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    MikeKnight reacted to vulgalour in 1987 Citroen BX   
    I splurged some cash on something nobody will ever see; underlay.  This is from Coverdale and it's almost identical to what I removed from the back of the BX carpets, pretty cheap too since I only need 2 metres to do the whole carpet and I know it can be dried out fairly easily if it does take on water.  It also smells right, and that's important to me, the smell of a car's interior is just as important an experience as all the other factors.  Easy to fit this stuff, simply draw around the carpet onto the paper backing that protects the sticky side of the underlay, cut out with good sharp scissors, and slap it on the back of the carpet.  I used the old glue outlines on the carpet to help me figure out what shapes to cut.  There's no underlay on the inner sills, if you put it there you won't get the side trims on. I did the rear carpet in two pieces, as that was easiest, and it also shows how it looks when fitted and the carpet when scraped of glue.  I used a metal filler scraper/blade/knife thing to remove the glue which worked really well without damaging the carpet itself.

    I did both front sections too, they have a little bit of variation on the edges since you don't put it over what little inner arch intrudes into the cabin and for the driver's side there's a big round plastic stop on the back of the carpet to avoid.  With that all ready to go in the car I found it easier to remove the centre console to install it.  I also wanted to clean the centre console up since I wouldn't easily get another chance to do that and it's a much easier thing to clean out of the car.  To remove the centre console there are very few fixings: one big plastic screw at the front, the gearknob, a small bolt under the plastic grommet, and a small nut hiding behind the blanking pocket (that someone has used as an ashtray in the past, which is a bit annoying).  If you ever wondered why the bottom of the handbrake slot on the centre console had that bigger wide bit at the bottom, that's so you can get it over the handbrake when you remove and refit since the handle is too wide to go through the other sections easily.  The rear pocket prises out, there's two spring-tabs at the top and and at the bottom.


    This is the bolt the big plastic screw at the front goes on.  You can unscrew this with a regular screwdriver, you don't need a massive one, it's not very tight.

    This little bolt is hiding under a rubbery cap that simply prises off.  The front portion of the centre console overlaps the rear.  You can remove the rear portion without removing the front, if you're careful, but you do have to undo this bolt to do it.

    The gearknob simply unscrews.  There's a spring underneath which isn't under any tension, and the black plastic portion of the gear lever goes some way underneath the boot and onto the metal part of the gear lever, so be aware of that when installing and removing.

    The nut hiding behind the pocket at the back of the console also has a washer, this is the prevent the plastic cracking from the nut being over tightened.  Easy to remove.

    With all that done, the console is very easy to remove from the car and very easy to refit.  One of the easiest centre consoles to do since there's no sneaky hidden fastenings or really any particularly twisty way to get the thing in and out.  With that out and cleaned, I could reinstall the carpet which was equally very easy.  I didn't remove the rear door trims, I found I could just push the carpet underneath them when the screws were loosened a bit.  There's four fir tree style trim clips under the rear bench to hold the carpet down there, again you needn't remove the seat, you can push the carpet through the gap between the floor and the seat if you lift the seat base up a bit, then fold the seat base fully forward to push the trim clips home.  There's two screws holding down the plastic trims at either end of the seat bench that also help hold everything flat.

    For the seats, it's 5 allen headed bolts.  I found it easiest to push the seat all the way back to do the front ones, then all the way forwards to do the back ones.  Don't fully tighten the front bolts until you've got the rears in, the floating captive nuts Citroen use for the seat bolts give you a lot of adjustment that should make fitting the seats easier.  Unfortunately, I didn't have a socket small enough for these, so had to do it with allen keys, which is a chore.  The front ones aren't very visible and removing the seat base doesn't make life much easier.



    At the rear of the seat the sill side is a single bolt, the seatbelt side is two bolts and a metal plate.  This metal plate serves in part to cover the raw carpet edges but I suspect is also to help spread the load for the seatbelt, there being two bolts here rather than one is probably also to do with that, I expect.

    So, with all that in I vacuumed the carpet to get the dust from my shoes out and the fibrous bits from the underlay off and enjoyed the much softer feeling carpets.  I swapped the front seat bases too, since there's rarely anyone in the passenger side, I thought it best to put the original fabric base on that side to reduce wear until I can make up my mind what I'm doing about the faded and worn seat fabric.


    I reinstalled the wind deflectors too.  On rainy days they make the car so much nicer to be in since I can crack a window open and have some fresh air coming in without getting wet.  It's so much nicer inside for having the new underlay and having the carpets shampooed, it's a relief not to have to put up with the boom from having no carpets or passenger seat in the car.


     
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from bunglebus in reminder -check your fuel hose   
    Always check the cracks in your hoes.
    You never know where they've been.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from Fumbler in reminder -check your fuel hose   
    Always check the cracks in your hoes.
    You never know where they've been.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from UltraWomble in reminder -check your fuel hose   
    Always check the cracks in your hoes.
    You never know where they've been.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from They_all_do_that_sir in reminder -check your fuel hose   
    Always check the cracks in your hoes.
    You never know where they've been.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from Broadsword in 1987 Citroen BX   
    SOLUTION

     
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from STUNO in reminder -check your fuel hose   
    Always check the cracks in your hoes.
    You never know where they've been.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from stonedagain in reminder -check your fuel hose   
    Always check the cracks in your hoes.
    You never know where they've been.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from Fumbler in 1987 Citroen BX   
    SOLUTION

     
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from vulgalour in 1987 Citroen BX   
    SOLUTION

     
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    MikeKnight reacted to vulgalour in Digital Fly Tipping   
    Occasionally you see an old car and it's just right.  This Minor just looked right.  Not scruffy and neglected, not polished to within an inch of its life, just a tidy, slightly careworn example of an ordinary old car.  I see it about quite a bit, this is the first time I've ever been able to get a picture, I suspect it's the driver's ordinary everyday car and why not?  It does everything a car needs to do.

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    MikeKnight got a reaction from robinmasters in 1987 Citroen BX   
    I parked my new Range Rover L322 on the drive when vulg came back from the shops in the BX.
    Everyone else has been lovely with comments about how nice the 322 is, but what was the first thing vulg said to me?
    "Get that MONSTROSITY out of the way so I can park my BX."
    Me:🥺
    But I moved. Because BX.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from snagglepuss in 1987 Citroen BX   
    I parked my new Range Rover L322 on the drive when vulg came back from the shops in the BX.
    Everyone else has been lovely with comments about how nice the 322 is, but what was the first thing vulg said to me?
    "Get that MONSTROSITY out of the way so I can park my BX."
    Me:🥺
    But I moved. Because BX.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from RayMK in 1987 Citroen BX   
    I parked my new Range Rover L322 on the drive when vulg came back from the shops in the BX.
    Everyone else has been lovely with comments about how nice the 322 is, but what was the first thing vulg said to me?
    "Get that MONSTROSITY out of the way so I can park my BX."
    Me:🥺
    But I moved. Because BX.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from Tickman in 1987 Citroen BX   
    Just open the windows. 🤗
    *hurriedly drives away in the P38, stalling every four seconds amidst a cacophony of dashboard beeps*
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from Microwave in Rover 414 when HHR met SLi   
    .... so why do you need three cars?
    No offence mate but you already know exactly how this will end. You will likely keep the one with the most "street cred" which is usually the one that turns out to be completely fucked and/or rotten. Then start the cycle all over again.
    Fix the R8 and get rid of the other dead-weights. For the cost of what you're spending on the other vehicles you could get the R8 completely resprayed whatever colour you wanted. I thought that was the plan? I don't understand your thinking here, at all. You've already paid for a fuel tank. Fit it.
    I did thousands of pounds worth of work to that car FOR FREE and will be... annoyed... if you simply dump it for the sake of a coil and a bit of vibration from a lower engine mount. It's a lovely car with a completely sorted engine and a professional shop-quality HGF repair. The 1.4 K series is insanely cheap to run, cheap to tax, and not a terrible slouch.
    I will try to source the correct coil and the lower engine mount bushes for you. Pretty sure last time I did one of those mounts I could find the bushes sold separately. I was going to source them for Angyl but he stopped using the car then decided to sell it so I didn't bother following through with it. Although you are on your own regarding the cat, you can get one made from anywhere that makes exhausts for likely the same price, it's just a standard cat with different flanges TIG'ed on.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from spartacus in Rover 414 when HHR met SLi   
    .... so why do you need three cars?
    No offence mate but you already know exactly how this will end. You will likely keep the one with the most "street cred" which is usually the one that turns out to be completely fucked and/or rotten. Then start the cycle all over again.
    Fix the R8 and get rid of the other dead-weights. For the cost of what you're spending on the other vehicles you could get the R8 completely resprayed whatever colour you wanted. I thought that was the plan? I don't understand your thinking here, at all. You've already paid for a fuel tank. Fit it.
    I did thousands of pounds worth of work to that car FOR FREE and will be... annoyed... if you simply dump it for the sake of a coil and a bit of vibration from a lower engine mount. It's a lovely car with a completely sorted engine and a professional shop-quality HGF repair. The 1.4 K series is insanely cheap to run, cheap to tax, and not a terrible slouch.
    I will try to source the correct coil and the lower engine mount bushes for you. Pretty sure last time I did one of those mounts I could find the bushes sold separately. I was going to source them for Angyl but he stopped using the car then decided to sell it so I didn't bother following through with it. Although you are on your own regarding the cat, you can get one made from anywhere that makes exhausts for likely the same price, it's just a standard cat with different flanges TIG'ed on.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from Lacquer Peel in Rover 414 when HHR met SLi   
    .... so why do you need three cars?
    No offence mate but you already know exactly how this will end. You will likely keep the one with the most "street cred" which is usually the one that turns out to be completely fucked and/or rotten. Then start the cycle all over again.
    Fix the R8 and get rid of the other dead-weights. For the cost of what you're spending on the other vehicles you could get the R8 completely resprayed whatever colour you wanted. I thought that was the plan? I don't understand your thinking here, at all. You've already paid for a fuel tank. Fit it.
    I did thousands of pounds worth of work to that car FOR FREE and will be... annoyed... if you simply dump it for the sake of a coil and a bit of vibration from a lower engine mount. It's a lovely car with a completely sorted engine and a professional shop-quality HGF repair. The 1.4 K series is insanely cheap to run, cheap to tax, and not a terrible slouch.
    I will try to source the correct coil and the lower engine mount bushes for you. Pretty sure last time I did one of those mounts I could find the bushes sold separately. I was going to source them for Angyl but he stopped using the car then decided to sell it so I didn't bother following through with it. Although you are on your own regarding the cat, you can get one made from anywhere that makes exhausts for likely the same price, it's just a standard cat with different flanges TIG'ed on.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from snagglepuss in North East shiters meet A68 café Toft Hill - 29th Sept   
    It's on a Sunday, 28th, so tough I'm dragging you there.
    Besides it's the last time I can show off the Supra before its tax runs out and I shelve it because oh lawd I have so much work to do on the suspension and bodywork.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from Jim Bell in North East shiters meet A68 café Toft Hill - 29th Sept   
    It's on a Sunday, 28th, so tough I'm dragging you there.
    Besides it's the last time I can show off the Supra before its tax runs out and I shelve it because oh lawd I have so much work to do on the suspension and bodywork.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from skattrd in North East shiters meet A68 café Toft Hill - 29th Sept   
    It's on a Sunday, 28th, so tough I'm dragging you there.
    Besides it's the last time I can show off the Supra before its tax runs out and I shelve it because oh lawd I have so much work to do on the suspension and bodywork.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from paulplom in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    I'd be really worried about that, as my mum's dead.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from HillmanImp in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    I'd be really worried about that, as my mum's dead.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from Cavcraft in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    I'd be really worried about that, as my mum's dead.
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    MikeKnight got a reaction from mrbenn in What makes you grin? Antidote to grumpy thread   
    I'd be really worried about that, as my mum's dead.
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