Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Sharpsburg, GA
I can positively identify your engine as having a cross flow head (as opposed to the original R16 wedge head) based on the wide, flat valve cover with the spark plug leads down the center of it. Another visual clue is the twin DCOE carbs on one side of the head and the exhaust on the other. Whether it is an actual Gordini as opposed to a standard TS cross flow is hard to determine without seeing the engine internals. Also, that aluminum valve cover is a specific Gordini part and should have "Renault Gordini" casted into the top where the fins are so that leads me to believe is is a real Gordini. To better identify the engine, there is a identification plate riveted to the side of the block just under the head and above the mount for the starter. It should have a type number on it starting with a three digits beginning with an 8 and then a dash and finally ending with a two digit suffix, for example 844-12. You will probably have to get a light and an inspection mirror under the exhaust header flange and above the starter to read this plate. Once you have that type number, post it here and I should be able to tell you the displacement and possibly if it is a true Gordini engine. Now, there can be other problems with identifying which parts are actually inside the engine. These engines can be rebuilt using internal parts, heads, and cylinders from other similar Renault engines so they could possibly contain parts mixed and matched from an R12, R16, R15, R17, Fuego, 18i, etc. Only a complete tear down and inspection will positively identify what exactly is inside the engine but getting the information from the engine block plate is a good start. Also, could you possibly post some more photos of the engine and transaxle? They would help me identify it as well.