The R21 Nevada Owners Club

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Re: The R21 Nevada Owners Club

Post by toddao » Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:21 pm

I think the caption for this one should be : Quick let's run back before it depreciates/rusts to fug!


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It's been weldy weldy, setting the car cover on the BX TRD on fire with sparxx. Now snowing, so I've refrained from waging war on the brown plague : underfloor patch and sill sorted, spotted more 'fun' under the LH rear axle mount! What did I expect for 290€? =P~ No pics as it's hard enough going back to the 80s without taking snaps. I found another complete Nevada 150kms N of here : 87 model, first year of production of the ph.1. 200€. Tempted, as parts wagon as I need so many little bits'n'pieces..
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Re: The R21 Nevada Owners Club

Post by Paul296 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:55 am

toddao wrote:I think the caption for this one should be : Quick let's run back before it depreciates/rusts to fug!


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I did much of my learning to drive in a R21 like that one. It was a 2.2GTX with all the whistles and bells and looked lovely. Trouble was you had to keep stopping every 20 minutes to let the engine cool down - unless of course you were doing a parking manoeuvre and then you had to switch the engine off immediately to stop it cooking itself. Happy days! :D

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Re: The R21 Nevada Owners Club

Post by toddao » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:05 am

Yes, they were notorious for cooling issues. Normally the thermal sensor or broken fans are to blame . I am going to overhaul the entire cooling system. The huge splatter of brown water ( now dried up to a rust coloured stain) suggests that cooling water was driven from the system at some point under pressure. My old pal the head gasket? Perhaps another reason for a parts wagon? Then I've got two kwality rusting hulks blocking up my life! 8)
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Re: The R21 Nevada Owners Club

Post by Dollywobbler » Fri Nov 30, 2012 10:43 am

My 21 2-litre Monaco was absolutely fine on the cooling front. The 1.7-litre seemed a bit of an oddball though. They had a nasty habit of leaving the cooling fan running for ages after turning the engine off. Make sure your battery is in good shape...

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Re: The R21 Nevada Owners Club

Post by toddao » Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:17 pm

One of my friends here, after laughing at my Renault, went out and bought himself a 1987 Sierra estate in a very fetching brown for his family! Could be the foundations of a very small 80s 'Kombi' club :D

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Re: The R21 Nevada Owners Club

Post by Wooscary » Sat Dec 01, 2012 1:55 pm

It's amazing how rare it is to see Sierras now over here.

My Dad had a red hatch which felt huge after his previous AX!

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Post by citsncycles » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:25 am

I had the use of a couple of Sierra estates back in the 90's - they were horrible!
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Re: The R21 Nevada Owners Club

Post by toddao » Sun Dec 02, 2012 8:15 pm

The 1987 Sierra had a bit of a prang today - as my friend was driving to meet me and show off his 'new' car. We had a bit of snow here last night and he took an icy bend, lost control and slid into a VW Polo. Being as it was a Swiss import, driven over the border just yesterday ( only 15kms away) it isn't properly registered/insured etc. Bit of a can of worms. Probably the end of the shit-brown Sierra. Not 'Man and machine in Perfect Harmony' like the ad..

When I first saw one of these 'jellymoulds' - every kid thought they were so futuristic and now they look laughably antiquated.


The 'Cosworth' version was alright though there were so many 'tuning' lookalikes/disasters as a result. Like, is this a real Cosworth? scratch...


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Re: The R21 Nevada Owners Club

Post by MULLEY » Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:25 pm

Probably the best thing to happen to that Sierra, i've only got poor memories of these heaps. Never had a drive in a cosworth though, so all might be forgiven, but the interiors were pretty dull from memory. Hope your mate is all right Todd? Driving without insurance whilst abroad, i'd be shitting myself tbh, probably get locked up & with a fine so large that you'll never break the law ever again.
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Re: The R21 Nevada Owners Club

Post by mat_fenwick » Sun Dec 02, 2012 9:46 pm

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Re: The R21 Nevada Owners Club

Post by Dollywobbler » Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:19 pm

My dad had a Sierra. Late 1.8LX. Was a nice old barge, feeling much more 'together' than his previous Montegos. Dynamically poor compared to a BX, but then I've found that with many of its rivals unsurprisingly. Good fun to hang the tail out in the Sierra though!

I've driven a few Sierras since, a Montego recently and have previously owned an R21, a Bluebird and several BXs. Only the Renault got close to the BX for ride/handling mix but I like the Sierra (even though my dad's lacked PAS). R21 didn't get close enough for me to keep it though! BX wins.

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Re: The R21 Nevada Owners Club

Post by toddao » Sun Dec 02, 2012 11:06 pm

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Yes, my Dad had a Sierra diesel in the 80s - endless hours in that thing with him. I remember it as 'utilitarian'.
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Re: The R21 Nevada Owners Club

Post by MULLEY » Mon Dec 03, 2012 12:23 am

Diesel sierra, didn't it have a massive 2.3 litre heap in it, but only produced about 60bhp? Now that sounds like fun fun fun, not....
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Re: The R21 Nevada Owners Club

Post by Dollywobbler » Mon Dec 03, 2012 11:18 am

Aye. French Indenor engine. It later got the 1.8-litre turbo diesel, though that still only had about 80bhp IIRC.

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Re: The R21 Nevada Owners Club

Post by Kitch » Mon Dec 03, 2012 1:16 pm

toddao wrote:Like, is this a real Cosworth? scratch...


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Nope, it's a 5dr hatch so if he's trying to rip off a cossie he's phailing pretty badly.