Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 10 May 2015, 19:12

That's not a bad idea you've proposed there Mike :-D

Sadly, no time or resources to look to Swansea this year as WFA are rather otherwise occupied currently.....
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 10 May 2015, 21:11

Tidy looking Hacker Hunter there.

Quite glad to hear the V6 will be saved, only had a quick glance at it, but really looked too good to die, lovely colour too.

If you and the team ever need an extra pair of hands (even if they have a bit to learn!) you know where to find me.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by xantia_v6 » 10 May 2015, 21:29

CitroJim wrote:Visited NVCF today with PavlosV6. We travelled there in his Pug 308CC Roland Garros with the roof down. Now that was an experience, even at motorway speeds not a breath or air or wind noise ruffles the peace and quiet of the cabin... It's just like being outside on a still, warm day. A lovely touch is the warm air that blows out of the top of the seat around your head...

It a bit stiff on the suspension against a Xantia but apart from that it performs beautifully. It's the 2.0 HDi and is remarkably gutsy. Well impressed.

Interesting... Louise has been twisting my arm to get a 308CC when we move back to NZ later this year. I am a bit concerned about the ride however. Was that a manual or automatic?
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 11 May 2015, 04:14

It's a six speed manual Mike... Paul demonstrated it's 50-70 acceleration times in 6th on the M45. It's really quite impressive...

Another good thing is the seats. For me, very comfy indeed.

The folding roof mechanism is a mechanical marvel... I can watch it working in fascination for hours!

The Hacker has a problem. It stinks to high heaven :evil: It possibly doesn't but my odd sense of smell says it does!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by citronut » 11 May 2015, 08:03

CitroJim wrote:The folding roof mechanism is a mechanical marvel... I can watch it working in fascination for hours!



apparently they have a nasty habit of it all going out of sink and jamming/locking up wherever it goes out of sink
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 11 May 2015, 08:20

citronut wrote:
CitroJim wrote:The folding roof mechanism is a mechanical marvel... I can watch it working in fascination for hours!



apparently they have a nasty habit of it all going out of sink and jamming/locking up wherever it goes out of sink


Seeing the multiplicity of levers and arms, I can well believe that Malcolm. I bet it's a nighmare to reset it too...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 11 May 2015, 08:25

Shame you are dropping the V6Activa Jim, I understand why however..................
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 11 May 2015, 08:38

I'm not dropping it, just postponing it until circumstances better permit... I'm continuing to collect the bits I need and organise the project..

This year is a very busy one for me and time is just not on my side to devote to the job. My involvement in other activities also has a bearing as they are taking more and more of my time..

The overriding factor is my health. If I push things just a gnat's cock too far I have to face consequences...

It's likely it'll resume when I can finally reduce work to three days a week.
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Post by addo » 11 May 2015, 09:03

The problem is when you attempt to squeeze those three days into twenty-four hours, or an employer tries to get 35 hours' worth in three days.
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Post by CitroJim » 11 May 2015, 09:24

addo wrote:The problem is when you attempt to squeeze those three days into twenty-four hours, or an employer tries to get 35 hours' worth in three days.


It's not going to happen.. He currently gets 30 hours out of me for 4 days of work, not the 37.5 for a 5 day week...

I'm wise to that one!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 11 May 2015, 19:16

My Hacker Hunter bought at NVCF for the princely sum of £8 works a treat. I fired it up using a Laptop Power Supply to give the 18V it needs. Its normal power supply is two PP9 batteries.

I'm just cogitating whether or not to spend just over a tenner on ebay and get a pair... Despite having fixed loads of them in my youth I can't recall how heavy they are on batteries now..

All I know is it sounds beautiful despite it still stinking terribly.. It can do service in the gym (conservatory) for a bit...

Hopefully over time the stink will go... It smells like it's been in a damp place for a while...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by xantia_v6 » 11 May 2015, 20:20

CitroJim wrote:My Hacker Hunter bought at NVCF for the princely sum of £8 works a treat. I fired it up using a Laptop Power Supply to give the 18V it needs. Its normal power supply is two PP9 batteries.

I'm just cogitating whether or not to spend just over a tenner on ebay and get a pair... Despite having fixed loads of them in my youth I can't recall how heavy they are on batteries now..

All I know is it sounds beautiful despite it still stinking terribly.. It can do service in the gym (conservatory) for a bit...

Hopefully over time the stink will go... It smells like it's been in a damp place for a while...

That reminds me that growing up in New Zealand in the 60s and 70s it was literally impossible to buy PP9 batteries due to import restrictions. We had transistor radios that were designed for PP9s, but they had to run on 6V lantern batteries (generally sounding awful) or a string of penlight batteries, which got expensive.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 11 May 2015, 21:53

Hunters from memory Jim should last for ages on a battery. Think I might have a couple of PP9s here actually, will have a look in the morning and see if they're here or still up north. If I have them you're welcome to them as they were bought in error and I don't have any sets that use them.
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 12 May 2015, 04:23

Mike, that might explain a few 'conversion kits' I saw on ebay to run a PP9 powered device from AA cells...

In the UK at the time there was also a smaller one, the PP7, which if you were a bit strapped for cash you could use instead of a PP9...

Zel, that's appreciated :-D Thanks!

If they have a good battery life then that's the way to go as a portable wireless should be just that and not tied to a mains socket... I have enough of those already...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Jun 2015, 13:28

I'm pleased to report a major workshop refurbish (with much help from Team WFA) is now very much complete and completed just to deadline (yesterday) which is why I failed to appear at Little Horwood yesterday :(

The completion of this major task and much other foundation work has now cleared the way for the Activa V6 conversion to ramp up and progress at hopefully a reasonable pace..

I have updated my blog at http://www.activav6.co.uk/ with the latest news and there I'll be maintaining a full record of the work.

Life in general remains excellent and fully occupied.. All is good in all respects...
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