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Please Save a Visa Cabriolet in Edinburgh!


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#1 OFFLINE   Six-cylinder

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 11:55 PM

There is a Visa Cabriolet in trouble in Edinburgh and I would like to see it saved.

 

Can somebody please get it off the street and store it off road while a long term owner is found. If a new owner cannot be found in a reasonable time I will come to Edinburgh and collect it.

 

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With great sadness, we must now part with ore red '85 cabriolet, as we are unable to get it through an MOT due to severe rust.  We have had so much fun over the years, and this is breaking our hearts.

Anyway, it failed the MOT on front wheel bearings, brake pipes and extensively rusty sills.  The MOT garage wouldn't do the welding, and neither would 2 others.  So it has to go.

Mechanically, it is fine.  It has always been reliable, and was last driven about half an hour ago.  We also have (brand new and unused) a starter, alternator and clutch cable.  It has four original alloy road wheels, and a steel spare.  The 4.50x13 tyres are good.  It is a bit tatty, including the hood, and has a dent on the front passenger door, but there is actually no outward sign of rust.  You have to get under it to see that.

It is sitting in the street in Edinburgh, still taxed and insured, but with no MOT it is now not legal and needs to go as soon as possible

If anyone can use it, or is feeling like a brave restoration, please come and get it.  If you want to give us something for it, that is fine, but its condition means it has little value

I can't believe that we have gone from using it (literally) every day to this in such a short time,  Boooooo hoooo

Anyway, I am not sure how to post contact details here.  I presume that phone numbers and email addresses are not permitted, but I will monitor this forum for replies.  It is not advertised anywhere else

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 12:09 AM

I've seen this in the metal a few times when I worked in Edinburgh. I would not be allowed to store it on our drive but I am more than happy to assist another shiter with its collection.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 12:45 AM

Sadly there's nothing much I can do to assist here in practical terms, but agree that removing it from immediate peril is to a place of safety is, of course, A Good Thing... even if, ultimately, the garage is proved correct and it's unweldable, there's bound to be some useful parts on there.

 

If nothing else, any four-door cabrio is such a rarity - I've been trying to think of any other cars with such a feature (that aren't big Septic landyachts) and I'm drawing a blank.



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Posted 29 November 2018 - 12:58 AM

I used to see this car in East Lothian when we had a unit over there.

According to the MOT history it's failed on more than sills brake pipes and wheel bearings.

Total failure sheet runs to 14 items

It's a lot of things , but amounts to

2 tyres (135 SR 13)
2 dampers
Brakelines / overhaul
Windscreen washer
Rear seatbelt
Rear wheel bearing
Oil Leak
2 welding areas

Definitely worth saving, but thought it best whoever gets it knows what it needs:)


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 01:08 AM

I've spotted that one a few times too, shame to hear it's on its last legs, I hope it can be saved :(

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 01:11 AM

Ping me the details and I'll shit up a story for y'all.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 05:30 AM

I can take it and store it on my drive/ small garage but I'm in Wiltshire and I can't transport it!
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 07:23 AM

Likewise I could store it indoors for a while but I’m in south Wales and don’t have time to go and collect it :-(

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 07:38 AM

Pretty grim when the welders won’t touch it with a barge pole. I wonder how bad it must be underneath.

I have known that a few times where a garage will say they aren’t happy to weld something, a relatives Corsa failed on the spring mounts, the whole mount was Weetabix, guy at the test station said he wasn’t happy to weld it as it involved cutting the mount out and making sure the whole thing lined up again.

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 07:42 AM

I've space where it can sit for a wee while about 40 miles away if someone wants to have it brought here.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:03 AM

It's such an unusual model that I think Citroen themselves ought to play a part in this tale. Part of it's heritage after all. I wonder if they have a surplus stock brand new C15 parts that could be used? Or am I talking bollocks as a non-mechanic?!


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:18 AM

Pretty grim when the welders won’t touch it with a barge pole. I wonder how bad it must be underneath.

 

 

My BMW E30 had the same problem, just needed to find the right person to do the work.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:26 AM

Most garages don't want to be welding up old tat these days. I'm sure it's nothing tickman or foad have dealt with before.

I could store it too and am about 1.5 hours north. Presumably it could be driven to a pre booked mot, or does that not work if it has recently failed?

Edit: Could be a bit hairy, going by that fail list.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:27 AM

I might find time to shift it and possibly some room for it, but not until I get off the ship after 7th of December. Anyone in the SVM got a transporter trailer? It does look splendidly shonky.
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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:29 AM

Yes I can contact the owner and will if we can formulate a plan.

 

 

I does seem a fair amount of work but I would hate it to be crushed without being given a chance and for that it need to sit somewhere safe for a while.

 

 

If anybody local wants to take it on that is great. Nobody will get stuck with it if they collect it because if all else fails I will go to Edinburgh and fetch it, but I can’t do that at short notice.

 

 

Just now it needs removing from the street before anything nasty happens to it.

 

I have off road space to store the Visa but I am in Buckingham 350 miles away and just can't do an instant collection. 


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:38 AM

I've space where it can sit for a wee while about 40 miles away if someone wants to have it brought here.

 

This is nearer than me but the same applies for covered storage for a bit.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:41 AM

FOAD to the beige courtesy phone!!

 

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:45 AM

FOAD to the beige courtesy phone!!

 

;)

 

I was about to say the same thing.  Not to put any pressure on the man, just that he's in Scotland and has the talent.

 

It'd be nice to see this saved in the same way the bASe was.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:45 AM

Ooh I wish I had some way of getting this, somewhere to store it and the required welding/mechanical skills to put this right...

Sadly I don’t, or I’d love this!

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:47 AM

That's a guaranteed earner for FOAD.  Be a GR9 fix-up thread too.  With guest polishers on hand no doubt?


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:53 AM

Why anyone would not want such a bolide in their life is a mystery; look at this!! :D

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 08:54 AM

No room at the in i am afraid. Mates yard is full too. Shame, hopefully its saved.

 

 

Edit - if she is in it i will weigh in the 75  :mrgreen:



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Posted 29 November 2018 - 09:44 AM

 

Edit - if she is in it i will weigh in the 75  :mrgreen:

 

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 09:46 AM

Ive also got room to store although it would have to be out side.

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 10:08 AM

I have neither any storage space or the expertise to bring it back to health on my own, however I'm about 45 minutes away and happy to assist with either collection lifts, fettling and tea boy duties. 


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 10:33 AM

Yeah I think for a garage there’s a big difference between welding a few plates on a sill or the floor. When you are fabricating new suspension mounts it gets a bit tricky, a few errors and the fucker won’t run straight for love nor money.

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 11:49 AM

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 11:58 AM

I suspect that might not be as bad as the mot fail says. I am pretty sure a 1984 doesn't need rear seat belts and if it did one missing wouldn't be a fail. If they have been too harsh with one item the chances are the rest might not be as bad as they say.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 12:02 PM

I suspect that might not be as bad as the mot fail says. I am pretty sure a 1984 doesn't need rear seat belts and if it did one missing wouldn't be a fail. If they have been too harsh with one item the chances are the rest might not be as bad as they say.

 

My 84 Mini has no rear belts. You could just remove them.


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Posted 29 November 2018 - 12:32 PM

Our Nova on a D plate didn't have rear belts from the factory, we had to have one fitted for me as a youngster as I was back then. So they shouldn't be a requirement for this I'd think.

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