So let me continue, car has been dropped off / washed / started and all interior carpets and mouse poo etc removed.
So on to looking at that rear wheel not moving
So wheel removed (yes I know, how silly of me with no axle stands on wobbly gravel, I did throw some lumps of timber under it after pictures were taken)
So the drum was a right old nightmare to get off, and finally came free with a cloud and lump of crap falling out
Didn't grab a picture of the drum for some reason, but it had a good lip of dried on crud around it, which was cleaned off with the Angry Grinder and the wire wheel attachment, many lungs were probably harmed in the process.
So drum back on and it rotated lovely both forwards and backwards, so wheel back on for now (as I'll be addressing brakes after bodywork)
But due to the weather being 'rather poor' to put it politely, ive had to fettle with other things. Recall the ignition switch not functioning? -
So removed from car and removed the cover from the bottom, and set about why we had no continuity from one pin to t'other. It's a simple setup with a ring that rotates 90 degrees, thus making connection and flowing power from one side to the other, but when rotated we only had continuity from the left post to the ring, the right post was dead.
So tried a bit of cleaning on the Post pad (or contact area) with a Fibre brush
Nope still dead, rather odd, so I pulled the ring back and cleaned this too. Again no dice, so only one thing for it
With the riveted edge drilled out, I was then able to push the post clear and as you can see remove it. Forgot to take further pictures but I cleaned up all contact surfaces, then drilled and tapped the base of the post, popped it all back together and it now works. Not fitted back into the car as I'm a massive div' and have left it in my draw at work 🤦♂️
Between bursts of bad weather and other busy goings on, I've just been applying some Vactan / Rust converter to various surfaces, as I don't want them to get too bad
Perhaps you have accidentally been signed up to one of those part-works things and over the next umpteen weeks/months/years will receive all the pieces to build your own Citroen Picasso, instead of something useful like a model of HMS Victory
V5 arrived today. Not even a courtesy "please contact this department" note in with it so it looks like they completely ignored the extra information I put in with the application. It's almost like they want to keep the errors on the system. When I get chance I'll get in touch with the Coventry contact and see if we can get the original documents before making another attempt. For now it's a sleeping dog I'll let lie.
Good Little Car.
I have been driving this a lot since buying it with @sdkrc
It was quite a lot of money for a 205 diesel with bad paint and a short MOT test but it's the perkiest NA XUD I've driven and has had a lot of work done to it in recent years. Also only* 80k miles, not even run in etc.
It went straight through its test.
It is ace to drive, driving it is similar to the feeling a new driver has when they are getting to know their first car. I have been mostly driving big Volvos recently and this is a revelation, you can throw it into corners and all it does is squirm a bit at the rear (tyres aren't amazing). The long travel suspension soaks up bumpy roads but it still handles very well. The ride quality puts some much bigger cars to shame. It has PAS which makes a 205 diesel much more pleasant to drive.
There's a lot of fun to be had in a basic, light, low power car, I had forgotten that.
It was a race-horse. Late evening, wanders up to the bar.
Barman: Sorry, you're just too late.
Horse: But you just called me in!
Barman (confused): I didn't!
Horse: You did! My name is Time Gentleman Please.
(...puts coat on)