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Thread: Progress Report on my Renault Ondine in Bolivia

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    Default Progress Report on my Renault Ondine in Bolivia

    In the 41 days I've spent in Tarija where I play with my car projects in my spare time I've managed to get a few things done.

    This is the way it started a year ago.






    Just one front seat


    After a little cleaning



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    Continued.....

    Bearings weren't real good


    Nor the A-frames


    Since it had been sitting down in the mud for 20+ years, the brakes were stuck and rusted




    After sandblasting and straightening, it was time to paint the suspension




    A little help from a local machine shop to fabricate the eccentrics and bushings for the steering.

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    continued....
    Then one Saturday morning I called a neighbor and wrapped a fire hose around the engine and we pulled it.




    Water pump and whole insides rusted away


    And the block cracked and welded along the side, but the bridge between cylinders 2 and 3 was also cracked, causing elongation of the sleeves. and scraping of the pistons.



    So the block is now welded


    Another evening after work I pulled the rear suspension


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    continued....

    Transmission oil was more like molasses with rust on the lower parts.


    Engine support cracked


    So after more welding, it was time to protect the soon to be restored parts.







    Time to rectify some transmission teeth and assemble it.



    Then clean up the manifolds




    And the rear grill





    There are more pics on my site. I hope to get back the end of May to do a little more. Still need a few parts that should be coming from Argentina soon.

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    Thumbs up

    Congratulations for the great job done with this car!
    Fernando Zavala
    Alliance 1985 Limited
    Encore 1986 GS
    Encore 1986 Electronic

    http://www.kioscomusical.com

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    I got back to Tarija and have managed to steal some time to work on the car. Actually got a little don a few months ago that are on my site, although I never got around to posting them here.

    I got most of the electrical parts I'll need to convert to 12 volt, plus the steering wheel, light controls, water pump and thermostat, rack & pinion, and cylinder sleeve to replace the one that was not salvageable. Plus some more.

    I cleaned up the cylinders and the pistons, found that when it had been put together 20+ years ago (although never driven much) one of the oil rings was missing a piece, so had to order rings. Here are a few pics. lots more on my site in month 14 and 18.






    Polished up the alternator


    honed the sleeve


    Pulled the stainless roof trim and started taking out dents and polishing (details on my site)



    Now I'm back and took the shell to the body shop to patch the undercarriage while I assemble the engine and power train. Hope to be able to install it all before I go back to Santa Cruz at the end of the month.



    First shot shows the installation of the stainless water tube I had made


    Then the engine parts and assembly





    Still have a ways to go, but I'll keep my site updated as I go these next couple of weeks
    http://www.widman.biz/Dauphine/English/index.html

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    I finished the engine and power train, then put it in the car and got the body shop working on replacing the rusty rocker panels and other parts.

















    Body shop got started in earnest. Three rocker panels and door sills fabricated this week cutting various parts from wrecked cars and fabricating the rest from steel he cuts out of them.










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    Default felicidades hnos. bolivianos

    han hecho un trabajo increible y muy profesional
    sigan asi
    saludos desde mexico

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    Un trabajo muy profesional.Con su permiso he puesto enlace en el Club Renault 21 de España y desde ahi seguimos el progreso hasta que quede totalmente operativo el auto

    Un saludo desde España

    Paco

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    Back in Tarija and got some pics at the body shop this morning. He has done a nice job of replacing the left side frame, rockers and sills. The doors actually close now that it is not sagging.


    Now he has been working on the right side, where he had to replace a long section of the rail, then rocker, and then will be putting the final sills on.




    He has been cutting up some Toyotas, Nissans and Mitsubishis for steel. Once the rockers and sills are done, he will cut out the front floor and replace it.

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