Hi Angel, in the UK the name Alpine was already a trade mark of the Chrysler corporation who had taken over the British company Rootes Group. Remember the Sunbeam Alpine? Very successful rally car of the 50s. Later Chrysler brought out the Chrysler Alpine, so Renault were unable to market the hot R5 in the UK as an Alpine, so used Gordini instead.
We replaced the leaking master cylinder with a refurbished Cadmium plated item. The new one also has been fitted with a stainless steel sleeve to prevent future corrosion, this is all more expensive but you end up with a much better product aesthetically and has more longevity. We bled the system with more silicone brake fluid which is also better all around and doesn't damage the paintwork so no damage was done by the old leaky master cylinder, again it's expensive but a very good product. As part of simple maintenance I cleaned coolant bottle out of sludge which tends to deposite from un-rebuilt engine.
Also as part of winter protection we are temporarily swapping the 5.5" Fergats that were fitted in May for the set of standard GTL wheels that were fitted previously. Dad also found a good condition NOS wheel to add to replace the one with the filled centre hole. So I'll have to stick with skinny wheels for the time being but better that than exposing Fergats to all the salt, rain, ice and grit that gets thrown up around this time of year.
The wheel swap is now done and the the rear drivers side wheelbearing has been replaced as it had become increasing noisy over the past in, out and under all the wheel arches and inner wings ... you go down one back road and it looks like you've been on the Safari Rally .
We also had the idea to put some stainless steel wheel trim rings used on Dad's Renault 12 that he used to drive daily that are still in good condition even after being through all weathers for several years. They make the standard GTL wheels look a bit deeper and a bit less like a toy car's. We would also like to paint the two tone sections on the Fergats black whilst they are off the car as I prefer the look and think the contrast against the yellow would look great.
With the standard wheels back on the car feels more roly and springy opposed to the go-kart feel with the wider tyres I'm used to, but the lighter steering is nice when parking.