Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 26 Nov 2017, 10:34

Michel wrote:
26 Nov 2017, 10:22
Stickyfinger wrote:
25 Nov 2017, 18:04
Don't bother with polish Jim, just use some of the spray "detailer" for the time being.....I have that all down here, I will cut it, polish it, add a paint sealer and then a carnauba wax all with the machine.


Is this something you'd do to my Focus if I gave you money? I'd love to have it done properly just the once but I'm never going to get round to buying all the stuff only to use it once or twice..

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Do you really think that needs it ?

I would always be concerned taking money for anything I am not qualified at.....it "opens" to many doors to problems for the "do it for a friend amateur" :)

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 26 Nov 2017, 10:54

It probably doesn't need cutting but it would benefit from a sealing and proper polishing by someone who has a very good idea of what they are doing, to protect the paint. The pic was yesterday just after it had a good wash. It's not usually so shiny!

I also never take money for servicing friends cars or fixing their computers (though I do have various IT qualifications) for the reasons you state but I'm always happy for them to donate to a charity of their choice instead :)

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 26 Nov 2017, 11:46

Michel wrote:
26 Nov 2017, 10:54
I also never take money for servicing friends cars or fixing their computers (though I do have various IT qualifications) for the reasons you state but I'm always happy for them to donate to a charity of their choice instead :)


Ditto...

Except I don't, under any circumstances, fix computers... I know nothing about them for one thing...

Happy to report the Skoda cooling system is working perfectly :) Popped out to fill her up with petrol. Had a bit of a panic at the pump when I found the door key did not fit the filler cap... Then I remembered the key hiding in the ashtray...

The fuel filler neck amused me... It looks like the threaded end of a big iron water pipe :lol:

I popped in a measure of lead substitute too...

I also picked up a can of petrol injector cleaner to pop in the Saxo on the next tank fill to see if that might help matters... I don't suppose it'll do any harm...

That quick run to the petrol station turned into a 15 mile round trip - just to test the cooling system you understand :) This time the gauge just worked its way up to 80 degrees and stayed planted there for the whole trip...

Happy to find a cassette of the Eagles in the Skoda glovebox and even happier to find the cassette deck works well too :D I need a cassette deck on my home stereo system now so that I can record some; not had anything to do with cassettes for a good 20 years now at least... Can you still get blank cassettes?



No I'm off out for a bike ride... It's cold but gorgeously sunny. It would be rude not to :)

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 26 Nov 2017, 12:14

Quick scan on Amazon shows that yes, they're still readily available. You'll struggle to find the higher quality Metal tapes these days, but for in car use old school type I Ferric oxide ones will do just fine.

While it's something I inherited from my grandfather so I'd like to retain actual ownership of, I've got a Sanyo tape deck you're more than welcome to have on loan for as long as you like - it's been in a box since we moved in here and I'd rather it saw some use to be honest than just stay in the box forever. He was quite into his audio stuff so it wouldn't have been cheap. Still using the speakers from his system to this day.

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 26 Nov 2017, 12:18

CitroJim wrote:
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Happy to find a cassette of the Eagles in the Skoda glovebox and even happier to find the cassette deck works


I bet that gave you a peaceful easy feeling.

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 26 Nov 2017, 14:47

Zelandeth wrote:
26 Nov 2017, 12:14
I've got a Sanyo tape deck you're more than welcome to have on loan for as long as you like - it's been in a box since we moved in here and I'd rather it saw some use to be honest than just stay in the box forever.


Yes please Zel :) That would be very much appreciated!
Michel wrote:
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CitroJim wrote:
26 Nov 2017, 11:46

Happy to find a cassette of the Eagles in the Skoda glovebox and even happier to find the cassette deck works


I bet that gave you a peaceful easy feeling.
:lol: It made me want to take it easy and then take it to the limit ;)

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 26 Nov 2017, 16:05

CitroJim wrote:
26 Nov 2017, 14:47
Zelandeth wrote:
26 Nov 2017, 12:14
I've got a Sanyo tape deck you're more than welcome to have on loan for as long as you like - it's been in a box since we moved in here and I'd rather it saw some use to be honest than just stay in the box forever.


Yes please Zel :) That would be very much appreciated!
Michel wrote:
26 Nov 2017, 12:18
CitroJim wrote:
26 Nov 2017, 11:46

Happy to find a cassette of the Eagles in the Skoda glovebox and even happier to find the cassette deck works


I bet that gave you a peaceful easy feeling.
:lol: It made me want to take it easy and then take it to the limit ;)


Just don't live Life in the fast lane too much.

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Michel » 26 Nov 2017, 16:14

Might pop up and say hello depending on what days you're about this week Jim... Wouldn't mind a look at your Skoda too!

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by daviemck2006 » 26 Nov 2017, 16:26

Michel wrote:
26 Nov 2017, 16:05
CitroJim wrote:
26 Nov 2017, 14:47
Zelandeth wrote:
26 Nov 2017, 12:14
I've got a Sanyo tape deck you're more than welcome to have on loan for as long as you like - it's been in a box since we moved in here and I'd rather it saw some use to be honest than just stay in the box forever.


Yes please Zel :) That would be very much appreciated!
Michel wrote:
26 Nov 2017, 12:18

I bet that gave you a peaceful easy feeling.
:lol: It made me want to take it easy and then take it to the limit ;)


Just don't live Life in the fast lane too much.


Or stay in the hotel california

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 26 Nov 2017, 16:56

daviemck2006 wrote:
26 Nov 2017, 16:26
Or stay in the hotel california


Been staying there for years now Davie :twisted: Been trying unsuccessfully to leave for ever but I do occasionally manage to check-out :wink: :lol:

I'm hoping to meet a Witchy Woman soon too...

Michel wrote:
26 Nov 2017, 16:14
Might pop up and say hello depending on what days you're about this week Jim... Wouldn't mind a look at your Skoda too!
You'd be more than welcome Mike and it would be good to see you :) Any afternoon after about 2 should be good...

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 26 Nov 2017, 17:05

Enjoyed a lovely long bike ride in the sunshine today - it was cold but not cold enough to defeat that wondrous fabric made from merino wool and the greatest bit of clothing ever invented - a merino wool neck warmer :)

Using the last of the sunshine this afternoon I tried some potions on Skoda's spotty paintwork. Straight polish did not do the worst of it very well but this stuff did an almost passable job...
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I've had this bottle for years and it dates back to my 205GTi days... Wonder if it's still available? The contents are bright red!

I'm pretty allergic to the stuff and I'm suffering now but I did manage to do almost one complete side of the car and it's looking a million times better already :D

I also found - again from my 205GTi days - a bottle of black trim restorer. That works well on Skoda's bumpers too :)

Skoda badly needs a name... Any suggestions? EPY in her number reminds me of Episkopi in Cyprus where I was once posted but I cannot relate that to any suitable names... Are there any good Czech girl's names beginning with an S I wonder?

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 26 Nov 2017, 17:10

Spki the Skoda

I hate that TCut stuff, it stains my polishing pads and my fingers !

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 26 Nov 2017, 17:25

Stickyfinger wrote:
26 Nov 2017, 17:10
Spki the Skoda
Can't even pronounce that Alasdair :lol: Spotty would be more appropriate at the moment...
I hate that TCut stuff, it stains my polishing pads and my fingers !


Yes, doesn't it just :twisted: I must keep well clear of bulls for a while - I have lots of red rags now!

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 26 Nov 2017, 17:49

Best stuff I've found for shifting that oxide layer on that is the so called "paint renovator" from Autoglym (the one with the pink label). It's a pretty simple medium cutting paste I reckon.

Think I've got several bottles so you're welcome to one of them.

Still means you need to wax it afterwards of course!

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Re: Citrojim's Skoda, Saxo, 207 and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 26 Nov 2017, 17:57

Thanks Zel :)
Zelandeth wrote:
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Still means you need to wax it afterwards of course!


Very happy to do that, the resulting deep shine is very rewarding 8-)