be worse as you can follow on mine GTLfront left chassis beam repair here
 
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