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18th time lucky? My dull old car history


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#121 OFFLINE   barrett

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 05:19 PM

Xantia is broken, temporarily I hope. Bloody Citroens.

Mk1 BX estate is now on eBay:

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Somebody please make my life easier and buy it


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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:31 PM

What's wrong with the Xantia?

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:36 PM

Yeah what's wrong with the Xantia? Has the driveshaft given you grief?
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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:36 PM

It's a Citroen. Specifically, it's a Citroen with hydraulic suspension and yet more specifically the lhm has decided to make a break for freedom.

It's the return pipe that comes off the o/s front strut, I think, but I don't know the proper name for it or the part number or anything and I'm not having much luck with a replacement. I'll make a bit of effort tomorrow and actually speak to people on the phone (my worst fear: speaking to mechanic types about cars amd sounding like a dunce). Ho hum, it's the life I've chosen.
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1929 Ford Model A (half)
1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION
1997 Peugeot 406 TD

#125 OFFLINE   barrett

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:38 PM

Driveshaft was actually fine, it was the wheel bearing! I changed that, amd the caliper and pads on that side (caliper was sticking on) but doing that disturbed the pipe amd now leakage has occurred. I'm using Gary's Mondeo at the moment amd whilst I am very appreciative of its loan, it's really not a pleasant car to drive so I need to get this sorted asap
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1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION
1997 Peugeot 406 TD

#126 OFFLINE   barrett

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:40 PM

(Sorry for triple post but) to compound the problem, I sacked off my local Cit specialist for the bearing/caliper job as he quoted me nearly £600 for the lot (!!!!) but now can't take the car to him to fix the pipe as he'll see I've done it all 'behind his back'
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1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
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1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION
1997 Peugeot 406 TD

#127 ONLINE   bramz7

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Posted 14 November 2017 - 10:49 PM

Shiiit. And to think my local garage nearly did it when it had an MOT, but couldn't figure out what side/if it was the wheel or driveshaft.

I hope it gets sorted soon so you're put out of your Mondeo misery
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Posted 15 November 2017 - 12:08 AM

LOLZ BARRETT IS DRIVING A MONDEO!!?!!11!
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Posted 11 February 2018 - 10:12 PM

So, I never did get my Xantia fixed. Instead I bought a cheap 406 from Brammy, which has done alright getting me to and from work the last few months. I don't particularly like it, but it's comfortable and has an alright stereo so I can enjoy a bit of Keith Tippett whilst filling the atmosphere with hydrocarbons every morning. I haven't even taken a picture of it so here's one from before I got it.
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[EDIT - the 406 is car number 20!]

Anyway, more interestingly I just got back from picking up the 404, again, from France, again, and hopefully it's bore more or less sorted. To cut a very long story short, after the last long-winded engine rebuild it developed an appalling fuelling issue whereby oil was getting in to the fuel by way of part of the oil-cooled injection system. The gearbox also started grumbling, so it went back to have those things rectified.

We picked it up last Tuesday morning just as it started snowing. We then drove 200 miles towards Paris, bought a hard top off leboncoin, fitted the hard top in the middle of a blizzard and drove another 50 miles to Paris. After Rétromobile we drove it back to Calais, approximately another 200 miles, via the Villa Cavrois in Lille. It never missed a beat (although there is a bit of a blow from the exhaust manifold now, frustratingly) despite possibly the worst circumstances for driving a shonky old car. I think this means it's almost time to sort out some of the cosmetics, ie a whole new interior. Maybe I'll even get to drive around in it a bit rhus year without it breaking? Anything could happen!
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1929 Ford Model A (half)
1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION
1997 Peugeot 406 TD

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:35 PM

Hard top suits it very well, what a lovely thing, would be nice to see more pictures of it on here.  When I used to go to more of the Club Peugeot meets in the early 90s there were a couple of these around, remember a particularly nice white fixed head, 'F' reg I think.



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Posted 12 February 2018 - 05:11 PM

Were you planning to buy a hardtop or did the weather force a rethink?

 

Love that last picture.


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#132 OFFLINE   barrett

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Posted Yesterday, 08:46 PM

The hard top was a decision we made before the trip. In fact we've been after one for a while, but this seemed like a good opportunity to aquire one.

I was surprised to get it sorted so easily. I was expecting the bloke to either not bother turning up, or turn out to be a nutter. In fact he was a nice guy amd happy to help manhandled it on to the car in the middle of a blizzard. I think he was equally surprised that the dumb English guys in a Peugeot 404 C who wanted to buy his spare hard top wasn't just an elaborate practical joke.
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1929 Ford Model A (half)
1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION
1997 Peugeot 406 TD




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