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Post by myglaren » 13 Nov 2008, 20:04

Sorry to hear about the crash and reboot Jim. Hope you are feeling better now. If you are up to it I'll see you tomorrow around lunch time.
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Post by CitroJim » 13 Nov 2008, 21:04

myglaren wrote:Sorry to hear about the crash and reboot Jim. Hope you are feeling better now. If you are up to it I'll see you tomorrow around lunch time.


Absolutely Steve, very much looking forward to seeing you :D A warm welcome awaits.
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Post by myglaren » 13 Nov 2008, 21:53

Thanks Jim.
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Post by CitroJim » 14 Nov 2008, 21:39

Pleased to say all is back to normal now, I've had two very pleasant days off work (using up leave before it expires) and the old batteries are well recharged now.

I've just about caught up with the backlog of forum, email and PM work that had to take a back-seat earlier this week so I can relax a bit now.

Today has been especially good and I've enjoyed a visit from Steve (myglaren). He proves yet again the rule that Xac and I hold that only the very finest people drive Citroens. Steve brought Malcolm's (Citronut) long-awaited new door down as his contribution to the parts relay system. I'll now plan a visit to see Citronut in the near future as he has some bits for me; a sinking Xantia pressure regulator and pump which whilst awaiting the need to fit to my sinker, will form the heart of my planned sphere tester. I already have the gauge :D This time, as I shall be virtually passing their doors, I shall try to coincide the run down to Malcolm's with a visit to Gareth (XantiaMan583) and John (jgra1).

I was very priviledged to have a drive of Steve's C5 HDi Estate. I like it, I must say. Great driving position, excellent visibility and a huuuuge cargo area that just swallowed Malcolm's door and excellent accessibility to everything in the engine bay. Both Steve and I agree the suspension is nothing special compared to the Xantia but for all that I like the C5 and would both have no hesitation in recommending one and even having one myself if something terminal should happen to my beloved 2.1TD and I could not find another.

In return, Steve took my Activa for a spin. I'm sure Steve will make his own comments on the Activa but I got the feeling he liked it :D Steve, there's a nice silver one on ebay right now, just perfect for you and not too far from you either :wink:

It's always a pleasure to meet forum members and there is always an open invitation to call in to see me for anyone passing these parts.

Yesterday I had a check of the fan in the cabin sensor in the Activa and it is running fine throughout a journey. Indeed yesterday the climate control seemed to be behaving itself :D I'm off down to Somerset again in the morning and that'll be the acid test for it.

Sunday I hope to get back to my favourite subject; diesel pumps. I've been promising to publish a full photographic strip of a pump on my website for rather a long time now and I just hate those websites that promise something interesting but don't deliver. Sadly, mine is a typical example of that at present :oops:

After pumps, I'll be back into gearboxes. I have a BE3 in the workshop that has been waiting far too long for an overhaul and the fitting of a new synchro cone and to provide a few more photos and updates for the gearbox area of my website.
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Post by ACTIVE8 » 15 Nov 2008, 00:57

Sorry to hear about the OS crash citrojim, pleased to hear you are on the mend after a good reboot, sorted out your early version of windose! :wink:
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Post by myglaren » 15 Nov 2008, 12:59

Thanks again for the hospitality and kind comments Jim.

The Activa is indeed a very, very special car and while I have fancied one for a while now I'm afraid that I may now have stepped on the slippery slope that ends up in Activa ownership. Absolutely wonderful car to drive and as you said, it really is amazing that the suspension didn't go mainstream, there is nothing to match it, or even come anywhere close.

A beautifully handling car, so precise and exact but done in a relaxed and unintrusive way.

I can't justify a second car and really need and estate - where can I find an Activa estate that matches your hatch :(

Have a good day in Zummerzet.
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Post by CitroJim » 18 Nov 2008, 21:25

Life is never dull, that's for sure :roll:

I had a great run down to cider apple country and back in the Activa on Saturday and even the climate control seemed to keep the cabin convivially comfy :lol: A long chat with Richard (DickieG) revealed that early MK1s are not known for their ability to hold their cabin temperature all that steady. It's possible my 2.1TD, being a very late MK1 has the MK2 climate ECU which is a lot better. I have not yet had an opportunity to put the Lexia on both of them to find out. Why you ask, you had all of Sunday..

Well yes, I did but In turth, I did not get up very early on Sunday as I enjoyed a very convivial Saturday eveing with friends that went on rather late :D Some time was spent washing both cars and rather a lot more time and a good bit of last evening was spent on the phone to Wayne, one of my nephews who has rather a liking for diesel Pug 205s. he has one as a (very slow) project in his garage but he fancied one he could use and save the huge fuel costs his Skoda Automatic incurs. So he buys a very late N plater for £600 and described in top nick. Certainly £600 should demand that. It's not in fantastically great nick as it turns out but that's by the by for now.

Anyhow, He collected it from Bath and drove it the 15 miles home. No problems. Except he stopped at some lights very near home and so did the engine. It started with a struggle but would not idle. He got it home and apart from one brief fire and one rough idle it's not really run since.

Call Uncle Jim.

I went through all the usual things with him with no positive result. He bled some fuel out and found it red :shock: The car apparantly came from a farmer - draw your own conclusions!

He (and I) thought it was red diesel until Wayne said it smelt "funny".

"Funny in what way Wayne?"

"Well, it smells a bit like petol"

Wayne then confirmed it was petrol and unbeknown to me, he'd been trying in vain to start it with a tankful of petrol (with some diesel) and had flattened two batteries trying with only a few moments of idle and a refusal to rev to show for his trouble. It then abjectly refused to do anything more.

I'm awaiting an update this evening but the last news was there was no fuel at the injectors. Looks like the Lucas pump has objected strongly to being fed petrol and has thrown in the towel. Two batteries worth of cranking in vain trying to pump something with zero lubricity cannot have done a Lucas punmp any good at all and it now looks like it might have seized.

I'll post an update as soon as I have one. I guess soon I'll be off down to Somerset yet again to swap a pump over from his project to this new car..

In other news, work is very busy and relations with my ex-wife have taken a very sudden and very deep down-turn for reasons that defy logic. But then, we are speaking of female logic here and when did logic ever come into it :roll: :lol: It'll all work out but that and Wayne's adventures has fair kept me busy....
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Post by CitroJim » 18 Nov 2008, 22:52

Update on Wayne's pump. It's dead :cry:

However, he's had a natter with the person he bought the car from and he has promised to get Wayne a replacement pump and a set of injectors as Wayne has learned the injectors could have suffered as well.

All he needs now is someone to fit the pump for him....
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Post by KP » 19 Nov 2008, 09:46

Jim can he not source a Bosch pump and injectors to fit that engine as he could then veggie it and make some use of the tank of mis fuel to keep his running costs down??

Just an idea maybe :) and may as well go for it while the job is being done if its possible with teh 1.8heads ?
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Post by CitroJim » 19 Nov 2008, 13:59

I discussed this with Wayne as I have a Bosch non-turbo pump sitting on my bench right now. It's in abeyance until the vendor responds with a replacement pump and injectors.

If push comes to shove and it does not all go as planned, I expect this Bosch I have will be fitted.

His misfuel is too good to waste and mixed in with veg would be a perfect use for it :D

Pleased to see you're soon joing the ranks of us estate owners Will :D You'll love the extra space and visibility.
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Post by KP » 19 Nov 2008, 14:40

Im already starting to think on Jim on that ;)

Wish it was hydractive but then it would be a super rare LX if it did lol
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Post by jgra1 » 19 Nov 2008, 18:49

Jim we now have a spare bosch and injectors....

Courtesy of dads spare engine.. (assuming he uses yours)

Should be able to get them in post Monday latest?

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Post by CitroJim » 23 Nov 2008, 20:00

jgra1 wrote:Should be able to get them in post Monday latest?


It was far more enjoyable to collect them John :D

Yesterday was a day to remember, a great one in all respects :D I took a trip to a part of the UK I had never previously visited to see John (jgra1) and his dad up in Northumberland. John's dad, as reported in Jon's blog has been suffering engine issues with his Pug 306 and I went up to lend a hand. Newport to Northumberland and back in a (full) day with a good session of work thrown in is quite an adventure. 500 miles there and back. An adventure it was :D

I was woken on Saturday morning at 03:30 by some noisy kids running around outside and decided to make an early start. I was on the road by 04:45. A gorgeous morning for a journey, dead clear, bone-dry, cold and empty roads. I sat the 2.1TD at 70 on the M1 and then the M18 and the A1M. Nothing more to say really except what a treat the 21.TD is on a run like that - an armchair with a steering wheel in front of it. Past Doncaster (my previous furthest journey north, to see KP) I was into new territory. Soon enough the famous Scotch Corner came up on the A1 but there was no corner to be see :lol: Seeminly quickly, I was through Yorkshire and into County Durham where some strange white powder was falling out of the air. It took me a while to realise it was very dry powdery snow! Just past there I called in to see Steve (Myglaren) in Washington for a very welcome cup of tea and a good old natter. It was off then up the A1 a bit further to John's dad's house beyound Newcastle. On the way I caught sight of the Angel of the North who is looking decidedly rusty now :roll:

To be continued...
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Post by CitroJim » 23 Nov 2008, 20:36

Northumberland adventure Part II..

It was a little snowly when I arrived at John's dads house, and cold. My welcome was incredibly warm and immediately I felt at home :D

John had already prepared the replacement head for the engine, which at this point was sitting on the garage floor looking a bit like this:

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By the time this picture was taken, we'd fitted a Bosch diesel pump in place of the original Lucas.

I'm not going into too much detail as I'm sure John will report fully in his blog, the nitty-gritty of the story that led to the engine being ready to go back in the car...

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and finally in there :D

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Sadly, I had to leave before the engine was in a running state :( but at least we left it last night knowing it had four very healthy compressions and a good set of ancillaries. We also discovered it had a very eager oil pump too as when we spun it over on the starter motor to check compressions, oil fairly shot out of the turbo pressure feed and the vacuum pump feed and made ratehr a mess of the nice clean engine, not to mention John's dad's garage floor.

After some very tasty fish and chips it was time to make my way home. I had things to do here today and really had to leave. It was about 9:30 by now and very cold. I'd left my Tom Tom in the car all day and it refused to boot, just giving a display of coloured bars :( The poor old thing was too cold to work and only restarted about 20 miles into the journey, by which time I did not need it any more :lol: In the event, the old method of navigation worked and I was soon on the A1 heading south. Passing the Angel, the 2.1TD turned over 100,000 miles :D

The journey home was totally uneventful except for a very pleasant chat with the lady behind the counter of one of the more northerly M1 services when the need for a coffee overcame me. Once again, the conditions for a drive were perfect. Cold and clear.

I arrived home tired but extremly happy. It had been a great day in all respects and as usual, the 2.1TD performed flawlessly :D Not a spot of oil or water used and surprisingly little diesel too!

Finally I'd like to say a huge thank you John and his family for making me so welcome and keeping me in tea!!! Those fish and chips tasted unbeliveably good. All in all, proper Geordie..

I brought back two diesel pumps. The old Lucas from the 306 and the Bosch from the engine that donated it's head for the 306. That engine had been standing in the rain for some time and the pump was found to be partially seized. We also found the turbo to be full of water and decided not to use it...

I can now start learning about Lucas pumps :D It's on the bench right now.
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Post by CitroJim » 30 Nov 2008, 20:57

It's been another of those weeks. Flown by, busy, enjoyable and satisfying but precious little time for playing cars or spending time on here.

My Central Heating broke on Monday. I was awoken by the sound of a pump in distress and a very cold house :twisted: The pump was OK but the water level in the system had dropped below that of the pump and thus no circulation. The system was installed with the pump right at the top of the circulatory circuit and it only takes a little drop in water level to cause this problem. Luckily, it has happened before and I knew the area of the problem. A blockage in the pipe from the make-up tank in the attic down to the top of the circulatory circuit. We have terribly hard water here and because there is no real flow in this pipe, it accumulates scale and debris. I chopped out a length of blocked pipe and inserted a new section using compression fittings so if it happens again I can open that section and clear any blockages.

Nothing to report on any of my cars. I gave them a good check yesterday and both are in top health...

In the few moments I've had spare, I've been playing with a Lucas Diseal Pump and successfully de-armoured it :D All but one of the anti-tamper bolts are sufficiently exposed to get a tool on them and only one needed a small section of the armouring hacksawing away to get good access to it.

I used this tool to undo them:

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I dismantled the pump so far but then hit a snag. Special tools are needed to remove the lift pump drive and timing ring actuator and I cannot source them yet. I shall continue to search or make them.

Lucas pumps work very differently to the Bosch Pumps.

Yesterday our town Christmas lights were ceremonially switched on and my girl's Majorette troupe put on a magnificent show as part of the celebrations.

In speaking to the lights organisers, I was sad to hear the lights nearly did not happen this year due to a lack of volounteers. Guess what I'll be doing next year :wink: Rather a lot of work, stringing lights the whole length of Newport Pagnell High Street but it's an old town tradition and it must not die. I shall be happy to be playing a small part in seeing that it does not :D
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