It's been a long time again between updates. Mainly because, as usual, work has got in the way of playing cars..
Two rallies have passed, CXM and Midland. Both were excellent and I hugely enjoyed both...
The CXM saw Paul (CitroenXM) come to stay with me for the weekend and he travelled in his ultra-rare Series 1 24V V6 XM. This 24V engine is not the ES9 as in my V6s but a 24v version of the earlier PRV V6.
It's a cracker and with a manual gearbox, rather enthralling to drive
At CXM, I was made aware of a dead BX 17RD that had developed a major LHM leak in the rigid pipe between its HP pump and pressure regulator. It was spraying LHM in a beautiful fan-shape all over the gearbox! The car is owned by an elderly gentlemen and he was stranded. I removed the pipe on Saturday, Paul and I took it home that evening found the leak (a tiny split on a corner), chopped out the damaged section and brazed in a new piece. We refitted it on Sunday morning and happily, it seemed Ok. I saw the car and owner again at the Midland rally and it was still good.
One thing I noticed on the BX when I felt the pipe for leaks after repairing it is a very strong "heartbeat" in the pipe when the pressure regulator cuts in. It's just like an arterial pulse you could feel in your wrist. I guess 25 years of that (the BX was on an E plate) eventually causes fatigue in the pipe.
Sunday saw us doing loads of Lexia sessions on early XMs and Sunday evening I did a quick front seal replacement on a leaky Bosch diesel pump Paul had brought down following my discovery of a very well priced source of these seals. Paul tells me it's good
This weekend I finally took possession of my new V6. I'd made the deal some long while back in that I asked for first refusal of this particular car if it ever came up for sale and when it did, I snapped it up
It was well worth it too as it is truly a cracker. It's an early MK2, Mauritius blue with a cream leather interior. It has 61,000 genuine miles on the clock, a full FSH and it drive just like a new car
I am absolutely delighted with it and even the cruise control works faultlessly. Sunday was the first time I'd ever tried cruise control and I love it. It was a boon in the M25 and M1 roadworks
My new V6 comes with excellent provenance: it's an ex-DickieG car! says it all. Thanks a million Richard
My new V6 is a keeper and reserved for long trips only; my MK1 V6 will continue in its daily driver role. Comparing the two, my MK1 with 173,000 miles on the clock is still very good overall although, for reasons I know, the gearbox is not as smooth as in the new MK2. That one is so smooth the gear changes are imperceptible. One thing I shall do very soon is get the cruise control working on my MK1. I never realised just how wonderful it was until I finally experienced it
I have an aim to take my MK1 past 200K...
Finally, as reported elseware, Robyn passed her driving test today. Never have I known my daughter to be so excited and happy
Same goes for me. I'm rather happy and proud too!