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22nd time lucky: Anyone want a Xantia?


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#151 OFFLINE   barrett

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Posted 23 June 2018 - 08:17 PM

I'm going back to get it tomorrow! It's a trailer job sadly due to knackered tyres and suspect brakes. Very exciting though!
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#152 OFFLINE   barrett

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 04:49 PM

The Palladium was taken away by my body man on Tuesday and today I popled over to have a look and discuss a plan.

Ben Brown is a young chap who is skilled in traditional coachbuilding. He could easily build a Vintage car body from scratch, and has done many times. He works in a great converted barn on a farm in the middle of nowhere filled with interesting old bits and bobs. I should have taken some pictures really but it totally forgot. Anyway, it's in safe hands with Ben and his number two János, the Hungarian mechanical wizard. The plan is to strip the body off, paint the frame and repair all the aluminium panel work, then re-fit it and prepare for paint. The rear wings need making from scratch, and both fronts need big repairs. Ben was totally unfazed and reckons it's an easy month's work to get it all together and prepped for paint, but for budget reasons this month or so will be spread over maybe six months of time. Hopefully work will start next week so well start to see some actual progress being made. Exciting!

Edit to add: I was at VSCC Prescott last weekend and on one of the literature dealer's stands I looked and down and spotted on the table a mint handbook for the 12hp Palladium. He wanted £20 for it and during the feverish rush to open my wallet he says 'good luck finding the car to go with it!' Ha! He'd only had it in stock two days and thought he'd be carting it round til he died, waiting for the right person to see it. Wjat are the chances, eh?
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1923 Palladium Sports Model
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1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1965 Citroen Ami Break
1965 Morris Minor 1000
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1966 Humber Sceptre 'Grey Haggie'
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION
1997 Peugeot 406 TD

#153 ONLINE   Skizzer

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 05:37 PM

I’d missed all this - the Palladium looks gorgeous. I love the raked windscreen and the proportions. A proper cad’s car.

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#154 OFFLINE   barrett

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Posted 10 August 2018 - 06:11 PM

I am a proper cad, as you well know. Let's just remind us of how ita supposed to look, eh?
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Finding a set of beaded-edge wheels is a priority as it looks wank on the diddy well-based wheels. The BEs make it all look much more spindly and sporty, and like a proper Vintage car. So many old cars look wrong these days due to details like that. In the overhead view you can just about make out the spot-buffed finish on the upper part of the body (that's the correct term for engine-turned, btw. Like a Bugatti dashboard or what have you). It'll be gloss black on the bottom, with black wings. It's gonna be snazzy as fuck.
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1923 Palladium Sports Model
1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1965 Citroen Ami Break
1965 Morris Minor 1000
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1966 Humber Sceptre 'Grey Haggie'
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION
1997 Peugeot 406 TD

#155 OFFLINE   barrett

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Posted 15 August 2018 - 09:06 PM

Took the Ami for a spin round the local test route this evening, it's fine! Although there is definitely more noise than I'd like coming from the drivetrain, it is much better than Sam made out it to be. I think I might insure it on Friday and drive about in it for a bit before taking it all apart (after filling it with fresh fuel and having a closer look at the timing and sluggish starter). The handling is a bit odd, so I really want to restore the ride height as a matter of urgency. Not quite sure why it's so low at the front, but with less suspension travel it tracks the undulations in the road rather than gliding over them.
It looks quite at home here anyway, and I think with minimal improvements it will turn out to be 'a good one'.
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1923 Palladium Sports Model
1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1965 Citroen Ami Break
1965 Morris Minor 1000
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1966 Humber Sceptre 'Grey Haggie'
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION
1997 Peugeot 406 TD

#156 OFFLINE   barrett

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 01:45 PM

Does anyone want to save this thing? I have had an 'interested' buyer for ages, but he has had some serious back injury which prevents him from driving and is just about to have surgery etc so he's gonna be out of action for ever. He hasn't even agreed to buy it, just to come and have a look, and he can't manage that despite only being down the road so I don't have high hopes.

 

In short, it's nice and tidy, drove very well but then sprung a leak from a low-pressure return pipe. After loads of prevarication I had this pipe 'fixed' but it seems to have sprung a leak in the same place and now I have totally lost interest. I have way too many cars, and this one is just in the way at my office and I could really do with it gone asap. I have already killed two Xantias and I can't be responsible for destroying another. It's got life left in it, it just needs some TLC.

 

£100. Near Horsham. Fill it with lhm and drive away (to a pre-booked MoT) if you dare, it still works well enough to drive cautiously somewhere, but I probably wouldn't want to go to Glasgow or whatever in it.

 

Please, somebody. Please.

 

edit: apparently I can't link photos from Flickr, sorry Sam

 

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1923 Palladium Sports Model
1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1965 Citroen Ami Break
1965 Morris Minor 1000
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1966 Humber Sceptre 'Grey Haggie'
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION
1997 Peugeot 406 TD

#157 OFFLINE   binhoker668

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 06:56 PM

A rare colour on these I reckon - looks great though!  I prefer the stying of the S1s.  Not for me though I'm afraid - am on the verge of trying to swap my own!  I get bored quickly these days.

For some reason I'm fixated on Mitsubishi motors atm.

Glwts hey - it's a steal at that money...

TD Xantias are a great old steer...


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#158 OFFLINE   RobT

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 10:07 PM

Still MoTd till Tuesday by the look of it, so can be driven legally if someone is quick. Mmmm...

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#159 OFFLINE   barrett

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Posted 17 August 2018 - 10:26 PM

Is it? I thought it expired ages ago! I'd have been driving around in it if I'd known!
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1923 Palladium Sports Model
1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1965 Citroen Ami Break
1965 Morris Minor 1000
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1966 Humber Sceptre 'Grey Haggie'
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION
1997 Peugeot 406 TD

#160 OFFLINE   Zelandeth

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Posted Yesterday, 12:09 AM

Would you like me to cross post a link to this over on the French Car Forums? Figure there might be a few folks there who aren't already on here that may be interested.

TD Xantias are a great motor to soak up major miles with, cost pennies on fuel and when well looked after will quite happily handle intergalactic mileages with ease.

Nice colour for it too.

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#161 OFFLINE   barrett

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Posted Yesterday, 12:35 PM

Thanks, but I suspect my phantom buyer probably frequents that corner of the Internet and I don't want to piss him off too much just I case he actually follows through!
1923 Palladium Sports Model
1938-ish / 1967-ish Heron Austin special (half)
1955 Panhard Dyna Z1 (half)
1965 Citroen Ami Break
1965 Morris Minor 1000
1965 Peugeot 404 Cabriolet (half)
1966 Humber Sceptre 'Grey Haggie'
1985 Citroen BX 16TRS
1997 Citroen Xantia TEMPTATION
1997 Peugeot 406 TD




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