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akylekoz
akylekoz HalfDork
11/27/17 8:33 a.m.
akylekoz
akylekoz HalfDork
11/27/17 8:35 a.m.

xflowgolf
xflowgolf Dork
11/27/17 8:39 a.m.

awesome.  

RossD
RossD MegaDork
11/27/17 8:43 a.m.
93EXCivic
93EXCivic MegaDork
11/27/17 9:03 a.m.

Man I wish I could get my hands on the Le Car.

akylekoz
akylekoz HalfDork
11/27/17 9:06 a.m.
93EXCivic said:

Man I wish I could get my hands on the Le Car.

See if you can work something out with the seller, I have friends and relatives in Detroit.  One of them has a car trailer.

Not that I'm an enabler.

akylekoz
akylekoz HalfDork
11/27/17 9:08 a.m.

RossD, says.

 

But did you see the Fuego in the U.P.?  

This guy is selling his collection?

93EXCivic
93EXCivic MegaDork
11/27/17 9:45 a.m.

In reply to akylekoz :

If it was up for sale in a couple months, I totally would but I need to sell one car first and buy suspension parts for the FSP Civic.

xflowgolf
xflowgolf Dork
11/27/17 10:10 a.m.

That Fuego is killer as well.  

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
¯\_(ツ)_/¯ UltraDork
11/27/17 10:35 a.m.

oOOOH.  I'm having bad thoughts involving a LeCar and and old rusted out turbo Saab to make a budget version of this:  

tdrrally
tdrrally Reader
11/27/17 10:56 a.m.

https://youtu.be/ocFC9CuoBWU

why do you need the Saab?

 

you just move the stock engine/trans behind the seat

 

https://youtu.be/ocFC9CuoBWU

RossD
RossD MegaDork
11/27/17 11:10 a.m.

In reply to tdrrally :

Not quite. The first gen Le Car (R5) is actually front wheel drive and mid engined longitudinally mounted. Like, the transmission is behind the front bumper and the engine is under the dash almost. Moving it to the rear would make it more of a rear engined car like a R8/R10 or a Beetle/911. The R5 Turbo has the engine in the middle of the car.

 

R5 Turbo:

Le Car (Normal R5):

Notice even the accessories are running off of the transaxle side of the engine.

The second gen of R5 and Le Car actually switched over to a transverse mounted engine/transaxle setup that's more typical of FWD cars. The above Le Car is the first gen so it mid engined!

I still haven't quite figured out if people do flip the ring gear to turn the Renault transaxle around or not like the VWs/Porsches.

akylekoz
akylekoz HalfDork
11/27/17 11:35 a.m.

WOW, now it is even more awesomerer.  Who would have thunk, a mid engine LeCar.

tdrrally
tdrrally Reader
11/27/17 12:32 p.m.

i'm loving it!

914Driver
914Driver MegaDork
11/29/17 10:10 a.m.

That R-5 is surprisingly rust free.  I put 80,000 miles on one, the last car I remember having a manual choke.

akylekoz
akylekoz HalfDork
11/29/17 11:31 a.m.

My 1985 RX7 had a semi-auto manual choke.  Who knows how those worked, it would all of the sudden just click back in when it was ready.

Patrick
Patrick MegaDork
11/29/17 11:58 a.m.

Learned how to drive stick in a fuego.  I really want that turbo

spitfirebill
spitfirebill UltimaDork
11/29/17 2:44 p.m.

The car in the OP seems too cheap to me.   And I doubt it was ever ralleyed much  Looks way too clean.       

einy
einy HalfDork
11/29/17 7:42 p.m.

In reply to akylekoz :

Electric gizmo on the choke cable that would release a “brake” of sorts in a set amount if time, if memory serves.  Spring return of the choke go the off position pulled the cable back in.

spitfirebill
spitfirebill UltimaDork
11/30/17 6:32 a.m.
einy said:

In reply to akylekoz :

Electric gizmo on the choke cable that would release a “brake” of sorts in a set amount if time, if memory serves.  Spring return of the choke go the off position pulled the cable back in.

The wife and I test drove an early civic wagon that the choke worked like that.  

914Driver
914Driver MegaDork
11/30/17 9:32 a.m.

What engine is used for this?

RossD
RossD MegaDork
11/30/17 10:01 a.m.
pilotbraden
pilotbraden UltraDork
11/30/17 3:55 p.m.

I live 15 miles from the Le car , I can look at it and store it for a little while for someone, unless I buy it

nutherjrfan
nutherjrfan Dork
12/1/17 12:10 a.m.

The great Jean Ragnotti.

akylekoz
akylekoz HalfDork
12/1/17 5:53 a.m.
pilotbraden said:

I live 15 miles from the Le car , I can look at it and store it for a little while for someone, unless I buy it

With the mismatched seats, wires hanging under the dash and possibly not running well, definitely go and see if you can get it for several hundred dollars.  I need two cars gone before bringing another one home.    

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