Well it's been a busy time here at Marina towers.
The BX is progressing well. I was really surprised how hard it is to find parts and how expensive they are though. Even asking on the BX groups seems fairly fruitless. I eventually found this place in the Netherlands which had most bits I needed for a reasonable price: https://www.garage80.nl/
I have now replaced most of the broken interior trim, and sorted all the dash lights out so they are now working.
The next job which is underway is a new cambelt and water pump- the old cambelt was absolutely ancient and the tensioner was completely knackered. How it ran is beyond me! Once this is done I will be fitting new spheres and replacing the LHM. I have also discovered the rear trailing arm bearings are knackered so those will be replaced. Fortunately it looks a lot easier on a BX than on Peugeots with no need to remove the rear axle. Then it will be time to stick it in for an MOT and see what else it might need.
I haven't been able to find any original wheel trims yet but I have now got a set of steelies ready for them- removed from a 405 in a local scrappy. I have also found a set of original BX alloys locally which I will get refurbished.
I have noticed the headlights are corroded so if anybody has any NOS ones or very good used please let me know. Again they are no longer available!
Speaking of MOTs I finally took this heap for one which it passed with flying colours. Brakes need a bit of adjustment and I have a new dynamo ready to go on.
I have also said goodbye to this, after five years of sitting doing nothing, and now being in the possession of the earliest one, I was never going to do anything with it. The new owner will though!
I also said hello to this. I was on the Citroen group on Facebook only for this to pop up as an eBay ad. I sent the seller a message and he said I could have it for £500. It's an HDi Exclusive. The seller ran a garage up in Norwich but was retiring. He was a Citroen mechanic all his life. You know it's a good sign when you turn up to collect a car and the garage walls are covered with posters of DSs, BXs, CXs, GSs etc. It's done just over 110k and drives absolutely beautifully. Very comfortable but uses sod all diesel. Hopefully going to have many happy miles in it as a daily driver.
1971 Morris Marina 1.3 DL Coupe
1971 Morris Marina 1.3 SDL Coupe
1971 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL Coupe
1972 Morris Marina 1.3 DL Saloon
1988 Citroen BX19 GTi
1995 Peugeot 405 2.0 GLX16
1997 Peugeot 306 1.9 D-Turbo
1999 Citroen Xantia 2.0 HDi Exclusive