Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Chris570 » 12 Feb 2012, 18:52

yeah tis an 850.

not that i'm biased or anything but the xantia hdi estate is a much better car

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Citroenmad » 12 Feb 2012, 18:54

Chris570 wrote:yeah tis an 850.

not that i'm biased or anything but the Xantia hdi estate is a much better car
Of course it is, its a Citroen for one thing! 8-)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Citroenmad » 06 Mar 2012, 13:14

CitroJim wrote:Just had a drive of Old V6 :P 8-) The owner called round to show me the job the exhaust people did of building a complete new exhaust system from the exhaust manifolds right back. They've done a fantastic job but the final bill was a bit on the ohh err madam side. Not much change out of a grand :shock:
Erm, wow! :shock:

Are exhausts not available for the V6 now or is this new one a stainless system?

That seems extremely expensive if that is the only option for exhausts, might put me off a V6! :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by davetherave » 06 Mar 2012, 15:50

:shock:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by xantia_v6 » 06 Mar 2012, 19:30

Citroenmad wrote:
CitroJim wrote:Just had a drive of Old V6 :P 8-) The owner called round to show me the job the exhaust people did of building a complete new exhaust system from the exhaust manifolds right back. They've done a fantastic job but the final bill was a bit on the ohh err madam side. Not much change out of a grand :shock:
Erm, wow! :shock:

Are exhausts not available for the V6 now or is this new one a stainless system?

That seems extremely expensive if that is the only option for exhausts, might put me off a V6! :lol:
They are still available £100 - £200 for the system rear of the cat, depending on source of parts. (centre sections currently £25 on ebay)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 06 Mar 2012, 20:06

Yes, there were cheaper ways but Paul wanted the new system supplied and fitted - he was not happy to either do it himself or involve me as I was not well at the time.

A good chunk of the cost was fabrication of the NFP header pipes and the inevitable labour...

I've looked closely at the job they did and it's good.

As far as I know it's a mild steel system, not stainless...

I have the old cat and as far as I'm concerned it's repairable with a bit of welding, as I'd be inclined to do with perforated headers...

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Citroenmad » 06 Mar 2012, 20:11

I thought there might be a cheaper option, the price we pay for convenience :lol:

Ive been shopping around for exhausts for my Xantia, only the centre section as its slightly holed going into the centre box. Im trying to find a bosal one.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 14 Apr 2012, 16:06

Cor, been a long time since I said anything here. Been too busy posting in other people's blogs :lol: :lol:

Anyway, New V6 is due and MOT soon and today I booked her in for next Friday. The MOT man gave me a bit of a complement - "No worries Jim, looking forward to it - always a pleasure to MOT your cars..."

So, I gave New V6 a good check over and all is perfect apart from a very tiny weep from the hydraulic pump :twisted: A similar tiny weep from the gearbox high pressure feed banjo (again, must buy new proper washers) and a very slightly deteriorated brake flexi. I expect an advisory for that...

She's had another clean ready for the X Rally tomorrow and she's looking very tidy. All that's left are blemishes and sadly there's plenty of those in the form of tiny dings, small stone chips and tiny scratches. That's why I hate really doing a good job - it shows all the defects... :( having said that, they are very minor but judge for yourself tomorrow...

I gave Mme. Activa a good scrub today using just a bucket and chamois due to the hosepipe ban. It's a long time since I've washed a car like that but despite taking a while longer the result was superb.

Here she is along with a bit of shiny V6 and a very mucky looking Rattiva... She's only had her usual Saturday health check and she's good :-D She really wants for very little really... Good old Rattiva. I love her to bits despite her dog-eared bits. She's like a comfy old pair of slippers :P

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Sorry a Poxhall crept into the picture :twisted:

Mme Activa has problems though. Her roof lacquer is de-laminating and there’s areas of white all across the roof. I'm not sure how best to go about having it sorted...

Here's the worst area of de-lamination...

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It's like a big tear-drop :cry: Some smaller areas can also be seen along with a bit of what looks like white bloom. I know that's the sart of de-laminating now...

Still, apart from that, she's not bad...

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by robert_e_smart » 14 Apr 2012, 16:45

Get that lacquer seen to soon Jim. And you will hopefully get away with only having to re-lacquer and not re-painting.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by myglaren » 14 Apr 2012, 16:55

Clag a bit of faux-leather vinyl over it. :twisted:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 14 Apr 2012, 16:56

robert_e_smart wrote:Get that lacquer seen to soon Jim. And you will hopefully get away with only having to re-lacquer and not re-painting.
Thanks Robert, excellent! I was worried at first you were going to to advise me to weigh her in...

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 14 Apr 2012, 16:59

myglaren wrote:Clag a bit of faux-leather vinyl over it. :twisted:
Good thinking Steve... Make it a bit retro-70s... :)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by robert_e_smart » 15 Apr 2012, 10:19

CitroJim wrote: Thanks Robert, excellent! I was worried at first you were going to to advise me to weigh her in...
The roof lacquer peel won't affect your weighbridge price though! :lol: :lol:

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Apr 2012, 19:14

superloopy wrote: That's exactly how mine started Jim ..... should see the state she's in now, and only a matter of months later :cry: :cry: :cry:
I foresee a roof respray very soon Mike :twisted:

I saw Barry's (of BL Autos) Dante Red V6 Activa today at the X Rally. Last year it was very scabby indeed. Over winter Barry has had it fully resprayed. It looks absolutely gorgeous now :-D

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Tales

Post by Citroenmad » 15 Apr 2012, 20:22

Your New V6 was looking very nice indeed today Jim, id not worry about its slight imperfections, I wouldn't have noticed them if you didn't point them out :lol: 8-)

That V6 Activa did look very fresh, only recognisable by its bumber plate. It does seem a bit of a favourite with Dantes red to lacquer peal, I dont suppose there is a way to prevent it.

Good luck with the MOT, im sure it will sail through :-D