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Mr Truchet's 1600 cabrio


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within 1 hour, i adjusted the valves, points, timing, carb and fixed some electrical gremlins, all caused by bad grounds.

the car is already much much better.

to do: change the front struts, change a leaky water pump, check timing chain tentioner, change alt. bushings.

next is to look at the clutch. It has the mechanical linkage...which means it has the old style clutch which is more expensive iirc...will need to figure out what to do with that as it realy needs to be changed.

...the engine is not its original one, but still it is a 1600 1973. The car is 1970.

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some more... this is truly a french car, all stickers under the hood are in french...

You might not have noticed Pat but it also has the French rear lights - all amber. Be nice if you could keep the mechanical clutch - they have a good action and work really well when they work properly.

Great car - what's the story? The dealer's a bit East of Paris in the Marne and if the car stayed in the area it should have a plate finishing in 51. Can't tell for sure but it looks like a 60 plate which means it moved to a dept North of Paris - Oise.

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some more... this is truly a french car, all stickers under the hood are in french...

You might not have noticed Pat but it also has the French rear lights - all amber. Be nice if you could keep the mechanical clutch - they have a good action and work really well when they work properly.

Great car - what's the story? The dealer's a bit East of Paris in the Marne and if the car stayed in the area it should have a plate finishing in 51. Can't tell for sure but it looks like a 60 plate which means it moved to a dept North of Paris - Oise.

Nick

Hi Nick, i was hoping that you see the thread...indeed the plaque ends with 60.

The old man bought the car from the dealer, but the car was owned by the wife of the dealership...or is it his daughter ?...

he bought it in the early 80's he said, drove the car there for a while and imported the car here in Quebec in the early 90's and run it sometimes during the summer here in North Hatley.

He dont want to restore the car, he just want to keep it as a true runner. He is aware of the rarity of the car and dont want to sell it at all.

He is still convinced that the 4 headlight is original and the engine too, despites my effort to shot hiw the VIN on the block and the '73 casting dates on the block, and the messed up wiring on the headlights.

Anyway...he is a frenchman,...ya know ;)

I will let the mechanical linkage of the clutch there, i dont plan to modify the car.

He thrown it to me to fix it and work around all mechanical aspects, i was refered to him by a friend who owns a garage, and he also saw my 02's so he is aware of what i can do.

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Hi Pat - love the fact he doesn't want a garage queen and is happy to get her running right and use as is - just the way it should be.

yeah i love that too, but he is a bit too retarded i would say, there is always a minimum you must do, especialy when it is such a rare car !!

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Pat, thanks for the post and photos. I am not going to get a Cabriolet, but I enjoy seeing especially the photo of the trunk (boot). That is the first time I have seen the design of the structural support built in for a factory cabriolet.

Regards,

Ray, what you are seeing inside the trunk is the convertible top box. The structural reinforcements are inside the rockers, underneath the seats and between the inner front fenders and the frame rails.

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