Have the pics I promised. The wheels are now very gold indeed. Here are a few lists with the Twingo plans. All your advice and ideas are welcome, of course!

Long-term goals

  • Lower it
  • Get bigger and wider wheels. Maybe a tiny bit of stretch and poke.
  • JDM YO! plastic arches
  • Engine bay thorough clean and repaint
  • Add more speakers (currently has just 2 in the dash. A higher trim Twingo could have 2 more in the doors. I think I’ll add a sub, as well. If I can make it look tasteful) and replace the head unit. I need either bluetooth or an AUX or usb jack. This one has neither, just a CD player which skips on the tinyest (tiniest? Smallest.) of bumps.
  • huge mthrfcking cannon exhaust, IDGAF.
  • make it fast


Cosmetic plans:

  • Engine bay bits and pieces to gold or back to clean black
  • Badges to gold. The cool front one black/gold
  • The plastic grey bumpers sprayed with a bedliner-type material, if I can find something cheap and similar. Any ideas Europpos for a cheap solution?
  • Yellow plastic wrap on the foglights. FDM, YO!
  • Find EITHER a smaller antenna, OR a huge one, like a 70s US cop car would have, all the way across the roof to the back. Gold, whichever one it is.
  • Lose the license plate plastic holder and do the stick-on method. Or find nicer holders
  • some more gold trim, not sure what, where and when
  • add rear spoiler from the sport models
  • add front chin spoiler, or make my own using the garden rubber thing
  • custom metal mesh on the headlights. Like old Land Rovers had.
  • new steering wheel. a vintage Momo or Nardi. A fake one, obvs


The badge is the old-school 80s Renault logo. I glued the pins from the new badge over to this one and popped it in. It’ll become gold, too, once I figure out a reliable way to paint the inner stripes back to black after the gold.

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List of faults, to be fixed soon, in no order:

  • Missing rear shelf
  • Front right fog light
  • Right speaker blown out and dead
  • Left speaker kinda working, but crinkly
  • rust on the left rocker panel(?) - the piece of structural bodywork/frame in front of the rear wheel. It can be pretty cheaply replaced with a new one and is a common problem on Twingos
  • right door can’t be opened from the inside
  • worn out CO2 sensor (this thing), which is currently making the car less fuel efficient.
  • worn out suspension bushings
  • needs a new oil pan. Previous owner welded the plug :/
  • license plate light dead
  • third brake light dead
  • interior light dead
  • turn signal indicator light dead
  • oh, the turn signals aren’t self canceling. Not sure if this is a Twingo default thing or just broken. This problem has become annoying when driving OTHER cars, because I’m now so used to canceling it myself
  • broken windshield washer fluid pump, or blocked pipes
  • broken electric left mirror
  • flaking rearview mirror
  • seatbelts retract super slowly
  • needs longer handbrake cable or tuning done to this one
  • fan on the front has bad bearings, it makes a terrifying sound when it turns on after some time in traffic
  • broken heater vent plastic

Stuff I’ve done to it since I got it last June:

  • new seat handles and pulls
  • fixed the trunk gas strut
  • repainted the 3 iconic vents a million times over. They were grey, black, french, black, and are now gold
  • refreshed the hubcaps while they were still on
  • repainted the steelies
  • added the missing rear wiper
  • changed air and fuel filter
  • loved it and cared for it
  • sprayed some underbody rust with a coating which should help stop it spreading
  • new tires, both winter and summer
  • fixed handbrake
  • resprayed rust spots all over
  • changed rear right drum brake cylinder
  • new old front badge
  • repainted and refreshed steelies and lug nuts
  • added blinker fluid
  • new floor mats

First to come, though, is a minor service. The fluids need to be changed, battery cleaned up or even replaced. Oh, and the gold logo on the bumper is to my friend and mine’s newly-opened graphic design practice. Check it out here. We’ll be cheap, remember the exchange rate ;D

More crappy phone pics inbound. I’ll make a proper photoshoot once I wash it.

dicey. I did the best I could when prepping the rusty wheels. I had a few friends over to help. We couldn’t be bothered to clean up ALL the rust bubbles from the outer rings, it was too much work.

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Before
Ya gotta do what ya gotta do when you don’t have a breaker bar or a pipe wide enough...

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The tow hooks got painted, too.

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Blurry night shot.

Thanks for your support guys. Oppo means the world to me.

Better pics after the photoshoot.