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Post by Citroenmad » 19 Feb 2010, 22:54

Oh really? I thought id not seen it advertised, though you rarely do at the moment.

Was its reg original? If it was an earlier one there is a chance it might have been a Citroen car or demo?

Nice plan to store your red one, its a minter. So this will take over as your daily Activa and you will have your Dantes for your best and shows?

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Post by CitroJim » 19 Feb 2010, 23:06

It was never advertised as far as I know Chris. Word of mouth was the conduit.

The registration it carries now is not the original. It was re-registered in 2006. It's original N registration originated in Carlisle so not a Citroen demonstrator by the looks of it... Last three letters were YRM. Looks like it lived in Carlisle all its life...

That's the plan Chris. This Activa will make a smashing workaday car and save my red one. It'll blend in and looks even more of a Q car than the red one. Silver even hides the Activa badges on the doors...

Just got to find good covered, dry, secure storage now. A tall order around here. It really upsets me when I see perfectly good garages used as rubbish stores or worse, turned into dining rooms :twisted:

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Post by andmcit » 19 Feb 2010, 23:11

Most cars are now supersized so won't fit in a garage any more - unless
you climb out of the car's window and through a trap door in the roof.
Mind, Tesco's etc seem to think we all still drive Ford Anglias... :evil:

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Post by CitroJim » 19 Feb 2010, 23:28

andmcit wrote:Tesco's etc seem to think we all still drive Ford Anglias... :evil:


Not ours :) There's only two normal spaces left now and they're taken up with bins to recycle things you never knew existed in the first place. Every other space is either Parent and Toddler, Elderly and Infirm, "I'm/my car is too important to park in normal spaces", reserved for buses and taxis, electric/hybrids or Disabled.

To get to the shop from the few remaining normal spaces you need a shuttle bus :lol:

Then you have to run the gauntlet of a gang of dodgy looking Eastern Europeans demanding monies to wash your car. That last aspect annoys me most. When I go to the big T I go for food and nothing else and I certainly don't want my car washed. Seems a bit third world to me to be accosted for unsolicited goods and services when all you want to do is get in there, do the necessary and get out again ASAP.

Mind you, said Eastern Europeans are a tough breed. They were still peddling car washes even in the depths of the big freeze :roll: I was impressed...

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Post by Citroenmad » 20 Feb 2010, 01:03

As much as i like a lot of the Xm and Xantia colours, silver is always my chosen colour for a daily driver. Its easy to look after, looks cleaner longer and hides minor scratches. Unlike black, i never want another black car. Saying that id like a red car next.

Actually i tried the Xm estate in a garage of a fairly modern house recently, with it about half an inch from the end wall it was still sticking out about half a metre! Id like to know why parking spaces are not getting any bigger, yet everytime a new car model is released its larger then the previous.

Our recently updated tescos car park is tight, there are so many turns which requires full lock on the steering in order to get around, there are high curbs to get in and out which take a good hammering as its so tight. At first it wasnt clear where you needed to follow so there were numerour crashes and people stopped going. They have now put up bollards and metal sigh posts which are demolished on a regular basis. All close spaces are reserved for the disabled, parents or people who think they have the right to park there. Everyone else is left going around and around on full lock waiting for a space. As there is so many full lock turns the road becomes almost leathal in the wet, due to the quantity of rubber left behind. Its crazy, and the mini tescos is ever worse, huge curbs, full lock turns. Some large 4x4s have to drive over the pavement of the houses opposite just to get out of the carpark. Its madness. Mind, before long people will have lost all of their cars down the huge crators which are appearing in every road. :rant2:

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Post by brmartyn » 20 Feb 2010, 09:41

Fantastic blog jim. I'm sure the new Activa will keep you busy for a while :P :P :P

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Post by XantiaMan » 20 Feb 2010, 10:32

Looking forward to seeing the progress on this one Jim.

If you want paintwork doing, dont forget i can still help. I have a special glue for cracked bumpers for a permanent repair.

Silver has grown on me recently, the new car helps, but certain cars really do look the part in it, and its so easy to clean and maintain.

My old Activa looked stunning when freshly cleaned and polished but it soon got dusty and dirty without really going any where.

Give the rams a good clean up and check how much they are actually weeping. It may be that when the weather warms up, they stop leaking enough for you to MOT it and iron out any niggles, and hopefully come up with a solution.

Will's (KP) green Activa was a very early one, identical spec to your one, wonder what the RP number is on it? They do have a certain back to basics appeal, but i do prefer the fully loaded ones.

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Post by CitroJim » 20 Feb 2010, 11:24

Thanks Gareth :D I'll be after a wheel refurb in the future, that's for sure!

Not looked at the hole in the tailgate yet. It's covered with silver duct tape so is nearly invisible :lol:

Going to look at the rams in a bit and get a half-decent accumulator on it.

Be really interested to know the RP number of Will's. See who has the earliest Activa although it looks like Andrew has the edge at the moment...

As I always say, some cars look great in silver whilst others just look bland. The Xantia is in the former camp...

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Post by DickieG » 20 Feb 2010, 12:03

andmcit wrote:does anyone now what the earliest figure
is for the UK then?

I believe the earliest RP number is 6636, 9th January 1995.

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Post by CitroJim » 20 Feb 2010, 19:04

DickieG wrote:I believe the earliest RP number is 6636, 9th January 1995.


Ahh :( So mine's a mere youngster then :lol:

It's been another good, productive day today. I started off by opening all windows, sunroof and tailgate to air the car out in the beautiful sunshine today. She is damp :roll: Looks like the interior will have to come out soon. Still, been there and done that job many times now...

Then it was a look at the front ram. The good news is that it's leaking from the leakage return collar and not from the ram proper :D

I then looked at the roll corrector mechanism and found it seized solid and a leaky roll corrector hydraulic valve (looks like a height corrector on its side). I think the ram and corrector leaks coupled with a seized mechanism may well be connected and the cause, along with flat spheres, a contributory factor in weeping rams. More on this can be found toward the end of this thread.

I then removed, with care, the whole of the Activa roll corrector mechanism, including the rods. All bolts were well tight but they cam out Ok after a drench in Plus-Gas. The rods have to be disconnected from the corrector mechanism before it can be removed and this entails undoing the bottle screws that adjust the rod lengths. One side of each bottle has a left-hand thread. I found a normal open-ender on the bottle locknuts was not really up to the job but a 13mm flare nut spanner is the perfect tool.

The link rods and blocks are in good enough condition to be re-used :D

Here's the roll corrector mechanism:

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Last job for today was to swap the main accumulator. It was very,very tight and access in the Activa is not wonderful.

Pleased to report the score was:

Pleiades Tool and Club Hammer: 1, Tight Sphere: 0

:D

The roll corrector mechanism is currently having a bath in Plus-Gas....

I am having fun :D

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Post by Koukku » 20 Feb 2010, 20:17

XantiaMan wrote:Give the rams a good clean up and check how much they are actually weeping. It may be that when the weather warms up, they stop leaking enough for you to MOT it and iron out any niggles, and hopefully come up with a solution.


Yup, cold weather certainly makes the ram leak more, I noticed this on my car. The rear ram was damp last winter, but no leaking during the summer. And now it's damp again...

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Post by CitroJim » 20 Feb 2010, 21:41

Koukku wrote:Yup, cold weather certainly makes the ram leak more, I noticed this on my car. The rear ram was damp last winter, but no leaking during the summer. And now it's damp again...


Curious as to why Koukku....

It makes no logical sense...

:?

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Post by Koukku » 22 Feb 2010, 09:31

CitroJim wrote:
Koukku wrote:Yup, cold weather certainly makes the ram leak more, I noticed this on my car. The rear ram was damp last winter, but no leaking during the summer. And now it's damp again...


Curious as to why Koukku....

It makes no logical sense...

:?


I wouldn't know... It would've been better if the ram on mine had properly failed last winter, as the prices have gone up again... :evil:

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Post by CitroJim » 22 Feb 2010, 13:45

Koukku wrote:It would've been better if the ram on mine had properly failed last winter, as the prices have gone up again... :evil:


They are inded getting very expensive now, which is why I'm keen to see what can be done to ressurect those weeping from the leakage return collar but not leaking from the ram proper.

I know this sounds bizarre and worrying but last night I had a dream and in this dream I devised a method of fixing this kind of failure on a ram. Luckily, I awoke soon aferward so I could recall and commit to concious memory what I'd drempt. I'm saying nothing more until I have a chance to see if my dream method will work and I still have to engineer some fine details.

This is not the first time I've drempt a solution to a problem. In fact it has happened many times.

Once, I had a dream in which I solved a problem, woke up and went straight to the garage to see if the solution worked. At 1:45AM :lol: It did :D

I did not get much done to the project yesterday but have started to strip the interior out as it is very wet. It does not look, feel or smell like anti-freeze so maybe the heater matrix is a red herring. All I know is the front passenger footwell is sodden and there's a guilty looking crack in the scuttle panel above the blower intake. The scuttle itself is well bonded but the crack looks big enough to have caused water ingress over time.

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Post by XantiaMan » 22 Feb 2010, 14:19

CitroJim wrote:
Koukku wrote:Yup, cold weather certainly makes the ram leak more, I noticed this on my car. The rear ram was damp last winter, but no leaking during the summer. And now it's damp again...


Curious as to why Koukku....

It makes no logical sense...

:?


I'm no engineer, but i know rubber is far more supple in warmer weather than it is when cold. I'm sure the tolerances are pretty tight, but if the rubber seals were cold, less supple and they also shrink a little with age, i can see that being a feasible explanations as to why its more common in cold weather.