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Post by CitroJim » 05 Feb 2010, 22:51

maybe Morrisons is good stuff :D
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Post by Sl4yer » 05 Feb 2010, 23:30

CitroJim wrote:maybe Morrisons is good stuff :D


It would be the best thing on their brand if it was!

Never noticed any pinking on it, but then I rarely drive mine too hard.

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Post by Xaccers » 05 Feb 2010, 23:32

But it's so much more fun if you take it over 4000rpm before changing gears :sprint:
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Post by Sl4yer » 05 Feb 2010, 23:51

Xac wrote:But it's so much more fun if you take it over 4000rpm before changing gears :sprint:


Yes, but that would usually mean running into the back of someone around here!

Had some fun with a lad in a bright orange Mk1 Golf 'GTI' the other week. He lives somewhere near me, and drives like a tool. His wide exhaust makes a racket, and his car smells far too rich when following him. He undertakes and cuts in at every opportunity. Anyway, rightly or wrongly, I don't like him! :evil:

Managed to get behind him onto a roundabout leading onto a dual carriageway. Some 'regular' traffic in the first lane, so he pulled into the second, and I followed him. I can hear him thrashing his wreck in 2nd gear. I put my foot down, and soon I'm nearly running into the back of him! He flew out of the way once he'd passed the traffic, but I just backed off and pulled in behind him, point proved. (To pass him would have meant accelerating to 70 or 80, and I'm not prepared to do that in a 40 zone!). Anyway, I think it's a 1 litre Golf tarted up, which isn't cool at all!

That's one of the frustrations of an Activa though. So little opportunity to enjoy it. All the roads around here are congested, covered in cameras or occupied by idiots. I could honestly have as much fun, and twice the economy, in the ZX. ( I LOVE that car!). But the Activa is so rare, and such a great solution, that I don't ever want to part with it.

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Post by Xaccers » 06 Feb 2010, 00:26

Had to drive to Bedford today on the 421, it's got major road works so they have the specs average speed cameras through the 40mph temporary limit.
3 girls messing about in the Ka infront, doing 30-35, weaving all over the place, and slowing right down as we pass every camera so they obviously didn't have a clue.
As we approached another camera pole on a straight stretch with nothing coming the other way, I moved up behind them (scarily the driver actually turned around in her seat to look back at me!) and quickly dashed passed not going over 40.
They then proceeded to try and ride my tail (which got them plenty of screen wash making them back off).
I increased the distance by keeping a steady 40 as they were still braking for every camera post, and I was able to go straight across a roundabout while they misjudged (or didn't judge at all) and had to stop for traffic.
Next time I saw them I was 3-400 yards ahead, but they raced up behind me again until I lost them at the next roundabout.
I'm hoping in speeding to catch up with me they've got a ticket :)

On the way back, the 421 was solid, so I came off and TomTom took me the scenic route home via Newport Pagnell and many winding roads :D
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Post by CitroJim » 06 Feb 2010, 21:31

Xac wrote:On the way back, the 421 was solid, so I came off and TomTom took me the scenic route home via Newport Pagnell and many winding roads :D


And why did you not pop in an say hello then Xac? You went nearly past my house.

That scenic route I use a lot and when I first got my first Activa I was really hustling it around the bends on that road and nearly dropped ity in a ditch when I found out just how dangerous a bad Activa is :D That's the Activa Gareth is now selling :(

Happy to say I'm a lot better today and just about back to normal. I took a run down to Somerset to see dad today as it was his birthday and I completely forgot until last evening :shock: And so did his granddaughters... So, only one thing to do really.

The V6 purred all the way down and back :D It really is a superb cruiser.

I shall be looking into interim ram repairs soon. I'm going to search out some heavy-duty heatshrink and see if a bandage around the weepy seal will work. It has to be worth an experiment, given the cost and lead-time on replacements.

I'm also going to make some proper mandrels for pressing ram bushes in and out in-situ as odd sockets are not really the best way. Xac, do you want to be guinea-pig to test them when I've made them?

Then I'll be back to refurbishing a 4HP20 so I have a good one in stock...
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Post by Xaccers » 06 Feb 2010, 21:45

CitroJim wrote:
Xac wrote:On the way back, the 421 was solid, so I came off and TomTom took me the scenic route home via Newport Pagnell and many winding roads :D


And why did you not pop in an say hello then Xac? You went nearly past my house.


I would have, but it feels like I've spent no time at all with Danielle this week (especially with getting home at 1am Friday morning), and we needed to spend the evening charging batteries for airsoft today.

As for using Juliet to experiment with, definitely :D
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Post by CitroJim » 07 Feb 2010, 10:07

Xac wrote:I would have, but it feels like I've spent no time at all with Danielle this week (especially with getting home at 1am Friday morning), and we needed to spend the evening charging batteries for airsoft today.


Only joking Xac :D Danielle is the important one...

If I called in every time I went past your house in my daily travels, you'd be seeing me very day and some days, several :lol:

Just ordered some heat shrink sleeving to experiment on a weeping ram :D

Off in a bit to start up ram bush production...
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Post by CitroJim » 11 Feb 2010, 20:49

Never did get any bushes made on Sunday but I did go down and spend an extremely enjoyable afternoon with Richard (DickieG) collecting some spheres and delivering him some assorted goodies :D

I can now re-sphere my V6 with pukka ones :D

Back along I mentioned my Activa (Richard's previously) was an Activa benchmark. Well, on Sunday, I was privileged to drive Richard's V6 and that too is a benchmark. It has a gearbox in there somewhere but you'd never know. I really had trouble detecting when it was changing gear...

The cream leather really goes well with Mauritius Blue as well :D

Monday and Tuesday was normal work but on Tuesday I had the distinct symptom of a cold coming on :twisted: By Wednesday morning it was full-on 'flu and it's as bad today. I feel rough and my brain is not working properly.

Xac, bless him, has just dropped of some super-strength cold remedy pills. I've taken a dose and I await. Xac, thanks, highly appreciated!

dad has the same thing and we think we both caught it from the nursing home when we visited Mum on Saturday. It was boiling hot in there and they're germ factories...

In other news, Robyn, our 17 year-old daughter, has passed her Driving Theory test and is now going for her practical ASAP. She has her mum to guide her and she (mum - not Robyn!) has now started working an a driving examiner. In at the deep end as on Monday she has seven tests to conduct! sadly, she cannot test Robyn...

During her training there was three people from Northern Ireland. there they do driving examinations part-time. The rest or their day is spent working as MOT testers :roll: :?

I'm desperately waiting to get better so I can get back to my Activa Ram. Recent pictures posted by Dommo give me hope that weepy ones are repairable.

I do have my brand-new ram now (Picked up from our local Pug Stealers just before I fell ill) but intend to store it if I can fix my existing ones.

I'm praying I'll be fit enough to go to Duxford on Sunday. Hopefully Xac's pills will do the trick :D
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Post by davetherave » 11 Feb 2010, 22:10

Hope the cold clears up quick Jim :wink: !
Enjoy Duxford, wish i could go but i start placement on monday! Maybe next time, im certainly looking forward to the rallys this year :) .
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Post by CitroJim » 12 Feb 2010, 09:36

davetherave wrote:Hope the cold clears up quick Jim :wink: !


A bit on the mend today Dave, I'm pleased to say :D

Duxford has been postponed, possibly to 15th March...

All the best with your placement :D
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Post by CitroJim » 14 Feb 2010, 16:42

Gosh, what a bout of 'flu this is turning out to be. Last time I was this bad it was about 25 years ago.. Tellingly perhaps, this year I've not had a 'flu jab...

Xac's pills did a great job for the symptoms :D but did not touch the underlying problem and it still goes on. My brain still feels all over the place and concentration, comprehension and understanding is still hard-going. Even reading and contributing here has been tricky... I've still got no energy to speak of :twisted: Looks like the old post-viral fatigue syndrome.

And I've been so bored. Being ill is tedious. Bored because I've been unable to apply myself to anything and get my brain working well enough to do it. I've tried reading and gave up. Same with TV. Even mindless tasks are out because of a lack of energy :twisted: The only thing that saves my sanity is Radio 4.

I still consider driving to be a too-dangerous activity for me. Saved a fortune in petrol this week.

Still, all is not lost. If I've not been actually able to do anything, I've been able to plan a few future projects.

One of those is a plan to publish my collection of Xantia wiring diagrams on my website using PHP to undertake the necessary scripting. It's all up there in my head but actually managing to focus for long enough on the PC writing HTML and PHP code is another matter entirely :twisted:

I've rehearsed the rebuilding of Activa rams in my head a few times as well. Can't wait now to be well enough to put it into practice :D

I apologise for any strange posts I've made recently. Some look decidedly dodgy on re-reading :twisted:

I've been sternly lectured today on not going back to my normal level of work as soon as I feel well enough to and under no circumstances am I to return to work just yet. I must practice relaxation first and get it right before resuming work.

Fine by me although this relaxation lark is hard going when it does not involve fettling a Xantia....
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Post by CitroJim » 14 Feb 2010, 21:04

I've just acquired my project for 2010...

It sort of found me really and was too good to resist..

Here it is:

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She's a very early Activa, just failed her MOT on the usual suspect but otherwise very tidy indeed. Heater matrix is a bit dodgy and therefore deemed by her owner to be a bit beyond economic repair after taking into account a four figure sum spent last year on her...

More news when she turns up on the back of a trailer in due course.

There's something a bit special about her and she does have a sunroof Andrew :D
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Post by Xaccers » 14 Feb 2010, 21:07

Hmm, silver activa... I wonder if you'd notice if I swapped Juliet over...
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Post by Toby_HDi » 14 Feb 2010, 21:09

Jim, that picture has convinced me I want a Series 1 front end on my Activa :lol:

Glad you've found another project :wink:
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