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Yugoslavian Ami.., continuing on from 'now-autoshites-flimsy-bodied Shitroen'

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Excellent.. another Berline being saved 8)  ..and also welcome to Paul.

 

Your car looks in better condition / straighter than mine was or is.

 

Please feel free to continue this thread as you repair / recondition / restore / reinstate your own car.  Keep us informed with lots of piccies Paul.  And if you have any questions please - just ask.  Out of interest where are you based and have we met ? .. you look familiar but I can't place from where or when.

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I have been using Amy over the past month - on the A14 around Ipswich toing and froming work on my boat < here >.  First though I had to free the locked-up clutch after standing idle for 8 months.  I reversed it out of the polytunnel on the starter motor and then jacked up one front wheel, blocked up the rear wheels, and started the car in gear.  I then revved the engine and slammed on the brakes and clutch. It freed off fine and has since worked any rust off the plates.  The rear brakes still groan noisily each morning ..as I ease the car down the steep driveway, but I guess they'll bed-in one day.  

 

I had to put fuel in the car this week - that's was a disappointment after 9 months ..but I guess it's because plonkers keep coming up too close behind us (probably to see what the heck it is - as there's no Citroen badge on the back of the car) ..and so I hoof it. With this car you just can't help yourself ! :mrgreen: 

 

The car is smoothest & most comfortable at speed ..despite the ergonomics of my being oversized.  I've only driven a total of 400 miles since I first registered her, so I'm still getting used to the steering and handling. With the big steering wheel she's rather like a motor boat in a gentle swell to steer, indeed I call the single spoke - a tiller.   :P

 

I guess like any thousand-cc 1970's economy car - it is noisy though.  And in particular, if I take a speed bump (parallel across the road) too fast there's an acute crashing bang ..as if both front suspension arms and the body must have just broken off.!   I really cannot account for that amount of noise but as all seems normal immediately after - I'll leave it until telltale signs of paint or panel, door or windscreen fall off.   Otherwise I have an odd fear that the bonnet will open at speed. I have no idea why because it's the normal cable release plus a sprung safety catch ..maybe it's because the indicated 120 km/h feels like 120mph in a tin can.  

 

She is more fun ..and then again more difficult to drive than almost any modern car, or even the 602cc powered Citroens, but I like that.  However, I still hate the atrocious fit of the dashboard and that the gearbox reminds me of the non-synchomesh buses I went to school in.  :wacko:    It's out in the weather day and night at the moment, so I look out in the mornings just to see if she's dissolved.?   The windscreen wiper is super quick but only sweeps a quarter of the screen, but the dashboard fresh air vents are superb.. And even driving with the windows half open is better than on any other car I've driven in the past 20 years .. there's just not the buffeting.  

 

In short the car and I are dating, but I still don't know what the prospects are for a long-term relationship.  Great is that she's cheap to take out.. with no road tax nor MOT and classic car insurance rates. And she doesn't drink too much nor demand constant attention or compliment.  Perhaps I've just been seeing the wrong sort of woman to view cars like this !?  

 

Bfg.

 

   

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Sorry a bit misleading, the photo, is of the previous owner, Jugen, A very nice Dutch chap who has a large collection of Citroens, including an M35 & an immaculate Ami Super break.... (lucky chap) 

I'm based in the Wye Valley, nr Monmouth, so probably have yet to meet... 

Jurgen, rescued the car from a Citroen dealer in Holland, where it was being used as a parts car.. & according to him had not been used since 1984.... with the mileage reading 80k km, (about 50k miles) which I think is original. 

Chassis is in perfect condition, but body work not so great.. So like yours I have replaced floors, lower bulkhead & numerous boot area patches.. 

Will keep you posted on progress. 

PS if anyone has a pair of front seats, mine are missing & struggling to find some 

Paul

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^ oh well., I probably don't know you then ..but that's Ok for the time being ..as there are probably about 7.3 billion other persons I don't know either.  I really should get out more ! ;)

 

I have a front seat, front left, formerly the green driver's seat in my car.  I bought another with an adjustable backrest ..to help me fit in the car.  I've robbed it of some of the rubber springs but it's yours if you can arrange collection. I'm over near Ipswich. Suffolk. IP6.  Some Autoshiters move about the country quite a bit, perhaps someone might be kind enough to shuttle it your way ?   

 

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Amy broke down today for the first time (since I've owned her) ..just for a while..  Of course it was at a junction where drivers were impatient to get home in the afternoon.  On the previous stretch of country lane - I had noticed her missing a beat now and then, which I suspected was fuel starvation (though I must admit that diagnosis was partly based on a previous observation of lots of bubbles rising up the (translucent) fuel pipe, even when the engine was turned off for some time. Weird !  Anyway I moved her to the side of the road, on the starter motor, and eventually she started and then ran fine for the remaining few miles home.  Re-starting felt very much like no fuel getting through, but the bubbles were still rising.  I even wondered if the petrol was boiling in the pump, but although quite warm after a blast around the motorway it wasn't that hot.  

 

Fortunately I had a new fuel pump on the shelf at home. And aside from moving the heater duct and reaching the jubillee clips it didn't take many minutes to swap over. Thankfully the rain had stopped by this time.  I had a new one because the car had been standing for so many years, and I suspect every bit of rubber has perished in that time (including the diaphragm in the pump). Having planned to drive the car back across Europe it was just one of those things I might have needed. 

 

Anyways-up job done. Amy restarted easily, and the bubbles have very much lessened.  Interestingly the tick-over speed decreased, and so I also needed to adjust that.   Strange things these Citroens. :blink:

 

Bfg

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I haven't used mine since September. It killed the replacement fuel pump I put in and I didn't get a chance to deal with it until I changed jobs a few weeks ago. New pump is in and it's seemingly running perfectly again. I won't risk the 290 miles to Retro Rides Gathering and back for its first journey, but it should be fine to press back into daily service again.

 

I like your wingnut tap modification for the suspension links - which I admit I didn't see 6 months ago in my complete work/life void period. I have a 3" round tap head at home which I think I can modify to do the same job.

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Wednesday :

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^ I understand this is called 'living the dream'

 

..well it certainly is more satisfying than my last few places of work !   ..But what happened to the overflowing bank accounts ?, the Aston DB5 and Jaguar XK150S roadster in the stables on my private estate ?, the sexy cute redhead ?,  and/or the crystal clear waters of the Maldives ? 

 

Bfg 8)

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Unexpected and sad news.. my dearest friend Jani, in Slovenia, died in his sleep the night before last.  Jani was more than a friend to me, he was more my little brother.  And yet he was also the most inspiring and uplifting person I've ever known. 

 

He has been so kind and supportive of me ..long before, during, and subsequently to my buying this Ami Super in Koper.

 

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He viewed the car on my behalf (pre-purchase) before I saw it.  He gave me accommodation and transport and acted as translator when I went across to look at the car for myself, and then bought it.  He dealt with all the registration paperwork in Slovenia, and its transport to the underground garage of the paraplegic resort - where together we as a family worked on the car and got it running, before it went to be body-off restored.  He and his family accommodated me when I visited, and then again he arranged transport of the car back to his home ..where again we each worked on it.  Without ever a complaint or upset word, he chased around looking for necessary car parts and services.  And then when I couldn't fix the steering rack - he again arranged transport of the car across Europe to the cross-channel ferry terminal.  Without him this car just wouldn't have happened for me.  And although I have reservations about the car (it being somewhat small for someone of my size) and the professional work done - Jani and his family's part in the experience was altogether wonderful. 

 

We were of course in regular contact since. Indeed just last week I sent him this picture of the car outside my home . . 

 

God knows.. I will miss him.

 

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bloody hell dude, was he not well? ( sorry if i missed something)

 

Long-term paraplegics have bouts of not being well.  If it's not pressure-sores or muscle sprains (ergonomics of a wheelchair are dire to the user's arms and shoulder joints).. then its because the stomach and kidneys don't take kindly to the upper body slumping down on them all day, every day.  (ie., the person not being able to stand up).   So, although I knew of the long-term issues I didn't know of anything seriously imminent.  Indeed just a few months ago he was talking about coming across to visit me here in the UK,  but then his daughter finally announced her engagement,  and so he focused on making their upstair's apartment (formerly his father's) into a more comfortable and cosy home for the young couple.

 

Aside from that Jani was always busy with volunteer work for the Slovene paraplegic association, and he recently became co-deputy chairman of  ESCIF (european spinal-cord-injury federation) ..an umbrella charity which pulls the representation and work of different country's paraplegic organisations together for mutual benefit).  And then he knew more famous people (..albeit in Slovenia and across Europe) than anyone else I know,  and used those contacts and friendships to help others.   On top of being a husband and a dad, and a really good friend - I reckon that was enough. B)

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Nothing much new on the Ami front ..save a pleasant surprise with the insurance, through Footman James.  Last year the comprehensive premium was £105.38 including agreed value, whereas this year the renewal (same insurance particulars) dropped to £85.73 despite the arrangement fee going up by five quid. 

 

And as I've just sold my 1996 BMW K75 motorcycle, which I also had insured with FJ - I was due a refund of £55.95.   Total to pay for this next year's insurance on the Ami : £29.78 

 

I can cope with that :)

Roll on Autoshite classics !

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I've just written to my dear friend Jani's daughter - Larisa, to ask her if she might contact any motor or technical museum in Slovenia, or one of their classic car clubs - to see if they might be interested in buying this Ami super. .

 

I have decided to sell the Ami-super.  This is not because it I do not like the car, but rather because I am just too big for it.!    I know ! ..I am very silly to have us all spend so much time and effort, not to mention a lot of money on a car which was not big enough for me to drive comfortably.  But before I bought her - I had read that the Ami was bigger inside than the Citroen 2cv (a car I know and was looking to buy at that time).. and it is indeed wider inside, but I didn't stop to think that its height would be so different.  It is in fact 125mm less.!
 
I am 195cm tall, also quite wide (!) ..and I have big feet. And the problem I now know is with cars that have their body-shell sitting on top of a deep chassis. Then the height inside the car and the space for feet is very limited.  If I were just 75mm shorter then this car would be OK - but as you know I am not  ..And so there is no sensible reason for me to keep her. 
 
I wonder if you and Jan might ask the motor or technical museums in Slovenia if they would like to buy this Ami-super from me ?  I think it would be good for the car to go home (she was made in Koper, and I bought her in Koper). I think for your family, and all good Slovenian people to see it well cared for would be nice.    I might add that this model of Citroen (with its four-cylinder 1015cc engine) is very rare now, and possibly this is the last roadworthy example of the Slovene built car to survive. It is part of your country's industrial history.
 
If the museums are not interested or not in a position to buy her, then perhaps you might contact the classic car clubs.  I used to belong to one in Ljubljana when I worked there with Event Yachting. That club had some very friendly members who made me feel very welcome.  Otherwise perhaps you know someone who might like this car.?

Here is the link to the Autoshite website where I shared the story of my buying her and our work on it <  http://autoshite.com/topic/23665-yugoslavian-ami-continuing-on-from-now-autoshites-flimsy-bodied-shitroen/ >.  It is not all a good story ..as that is the nature of old car restoration, but other parts of it are very good :)

I don't know the correct value of such a car, in the condition that she is now in, but expect I have spent much more money than I might sell her for.. I am open to offers.
 
If this is not something that you and Jan feel you can do for me - then please just say so (no reason need be given) - and I will not at all be offended.

Thank you Larisa and Jan.
God be with you and both your families.
Peter.
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As you might have noticed in the above inside-the-boot photo - I draped the seats with red cotton sheets. The back seat was red brush nylon anyway but the front seats were a darker green and lime green respectively, so the red colour coordinated and tidied things up a little (Citroen casual style) for the adverts. .

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Anyway, I've had a number of time wasters and silly low bids and then finally a couple of chaps who are keen.  The question now is..  whether the car will go to an avid collector (seemingly of all models) of Citroen who lives in Berlin,  or will it go to a classic car expert in New York.?  The next couple of days should ..I hope, reveal all.

 

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The deposit has been paid and, despite the banker's sense of humour in calling the bank transfer address a "swift" code,  it should be transferred into my account on or about Monday or Tuesday next week.  In the meantime I guess the bank earns the interest on mine ..and a hundred thousand other transactions,  each day.

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Seems like mon Ami will be going to live in New York..  That should be a sight to see. . . .

 

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