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  1. Sadly not, I passed my test quite far the wrong side of 1997
  2. Welding in progress. It's going slower than I hoped, I finished the front inner arch on the 'good' side today. I didn't think this was going to be a big deal, but about 4 different sections come together here and access is a bit tight for angle grinders and welding torches, so it was a bit of a faff. It's also not the best job ever, it's solid enough but given the minimal factory rust proofing on the underneath of this van I think it's important to recognise that this isn't an exercise in getting it rust free forever, more like buying it a few more years. The pigeons were let loose, and here are the results of their defecation. First section to go in, 1.2mm steel making up part of the outrigger: Next: Done, with closing panel on end of sill and all sections plug welded together on the flange: Also a bonus patch in the upper inner arch between the lip and the suspension turret, on reflection I should've done a bigger patch because I think a lot of this section is a bit thin: Like I said, not the best but she'll be reet with a bit of seam sealer, stonechip and underseal. Beer time now. Happy new year 'shiters!
  3. Not at all, thanks for telling me. I'd rather know now than further on down the line! Glad someone got the reference, hopefully we don't get to this stage with the weldathon: Absolutely not! You can just about see an axle stand in one of the photos. I've never had an issue with that jack, I've had it for ages and it's always felt very solid but regardless of how much I trusted it I'd never go under something without proper support. I've also realised I need to downplate this, it looks like the minibus converter got it plated at 3900kg. Anyone got any experience of this?
  4. If you're into that kind of thing, the support for DIY mapping and tinkering is excellent on this ECU. A £10 cable and free software (RomRaider, MS41 Flash Tool) is all you need to make datalogs and remap this ECU to your heart's content. The idea is you flash one map with the VANOS turned off all the time, take a datalog, flash another map with VANOS permanently activated, datalog, then by overlaying the two sets of data you can find the optimum point for the VANOS to switch. There's lots of other stuff you can play with too, it's well worth a look if you're interested. Drop me a message if you want any more info.
  5. Nice work! Speaking of VANOS, there's a good chance your seals are shot. There are a few tests that you can do to check, but at this age they're almost certainly knackered. It's possible (but fiddly) to do them in situ without a huge amount of disassembly - made a good difference on my brother's E36. While you're at it, it's pretty straightforward to take some data logs and change the point at which the VANOS switches over, the stock map tends to switch it quite early. Or just keep driving it and enjoying it!
  6. Mixed bag today. Good news: Finished the repair at the back, seeing as I had already made the panel. Bad news: I did as @twosmoke300 suggested and checked the strut turrets. Looks like the turrets themselves are OK, just a bit of surface rust, but after a bit of battering with the screwdriver of truth there's certainly some grot in the inner arch area. Only one side is pictured - this is the van's bad side, the same side as the rotten sill. The other side is a lot better, and only has rust beside the jacking point the same as this side. So there is some more work to do, but I don't think it's beyond saving at all. My plan of attack is to pull the strut on the bad side first, check the turret thoroughly then if that's OK carry on with the rest of the welding. Mmm van sweepings: Based on this I don't know if I'll put loads of cash into the camper conversion, but I do think I can get it MOT'd and usable then see if I can do the conversion on a shoestring.
  7. Be careful what you wish for... 'cause it's fixed. It will actually be for sale in a couple of months if you're interested. It didn't like the CF card at all, I don't know whether my IDE adapter or the CF card is faulty as they're both new to me and I don't have means to test them. The CF card formats fine in a card reader, so it should be OK, but apparently SanDisk can cause problems - guess what brand I've got... I have an IDE to USB adapter coming soon, so I'll test the card/adapter when it turns up. I thought there was no harm in trying to run the firmware update disk on the original hard drive, and after a tense half an hour, the thing sprang back into life and appears to be fine. I'm not convinced how long that's going to last, but let's see. Place your bets ladies and gentlemen! So as of now, the C6 is *whispers* fully functional. This is obviously a strange state of affairs, I'm sure the universe will restore the natural balance of brokenness soon but for now it works. My brother leaves for France on Saturday. Really hope it doesn't throw its toys out the pram on his watch.
  8. Updates from Le Grand Citro(e)n - not doing too badly. I noticed it was running cool, so we changed the thermostat and housing for a genuine part. Dealer wanted almost £200 for it, luckily managed to bag one on eBay for a much more palatable figure. What a mess of an engine bay, you can see the old thermostat sitting in the middle of the V: This air spitter pipe thinghy had to come out to get to the thermostat, along with a lot of other small, fiddly, brittle bits of plastic. Safe to say I gave it a good clean, boooo EGR: Now it warms up quickly and sits at 88 degrees like it's supposed to. Lovely, this should improve MPG, passenger comfort and engine happiness on the trip to France. I've also been playing with the height correction: This has resulted in a lot of 'computeur says non'. I've gotten it to accept a set of values, which has massively improved the ride, but it's still sat a bit high. I've replaced one of the height sensor linkages with generic new balljoints (cos cheap, but work well) due to corrosion and play in the linkage and I think I need to do at least one more. The linkages I've made up are adjustable, so I may be able to just adjust them until the car is sat where it should be AND the computer says OUI. Watch this space. Finally, one of the headlight bulbs started flickering then went out a few times, causing a flashing telltale on the dash. Changing headlight bulbs is a simple job on the C6: Someone had changed just one side previously (which is supposed to be naughty, I don't know why) - I stuck in a nice new pair of bulbs. Now I've done it with the headlight out, I might be tempted to give it a go with the headlights in place but it would be a right fiddle. Correct functioning of headlights has been restored, so aside from the infotainment system (which I will hopefully have the parts to sort today), it should be ready to go.
  9. Sort of. Supposedly the best way to do it is to install the blank CF card in the head unit, use the firmware update CD to let it set up all the partitions/MBR/witchcraft on the CF card, then transfer the data across from the partitions on the old HDD back across to the now correctly formatted CF card. Yep, CF due to the IDE interface, apparently there's an issue using SSDs where eventually it slows down and gets very unhappy - something to do with TRIM? Using anything over 32gb is a waste as the partitions are a fixed size, so I'll have to find another storage location for my extensive tunes/porn collection.
  10. C6 in reliable transport shocker: What a brilliant thing! Love it. I regularly have to drive from Reading to near Leeds for work, so I took the C6. I usually enjoy the drive, but this car is probably the best tool for the job. It's not the fastest or best handling thing I've ever had, but on a well-surfaced road the ride is unique - I think if you're expecting speed thrills and sharp handling you're missing the point. In spite of 2 road closures including the M1 I did the whole journey in one hit and I felt fine at the other end, it's a great way to cover distance. Just one issue - the infotainment decided to crash a few times, which had the amusing consequence of switching the cluster to kilometres and killing the stereo. It seems this is an issue with the hard drive in the head unit, so I've ordered a CF card and an adapter which can supposedly be swapped in. Apart from that it's lovely, I'm dead chuffed with it and I hope my brother will enjoy his trip to the Alps. Also, if anyone has an old-school hydraulic Cit and fancies a shot in this, I'd be keen to compare notes.
  11. Thanks, will do. There is some crispiness on the seams in the front inner arches, so I'll give that area a closer look before I go any further.
  12. I had the same experience with the seats in my V70. When it was beating me, I'd have a quick sit down and go 'Ooh, this is comfy. Must fix it!'
  13. Unfortunately I didn't have any GPO Commer vans, washing machines or other sources of nice flat sheet kicking about, so I had to go all fancy and actually buy some sheet metal. Welding happened, ft. Safety Trainer: The welds somehow look worse in the picture than in real life, they're not actually too bad. Either way, for those expecting #weldporn - sorry to disappoint. Less hole, more metal: It took me bloody ages to shape that panel, I wish I had a roller and/or a folder. It doesn't help that Citroen decided a compound curve was needed on the right, so even after I had the overall curve and folds of the panel right I had to cut and shut it a bit to get it to fit. Probably would've been better off just buying the panel, but where's the fun in that? Just got this piece left to weld in, I was almost ready to weld but I ran out of time. Eagle eyed readers will observe that it's tacked, but I realised I still needed to grind the paint off and fettle it a bit more before it goes on properly: Coming along slowly. I'm hoping the sill will be quicker, but we'll see. I'm also trying to work to a standard, at the end of the day it's an old van - it doesn't have to be perfect. If the rust is properly cut out, all repairs are butt welded and it gets decent rust proofing/paint afterwards that'll do me. Even that takes plenty of time, but it doesn't matter if it's not bang on cosmetically.
  14. Firstly, you're welcome - someone had to do it. Hope it at least results in enjoyment for others! Secondly, I think it's just how mud spray has been deposited, it just brushes off! Although Roman pottery would probably be more durable than some of the material choices on this car.
  15. Got the recharged spheres fitted, I have to say Pleiades did an excellent job. They all returned painted, tested, labelled and regassed where necessary for a very reasonable cost. Also this happened: I've also done a full service, so this car should be more or less ready to go. All it needs now is height correction using Lexia and a 4 wheel alignment, which I'll get done ASAP. I'll be taking it for a long trip for work next week to evaluate the WAFT, then my brother and 3 mates are returning this fine chariot to its homeland in style on a ski trip to the Alps in a couple of weeks' time. Bonne chance!
  16. Yeah, do it - for the interior if nothing else. The squeaky fan can be fixed by swapping in a motor from a Partner or a 306, original non-squeaky 205 blower motors are a bit hard to come by now but if you take the fan blades off the original (be careful, they can break) and swap them onto the newer motor assembly it's a straight swap.
  17. Great fixing going on here, not just replacing stuff. Top work!
  18. Spent a bit of time on the bus today. As readers of the previous instalment will know, the reason it's come to be in my possession is a tiny bit* of tinworm. Mainly this: Which, as bad as it looks, isn't too much of a worry as I've got inner and outer sill panels on hand. Before I got stuck into this, I wanted to have a quick look at a minor bit of rust behind the rear bumper. I'll let the pictures tell the story. That whole panel was rotten from inside out, which was a nice surprise. So I've been cracking on with that, fortunately most of it can't be seen once everything's back together but I'm still trying to make a halfway reasonable job of it. Replacement panels are available but they're £90, so instead I'm bashing the roof of an old C15 van into shape with a vice and a scaffold pole. It would be quicker if I could make the panel in one piece, but I was limited today by the width of the roof section I'd cut out of the C15. Will try to pick up some more sheet steel from somewhere so I can make the rest of it in one shot. Today's result: Not perfect, but hopefully solid for a few more years.
  19. Oooh I can play in this thread! This was my first car, my parents had it when I was in school and said that if I could keep it going until I learned to drive I could have it - I was working Saturdays in a garage at the time: I absolutely loved that car, it was a NA diesel that we ran on biodiesel. It survived the bottom hose blowing and losing all its coolant, suffering major HGF but was brought back to life by a miracle bottle of K seal. I spent many happy evenings delivering pizza in it, giving it death everywhere and it never complained. It's a wonder I wasn't killed in it really, the way I drove then. It ended up like this: Note the mismatched fuel cap as a result of an attempted fuel theft - it had biodiesel in it at the time, so they left most of it! It also had a mismatched interior between the front and the back as a result of a huge biodiesel spillage that soaked into the rear seat - the only way to deal with it was to swap in a new rear bench from a scrapper. I think in the picture above you can also make out the questionable rear camber as a result of a fucked rear beam. It got bad enough that the rear wheel would rub the inner arch with passengers in the back. The solution? Spacers! Happy days... Later on down the line a 1.6 GTi came up on RR and I realised that if I didn't have a GTi now then I probably never would, this was before prices went properly mental but were on the up. I loved this car as well, the PO had done a great job of sorting out the handling - coilovers, solid top mounts, polybushes everywhere, good tyres and the thing was an absolute riot. Probably the most fun to drive car I've ever had. I put on a reworked head with bigger valves, a lairy cam, 4-2-1 manifold and bike carbs with mappable electronic ignition which turned the thing into a proper giggle, making a not unreasonable 137bhp. I promptly got done for 83 in a 40 and shortly after that the car got stolen and torched. Not the happiest ending, but this is one of the cars I miss the most - especially when you look at the price of them now.
  20. That's exactly what this one's got in it, which is a bonus. Seems a bit sluggish for a 2.8, but I guess it's fairly understressed?
  21. Yes, yes I do: One minibus. This has been sitting around in the work car park ever since I started working there, I've jokingly been asking "when are you going to let me have that unsightly minibus" for several years. Well... a few weeks back they said they wanted rid and did I actually want it? Like a tramp on chips mate, of course I do. It was mostly used by the sports and social club and failed its last MOT in 2019 for some fairly extensive sill rot on one side, likely caused by a scrape that was left unpainted. First course of action was to give it a good scrub using the fearsome diesel-fired hot pressure washer. Voila: That's a bit better. It drove back to my unit perfectly, started up first time after being stood for 2 years thanks to the solar trickle charger that had been left on it and even the brakes freed off without a problem. The best part is this: 43k, full service history and an almost full tank of diesel, which is worth more than the nominal donation to charity that was deemed an appropriate payment for this fine bus. Lovely! My plan is to convert it into a camper eventually, but before that I want to use it more or less as-is for some climbing/mountain biking trips. I've been able to insure it as a day van, so I need to get a fixed bed in within 90 days, but apart from that I just need to get the sill welded up for which I already have repair panels and we should be ready for an MOT.
  22. It is very, very Chinese. I suspect it's the same lift, but from a UK distributor. I like the access this type of lift gives, but it's pretty unnerving to use. It's also hard to control, the car bounces around a fair bit when raising or lowering.
  23. First up, for the electronics fans who were waiting with baited breath to find out if my laptop battery resurrection would work... it didn't. Oh well. Got the new drop links on, which has pleasingly sorted the death rattle from the suspension: The two post lift was occupied, so I used this portable number. Quite good, especially if you need access to sills for welding. This lift did, however cause one of the more brown-trousered moments I have experienced during my time spannering. I loaded the car onto the lift, but because of the availability and location of lifting points, the car was sat quite far forward (astute readers may already know where this is going). I gave it a rock, and everything seemed tickety-boo. Before I got to work, I took the big, heavy box of parts out of the boot of the car. Then I removed the wheel. While I was putting the wheel down, I saw something move out of the corner of my eye, which turned out to be this big bastard trying to nosedive off the lift. I grabbed the boot lip and hung on, my delicate language alerted my unit mate to the situation who managed to push upwards on the front of the car and get it to slam back down on the lift. Pretty scary. I put the wheel back on, put some heavy things in the boot and lowered the car back down double quick, before shifting it back a bit. Lesson learned, be careful kids. In other news, I now have an EML. Looks like it's the front EGR valve, which at least is the easier* one to change of the two. I'm hoping some use might free it off, so I'm not going to do anything with it just yet:
  24. Excellent work so far, seems like it's gone to the right custodian. I was so close to pulling the trigger and taking this on, it seemed a tragedy for it to end up getting fragged.
  25. No major progress on this to report, just a few bits and pieces - mostly getting ready for the main event that is tackling the suspension. First up, I picked up a slightly less sketchy Lexia clone and even went to the bother of installing it on a laptop that isn't steam powered. It works well and talks to all the systems in the car, so that should be step one of C6 wrangling ticked off. Check it out: The battery in this laptop has failed, so it needs to be plugged in all the time. This is a bit of a pain, so I changed out the faulty cell in the old battery with another one from my stash of salvaged 18650s. Hopefully it'll do the business when I plug it into the laptop: A sneaky eBay snipe scored a decent pair of Hankook part worn tyres for the front of the car, which I was able to pick up in person saving on the hefty delivery charge. I've chucked them on, hopefully they'll be nicer than the previous mismatched Chinese death rings. Even if not, there are no cords showing so that's a win in my book. As @jamescarruthers has suggested, it would appear that the car is sitting a touch high - here it is from the side: The rear arch gap in particular looks much too big - I measured around 12cm from tyre to arch. On the front, things are a bit better but still a bit too high - from what I understand this gap should be around 7cm. Also, the gap isn't even on both sides of the car: I intend to have a go at performing the adjustment procedure to see if I can get it sorted out - wish me luck. Before I do, I'll get cracking with this lot. It should have all the bits for the rear suspension, plus a full service kit. Once that's done, I'll try to set the suspension height then it'll be time for an MOT if all goes to plan... Yeah, like that's going to happen.
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