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Post by CitroJim » 14 May 2010, 20:54

myglaren wrote:Will you be using it to the rally?


Gosh no, After all I've done to that car there is no way I'd take it on any significant journey for weeks yet. It needs a good shake-down first. I'll begin with a few runs to work/kids taxi and see how it goes...

It's been a very difficult and stressful week this past week Steve, not least the stress brought on by the bloody MOT on the Activa. This has left me feeling rather exhausted and unwell so sadly I will not be going to the rally this weekend. I need to rest up and recover and driving all that distance, even in the V6, could well set me back futher...

Vince, yes the book is a revalation and I recommend it to any Citroen fan. It deals with the cars during his time at the helm and the remarkable expeditions he undertook as publicity stunts for Citroen. He organised several expeditions taking his Autochenelles (Citroen-Kegeresse half-track vehicles) across the Sahara, Asia (Beirut to Peking), the Canadian Rockies and the Antarctic. Citroen have the honour of being the first car to cross the Sahara.

It looked at Citroen the person and what drove him on; he was a gambler and if not gambling on the green baize, he was taking a gamble on the next big thing in the automotive world. He took some huge risks to bring about the Traction Avant and ultimately, the DS.

He died of a broken heart following his bankruptcy bringing the Traction to production and the subsequent takeover of Citroen by Michelin. Reading between the lines, he was stitched up and suffered because he was a Jew. Quite a tragic end...

Read it! You'll enjoy it. He and Louis Renault went to school together and were always enemies...

Back to my Activa, today was that first time I'd properly driven it (apart from a naughty trip around my local roads) and I must say it drives very nicely indeed. It feels different to my red Activa in that it's a bit softer on the suspension but still nice and taut. It's also free of rattles and other noises.

Next job is cambelt and waterpump before she goes into full use.
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Post by myglaren » 14 May 2010, 22:14

Shame we won't be seeing you in Wetherby Jim, still, a rest will probably be just what the doctor ordered.

The Citroen book sounds most interesting. May have to acquire a copy.
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Post by Citroenmad » 14 May 2010, 22:49

Excellent news about your projects MOT Jim :) Its always a bit nerve racking when the MOT is due, especially if its not a car you know or has had faults.

I had a panic yesterday when looking through my C5s service book, i found its MOT, which ended last month! I couldn't remember seeing that certificate before and had it in my head that i got a full years MOT when i got the car in december. It took me ages and ages of searching around the house but i did eventually find the current certificate. Certainly got me worried!

It is a shame we wont see you this weekend Jim, will know doubt catch up with you later in the year at the National or something.

Hope you have a peaceful weekend :)

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Post by admiral51 » 15 May 2010, 18:31

Well done Jim :D :D :D :D :D

Yet another Activa lives to fight another day.

Hope the recuperation and recharging of batteries is going according to plan

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Post by CitroJim » 15 May 2010, 22:37

admiral51 wrote:Hope the recuperation and recharging of batteries is going according to plan


Indeed it is Colin :D I undertook some deep relaxation and battery charging today; I replaced the cambelt and waterpump on project Activa... A good dose of spannering always does the trick.

Good job I did too... The waterpump had been seeping at some time...

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The crank pulley centre bolt was stupidly tight and I had to use the old XUD starter motor trick to loosen it. That's a first on a petrol XU. The bolt should only be done up to 80 ft lbs.

Another first was to find the crank pulley timing hole was exactly where it shoud be. So often they're a mile out.

But worse still, the cambelt was so loose it was almost ready to fall off. It was tensioned to 5 SEEM units instead of the more correct 45 :twisted:

The reason was due to a well worn tensioner which oddly was running silently but it sure had plenty of play. Luckily, I had a serviceable one that came from Robyn's 206; they're the same remarkably!

The car is now taxed and insured. It cost me just £68 to add it to my Admiral multicar policy :shock: Not at all bad.

I taxed it on-line so have no tax disc yet. I did take it for a spin today and took the email confirmation from DVLA just in case. Is is actually OK to use a car whilst waiting for a disc to arrive by post?

Anyway, it's a bit academic as I have a weep in the Power Steering supply flexi pipe. I reckon it was my own fault it's weeping. Ages ago I was under the car in failing light doing the roll corrector I think and the phone rang. In the poor light and scrabbling to get out from under I grabbed said pipe :twisted:

Looks like a trip to Pirtek will be needed very soon...

Apart from that, all is very good indeed :)

Here's a quick shot of her looking better than she has in a long while. I gave her a good clean yesterday, just before the MOT.

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Photos lie though. She a good "20 pacer"; any closer and the scruffiness is apparent. That's never bothered me overly though..
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Post by myglaren » 15 May 2010, 22:55

I'm sure I read somewhere, probably on my reminder, that you could use the car for up to five days from the previous tax expiry date if you had applied online for a new disc.
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Post by admiral51 » 15 May 2010, 23:13

You are right Steve.You have by law, 5 days grace to use a vehicle on a public highway whilst not displaying a valid excise disc providing the disc was paid for online(not posting a cheque) prior to the previous excise licence expiring.Well thats what PC Plod aka VOSA said when he pulled me over on tuesday 4th not having a valid tax disc in my lorry but having a copy of the online transaction dated 31/04 showing it had been paid.Not sure if they add extra days for bank holidays but fair play to the Post Office,i had my tax disc when i got back to the yard on that tuesday :o

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Post by admiral51 » 15 May 2010, 23:18

Glad to see you are not doing anything too strenuous to recuperate then Jim :lol: :lol: :lol:

I put my caravan on ebay at midday not had a moments peace since,maybe i should have asked a higher price :evil:

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Post by HDI Dave » 17 May 2010, 19:10

Nice one,tis a good feeling indeed for just a piece of paper!

CitroJim wrote:Gosh, I've been a bag of nerves for two days, unable to do anything of value...
I's terrible at MOT time. Stress comes back with vengeance and I almost fall to pieces.
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I'm exactly the same..sometimes i'd compare it to pacing around the maternity ward!,been there four times,enough for me!

Jim,sorry if this is a daft/already covered question,i am still quite noobish :P - is that a private plate,car looks smart,and the plate just finishes it off nicely :)
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Post by CitroJim » 17 May 2010, 19:18

Hi Dave,

Pleased I'm not the only one who paces up and down like an expectant dad at MOT time. That's a great analogy :lol: :lol: In fact when I was an expectant dad I was a lot calmer :roll: I was there twice and still the greatest moments of my life by far :D

Yes, it's a private plate. Came with the car and soon to move to my red Activa.

Don't be fooled by the looks Dave. Mechanically it's good but it now needs some TLC in the cosmetic department :twisted: Not my forte at all...
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Post by CitroJim » 21 May 2010, 22:46

Oh dear Lord, what a battle. My Project Activa has fought me until the very last :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

I reported earlier that the flexi part of the power steering supply pipe was weeping a bit. Well, on Monday it decided to cry big green tears rather than just weep and it was leaking too badly to use the car.

I bit the bullet and bought a new pipe complete from our local stealer and it arrived on Wednesday. I spent Wednesday evening until late and all of this evening fitting the damm thing. What an incredibly rotten job :twisted: :twisted:

Access to the pinion valve is rubbish and strictly, the NS drive shaft needs to come out to get the pipe out from where it snakes along the chassis rail by the gearbox and down the rear of the subframe.

Typically, the new pipe was the wrong one :twisted: It had a "normal" flare on the pinion vale end rather than a Citroen flare and rubber seal. It could have been a showstopper but luckily the boss into which the pipe fits on the pinion valve can be removed and replaced with a later type. Luckily I had one on a spare rack. Only problem was access and the strange hex of the boss. It was half way between 19 and 20mm :twisted: I found a 20mm hex socket on the end of a universal joint would just do the job.

I found the pipe could just be got out and in without removing the driveshaft but it's a real puzzle and both the inboard CV joint and the activa ram piping gets in the way. Somehow I managed it.

So, that's the end now. I have driven the car and no leaks. I can now use the car and no doubt, knowing what a battle that car has been, it'll soon give more issues :twisted:

Funnily, despite all, I still enjoy it although it is soon time to take a rest from cars for a bit as I am getting just a bit jaded now.

Tomorrow I will be getting my V6 ready for the MOT. I have new drop links to fit as the rubbers on them have completely gone despite them being new last MOT..

I don't think there are any other problems on it. We'll see tomorrow...
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Post by CitroJim » 22 May 2010, 20:35

Been out for a long spin in Project Activa this evening :D

That car was a long, hard slog and had nearly everything wrong. But..

By golly it was worth it. She drive a real treat :D Honestly she drives beautifully, nimble, perky, handles like a dream and not a rattle anywhere. The engine and gearbox is as sweet as a nut and despite having a 1.9TD back box on the exhaust system she goes like a good 'un...

She's 99.9% LHM continent with just a tiny weep now from the pump O ring. Xac popped round to see me this afternoon and gave me a couple of O rings and was all for doing the job there and them but today was a rest-day from spanners...

Ian (Tehagent) also called in with his new maroon J reg ZX. It is as described, immaculate :D It's almost a time-warp car...

It has one of those quaint choke controls on it and even quainter, a carburettor!!! Long time since I saw one of those...

None the worse for it though...
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Post by myglaren » 22 May 2010, 20:59

What's a carburettor? One of those things invented by Archimedes :D
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Post by vince » 22 May 2010, 21:25

Hi Jim,

If your interested i could come down soon and spend a day on the project Activa and mint the body back up for you?....i like cosmetics :wink:

In return you could do me a practical demonstration on how to change rear spheres on mine..... :)

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Post by davetherave » 22 May 2010, 21:30

Quick Jim accept before someone else does! :wink:
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