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Jimbob McGregor

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  1. I’d replace the driveshaft if I were you. I recently changed one on a Partner Combi 2.0hdi which completely rid it of the vibes and shaking in low gears. This one really was sticky, making axle articulation difficult on the Offside out of and into bends. Can you get the hub into a big bench vice? That would help a lot with hub nut removal. On another matter I’ve got the same job to do on my 307SW that has been sitting around waiting for it’s solid flywheel conversion.
  2. I saw this on Saturday in Frosterley, Weardale and thought of this thread. The owner was getting it out of the garage. Slant-four sounded great. Unfortunately it’s just been sold. I told him that we were admiring his van and he said’ “You’re too late!” He has owned it for 38 years up to now. Apologies for the shite photo taken through my dirty windscreen...
  3. They’re all 12 valve. Perhaps I’ve just been surprised at how well they can go, being low-powered cars. I should say that personally I like unlikely cars, the underdogs. I’ve been through various 2cv/Dyanes etc and one of my current favourite cars is my £200 Panda 1.1 Active that completely belies its 54(?)hp and is a hoot to drive, rorty yet super-smooth when it’s revving high and will hit an indicated 100mph on certain private roads. The VW 3-cylinder engine seems like it’s raring to go when you drive it like you stole it. Just a shame that the damping and steering can’t match up to that...
  4. They’re not at all as dynamically interesting as an equivalent age French thing but fairly endearing for the enduring solidity. 1.2 engine is in two different power outputs. I have a customer with a VW Fox, one with a Polo and one with a Fabia, all with these engines. They seem surprisingly torquey (heavy flywheel?) yet thrive on revs.
  5. Ok, thanks loserone. I think I’m actually in with a sporting chance of making it due to date and location. Only 40 mins drive down the dale!
  6. That’s just lovely. We’ve got a 7 seat 307SW just waiting for me to do a solid flywheel conversion and DPF delete, but I don’t know if it can compete with my Partner for usefulness/character (I like the headroom of the Partner but also the panoramic roof in the 307. Have old 205 turbo diesel to get on the road for older Peugeot action and a Bosch pump/injectors so I can dispose of used fluids/used veg oil etc for a cheap way of getting out of the wilds of Weardale. Your 305 is a nice amalgamation of most of the above qualities.
  7. Parts-wise, there’s ECAS in Stafford and 2cv City in Yorkshire. I’d say the latter were the ‘budget’ setup. I’ve had some great stuff and service from Burton in the Netherlands, such as cast iron exhaust clamps which almost make working around the heat exchangers etc a pleasure compared to the usual nightmare. I seem to recall someone on here (6Cylinder?) getting a hood from there lately?
  8. Nice car. I had a red Spécial as my first car. Make sure the Dyane air duct outlet is blocked over or your engine cooling/occupant heating can suffer. If you can find the ducting to fit this outlet and feed air to the airbox that would be great. Make sure the oil cooler fins on the upper part of the front of the engine behind the fan are kept clean and check the cooler pipes for cracks/leakage as these can go with resultant loss of oil pressure The rust will most likely go further (not trying to be negative, just realistic!). The toe board gets it as can the parcel shelf/crossmember that the gear lever/steering column is bolted to/around the windscreen (with structure behind the dash) etc. Key thing is to check the chassis all over, and tap it lots in the main central section. If there’s rattling, the complex internal structure may well be rather rusty, compromising strength and the torsional rigidity of the chassis, which was very finely honed by Citroen. High values these days make the effort to sort it well worth doing, so good luck! I’m sure there is loads more help/advice to come.
  9. I have a blue 1979 Dyane 6 Weekend that I’ve kept off the road since 2005 (fixing up houses and having kids etc has got in the way). It’s currently in a friend’s aircraft hangar awaiting me to bring it up to my new house. It’s definitely going to get back to the road and is staying. I’ve had it since 2002. I've previously had 2cvs. First car in 1996 was a red 1986 Special. Sold it a year later, bought it back, knackered, in 2000. Rebuilt it with the help of a 1987 car bought for £100 (I know...) then went straight out for the Plymouth-Santander ferry. Drove it down to Andalusia, stayed a week then up to France and Switzerland. I think the only running repair was a bean can exhaust fix. It was pretty much gone a couple of years later after using it for work driving all over Dartmoor etc and I scrapped the shell/chassis and recycled certain parts into other cars. In 2002 I bought a 1987 Charleston (Grey/Grey) that had been laid up for five years for £120. Stored it for five years, A-framed it up to the Tyne valley from Devon, then did a re-chassis and body refurb (wasn’t bad) in two weeks of very solid work, including a couple of overnighters. Got an MOT at 12pm on the Friday then promptly used it as my wedding car the next morning after the wedding band had helped me polish it! Fast forward ten years and I sold her to one of my mates who helped polish her for the wedding. She lasted longer than the marriage! Now she lives in Normandy. Once I’ve made the space and sorted out my new house I’ll get my Dyane back on the road. I much prefer the Dyane to drive and live with. Details like the face level air vents are fantastic. It’s like a 2cv that has had all of the annoying bits ironed out but all the character and ability has been kept - no expanded upon. Just to annoy you all, I should add that my Dyane was free, along with a Mimosa Yellow 1978 one. It was beyond help with rust, but mechanicals were sound. Blue Dyane had duff mechanics but decent body, so I made one good one. Had this been in 2019 I’d have tried to save both as I love the yellow...
  10. As above, 206 SW axles have an extra strut on each side that has a bush on either end to help support the extra weight an SW might be expected to place on the axle arms. The torsion bars will likely be fatter too. Service box will tell the specs if you click on the Characteristics’ link after putting the VIN in. I’m about to find out if the dimensions are the same as the standard hatch one; I’m breaking my old 2.0HDI DTurbo SW, using the axle on our 206CC and the engine/box on my Partner with a knackered 1.6HDI DV6 engine.
  11. Did you change the water pump? In my experience, 90% of these are weeping grease past their knackered seals and most of the remaining 10% are ‘notchy’ or getting squeaky! Lately Gates full kits with tensioner, pulleys and water pump have been £81.40 at my factors (and usually delivered to me within the hour which is great!).
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