I'm not entirely sure which BX came next. I think it was this one...
Found in a newspaper advert (remember when people used to do that!!) for the massive sum of £80. A TZD TURBO... OOoo! A faster one. Have to have a look at that. Just about that time my Sister decided that she actually did need to learn to drive, and so needed a car in which to do so. BX should do fine for that, so we went off to look at said BX.
Turns out it was a tidy, clean car. Ran well, felt ok. Minimal history and about 3 minutes MOT left, but what do you want for £80. Still beat the guy down to £50 as one side rear arm bearing was utterly buggered:
You can even see where one of the rolling elements had jammed at about 70° to where it should have been and was merrily mashing it's way through the casting:
I had also done a timing belt on it as soon as it was home:
But it wasn't until getting it back I suddenly noticed the additional pipes under the bonnet, and the fact that it had an alloy sump. Inside, anyone who knows MK2 BXs will recognise that I had been very very blind:
Yep. Only an A/C model! and it even worked a bit. Clearly not working properly, as a good BX A/C system is comparable only to the arctic in how cold it is, but nevertheless, it's there.
After that, my sister used it to learn in, and even passed her test in it.
At some point, some utter twat reversed into it and damaged the rear door, so I managed to source another red one from a BXforum member.. fitted perfectly:#
It also ended up needing some repair work for it's MOT... BXs don't half hold some mud behind the back bumper:
The rear exhaust hanger has corroded out on a BX? NEVER!!!
After my Sister ran it for a while, she decided to buy something more modern, so I ended up with it and didn't really know what to do with it. So I sold it on the BX forum. I believe it ended up being parts-raided for the A/C system, but lost touch as to what happened eventually.
To take it to it's new owner, It went on the back of another BX on my braked A-Frame:
I wasn't overly keen on this, as the back of a BX (the towcar) is quite lightweight, and I was worried about the rear car pushing the back of the towcar about somewhat.
I'll just shove this in here.. That'll help.
This engine was actually off to mat_the_cat's place, as he was then using it to fix a friend's ZX estate. It was actually the wrong specification engine, as the ZX should have had an oval-port XUD9A, but this was a square-port XUD9 from a Peugeot309, so the ZX managed to lose 5hp in the process. Still, a working engine is a working engine.