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18th time lucky? My dull old car history


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#31 ONLINE   Coprolalia

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Posted 22 August 2016 - 12:11 PM

Some fantastic unusual motors in here.

 

Having grown up in Sussex (although west of you) and being around VHRA people I'm increasingly wondering if you know some of the guys my dad builds cars with. If you need any parts they've got a barn of odds'n'sods stashed, certainly for the Model A, just drop me a PM.


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Posted 22 August 2016 - 08:09 PM

What a great read! Did the Reliant keep its plate on going to Holland?

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Posted 22 August 2016 - 09:21 PM

After four months of happy motoring, it went off to fellow 'Shiter JohnDeere, who has since rectified many of its small failings and, I hope, is still enjoying it. I found a box of spares for it in the shed the other day, I'll get them up to you somehow fella.
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That would be great. Happy to pay postage etc if it's not too heavy, or I'll get my brother to swing by.

Still enjoying it, and doing the odd fix, slowly. Hopefully closer to sorting out speedo, then will start looking at keeping the rusty bits at bay.

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Posted 22 August 2016 - 10:34 PM

GARY COX wishes he was you :lol:

 

dull - with hnnnnnng panhards - never in million years


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Posted 22 August 2016 - 11:16 PM


You'll have to contain your excitement

 

Sorry, all my excitement came out in one go and I've none left now.



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Posted 22 August 2016 - 11:53 PM

That was a truly magnificent write up about some superb cars. I am amazed that you have managed to own so many interesting cars over such a short period of time, let alone several at the same time.

That 404 cabriolet was a thing of beauty. I am ashamed to admit that I didn't know they existed (as French cars aren't my forte) but I am happy to have found out about the existence of such a stunning car. Great thread anyway, and I hope we see much, much more in the future.
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Posted 23 August 2016 - 07:28 AM

Great thread Barrett, I have been enjoying reading about some of them in the magazine. 



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Posted 23 August 2016 - 07:48 PM

Cheers guys!

Had an hour or so to kill after work today, so I sat in the sun and started cleaning up some of the Z1's aluminium trim. It's all a bit dented and scuffed so it'll never be perfect, but that just matches the rest of the car. I love jobs like this - instant gratification. I reckon that bumper's come up alright, what do you reckon?
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1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
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1986 Citroen BX 16RS Break
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION


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Posted 23 August 2016 - 08:31 PM

I wondered where Sam Glovers one went, I am even more jealous now. If it will be a show stopper if you get it back on the road.

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Posted 29 August 2016 - 04:23 PM

What does the BX need done? At £200 I'm seriously tempted, I could definitely scrape that (plus some PSA steels) together...


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Posted 16 September 2016 - 11:21 PM

Just got back from collecting number 16!
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1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
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1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 05:41 AM

They make a lot of sense as an estate. Thing is, can you live with the fact that Citroen didn't see fit to change the rear doors from the hatchback?

 

I saw a BX estate in just the same colour locally the other day. Did look smart.


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 06:30 AM

Steel wheels are for winners.  Good choice on the rest of the car too.


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 12:12 PM

Just caught up with the whole write-up, and what a collection they have been. Definitely not dull. Wish I'd had boulders big enough to tackle all of those though



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Posted 17 September 2016 - 03:18 PM

I haven't even seen it in the daylight yet, but I've already made the first important step of fitting a nice French keyring
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1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
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1986 Citroen BX 16RS Break
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 03:22 PM

Those BX estates are belting cars.

 

What a great thread, nice to hear you cracked 30,000 in that BX too, that's brilliant going. What a shame it finally succumbed to rust though, I can imagine that news being like told your favourite pet has some horrible illness :(


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Posted 17 September 2016 - 06:39 PM

What happened to the miserable 1.9D Xantia?
This thread is gold by the way.

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Posted 17 September 2016 - 06:54 PM

The Xant is leaking all over a back street in Horsham. Needs the dosuer thingy replacing or rebuilt, but otherwise it's a decent car. Will be up for sale very soon at beer money. It was always gonna be a stopgap until I found another nice BX. I'm not sure how nice this one actually is yet, but it feels much more 'me'than the Xant

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1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION


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Posted 21 September 2016 - 08:58 PM

A few thoughts half way through week one of commuting in the new BX;

It's SLOW. I thought maybe Jack just had unrealistic expectations but no, it really is dead slow. 40mph in fourth, foot down on the floor and NOTHING happens. It seems unwilling to rev and the turbo really only starts to spool up at about 3600rpm. Will look at the vacuum pipes etc first, but if anyone has any suggestions they'd be welcome. Is this just what a 250,000 mile turbo is like?

The steering is quite heavy. It doesn't come in and out of power like my silver car (failing pump) so perhaps the belt needs some more tension? Or perhaps the power steering unit itself has had it?

The TZD/ GTi seats really don't do it for me, they are a bit too high and not soft enough. I'll try and swap my TXD seats over.

Otherwise it all seems pretty good, it's so nice to be back in a BX again! The old dear over the road was in the street "admiring the lines" when I came out the other morning so at least the neighbours don't hate it.

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1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
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1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION


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Posted 21 September 2016 - 09:33 PM

Check the turbo has 2 wheels and a shaft. I knew a lad once, who bodged a broken turbo, by taking out all the insides and sealing it up. Rover 418 TD

 

If it's got a shaft and 2 wheels, and spins, and the turbo is the right one for the car, the only thing is not hitting full boost.

 

Typically the waste gate will fail safe in the open position if there is an issue with the actuator or hoses going to it. Which will mean it never reaches boost.

 

Of course it might be something like blocked fuel filter, or air filter. 



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Posted 22 September 2016 - 11:50 AM

It's SLOW. [snip] it really is dead slow. [snip] foot down on the floor and NOTHING happens.


Try driving a 1.9 N/A automatic BX. It'll recalibrate your concept of SLOW / DEAD SLOW / NOTHING HAPPENS. Alternatively, try a Volvo 340 1.6 diesel.

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 07:06 PM

Alternatively, try a Volvo 340 1.6 diesel.

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Posted 22 September 2016 - 07:51 PM

The Volvo 300 diesel is a thing, it just wasn't offered in the UK (but it was in Ireland). Guiltily I'd quite like one if I could find one.

 

Is it me or is the BX estate much cooler than the saloon?



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Posted 23 September 2016 - 12:54 AM

Take a Renner F8M 1.6 n/a diesel and stick it in a V360 bodyshell.



54hp (a way bit less than the B14 petrol which lattery had ~71hp)

Diesels don't particularly float my boat and I never had one until that point. Then I bought it just because.

I drove it once before handing over the money and was gobsmacked by its sloth-like acceleration.

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 07:17 PM

Try driving a 1.9 N/A automatic BX. It'll recalibrate your concept of SLOW / DEAD SLOW / NOTHING HAPPENS. Alternatively, try a Volvo 340 1.6 diesel.

 

A Xantia 1.9D auto would be even worse! My manual Xantia 1.9D went okay once it was up to speed, overtaking on rural roads was practically a no go though.

I quite like rubbish old non turbo diesels but I think I'd draw the line at anything slower than a Nissan Vanette.



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Posted 29 September 2016 - 09:06 PM

I've just got back from 'doing the dirty' on car number 17. Need to work out some logistics but hopefully I'll have it in my filthy clutches next week. What's wrong with me?
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1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1986 Citroen BX 16RS Break
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION


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Posted 29 September 2016 - 09:30 PM

Ooh, mk1. Quirky.

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 05:31 AM

What's wrong with me?

 

Dunno?  You haven't bought enough cars?


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The Porsche 928 is terrifying, yet oddly alluring. It's like spending the night with that Jo Frost Supernanny woman


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Posted 30 September 2016 - 06:29 AM

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Posted 30 September 2016 - 11:01 AM

Somebody saw my other cars and tracked me down and asked if I wanted a free BX! It's been off the road for a couple of years but has had quite a bit of work done in that time. He lives within walking distance of the citroen garage I use so I'm gonna limp it over there and get them to put an Mot on it. Quote excited actually, I've always really liked the look of these Mk1s and it seems like a pretty decent car.
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1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1986 Citroen BX 16RS Break
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION





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