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DIOCCUSA: Reclusive Renault (with video)

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I found this abandoned rear engined Renault 10 down in Old Car City USA hiding under a pile of old damp pine needles. That’s not a very good habit since top down rot is the biggest cause of rust here in Georgia.

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Anyways, my video editing skills have improved dramatically. I still haven’t got the video to post to Youtube in 1080p to reduce the compression but I’ll get that next time. I fiddled with the camera I used and discovered that it is 1080p HD capable but was set to 480 for some reason 🤦‍♂️

Music warning: all the editing went into the audio design.

What did you think? There are improvements to be made but it is much better than my last one.

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Anyways, let’s get to the photos.

I had to scrape away the thick and damp covering of pine needles just to see the car at all.

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This Renault sat in a somewhat boggy area lower in elevation than the nearby lake. It was a veritable jungle that hid some of the more interesting imports. Fortunately, this one was somewhat accessible.

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It is simple in form but quite pleasing to the eye. Too bad the engine bay at the rear was hidden by pine needles. That’s the most interesting angle.

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I took this picture last year and it is still one of my all time favorites. Such an eerie beauty in the decay.

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And the interior? Surprisingly intact behind the blurry photo.

Illustration for article titled DIOCCUSA: Reclusive Renault (iwith video)/i
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Illustration for article titled DIOCCUSA: Reclusive Renault (iwith video)/i

I wonder why the steering wheel is tied in place. Maybe it was towed on a dolly here. Also, check out the script on the horizontal speedo. Were the letters always so wavy?

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I really like this simple yet elegant solution to a commuter compact. I think this would make a really fun and unique classic to keep around, provided overseas parts availability isn’t too constricted.

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