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Post by Deanxm » 21 Nov 2010, 20:47

that perm has got to be a go'er surely :lol: ?

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Post by vince » 21 Nov 2010, 21:51

Lol...that perm is very bad.

Jim what do you mean youve always had a beard?.....i know my memory isnt that good but i dont think ive seen you with a beard?

Oh my god have i gone beard blind :lol:
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Post by CitroJim » 21 Nov 2010, 22:18

Kev, I know exactly what you're saying. It's a primal signal to tell the female world we're big, grown-up real men and bring it on!!!

Thing is, beards are a bit prickly and scratchy at close quarters and hence most women prefer they're kept in check. Mine was always content with it as it is less of a wire brush than some beards are.

vince wrote:Oh my god have i gone beard blind :lol:


Yes, you have Vince :lol: To be fair, mine tends to a fair colour with a dash of grey and I keep it relatively short. Also, last time you saw me it was not a full beard. It is now but still well cropped.

Have a look at my photo in the Citroenian Xantia Files. It's a good likeness and taken at DSM back in June.
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Post by Citroenmad » 21 Nov 2010, 23:16

This forum never fails to amuse ... :lol:

vince wrote:Well the NEC came and went.....it was a strange day. I took a guy from the shop down with me and soon realised that he wasnt such a car nut as me and so after a look round he wanted to get back to his missus :roll:

I keep telling myself go to shows on my own, but then never listen to my own advice :roll:

The CCC stand logo was quite good but i felt the vehicles on show were bettered by the Deux Chevaux stand behind it but that said it was perhaps because it had a variety of Acadiennes on it which i do have a penchant for :) . Good cars all though 8-)



I agree about the CCC stand, i thought it wasnt as good as it had been previously and there could have been more of a range on show.

The 2CV stand was very good, ive never seen so many slough built variations of the 2Cv all at the same time. A real rare sight. Though i thought Acadiennes were Dyane based Vans, unless the term covers the lot! Fourgonnette is a 2cv van, i think?

Anyhow, very nice they all were, and the Bijou too, very rare.

On the beard topic, at 23 i think without is better :lol:
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Post by Trainman » 22 Nov 2010, 09:53

vince wrote:Well theTo Date (not the best photo..)
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Thought you'd got uncover as one of those "Secret Millionaire's" :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post by vince » 24 Nov 2010, 21:52

I wish Steve :lol: Millionaire......i can but dream :)

Citroenmad you are perhaps right about the acadienne title.... I still have some way to go to be a full fledged Citroeniste :P

I just love "the vans" 8-)
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Post by DickieG » 24 Nov 2010, 22:10

Looking in the background of that photo Vince, are you preparing for Christmas already?
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Post by vince » 25 Nov 2010, 23:18

No Rich i was having lunch with Linda in a local garden centre...they had all the christmas stuff on sale ready for the season :)
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Post by Deanxm » 25 Nov 2010, 23:23

i was going to ask why you had a menu on your other table myself, i dont get presented with a menu when i get home :lol:

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Post by vince » 25 Nov 2010, 23:37

FANFARE ! Ive finally changed my rear spheres over :cd:

Its only been on the to do list for over a year :lol:

My newly bought chain wrench broke on the first rear sphere when the handled snapped clean off :P It did have a large breaker bar attached over it at the time though as they were a little tight :)

What truly amazed me was the power of plusgas. First attempt..sphere doesnt budge...even a little bit. Spray the join with plusgas and do something else for 5 minutes then try again.....cracks off a doddle 8-) Its like heaven in a spray can for those difficult jobs. The same applied to the 9mm union nut on the anti sink.....mine looked as it it was just a pile of rust on the pipe....it came off like a knife through butter and cleaned up a treat with that stuff :wink: Makes WD40 seem like a rank amateur.

BIG THANKS to Jim's previous sphere removal thread and PM advice which was my haynes manual throughout the job, and also to Rich (DickieG) who was manning the technical helpline for those first timer inevitable questions.....there are always some.

The results are amazing difference to ride quality on the rear leaving the front now feeling inadequate. I'll do the fronts in a couple of weeks now :wink:

Now as if the day couldnt get any better.... I needed some tyres too as all mine were on the limit and not ready for winter weather at all. Through one of my guys and one of our customers i managed to get x4 Michelin tyres with around 6mm tread on all of them for ......get this £30 fitted and balanced :lol: :shock: The tyres are like new and still have the whiskers on the sides.

Yes they are part worns but money is tight being christmas (hence me doing mechanical work) :lol:
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Post by vince » 25 Nov 2010, 23:38

Deanxm wrote:i was going to ask why you had a menu on your other table myself, i dont get presented with a menu when i get home :lol:

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Me neither Dean, i think my wife would draw the line at that request
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Post by DickieG » 25 Nov 2010, 23:44

Well done on the sphere's Vince, that looks like quite a result on the tyres :D
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Post by Deanxm » 25 Nov 2010, 23:56

yeah very good result on the tyres, good part worns for £30 are better than a set of brand new el cheepo's thats for sure!
I think i will stick a set of part worns on the Activa, i can get really good quality rubber for no money at all, and since i will do about 1500-2k a year tops tyres usualy perish before i wear them out, well maybe not on the activa :lol:

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Post by CitroJim » 26 Nov 2010, 07:09

Great stuff Vince :D

I'll update my sphere changing thread concerning the removal of the anti-sink. I originally wrote it from memory and now, having done several since, there is an easier.better described way of doing it...

Fronts will be a doddle now. It's good to start with the tricky ones first.

Plus-Gas FTW. It's why I keep banging on about it...
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Post by vince » 26 Nov 2010, 08:17

One of the mechanics in the garage came in to ask me about it and borrow some in the afternoon. It was in the boot of the car though at the tyre shop :)

Cant believe he has never heard of it :roll:
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