Admiral51 Citroen Adventures

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Post by admiral51 » 10 Jul 2009, 20:41

2 months without an update :oops: :oops: :oops:

Things have gone pear shaped lately and finances have not so much slowed down more like the tap been turned off :lol: :lol:

As you may have seen the 1.9D has been put up for sale at what i believe to be a realistic price with the proceeds hopefully being redirected to paying the Tax on the VSX should it be sold.I will be sad to see her go as she has been a wonderful work horse and a good introduction to "Green Blood" :) :)

I had the VSX booked in for MOT today but that was postponed due to lack of insurance cover (complicated but i pay monthly and was trying to avoid extra premiums this month :wink: :wink: )
She has however been booked in for Wednesday 15th although i have yet to replace the windscreen,this again down to insurance so not expecting a pass :( :( but atleast i will have a better idea of what else needs to be done :) :)
I have managed to replace 2 tyres and do the repair to the n/s/r door and wheel arch not a professional job :oops: :oops: but it looks ok from a distance (feet not miles :lol: :lol: ) and managed to get the door check strap sorted.

Picture of damage prior to repair
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Pictures after bodge repair :lol: :lol:
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Still having no luck with the CD Changer but hopefully i may have some answers to that particular problem early next week as i have been allocated a few days off (unexpected...unpaid..but welcome all the same :lol: :lol: )
Will be spending a bit of time working on the TD as i need to sort out the EGR and have a small LHM leak on the HP pump nothing major just the jubalee clip has cut into the pipe so hopefully a quick repair :) :)

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Post by KP » 10 Jul 2009, 21:58

Admiral doesn't look too bad to be honest, much better than what i could achieve, Im sure the resident paint guru will be along soon to cast a proper 'eye' over it though but still looks good :)
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Post by admiral51 » 10 Jul 2009, 22:18

KP wrote:Admiral doesn't look too bad to be honest, much better than what i could achieve, Im sure the resident paint guru will be along soon to cast a proper 'eye' over it though but still looks good :)


Hi KP

Thanks for the confidence boost but i know its not right best i could achieve with an aerosol in the outdoors :oops: :oops:

tried hard to get it right but made the mistake of doing it late afternoon and when id put the laquer on i overlooked next doors overhanging tree and all the "bits" landed on the car and the sap/something has played havoc with the clear coat looked quite good when i finished it looked terrible in the morning but i could be being over critical :twisted:

Hopefully Gareth will cast his critical eye over it and be gentle(ish) with me :lol: :lol:

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Post by KP » 10 Jul 2009, 23:11

The tree sap is an evil thing, i have to park my car under it as the mrs wont let me chop half of it away :( so every week the activa gets a wash and it all comes off again thank god but still looks tacky when its on.
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Post by Xantic » 10 Jul 2009, 23:15

It looks good to me Colin.

We have honeydew dripping from our tree it makes a mess, i hate the tree.. :(
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Post by red_dwarfers » 11 Jul 2009, 10:11

It's not as bad where I live, I just get the dust from the rough road surface covering mine :twisted:
I've not had chance to sort out my CDC yet either :oops: I wouldn't mind sorting it for the CCC National next week though.
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Post by admiral51 » 11 Jul 2009, 11:32

Hopefully it looks better in daylight even if covered in rain :)

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Post by MikeT » 11 Jul 2009, 17:41

Unless you're well practiced, you'll never get it like the pro's but it's 100x better than it was and I think that makes it all worthwhile. Well done.
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Post by red_dwarfers » 12 Jul 2009, 08:24

Not a bad paint job there Colin!
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Post by admiral51 » 15 Jul 2009, 20:57

Not sure whether to laugh or cry :) :)

Took the VSX for her MOT today and got the fail as expected :) :) but to get 7 items was a bit more than i had envisaged
Ok i knew the windscreen was going to fail and that accounted for 2 only 5 remaining :wink:
Being a muppet when i replaced both front tyres (took wheels to tyre centre not on car :lol: ) i managed to swap them and both are not fitted in accordance to sidewall instructions wrong direction of travel :oops: :oops: 3 to go :)
Both front brake hoses perished looks like im on the lookout for a flare tool :lol:
The last is somewhat concerning :twisted: :twisted:
RBT Service Brakes Efficiency 46% hand written rear brakes problem

Have not had chance to speak to the MOT station as got back after they shut but i did have some extra weight in boot and still they failed

Any suggestions apart from taking them apart and cleaning them up again would a replacement anti sink have any benefit not sure on its state :oops:

Apart from the dissapointment of getting a list of faults all things considered it dont seem to bad bearing in mind it has been sat still for best part of 3 years :) :)
And as for driving it in anger for the first time i must admit she goes quite well :D :D

Have not got a copy of the emissions but will get that as she passed that bit as well 8) 8)

Oohh the leather is sooo comfy :lol: :lol:

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Post by CitroJim » 16 Jul 2009, 00:05

Hi Colin,

Sorry to hear the MOT results :cry: But you know, most are solved and the most critical, the emissions, you are home and dry. That is the biggie as you know the cat is good and the engine is in reasonable health. The things it has passed on are those things you have little control over so all to the good :D

Brakes are a problem in a car that has been standing. My V6 fronts were so bad after five months of doing nothing that I had to replace discs and pads and make sure the calipers were sliding freely. Rusty discs do not work well and bizarrely the shinier they are, the better. Same with railway lines apparantly in that a train on a rusty track has much less grip than on a nice, well used, shiny track.

My V6 went for MOT with very rusty rear discs and passed without murmer despite me knowing they were well below par. In discussing this with the garage I'm told the MOT tester may make due allowance for a car presenting after a period off the road and having rust on otherwise sound brakes. They know full well that they won't pass with flying colours until they're bedded back in and there is no way that can happen until the car has an MOT to be driven legally on the road. Catch 22 or common sense prevails. If the MOT tester won't or can't understand this then change him for one that does. Contrary to popular belief, MOT testers are allowed quite a lot of discretion and that can be both a good and bad thing.

Flexis are always a fail point or at least an advisory. Mine got the latter but I cannot for the life of me see why. Mike, I find them OK to replace despite the time they've been on. Granted they're well tight on the caliper but I always undo the union to the steel pipe first using a good flare nut spanner. They rarely cause a struggle because unlike brake fluid, LHM does not promote corrosion. Then, run a 14mm ring spanner down the hose and use that to undo the caliper end. If this does not bring results, chop the pipe close to the caliper and use a hex socket on the caliper end. That's after a good douse in Plus-Gas.

Do check the calipers ae sliding freely.

For the rears, strip and rebuild. Then bleed the brakes thoroughly. Make the rears work harder for the MOT by presenting with a couple of bags of cement in the boot! Try to shine the discs up a bit pre-MOT.

MOT people seem to like to see new parts fitted so a new set of front discs and pads will go a long way. Chuck in new drop links or a track rod end and the MOT tester will be delighted.

That done and the other issues resolved and bingo - you have a ticket Colin!
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Post by XantiaMan » 16 Jul 2009, 00:08

Not bad at all... Arch looked pretty messy tbh. Try some t-cut to bring a bit of shine to the lacquer, being aerosol it will need regular coats of wax to keep its shine, it also wont be fuel resistant and its softer than 2k so it may chip up quite quickly...
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Post by admiral51 » 16 Jul 2009, 00:58

Thanks for the replies gents :)

Arch looked pretty messy tbh.


Been busted should have gone to an expert :lol: :lol: tried my best and failed miserably.If only i had the cash Gareth then you would be at least £500 better off (being cheeky im including the wheels :) )

All in all its not insurmountable as far as the MOT goes just need to get a bit more feed back from the garage but i use them cos they do go through it properly :D

As for the brakes the RBT stands for Rolling Brake Test (i think :) ) and the fact that its been hand written as rear brake problem leads me to think its only the rears that have failed the test [-o<

I must admit to overhauling all the brakes about 3 months ago and with the fronts doing most of the work i guess i could have a sticky caliper piston on the rears :oops: :oops:
If i split the rear calipers is there a repair seal kit for them or are they much seal proof :oops: :oops:



Make the rears work harder for the MOT by presenting with a couple of bags of cement in the boot!


I did have a couple of concrete blocks in the boot but maybe not enough :lol: :lol:

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Post by XantiaMan » 16 Jul 2009, 11:42

I said it 'looked' not 'looks', past tense :wink: I think you done a pretty good job if you have no experience, there are a number of lines in that panel.
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Post by admiral51 » 16 Jul 2009, 19:06

Sorry Gareth i misunderstood you :oops: :oops:
Should make more of an effort to properly read posts :oops: :oops: :) :)

TBH it doesnt really stand up to close inspection paint finish wise but the body repair bit looks not too bad.Thanks for the tips on getting the best out of the finished paint 8) 8) :D :D

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