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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by Chris570 » 28 May 2012, 22:19

CitroJim wrote:
Chris570 wrote:Come do my XM :)


And all three of mine please Vince :) I'd love to see what you could do with Rattiva II :lol: That would be a challenge...


I think between us we can provide him with a week's work easily lol

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by vince » 30 May 2012, 23:17

Guys its not out of the question......its just expensive with travel costs etc :roll:

The problem is it takes usually about 7 to 8 hours to get a good result on a car no matter what the condition you start with. It takes the same amount of time usually as the only thing that differs is what you use to correct your problems. The polishing side still involves about the same amount of work.

Why dont you all live up here :lol:

On the plus side of things, i dropped some cards of at Paris Autos in stockport and he has passed one to a Dyane and 2CV dealer he knows who is apparently going to get in touch as he has some cars to get done =D> Could it possibly be that i get to work on Citroen classic beauties :P [-o< They would look great on my new website which is kind of in production :mrgreen:

If we were ever at a show all day with a power source then i could do one car perhaps in that time?

Jim, id bet money that Rattiva isnt as bad as some of the cars ive done....i dont have any after pictures but below was a ford c max i did....it came up literally like new but the work was immense on it :shock: about 12 hours on this one done over two days. These pictures looking at them now really dont show how bad this car actually was. The photos are quite flattering and the marks you see are all scratches down the bodywork.....The first car i did for this guy was worse! cleaned on some parts with a brillo pad.....i kid you not :shock:

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by vince » 30 May 2012, 23:44

Citroenmad wrote:That is some shine! 8-)


Lol and TBH the sides have never been machined, just the roof, bonnet and spoiler...just good old fashioned hand applied TLC on the sides :wink:

The Traction will come up great :wink:

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by bxzx16v » 31 May 2012, 17:14

Some great work as ever Vince ,

Mark

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by vince » 31 May 2012, 20:50

Thanks Mark :)

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by Citroenmad » 01 Jun 2012, 07:50

Wow, do they not own a hoover?! :shock:

Yes, great work :-D

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by vince » 01 Jun 2012, 20:51

Chris, this family are as far away from "car people" as you can get. The two worst cars ive done belonged to the same family.

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by XantiaDaveEire » 01 Jun 2012, 21:46

vince wrote:Chris, this family are as far away from "car people" as you can get. The two worst cars ive done belonged to the same family.


A persons car is suppose to resemble their personality ...or so i've heard :lol:

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Post by addo » 01 Jun 2012, 23:19

I have multiple cars...

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by robert_e_smart » 01 Jun 2012, 23:21

Do you fancy a trip over to Northern Ireland Vince?? A week long trip...

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by CitroJim » 02 Jun 2012, 09:35

XantiaDaveEire wrote:
vince wrote:Chris, this family are as far away from "car people" as you can get. The two worst cars ive done belonged to the same family.


A persons car is suppose to resemble their personality ...or so i've heard :lol:


It does. OCD in my case :-D :-D :-D :-D Actually true, albeit a mild'ish case, sometimes :twisted:

addo wrote:I have multiple cars...


Then I have multiple OCD :roll:

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by XantiaDaveEire » 02 Jun 2012, 10:45

CitroJim wrote:
XantiaDaveEire wrote:
vince wrote:Chris, this family are as far away from "car people" as you can get. The two worst cars ive done belonged to the same family.


A persons car is suppose to resemble their personality ...or so i've heard :lol:


It does. OCD in my case :-D :-D :-D :-D Actually true, albeit a mild'ish case, sometimes :twisted:

addo wrote:I have multiple cars...


Then I have multiple OCD :roll:


I'm a perfectionist which means sadly may car will never be good enough for me ,there will always be something i want to be tinkering at :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by vince » 02 Jun 2012, 16:40

robert_e_smart wrote:Do you fancy a trip over to Northern Ireland Vince?? A week long trip...

Hi Robert. If I had the holidays left at work a week spent playing with Citroens would be bliss....alas, not possible.... Hopefully I might have an xm to clean up in a couple of months ..?

My xm showroom brochure arrived today...a series 1 one.

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by vince » 03 Jun 2012, 22:16

Well how amazing is the XM brochure :) It is great....

I am still pretty set on the idea of an XM switch...(I know most people will think im wrong, and perhaps they will turn out to be right?....although i hope they are wrong) :P

The deals still hinges on me finding the money needed to switch cars...new insurance, tax, plate change etc....but in any event im now working on getting the Xantia ready for a new owner.

I have picked up a new steering column surround and there are a few other small jobs that need to be done before i would be happy to sell the car on to someone and it be ready for the show circuit never mind the daily grind. I have a window scraper seal to replace on the drivers side rear, and a de scale of the bodywork and wheels to carry out. Its been recently fully serviced including box oil and mechanically checked over with just the anti roll bar bracket needing replacing. The hydractive system is working fine but the internal leak i have learned to live with. It doesnt affect the operation of the system with it switching from hard to soft and vice versa when its meant to, and otherwise its still very supple. I still cant believe how different the car sits and drives with the new bracket now fitted.....its the most dramatic change ive ever come accross for just a £24 part.

I have been lent a friends garage for a week whilst he is away so i intend to use this to get some little bits done.

Just driving the Xantia today makes me think im mad to move it on, but im dying to get something new to fix up...a bit like when i bought the VSX in the first place i suppose :wink:

Im looking to get to some rallys this year....finally, my attendance was quite weak last year :|

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Re: Vince's VSX / Pallas Auto Refinishing

Post by CitroJim » 03 Jun 2012, 22:20

I've got a pristine Xantia MK1 V6 brochure. It is a work of art... All the Citroen brochures are lovely things to behold and collect...

vince wrote:Im looking to get to some rallys this year....finally, my attendance was quite weak last year :|


Are you coming to DSM Vince?