Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

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

Post by myglaren » 17 Nov 2015, 23:35

No, it is fine. I can shove a screwdriver in the hole to lock the disc but simpler is to use a thin 17mm spanner on the boss behind the disc.

All down to dumnity and not having my glasses on - clearly (glasses on) says "stationary only" (which doesn't mean opening envelopes). :roll:
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 28 Nov 2015, 17:21

Finally found a bit of time today to give both cars a good check-over.. They have both been waiting very patiently for several weeks whilst I was otherwise occupied with karate grading, work, NEC Classic Car Show, weddings, myriad other things and then falling very poorly for over a week..

Happily the cars are both in fine fettle and just needed a bit of air in the tyres which was admirably provided by my bike pump... The one that will pump bike tyres up to well beyond 120psi... Saves getting the airline rolled out and running up the compressor!

The Activa V6 Conversion project has also seen a bit of small progress today and I'm happy to say the decks are really now are clear for it to continue...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 28 Nov 2015, 19:22

CitroJim wrote:The Activa V6 Conversion project has also seen a bit of small progress today and I'm happy to say the decks are really now are clear for it to continue...


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

Post by CitroJim » 28 Nov 2015, 21:38

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

Post by CitroJim » 26 Dec 2015, 17:35

Time for a bit of an update...

It's been so busy recently there's been no time for cars at all but that changed today :-D I've been missing the cars..

Firstly, I treated myself to yet another brand-new vehicle just before Christmas...

Here she is posing with my other favourite vehicle:

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Today I gave the Activa and the C1 a good clean and here they are after their good scrub...

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They both scrub up well :-D

I gave the Activa a near-full service this afternoon, including an oil and filter change as the girls and I are going to see Dad later in the week and I wanted to be sure the Activa was all good...

I still need to do the heater blower relay mod but that will be done in the next couple of days..

I was good to play cars for a bit today and it felt more like April than December despite the wind...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by Northerner » 26 Dec 2015, 17:41

Absolutely p***ing it down up here for last two days ... non stop. Pray for us northerners ... make it stop please!!

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

Post by CitroJim » 26 Dec 2015, 17:55

Northerner wrote:Absolutely p***ing it down up here for last two days ... non stop. Pray for us northerners ... make it stop please!!


We are Mike... And absolutely horrified at how bad it is up your way too.. I'm always staggered at how the weather can be so different across what is, in the grand scheme of things, a small island...

Down here it's been like an April day, albeit a touch on the blowy side...

I'm sure things will change soon as we'll take our turn to be deluged whilst you enjoy some well deserved dry spring-like weather...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 26 Dec 2015, 18:15

And farther north again we have had a beautiful few days, 10 to 14*C dry and fine! It's changed today, rainy now but nothing heavy. My heart goes out to those affected in northern England. Unfortunately we can't change the weather

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

Post by CitroJim » 27 Dec 2015, 15:26

Frustrated :evil:

Three quarters of the way through doing the blower relay mod on my Activa and rain has stopped play...

Hope it goes off so I can finish it today....
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by CitroJim » 27 Dec 2015, 18:49

I've finally completed the relay mod and touch-wood all is now good :D

A few pictures to show the work:

I chopped the connections between the ignition switch proper and the brown ignition switch connector, thus leaving the main car loom intact, and crimped on some wiring to run across to the new 'helper' relay...

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Wired the relay:

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And tested it...

Then temporarily tucked it up by the fuse box so that it is easily accessible just in case it gives issues...

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As soon as I'm happy all is good I'll mount the relay somewhere out of the way and tidily...

In other vehicle news, I fitted a pair of mudguards to my 'Daily Rider' bike...

Here she is, posing with my 'Daily Driver' :-D

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

Post by demag » 27 Dec 2015, 19:00

Jim how do you find the C1? I've never really been sure of them.

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

Post by CitroJim » 27 Dec 2015, 19:46

Dave, I find the C1 utterly brilliant and I love mine to bits, as it seems, does the vast majority of owners...

It's frugal, nippy, comfy and an absolute hoot to drive in town. It's a very well thought out little thing and shows no real shortcomings. As expected, it's not so good on a long trip but that's not what it's role is but if needed, it's quite happy to undertake a long, fast trip...

Youngest daughter has a Nissan Pixo (Suzuki Alto in disguise) and they are very similar, both 3 cylinder city cars.. The C1 is head and shoulders above it in every respect despite being a considerably older design...

The Daihatsu (Toyota) VVTI engine is utterly amazing...

I reckon it's nearly as good as a Pug 205 and that I rate as the best small car ever...

As you might gather, I'm a big fan...
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Re: Citrojim's Xantia V6, C1 and Activa Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 27 Dec 2015, 20:27

Excuse me answering the question demag, but being on my 2nd 107 which is the same car they are brilliant little things. Nippy in town, runs out of puff as you would expect for 3 cylinder 998cc. My first was very basic, what I wanted but 100%reliable on a 100 mile a day commute. This or is a sportium, better seats, aircon, electric widows and locking and alloys. It has had a harsh life, 30000 miles in one year by my son, flat out. Now 200 miles a week by me delivering hot food mostly Ilin the town. Oil and filters every 10000 miles and 100% reliability again.

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

Post by CitroJim » 28 Dec 2015, 05:29

daviemck2006 wrote:Excuse me answering the question demag


That's no problem at all Davie :-D

We're clearly both on the same page when it comes to the C1/107/Aygo... It's hard to tell who loves them more - me or you!!!
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Post by demag » 28 Dec 2015, 10:25

Haha two impressive answers.

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