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1927/9 Renault Monasix parts wanted

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Thank you Sebastien

I do know the "les-renault-d-guerre" I was active on this forum previously when I first had my Renault some years ago but my lack of French was something of a handicap. I now have had a reply to my advert wanting to buy parts. I have been offered an engine and gearbox that I think I should buy.

 

Bernie j.

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Hello Sebastien

I am now buying another engine and gearbox from the USA.

It is indeed a small world,

 

Bernie j.

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A is good news that :) 
A yes indeed buying a renault engine in the USA the world is small ! :) 

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Hello Sebastien

Thank you for your good wishes.

 

While the world keeps getting smaller the USA is still a BIG place, I am having the engine and gearbox air-freighted in the hope that it will avoid some of the strife that seems to be expanding no matter which way you look.

 

Bj

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All is revealed, while cleaning the rear axle assembly ready for painting I have discovered the build date and final drive gear ratio. 
It was built on 11-6-29 and the ratio is 8 to 52.  i.e. an impressive  6.5 : 1.   Ideal for climbing up alpine passes or ploughing fields.

 

Apart from anything else we now know that the car has another birthday. In just a few days time it will be  just 91 years old.

 

Happy birthday Renault Mona-stella.

 

Bj.

 

 

 

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A yes, it's an impressive bridge report ;) 
She is almost 100 years old ! :) 
Happy birthday Renault :) 

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Hello Sebastien

Almost as old as me, or at least as old as I feel sometimes after a day working on the Renault.

Right now I am busy scraping almost 100 years of gunk and dirt off the rear axle assembly. This prior to painting it. 

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For all this time he must have been fat and dirty indeed .
I wish you good luck for the future ! ;) 

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Having looked at the work that you do Sebastien, the stuff that I do is nothing!   I am "just having fun, messing about with old cars"

But then that is what I have done all my life and what I enjoy doing, so I am not about to change.   At least my wife knows where I am and what I am doing!

It is too late now for me to change.   At least I am doing "something" and enjoying what I am doing.   It has to be better using my hands and my brain rather than sitting waiting to die in an "old folks home".   I jokingly say, "80 is the new 60!"  But then I know a lot of people die in their 60's, so I must be doing something the right! 

 

Don't worry,   I will say again, "I am not about to change!"

 

Bernie j. (9-11-1936)

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You are right, you have to enjoy life and do what you love :) 
Me if I win the lottery I would like to buy a lot of wrecks of American cars to restore them entirely  :wub: :wub:, and as a recent car I would like to buy a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon :wub: :) 
It would make a good car garage :) 

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Not my first choice but I guess it is just a matter of whatever turns you on. Having seen some of your  work all I can say is "Go for it".

I am not sure just what some of your French Countrymen think. But then they may not fully understand the need to be preserving a 90 year old Renault either. 

 

Bj.

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There are many French people who are passionate about cars, there are many clubs in France.
Yes there are enthusiasts in France who restore cars from the years 1900/1930, like all the other cars :) 

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Thank you Sebastian

My wife Helen and I have been going to France every five years for anything between one and three months for quite a long time now. We take the 1934 Lagonda by sea to England and then use it for our every day transport. We have driven around and across France a number of  times. We have taken part in a number of small, local club rallies in it. We have driven in it to LeMans and to other "Historic"  events.

 

Bj. 

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I see that you have traveled well and that you know France well ;) 
Are you going to France this year ? since there have been problems with containment

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Hello Sebastien

I am sorry but as I am now approaching my 84th year, I think that our days of "Big Trips" are over. There have been groups of Citroen Traction Avant's come to Australia in recent years. Perhaps it is time for more people to come and explore our vast land. There is a huge amount to see and no "Wilde Beastes" to frighten you. All those big open spaces showing no roads on Maps of Australia are simply that, Big Open Spaces.

 

Bernie J.

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Australia is a beautiful country too, I have never been there but I could see reports on TV, and it is very beautiful ;) 
Is it true that there are a lot of kangaroos or is it just in one region ?

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There are lots of Kangaroos you can find them on Golf Courses and in open country. But having said that you do not find them in the towns and cities.  But I could show you a number within a twenty mile drive form our home. 

 

Bj

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Back to the Renault, I now have dismantled both sides of  the rear brakes, apart from the general lack of attention one brake shoe will need some more attention. Both the rear backing plates are badly rusted at the bottom and the one shoe is badly corroded. Having asked quite widely, unsuccessfully, about obtaining a replacement I think that it will be much easier to have it repaired. Since this photograph was taken I have removed all the old linings and given it a good cleaning, I could still use it as is but a good aluminium welder will fix it in a few minutes.

 

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Indeed this parts is damaged and I do not think it is easy to find, let alone new.
The good solution will surely be to have it repaired as you say.
Good continuation :) 

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Cleaning almost 100 years of dirt and rust on the Renault parts is very good for the soul.

Anyone who whould like to try is very welcome. Just send me an email telling me when you would like to come.

I can be sure to have a pile of bits for you to "go to work on".

Right now I am just starting work on the rear axle assembly. I have a can of my favourite shade of green paint ready for you once you have got it all sparkling clean and free from rust, oil and dirt.

I have just given the first brake drum a coat of heat resistant black "engine" paint.  Just three to go.....

 

Bernie j.

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The rear axle is now all cleaned and waiting for the engine & gearbox from the USA. It is now with the Australian Customs who will no doubt tear the engine apart looking for a few strands of ASBESTOS that may be lurking in the middle of the head gasket.  I should get the remains delivered in the next week or two..

The gear on the front end of the drive shaft is to power the mechanical Brake Servo.... I will be having new brake backing plates "laser-cut" next week. and the brake shoes fitted with new "bonded linings". The bottom half of the original "backing plates" were badly rusted.

 

Bj.

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Today I have taken a sample rear brake backing plate to have two new ones Lazer cut. Then I can fit them to the axle before having the brake shoes relined.

BUT before I do that I still have take the front brake drums off and check if they need to be relined too.  The hand brake also operates on the same rear brakes, so in theory they should wear a little more than the front. Unlike many cars of the same period,  Renault did not have seperate shoes for the hand brakes.

Looking at the photograph will help you understand the need for new backing plates and why I chose to have new ones Lazer cut. The thought of getting all those holes in the right size,  position and shape was reason enough. Obviously the car had been standing with "damp" debris sitting in the bottom of the rear brakes for quite some time.. Fortunately the rear brake drums do not seem to have suffered to any extent. The 'cup' intended to capture any grease escaping from the bearing may need a little tidying up.

 

Back to work!

 

Bj.

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Well done for this great job, it takes a lot of time to clean and repair everything.
The rear axle painted green is very beautiful, it is like new ;) 
It's a good idea to redo this pieces with a lazer cutout, it's good work.
Bravo and good luck for the rest of the work :) .

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Thank you Sebastian

I chose to use Lazer cutting for anything requiring accuracy these days,  I find that either using a hand held drill or even my now considered antique Drill Press are liable to wander. Unfortunately most of my equipment is, as is their owner reaching the end of their useful life but having said that I am certainly not about to creep indoors in search of a comfortable chair or worse. One aspect of my increased age is that of impatience hence I tend to where possible use air mail or airfreight for anything coming from overseas.  Now I can only become frustrated ate the delays imposed by Government Departments such as the Australian Customs Service who have now added to their activities the search of items coming into my country for the now totally banned substance "Asbestos" this includes possible locations such as in the centre of Cylinder Head Gaskets and in Brake Linings. I am anxiously waiting for the Renault engine,now in transit (by Air freight) to see how much damage is done by a possibly over zealous "Inspector" wanting to check and possibly remove the offending items.

 

Bj.

 

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I have just sent another US$200.00 payment for customs clearance for the Renault Motor and gearbox, hopefully it will now be delivered although I will not be surprised if there are some more delays.

Someone said at some time in the past "Life was not meant to be easy." I could add to that "Money was not made to be saved, just for spending."

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