Citrojim's Activa, 207 and Bike Tales

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

Post by CitroJim » 14 Aug 2015, 17:33

I fully and 100% agree about touchscreens in cars... Work of the devil..

It's what I like about my S1 C1... The dash has just what's needed and nothing else...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Aug 2015, 10:47

Nothing done on the cars since last weekend...

After a very rough start to this week things have improved a good bit. I've stuck strictly to Dr's orders to stop anything intellectual as soon as mental energy reserves are depleted, stayed away from computers, IT and social media to a good degree, liberally used the expressions 'f... off' and 'no' where they have been appropriate to avoid stressful situations and not had any caffeine. What I have done is upped my physical training somewhat and definitely feel better for that... May it continue.

I'm in training for a planned 70 mile bike ride in October from London to Milton Keynes. To that end I've had my bike up on my turbo trainer and I'm practising holding a heart rate of 130bpm (80% of age-related maximum) for 30 minutes against strong resistance in readiness for the climb up over the Chilterns!

It's going good :-D Definitely feeing fit in body if not quite so fit in mind :twisted:

Off now, I'm out of mental energy :wink:
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Post by addo » 15 Aug 2015, 12:55

Is that a charity ride you're training for?
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 15 Aug 2015, 15:07

It's likely to be.. It's a works outing, a ride between our head office in London and our branch office Near Milton Keynes (the one I work at). The organisers are currently asking for charitable suggestions before making a decision on which one(s)....

My suggestion of donations to the FCF was rejected...

:roll:

Just completed a lumpy (hilly) 26 mile training ride at an average speed of 14.3mph including a very slow stretch off-road where my roadie is not in its natural element... :-D Training is going well...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 23 Aug 2015, 09:03

Got a little bit done on the V6 engine yesterday. A bit of cleaning up after a bit more disassembly...

I was hoping to have the engine hoisted up on the stand but I had no bolts long enough to bolt the engine to the stand...

eBay to the rescue!
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 23 Aug 2015, 18:04

Thanks to Team WFA, the V6 engine is now happily up on the stand... It's now going to be so much easier to work on the engine :-D :-D
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Northerner » 23 Aug 2015, 19:57

Jim .... how's your 'write up' going?

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

Post by CitroJim » 24 Aug 2015, 04:21

Northerner wrote:Jim .... how's your 'write up' going?


Nothing significant to write up yet Mike but lost of short notes here and this, when there is something worth writing, is where it will appear...

Unless you want a write up on how to wreck a V6 Xantia for the engine?
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Northerner » 24 Aug 2015, 09:19

I know you're only joking Jim but never having removed an engine that sort of writeup would be invaluable to me ...


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Post by addo » 24 Aug 2015, 09:43

It's easy. You open the bonnet, disconnect the fuel and electrical lines, unbolt the motor mounts and exhaust, then hold the car upside down over an old mattress and shake vigorously.
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Post by CitroJim » 24 Aug 2015, 09:54

addo wrote:It's easy. You open the bonnet, disconnect the fuel and electrical lines, unbolt the motor mounts and exhaust, then hold the car upside down over an old mattress and shake vigorously.


:rofl2:

Northerner wrote:I know you're only joking Jim but never having removed an engine that sort of writeup would be invaluable to me ...



No problem at all Mike, Whilst it's still fresh in my memory I will try and do... I've lifted a good few V6 engines now...

Now my engine is up on the stand I hope now to be able to get a bit done on it most evenings... Won't be a lot but every little helps move the project along..

First jobs is to complete a clean-up of the worst oily bits and then get the camboxes resealed...

Then, turn the engine upside-down on the stand and resdeal the sump...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Northerner » 24 Aug 2015, 11:02

Look forward to it Jim ... as you know i've got three 'binners' unless i decide to do something adventurous with them. Who knows? I keep reading 'reseal camboxes'???

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

Post by CitroJim » 24 Aug 2015, 13:19

Cambox leaks are very common on the V6 Mike. You first know whern you smell oil that's dripped onto the exhaust manifolds...

Resealimg is a cambelt off and cam out job... I will be documenting it closely as it's a job so often needing doing...

Ditto the sump reseal, leaks from there are common.

One reason is there's no gaskets, just a bead of sealant...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 24 Aug 2015, 22:47

That's basically how we got the motor out of my first Skoda when we scrapped the shell after it was written off by the diesel tanker. Disconnected everything obvious, tipped car on its side, then systematically unbolted things until one mount was left, which was then seen to with an angle grinder, dropping the engine out onto a couple of old matresses and rolls of carpet from the back of the shed. Took about twenty minutes. If the car had been rollable we probably would have done it properly though.

Sadly I never got around to doing anything with the engine and it's probably a siezed hulk good for nothing but scrap now. Shame as it was a cracking little unit. Plan to grab the (ported) head and (definitely non-standard) camshaft next time I'm there to see if they are at least saveable. ...and possibly they might find their way into my 120LX's motor if so...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 29 Aug 2015, 16:15

Did 32 miles at an average speed of 19mph on my bike today :-D That was on quite hilly terrain with a fair head-wind for a while..

Also, all chores are out of the way now so that I can spend some quality time on the Activa V6 Conversion project for the next two days...

I hope to add some good progress both here and in my V6 Blog come Monday :wink:
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