Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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Post by demag » 02 Sep 2014, 09:41

Thanks for the smiles Jim. Been catching up on this thread over a quiet bowl of porridge while wifey has a lie in.
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Post by CitroJim » 02 Sep 2014, 10:14

demag wrote:Thanks for the smiles Jim. Been catching up on this thread over a quiet bowl of porridge while wifey has a lie in.


That's great Dave :-D Pleased to know this blog has been enjoyed!

Just eating my breakfast now :roll:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 04 Sep 2014, 04:35

Despite yesterday being my day off, nothing car-related has been done so the V6 remains up on stands and still in bits. It's only a weekend toy now so no matter how long it takes.

Plus my injured finger is still very bad and making it hard to do a lot of spannering.

So I did lots of cooking and domestic work instead. Along with learning about the new Linux CentOS 7. It's a bit changed from 6 and a bit brain-teasing at first. I now have a good example running.

I did take the Activa out for a long spin and oh, how lovely it is :-D I suspect I have cooling fan troubles again though :( I shall look at it possibly next Wednesday.

I also filled up the C1 with petrol. It's a rare job :lol: I managed to remember which side the filler was on...
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Post by bxzx16v » 04 Sep 2014, 06:48

It's good to see your sharing your Citroen love between the three Jim, I'm the same with the blingo as it only gets filled up once a month.

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Post by myglaren » 04 Sep 2014, 06:59

CitroJim wrote:
Along with learning about the new Linux CentOS 7. It's a bit changed from 6 and a bit brain-teasing at first. I now have a good example running.



What's the attraction with CentOS Jim? Have you abandoned Ubuntu?
I keep meaning to investigate some others but complacency gets in the way.
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Post by CitroJim » 04 Sep 2014, 08:11

No, Ubuntu still reigns supreme for me on the desktop Steve but I much prefer CentOS for the server side of things. CentOS is more unix-like than Ubuntu and a bit cleaner and slimmer. I like that you can start off with a very minimal CentOS and install on it only what you need for the server to do what is required of it. Microsoft cold learn a valuable lesson from CentOS.

I work with CentOS at work so have a good bit of familiarity with it. I was going to say professionally but that would really be lying :lol:

I'm slowly refreshing my servers at home and moving from Ubuntu Server to CentOS. A winter project and no doubt one that will take a long time!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 07 Sep 2014, 20:00

A good day today :-D I got hold of a load of cheap plums from Tesco last evening and turned them into jam today whilst Chris570 replaced a lower swivel joint on his HDi.

I also cooked up a chicken chilli men out of my Wagamama cookbook for lunch and was disappointed when Chris refused the chopsticks to eat it!

Huge thanks to Chris today for refitting the alternator to my V6 today, a task that was stalling me due to my ongoing finger issues. Now all that's left is to do is the hydraulic pump and refit that and I reckon I can do that on Wednesday.

I acquired an exercise bike over the weekend. It's good mechanically but has a duff speed sensor on it so the dashboard does not work. That didn't stop me doing 20 minutes on the cross trainer followed by weights and then 15 minutes on the new bike this evening...

My speed on the cross trainer is creeping up nicely. I can now hold 20kp/h at maximum resistance for well over 20 minutes and crack 5km distance in less than 15 minutes. My swim speed is also increasing nicely too..

I must try to source a new speed sensor for the bike so I can see how far and fast I'm going on that one....

My conservatory is now looking more and more like a gym...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 10 Sep 2014, 04:54

My finger is recovering nicely and today I should go a long way to getting my V6 back on her wheels. First though is a small matter of visiting the dentist for a filling :twisted:

I hasten to add this filling is a repair to an old one and not a new one!

I've been a bit quiet recent as I've been busy configuring and testing a new production forum server running CentOS 7. It's now nearly ready to roll after hardening it and carrying out trial forum updates on it.

I will advise when the forums will be moved across. It'll be during a day and I expect the outage to be several hours as the updates needed will take a while.

More news as it happens...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 10 Sep 2014, 12:12

Aghh well, ho hum... Another Wednesday when nothing gets done to my V6 :evil: Domestic work, that dental appointment and sorting out Sian's laptop ready for Uni next week has seen to that..

I have been out in my Activa this morning on the Waitrose shopping run and it was fantastic. I do so love that car immensely and the extra pep provided my the manual boost controller is such fun and so addictive...

It is my favourite car by a long way... Don't get me wrong, I love my V6 and C1 but the Activa is just.... Special 8-) :P

Happy to report the cooling fans are behaving completely normally today :-D

Off now to make a fish bake... Mmmmm 8-)
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Post by bxzx16v » 10 Sep 2014, 16:44

I think I may just add an activa onto my wanted list Jim, along side a V6 xantia, pug 406 V6, xsara vts (mk 1), C4 vts, possibly another Zx16v, Bx16v, celica gt4, laguna V6, infact anything odd and unloved really :cry:.

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Post by CitroJim » 10 Sep 2014, 17:25

It's a lovely list Mark but some of those will not be easy to find..

Try finding a really good Activa these days :( You stand more chance of finding a way of achieving world peace...
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Post by Northern_Mike » 10 Sep 2014, 17:30

It's almost impossible to find any sort of Activa that at least has a decent MOT Jim :-( I looked for a while.
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Post by bxzx16v » 10 Sep 2014, 18:11

I'm not in any rush to get anything, it's just a matter of waiting until something comes up. It will more than likely be another Citroen maybe a Renault. I just can't seem to settle long term with much else. I was very fortunate to come across my old Zx16v with a fsh/bills etc and it came from a good home. The next vehicle must have the pedigree that had, even if it means going for an older vehicle. The Gt4 is something I craved back in the day but never had the opportunity to try one.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 13 Sep 2014, 16:22

The V6 is all finally done, dusted and back on her wheels again :-D I started off with quite a pile of bits this morning and they fairly quickly reduced as they were refitted. There is nothing left over, not even a washer!

She's driving beautifully and will be good for the run up to Nottingham on Wednesday to take Sian back to Uni..

Next up for TLC is the Activa. She's due and MOT next month. How time flies.... Seem like only yesterday she had her last one...
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Post by bxzx16v » 13 Sep 2014, 16:43

Glad to hear the V6 is sorted Jim, what's the best price for a belt kit? The 406 I'm going to look at may require one due to age rather than miles. I've heard it's a pig of a job.

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