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Offline matt123  
#1 Posted : 24 March 2012 08:26:29(UTC)
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Well the story begins when i bought G993 LET in January after seeing it on EBay just 15 miles down the road from me. TheĀ  history of the car - in 1990 a middle aged lady chose this Renault 5 GT turbo to be her company car, this was her company car right up until october 2005 when she purchased the car from the company and carried on using it as her own car right up until march 2010 when she got a new car and this one was then stored away until I bought it. Car is completely standard It even had the original billof sale with it.

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Got it back to mine and decided to service it but found the dreaded creamy mayo in the oil, petrol smell in the water and water coming out of the exhaust......suspected head gasket failure. Carl off the Renault turbo owners club popped over and did a compression test to confirm the bad news :(

Oh well, I saw it as an Opportunity to strip the engine down, clean and put back together again whilst replacing the older parts.

Didn't realise there were so many pipes on a gt turbo - got a full box in the kitchen. Everything stripped off the rocker cover was ready to come off. Engine bay pretty dirty too...
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creamy deposits on head
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Removed the head and it was like Butlins swimming pool in the pistons - least I knew it had gone!!!
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Head off now and failed gasket
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Think it was here...
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Inlet manifold cleaned up well
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Everything now off we were ready to roll.
Head skimmed by a local guy down the road
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Empty engine bay
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After 2 days of cleaning and degreasing it came up a treat. Very little rust too for 22 years old. I was particularly impressed with the shiny gear box now!!
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Can't wait to get it back on the road
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Thought I'd paint the manifold and turbo elbow so they look better.
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some of the new parts arrived this week to be fitted from cgb Motorsport. Just waiting on new turbo heat shield.
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That's where I'm up to so far. Fitting head back on next week with the uprated group a gasket set and new parts.

Need to fit new brakes all round, refurb wheels, clean interior and get it to show condition ready for some. Lots of work but will be worth it.... :)
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Offline roystinho  
#2 Posted : 24 March 2012 09:14:10(UTC)
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What a find!!!

I'd love an original. Did the lady you bought it from realise how much it was worth or was it a bargain? (you don't have to give a figure if you don't want)
Offline matt123  
#3 Posted : 24 March 2012 09:26:31(UTC)
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roystinho wrote:
What a find!!!

I'd love an original. Did the lady you bought it from realise how much it was worth or was it a bargain? (you don't have to give a figure if you don't want)


Cheers pal - it was actually a lad who got it from the woman and didn't want to modify it so decided to sell it on. I don't think the woman realised though.
Offline Streetfighter  
#4 Posted : 24 March 2012 09:27:58(UTC)
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Fantastic! It's a lot easier when you find one with a solid shell and so original like that one is. I bought one 12 years ago with head trouble, lots of messing about later it turned out it was cracked, which a pressure test wouldn't show up. Enjoy.
PS are you on RTOC?

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Offline matt123  
#5 Posted : 24 March 2012 09:32:24(UTC)
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Streetfighter wrote:
Fantastic! It's a lot easier when you find one with a solid shell and so original like that one is. I bought one 12 years ago with head trouble, lots of messing about later it turned out it was cracked, which a pressure test wouldn't show up. Enjoy.
PS are you on RTOC?


That's exactly what I thought, yea I'm on rtoc - just posted it on there ow, Carl from the club has been helping me fix it up.
Offline Reznik  
#6 Posted : 24 March 2012 10:36:33(UTC)
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Great car,keep it original (at least esthetically). Enjoy.
Offline matt123  
#7 Posted : 24 March 2012 12:33:19(UTC)
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Reznik wrote:
Great car,keep it original (at least esthetically). Enjoy.


Cheers mate. Yes intend to keep completely 100% OEM
Offline WB83  
#8 Posted : 26 March 2012 10:26:54(UTC)
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Fantastic effort, would love to have the knowledge to do all that!
Offline yp53acj  
#9 Posted : 26 March 2012 11:52:16(UTC)
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Looks like a stunning car!

Top job :)

Offline power ranger  
#10 Posted : 26 March 2012 11:54:43(UTC)
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Very rare to see them like this now. Great work and the way it should be.Smile

Offline matt123  
#11 Posted : 01 April 2012 20:01:37(UTC)
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Managed to get some more done today on the turbo with the help of Carl from rtoc - couldn't have done it without him.
Getting there...

Gaskets ready to go on and water pump
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Rebuilding head on kitchen table much to Caroline's delight last night.
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New group A head Gasket on
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Head refitted and new starter motor heat shield fitted too (just visible)
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High tensile he's bolts Torque'd up by the man himself.
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Spark plugs in
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Few other bits on and turbo refitted etc
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Cleaned up well
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Cleaned water pump up, fitted new housing and gaskets
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Refitted water pump to head and fan belt -new radiator car sold me on too. :approve:
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Offline Richyy182  
#12 Posted : 01 June 2012 21:19:37(UTC)
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wow
Offline 1898  
#13 Posted : 02 June 2012 09:54:25(UTC)
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Nice one. Takes me back.
Offline FORBES  
#14 Posted : 05 July 2012 11:58:23(UTC)
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Hugely jealous. Seeing this really makes me miss mine and makes me want another.

I am now off to spend few hours on pistonheads looking for R5 number 10 for me....
Offline yp53acj  
#15 Posted : 05 July 2012 15:08:03(UTC)
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Looking good Matt :)
Offline matt123  
#16 Posted : 16 August 2012 08:36:03(UTC)
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TwingoGeekeo wrote:
Looking good Matt :)


Cheers for all your help with parts Karl
Offline matt123  
#17 Posted : 16 August 2012 08:40:13(UTC)
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Photoshoot for septembers practical performace car finished the project off nicely, :)

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Offline barnesautos  
#18 Posted : 16 August 2012 11:28:15(UTC)
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Wow what a peach !!! Car looks fantastic, now it's time to enjoy
Well done that man :)
Offline Richyy182  
#19 Posted : 23 September 2012 13:25:45(UTC)
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My word, I want this. Remember driving one before I got a 106 gti - so much fun
Offline Reznik  
#20 Posted : 24 September 2012 13:09:12(UTC)
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Amazing car,nice to see the project finished up so great,i believe the car should be awesome to drive,enjoy.
Offline Richren  
#21 Posted : 16 October 2012 13:51:49(UTC)
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Superb find mate & a lovely example. I always wanted one of these when they originally came out. My love of Renaults started with the 5 after my mum owning 2 in the 1970's

Really enjoyable read through too & so impressed with the work going into it. I just wish i had the mechanical knowledge to do something like that myself Blush. It must be really satisfying as well to see it all come together. Star

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Offline matt123  
#22 Posted : 16 October 2012 19:56:00(UTC)
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Cheers for all the comments guys - it's lovely owning such a unique car (not many of them left now) I wouldn't say I had masses of mechanical knowledge, just a basic understanding. It was a case of taking the engine apart piece by piece to the. Put back together again.

Few more pics of practical performance magazine shoot


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Offline Partickpebbles  
#23 Posted : 20 October 2012 18:13:00(UTC)
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wowwwweeeee Great story and what a wonderful outcome! Bravo! Thanks for sharing!
Offline Jeremy RUK  
#24 Posted : 20 October 2012 18:26:54(UTC)
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Very, very nice
Offline black225  
#25 Posted : 21 October 2012 00:29:59(UTC)
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Well done fella , looks amazing
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