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Anything nasty to look out for on a 2006 Citroen C1 1.0 Rhythm please, going to c1 in a while!! 
Check the rear brake lines - they have a coating to stop then rusting that stops about an inch before the union in the rear wheel arch. This inch of unprotected line gets covered in all the shite coming off the wheels, and subsequently rusts! Pretty easy to replace though, and they are fantastic little cars to hoon about in!

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14 minutes ago, abelw44 said:

Check the rear brake lines - they have a coating to stop then rusting that stops about an inch before the union in the rear wheel arch. This inch of unprotected line gets covered in all the shite coming off the wheels, and subsequently rusts! Pretty easy to replace though, and they are fantastic little cars to hoon about in!

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That could be the least of my worries, the owner seems to think it is nearly vgc... more like nearly fkd !!! 

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23 hours ago, gm said:

So the sods who tried to nick my catalyst didn’t just chop through the centre pipe


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which I fixed* with a clamp

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but also sliced through the top of the catalyst end too

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looks like I’ll be fitting a cheap eBay kit and selling this for scrap anyway now 

wanks

 

when did this happen?

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Phoned the garage about the Audi.

Apart from the downpipe, none of the bits I supplied fit, even the gasket for the downpipe.

To be honest they've been great and tried really hard to get parts for me but apart from the gasket, nothing else is available. 

He did suggest a stainless system but he was a bit taken aback when I told him what I'd been quoted.

The middle section and downpipe are the bits that are blowing badly so we think that those bits can be replaced tk make it gas tight for now.

Hopefully something will turn up soon in the form of a proper replacement exhaust.

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Just now, wuvvum said:

That actually sounds quite reasonable given the amount of work they've carried out.

Indeed. I'm more than happy it was done and the price is cheaper than I thought. It turns out all the spheres at the front were utterly shagged. He says the rears may need doing soon, fortunately they're easy to change. Once I get the invoice I'll detail what's been completed.

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I saw this at lunchtime, and have thought about precious little else since.  The reflex is to mock it and knock it - there are four wheels and it's not actually a van.  That's fucking Comic Sans too which ought to be punishable by death. 

And yet - you must, surely, have bollocks the size of zeppelins to launch a van hire company with such a shit vehicle.  The sort of "DILLIGAF" levels which must come with being the CEO of this company are surely enviable.  

I've given it far too much thought already, and I just know this thing will revist it me in my dreams tonight.

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This thing just won’t run and I don’t know where to start fixing the problem. It’s had loads of welding done but the interior is shit and it’s full of dents. My mojo is at a low with this. Time to focus on more pleasurable things? If it’s dragging you down, fuck it off-as someone famous possibly once said. 

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Postman bought a nice parcel full of old press photos today. Most of it is from around 1910, and are pictures of coachbuilders, races, and garages. This one is particularly lovely I think, very typical of how many small garages seem to have looked like at the time. The counter at the left is full of popular accessories such as lanterns and a "speed-O-meter".

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18 hours ago, Lankytim said:

This thing just won’t run and I don’t know where to start fixing the problem. It’s had loads of welding done but the interior is shit and it’s full of dents. My mojo is at a low with this. Time to focus on more pleasurable things? If it’s dragging you down, fuck it off-as someone famous possibly once said. 

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Fuel pump? It did start on what was in the carb and sounded ok until it ran out of fuel.

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A right old result today, went to fill up the mercedes with fuel today (as the local Shell had some pez and no queues) and on my return to the car after paying, spotted this little gem on the ground

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Its only one of those 'magic fuel catalyst' tablets that contain PARTICLES that give you a million MPG and 400bhp boost because they used them in planes in WW2 or some sort of tosh. The ones endorsed by all the reprobates like Mike Brewer and Quentin Willson who tell you its the 'motoring industry's best kept secret' because VW would obviously much rather spend billions developing direct injection and turbocharging and software cheats and all sorts of old bollocks rather than just bunging a penny sized bit of flipping tin in the tank of every car they sold, right?

https://ftcdirect.com/

Dunno which one it is, but even the cheapest magic tablet is nearly £40 so thats a right old result. I'm going to put it into the mercedes this afternoon and watch as the tank fills itself from petrol condensing from fresh air and the old M111 donkey is transformed into a RR merlin V12 rivalling 2000hp beast.

For posterity, I'm currently getting 30mpg long term average over about 14k miles.

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@Fumbler 

Well the hail Mary seems to have born fruit!. 

A trip to a local scrappies saw a bent K11 Pre-FL donating it's known good TB unit,  upon removing my own TB unit we found the problem, the gasket was split clean in two! 

New one on order and should be here Monday with the known good TB unit being fitted then too.

 

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1 hour ago, artdjones said:

Checking out a camper my brother-in-law has been offered very cheaply.IMG_20211009_154845.thumb.jpg.080e5a3a7b52d40d7fd8aff47421fca2.jpg

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Indénor and column shift = maximum Whin.

As today is the first afternoon I've had no guests, visits or other arrangements I had a fiddle around with my stepdaughter's Mini.

The intermittent radio appears to be a badly fitted iPod kit connected into a mangle of Scotchlocked wires. Aftermarket shite removed and took the car for a spin and no cutting out. If it does do it again I have read up it's a bad component in part of the switching power supply in the amp, so hopefully I can repair that if needed. The central locking appears to have cured itself after madam used the key in the lock for the last however long since I updated the world. Apparently it helps with sticking actuators so I've sprayed a bit of lube in there and exercised it with the key a few times. Another spin round the block and whereas before when the anti-hijack kicked in and locked the doors it wouldn't open again. Taken a little slack out the internal handle cable and it's working. I did order some universal bowden cable nipples but no idea where they are, so when I find them I'll put a new end on the inner internal cable.

Grump is the n/s/f wheel bearing is grumbling, and along with new discs, a droplink and a CV joint I may have an afternoon or two of work to do before the MoT in November.

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