Xac's adventures with Cassy (and friends + wife)

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Re: Xac's adventures with Cassy (and friends + wife)

Post by Xaccers » 10 May 2012, 10:02

The weather looks good for this weekend, so hopefully the server upgrade and Infinity installation will go smoothly so I can get out and work on Jenny.
Found a letter from the DVLA on the table amongst a pile of papers, opened it and it was a reminder that the SORN on Jenny is up for renewal at the end of May. So I'm going to head to GSF in Bedford tomorrow and pick up a cam belt kit, some anti-freeze, some LHM as she's a bit low, and a few filters, then give her a service and change her belts.
Then it's MoT and tax at the end of the month :)

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Post by ashy90 » 10 May 2012, 14:33

Xac wrote:A few piccies...

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Haha! This was obviously some story/joke, would love to hear how it went :lol:

Congratulations on last months marridge, and the Xantia's look suprisingly good as wedding cars with the ribbon :)

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Post by Xaccers » 10 May 2012, 14:38

Jim's speach was brilliant. Dad had 4 sheets for his but claimed to have 10, and then Jim got up and said he'd managed to condense his speach down quite a bit, then held up one of his service manuals (probably 4 inches thick) and the looks on everyone's faces was brilliant!

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Post by ashy90 » 10 May 2012, 14:45

Xac wrote:Jim's speach was brilliant. Dad had 4 sheets for his but claimed to have 10, and then Jim got up and said he'd managed to condense his speach down quite a bit, then held up one of his service manuals (probably 4 inches thick) and the looks on everyone's faces was brilliant!



Is that Jim above with the Haynes Xantia manual? What did he do....tuck his speech inside the Haynes manual? lol

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Post by Xaccers » 10 May 2012, 14:50

ashy90 wrote:
Xac wrote:Jim's speach was brilliant. Dad had 4 sheets for his but claimed to have 10, and then Jim got up and said he'd managed to condense his speach down quite a bit, then held up one of his service manuals (probably 4 inches thick) and the looks on everyone's faces was brilliant!



Is that Jim above with the Haynes Xantia manual? What did he do....tuck his speech inside the Haynes manual? lol


He actually did his speach without notes, he did read a section from the Haynes manual though :)

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Post by ashy90 » 10 May 2012, 14:56

Xac wrote:
ashy90 wrote:
Xac wrote:Jim's speach was brilliant. Dad had 4 sheets for his but claimed to have 10, and then Jim got up and said he'd managed to condense his speach down quite a bit, then held up one of his service manuals (probably 4 inches thick) and the looks on everyone's faces was brilliant!



Is that Jim above with the Haynes Xantia manual? What did he do....tuck his speech inside the Haynes manual? lol


He actually did his speach without notes, he did read a section from the Haynes manual though :)


Haha brilliant.

I must have a Citroen and a Rover at my wedding, when ever that may be.

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Post by Xaccers » 10 May 2012, 15:26

ashy90 wrote:Haha brilliant.

I must have a Citroën and a Rover at my wedding, when ever that may be.


I can highly recommend Jim as best man and witness :)

I can also recommend not spending an obscene amount on the wedding, it's better to spend it on the marriage which hopefully will last a long lifetime!
Off the top of our heads, we spent less than £2500, including the honeymoon. Danielle's parent's payed us back £1000 for the reception which we've put into a savings account to use as part of a deposit on a house when the time is right.
I know someone at work who's mother in law spent more than our entire costs just on the wedding dress. They celebrate their 12th anniversary and have still not paid the debt off.
So don't marry someone who wants to be an extravagent princess or bridezilla for the day :D

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Post by CitroJim » 11 May 2012, 19:58

Xac wrote:I can highly recommend Jim as best man and witness :)


:-D :-D :-D That's very kind of you to say Xac!

My rates are very reasonable. Chauffer-driven V6 included. :wink:

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Post by Xaccers » 11 May 2012, 21:48

Managed to get home at a decent time tonight so as tomorrow is a busy day (forum upgrades, lawn mowing, cambelt change on Jenny) I thought I'd give myself a head start and work on Jenny.
But before that, you may have noticed "have BT infinity installed" isn't in the list above.
Originally BT were due to install it today, I'd booked the day off and organised the server down time with you all. Then they contacted me with a cryptic message saying they would be taking control of my phone line yesterday and calling me today to arrange when to install infinity.
On Monday I checked the order and saw it had changed, saying they no longer needed to send an engineer out to install Infinity because "it can be done at the exchange end" which is rubbish as they've got to install the "modem" which the home hub then connects to. So I called them and was told they'd be fast tracking my install and I could have it done tomorrow morning. Great, let you all know, clear things with the wife to do all the forum upgrades and have the installation done.
Today I recieved a text message saying my install date was the 28th of May. So I called them to be told they'd only put the order in for Infinity to be installed today and couldn't do anything with it as it was "going through the system"
Not happy. Then I got a call back saying they could install it on Tuesday, no good as I'm at work, how about Friday? "We can try but we won't know if they can until Monday" which is too late for me as I have to give a week's notice for time off and I'd already had to cancel the previous holiday request which messed everyone at work around. If they couldn't get to me next Friday, then they might be able to do the Friday after. She was totally disinterested in how they'd messed me around. So I gave Danielle a call, talked it over, decided that if this is their level of competence and service then how bad would it be if something went wrong further down the line. Called them up and cancelled, with no attempt from them to try and retain me, unlike O2 who had sent me a text in the morning saying they were sorry I planned to leave and was there anything they could do to keep me.
Gave them a call, they offered me 6 months free broadband (normally £9.50 a month), I accepted. Where as I'd spent a total of about 45 minutes on the phone to BT (38 of that waiting in queues to be answered), O2 had given me a deal in less than 10 minutes.
What's more, I called them when I got home to see about their home phone service as it's cheaper than I was paying before with Utlilty Warehouse. Unfortunately the broadband package I'm on is an old one giving me unlimited downloads, and they don't offer it with their home phone deals. It would mean going onto a new broadband package for £7.50 a month and 20GB limit, I said I'd probably breach that so they offered me the unlimited at that rate. I did the maths in my head, with both from O2, it'd be £20.50 a month, with UW for the phone and O2 broadband (6 months free so equivalent of £4.75 a month) it'd be £18.75, not a huge difference but it'd save me a little bit. When I mentioned that it probably wouldn't be worth me moving my phone to O2 then, he had a word with his manager and came back with "O2 home phone £13 a month, unlimited broadband for 12months FREE" so I of course accepted. It's free UK evening and weekend calls, starting at 6pm in the evenings so Danielle calling her dad now won't cost us anything, and it also includes 600 minutes to 0845 and 0870 numbers which we call now and again when booking things.
Total difference between customer services of the two companies, BT just didn't seem to care, while O2 were quick, knew what they were talking about, and got me a very decent deal to keep my business.

Anyway, enough of an advert for O2 :D
Back to Jenny.
I've got the engine mount off, aux belt off (the tensioner needs replacing it's solid), crank bolt is loose, then I thought "Why not remove the wings and bumper so you can fit the new ones tomorrow?"
Well the side bolts on the bumper gave their usual trouble of the captive nuts breaking free, so I had to pry the bumper off them, and the old wings are a tad bent in order to make it easier to get in and work on those pesky bolts.
So tomorrow after I've upgraded the forums, and mown the back garden, I'll be changing the cambelt and water pump, hopefully if I have time to go and buy it I'll replace the aux tensioner, and fitting the new bumper, wings and possibly bonnet.

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Post by Xaccers » 12 May 2012, 17:49

Well, the aux tensioner spring is being a pain.
I can't remember how Jim and I managed to get it off using a 6mm bit, some tape and an 8mm ratchet spanner.
Pesky thing!

In other news, the FCF upgrade seems to have been successful, the BXC one is taking a while to transfer the old data to the new database.

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Post by Xaccers » 12 May 2012, 21:59

Giving up on getting the auto tensioner inner race out of the aux cradle, I sprayed it liberally with plus gas and moved on to removing the cam belt.
Lying on my back I looked up, expecting to see the spring loaded cup pushing against the end of the tensioner, except I didn't see either.
Not the springloaded cup, nor the end of the tensioner on which it should be pushing!
Goodness knows what's happened in the past, but the end of the tensioner has been hacked off!
Taking the two nuts off it's pivot stud actually extracted the stud!

So I've got to track down the numbers for the cup and spring, and I'll be checking with GSF to see if their full cam belt kit is cheaper than the belt and tensioners seperate (I'm sure last time I bought one getting them seperate worked out cheaper).
Thank goodness the tensioner didn't work loose while I was driving her!

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Post by Xaccers » 13 May 2012, 12:11

Forgot to mention Jenny's losing the rubber on her strut tops and they're starting to rust, I'm sure there's quite some life left in them but while I've got her front up in the air and wheels off, I might as well change them.

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Post by CitroJim » 13 May 2012, 14:15

Don't forget I have your spare set of tops in the workshop Xac..

If you need them, get hold of Val and ask her to let you in....

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Post by Xaccers » 13 May 2012, 14:32

CitroJim wrote:Don't forget I have your spare set of tops in the workshop Xac..

If you need them, get hold of Val and ask her to let you in....


There's no rush Jim, I won't be able to work on her again until this weekend or next.
Also need to get seals for the hydraulic pump as it's leaking green blood.

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Post by CitroJim » 13 May 2012, 14:39

Xac wrote:Also need to get seals for the hydraulic pump as it's leaking green blood.


Got gazillions of them Andy. If you can wait till I'm home I'll sort you out...