Citrojim's Ka, Saxo and Bike Tales

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

Post by demag » 08 Jan 2018, 11:08

The 1.4td Roomster engine was a three pot Jim. Obviously VW sourced but it was a lovely engine. They put a 1.6 in them now which is probably the Golf engine.
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Zelandeth » 08 Jan 2018, 13:06

I have to assume that the engine in the configuration it was in while used for the Cappuccino had some serious counterbalance hardware going on - even bearing in mind the ridiculously short stroke only displacing 657cc as it was incredibly smooth. I've got a couple of videos I took when out and about with a camera tied to a sun visor - will have to see if I can find one somewhere...
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 08 Jan 2018, 13:17

The C1/107/Aygo engine is smooth for a three-potter Zel and I'm not aware of any overt balancing stuff..

The three-potter in the Pixo is quite rough and harsh in comparison...
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 08 Jan 2018, 13:18

demag wrote:
08 Jan 2018, 11:08
The 1.4td Roomster engine was a three pot Jim. Obviously VW sourced but it was a lovely engine. They put a 1.6 in them now which is probably the Golf engine.


I've heard good reports of that engine Dave...

And of the Fraud three-pot too... The one in the later/latest Fester with a turbo attached...
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 11 Jan 2018, 14:14

I had a bit of spare time this morning and as it's a lot warmer now - Reynauld's comes on after about ten minutes now - I gave the Ka and Pixo a quick wash...

The Ka was especially in need of a good scrub as she was filthy...

She's clean now and she really does show just how ratty she is with loads of cosmetic dings and blemishes...

A real rat but a very lovable rat :D

You know how much I love the rat look and Jodie the Ka is a good looker in a rat kind of a way :D

I shall be using her bodywork issues to hone my skills so that when i come to do some bodywork on the Skoda I'll have had some practice :)

Here she is looking all clean and shiny :)
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And here is her pet rat... That rat has been in all my ratty cars since the original Rattiva I :)

She seems right at home in Jodie the Ka :lol:
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Stickyfinger » 11 Jan 2018, 14:34

What a ####ing shed !

I love sheds ! :)
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 11 Jan 2018, 14:50

Stickyfinger wrote:
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What a ####ing shed !

I love sheds ! :)


It's not a shed...

It's a rat :lol:
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by Hell Razor5543 » 11 Jan 2018, 14:56

It is neither; it is a HOOT!
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 11 Jan 2018, 15:49

Hell Razor5543 wrote:
11 Jan 2018, 14:56
It is neither; it is a HOOT!


True, it is, most definitely :D

But not in the owl sense although I'm sure many would only want to take it out in public on a very dark night...

:lol:
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 12 Jan 2018, 06:12

I've just enjoyed a lovely 5 Km run in the early morning mist :)

I'm jolly lucky I could enjoy it as last evening I got struck by a car in Willen village whilst cycling, ironically, to Willen Hospice to attend a meeting about my upcoming MK - Amsterdam charity bike ride...

Luckily, and only because I spotted a car that had clearly not seen me, I could take evasive action and the impact was therefore light and neither bike nor I was injured; It just got the old adrenaline going!

I was bloody lucky and I think the elderly driver of the car was more shaken up than I... Poor lady was beside herself...

The car came off worse than my bike did... I could see quite a scratch on her bumper where she hit the bike... My old hybrid is a tough one; had it been one of my carbon bikes it would have been smashed...
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by xantia_v6 » 12 Jan 2018, 09:11

Well you were very lucky there Jim.

I borrowed a bike recently to see how I got on with cycling after a gap of many years, but not everyone one in the household was thrilled, due to the perceived likelihood of falling off (one way or another).

Don't forget to book your return ticket!
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 12 Jan 2018, 10:37

xantia_v6 wrote:
12 Jan 2018, 09:11
Don't forget to book your return ticket!


I will, as soon as I can get my head around it; I'm having great difficulty doing so at present... I'm very likely to need a lot of help with this...
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 13 Jan 2018, 17:50

The day has got markedly better after a very poor start...

After parkrun, which I was in severe doubt about managing to get to today, I set about doing a bit to Jodie the Ka.

I've fixed her airbag clockspring so she no longer has an airbag warning light on... The repair was quite delicate and how long it will last remains to be seen but as log as it's good for the MoT...

If it does go again then I'ts not too much bother to fix it again...

Naturally, the clockspring is not supposed to be disassembled but with care it can be... I found the ribbon neatly snapped..

This was it after the initial repair...
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One thing i was suprised about was that even after the repair i coudl not get full continuity right to the airbag connector... I then discovered a capacitor in series with the airbag... I reckon the airbag must therefore be triggered by, and tested with, an AC signal... Hence it's very unlikely am plain old resistor can be used to bodge the airbag light off as is often believed - and suggested.

I also fixed her slightly intermittent main-beam problem by dismantling the lighting stalk assembly, very much like a PSA COM2000, and cleaning the switch contacts... That was tricky as the lighting and wiper/washer stalks share the same casing and the assembly again is not really supposed to be disassembled for repair... It's full of potential 'pingfuckits' and you need three pairs of hands to reassemble it :lol:

It was successful and all functions now work solidly...

Finally I gave her a full pre-MOT and I reckon she just needs a pair of front brake flexi-hoses and she should be good... I'm please to find, especially rust-wise, she's in overall very good condition.. Definitely too good to scrap...

In other news, I'm delighted to report a replacement throttle body for Sally the Saxo is on its way and hopefully I'll be able to do the necessary next weekend and solve Sally's funny little issue... Fingers crossed anyway :)
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by lexi » 13 Jan 2018, 18:50

Are you going on a plane Jim?
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Re: Citrojim's Ka, Skoda, Saxo and Bike Tales

Post by CitroJim » 13 Jan 2018, 18:56

lexi wrote:
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Are you going on a plane Jim?


Not a snowball's chance in hell Lexi :evil:

No, it'll be by train and boat...
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