Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by myglaren » 22 Oct 2014, 19:30

CitroJim wrote:
I'll be using the Activa now for a few weekends until the weather closes in and then the V6 will be in service again. I reckon in the dead of winter and going on the C1's heater performance the V6 will see a bit of winter use...


Bung an extra heater in the C1 Jim.

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 22 Oct 2014, 20:52

That's a good idea Steve :-D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by lexi » 22 Oct 2014, 23:00

What? no welder Jim? [-X Race cones on trailer bearings today. Run a bead of weld on and watch 'em fall out.

Mind you £35 quid is not a bad trade for rolling around the ground.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 23 Oct 2014, 04:23

lexi wrote:What? no welder Jim?


It's one of those things I just can't get proficient at Lexi so I no longer try. I know my limits so if welding is needed it's handed off to those who can...

I've still got a good stick welder that'll do the bearing trick though. My welding is OK for jobs like that...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 28 Oct 2014, 16:27

Most odd...

On Sunday I noticed my V6 alternator was covered in LHM again :evil:

I took the day off today as it's been so lovely mainly to get the V6 finally sorted out on what may be the last fine day of the year perhaps. It's been a lovely day too...

I looked over the pump and found the leak still seemed to be from the suction pipe. I did this by wrapping a white tissue around the end of the pipe and saw some LHM.

I nipped up the Jubilee clip a bit more and cleaned up well and gave it a good 20 mile test. Result, a dry pump and alternator :-D

I can only think I was a bit easy on the clip and the alternator may have just been spitting out some LHM caught inside it...

Time will tell :)

The V6 is a joy with its new exhaust.. Those Polish systems may have wonky tailpipes but they're lovely and quiet and seem to have no effect on performance...

I know it was worth £35 to have it fitted :-D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by Mandrake » 29 Oct 2014, 14:17

Glad to hear that you're happy with the muffler Jim - wonky tail pipes not withstanding... :-D

Mine is getting really noisy now as its leaking in a couple places on the seam underneath the muffler, so I'm tempted to try to swap it over before the winter sets in for good.

Either that or wait until I have a garage (still waiting patiently for news about the move :roll: ) and do it then. I'm worried that maybe I should have bought the centre silencer too in case the end of the pipe is badly rusted like yours - and I won't know for sure until I try to take the old one off!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by KP » 29 Oct 2014, 14:29

If its rusted Simon, cut both mating faces off and just sleeve one of them. It should be a nice tight fit then with some Gun Gum and not even need a clamp :D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by Mandrake » 29 Oct 2014, 14:31

KP wrote:If its rusted Simon, cut both mating faces off and just sleeve one of them. It should be a nice tight fit then with some Gun Gum and not even need a clamp :D

I've actually still got the spare flanges left over from the previous polish exhaust I put on the old V6 - I think those flanges will mate up with the flange on the rear muffler so worst case the rusty bit on the end of the centre pipe could be cut off and one of the flanges welded on!

Assuming the centre pipe flange is indeed rusty. It may not be but I won't know until I can look closely at it.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by KP » 29 Oct 2014, 14:32

Just cut it and not bothering welding it Simon, half the job then :D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 29 Oct 2014, 14:33

Problem is Will, they go right on the end and that makes repairs really hard. Likewise the back box goes on the weld where the stub pipe joins. I'd say getting on for bldy hard to fix and just as hard to bodge and for £72 all-up for a new one why bother?

Simon, I'm happy with wonky tail-pipes. I don't see them very much :lol:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by KP » 29 Oct 2014, 14:35

I meant the mating faces Jim :)

The stub that mates with the box is known to be a pain but could be painted up pre fitting to help negate the issue, and then if the joint is sleeved and painted between the mid section and backbox another rust area is done.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 29 Oct 2014, 15:06

Sorry Will, I misunderstood. My bad... :oops:

Yes, those joints are a pain but a bit of exhaust goo makes them tolerable...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by KP » 29 Oct 2014, 15:27

That's ok Jim I nearly lose myself sometimes and I HATE those joints lol
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 01 Nov 2014, 21:39

I'm happy to see I still have a nice dry hydraulic pump on the V6 :-D

Looks like that problem is nailed and I'll know for sure when I take the car for a run to Somerset next Saturday...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

Post by CitroJim » 03 Nov 2014, 19:35

I am so proud of my daughter....

She had a duff headlamp bulb on her 207 and because I was out most of yesterday she changed it herself :-D

That's my girl!

She said it was a bit fiddly...
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