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Just a quick engine swap?

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Hi there folks. As I said in "what I am doing!" the engine in my 85 GTL seemed past its best, so I decided to rebuild one while still using my car, and then over a few days do an engine swap. Good plan, but there always seems to be loads of other jobs to do before getting to that stage. The engine rebuild has gone well, and is nearly ready but as can be seen the gearbox has a few leaks, so new seals required there. The oil was very metallic looking, hmm, not been replaced for a bit I reckon, but the box was working fine, so new seals and oil and it will be good to go. The gearbox mount was holding on by a thread of rubber, no wonder the exhaust was hitting the inner wing! After 33 years of oil fumes and dirt the chassis was caked in an oily gunge which had protected it, but I've taken the plunge and cleaned it up. As the 4 isn't an every day driver now, chassis protection isn't quite so important, although the inside of this section is waxoiled. I just need to touch in one two places with rust inhibiter and paint, but I like to keep that patina.
I've still got a bit more fettling to do, but hope in the next few days to make a start on reassembly. Regards Brian 20181201_141913.jpg 20181201_141854.jpg 20181203_170113.jpg 20181203_171137.jpg
 
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Thanks for your comments chaps. It's very interesting what you say harbourseal, but I do know she was first registered in 1985, and was supplied new by Liningtons a Renault garage in Portsmouth. I bought her last year from a chap called Nic, "snailshed" on this forum, and as far as I know he bought her from a forum member called "purpaboo". Up until then I've no idea of her history, but I think it might have been a bit chequered, as purpaboo called her "the folly", and she was and still is a bit battered in places. All part of her charm. I assume she was assembled in the Republic of Ireland at Wexford, but where the chassis originated I've no idea.
Regards Brian.
 
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#5
I reckon it probably was due to being assembled in Ireland, probably quite a different process buiIding a car up from a CKD kit. I remember a renault dealer telling me that they often used to run out of paint and went out and got the nearest they could find.
 
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That makes sense Piet. I expect a lot of parts were either in bare metal or primer when they arrived at the assembly shop, hence the rusting process had already started too. It must have been a very haphazard way of building cars, and must also have been a real headache for the garages trying to sell them.
 
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exactly same thing is going on over here.

I am at gearbox renewal part, and far from engine renewal part, hoping engine inside R4 will last so long to finish gearbox and engine.

This is perfect opportunity for you to check protect front crossmember from rust
 
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Hi petak, I've simply washed out the gearbox and poured a small amount of oil over the gears, and I will top-up to the correct level once it's all back in the car. Of course I've replaced all gaskets and seals too.
Yes as you say an ideal time to give the crossmember a good rust proofing.
 
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