CitroJim's XM V6 Project...

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Thanks Robert, that's going to be a fantastic help :D :D :D :D

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CitroJim wrote:On the corrosion side of things, I can only assume the whole of Scotland is made of salt if the surface rust is anything to go by. The poor car looks like it's been living in the sea for a few years
:lol: going by the current weather up here, the salting is going to start in a few days, and continue unabated until about mid-June next year :roll:

It is noticeable when we go down south that there are a lot more older cars in visually good condition than there are up here - the 'winter' weather must have something to do with this. The underside of my 2001 Xantia is looking decidedly rusty in places.... :cry:

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Robert, I almost have a twin of your picture :D :D :D :D :D

I have had a very good dose of spanner therapy this morning this was the result at lunchtime:

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So that's the nosecone off. The bumper insert is crusty but solid and as you can see, the rad is out, the battery box is out, the air box and the LHM reservoir are all out...

We're cookin' on gas :D In fact that's the next thing to look at to isolate and disconnect...

Spanner therapy is something you just can't beat :D :D :D It really does me a power of good.

Chris570 was with me for company this morning whilst he used my facilities to replace the 'P' bushes, round bushes and lower swivels on his Activa wishbones and new hubs.

Any queries regarding replacing any of the above, just ask Chris, he's now a specialist...

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Good work Jim,

That LPG installation looks like good fun!

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CitroJim wrote:Chris570 was with me for company this morning whilst he used my facilities to replace the 'P' bushes, round bushes and lower swivels on his Activa wishbones and new hubs.
Those hubs would be the ones off my old crashed Activa, it lives on!! (sort of :lol: )

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Yep, they're the ones Dom :D hope Chris said hello from me...

Old Activas never die, they just get recycled into other Activas!!!
robert_e_smart wrote: That LPG installation looks like good fun!
It is Robert, it really is :twisted:

Here's a quick shot of what remains in the engine bay as at 4PM today...

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More later, off out for a meal with friends shortly...

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i'm glad you're back happy working on it :) a good cup of tea does wonders doesnt it :)

i hate bushes with a passion now!! (even though it was my fault)

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Chris570 wrote:i'm glad you're back happy working on it :) a good cup of tea does wonders doesnt it :)

i hate bushes with a passion now!! (even though it was my fault)
Grinding p-bushings off is kind of therapeutic though :twisted:

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Dommo wrote:
Chris570 wrote:i'm glad you're back happy working on it :) a good cup of tea does wonders doesnt it :)

i hate bushes with a passion now!! (even though it was my fault)
Grinding p-bushings off is kind of therapeutic though :twisted:
actually i do enjoy grinding :)

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What is all that loose wiring on the drivers side wheel arch Jim?

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robert_e_smart wrote:What is all that loose wiring on the drivers side wheel arch Jim?
The loom :D

All the ECUs are now out Robert, and a lot of what you see is the nosecone loom coiled up and the mass of LPG wiring spaghetti...

The LPG wiring (and installation in general) is truly awful :evil: The coolant pipes for heating the vapouriser are as hard as rock and on the point of failure.. The plumbing for these is dreadful, using more joints and jubilee clips than you'd believe possible...

Had it not been for the LPG I'd be a lot further ahead by now....

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Errr... If it's anything like a PRV install there is a whole bunch of hosery from factory installation - including one joint off the lower radiator hose which always looks like a bodge but seems OE.

Guessing they didn't fit these with the Super-Porous™ engine oil-water cooler?

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Nothe vapouriser hoses are not factory at all. In fact they are very poor indeed...
addo wrote: Guessing they didn't fit these with the Super-Porous™ engine oil-water cooler?
No, the ES9 has no oil cooler on the engine but the transmission does have an oil-water one which is reliable so long as the cooling system has been looked after and no additives have been used.

I did get a slight worry when I looked at the coolant. It loked very rusty but when I looked closer it was the red/pink/orange stuff and in quantity it looks just like rust...

The rad is knacked terribly. Best price so far I found for this item of rocking horse poo was £250 but toinight a kind person from the XM fellowship has directed me to a source of them for just over £100.. Result!!!

Now if only they did exhausts and new strut tops for the same price too!!!!

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There was a genuine ES9 back box on Fleabay the other week going cheap - maybe AEP had it? From memory it was officially a 605 one but not sure if it's very different?

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Jim,

Let me be the first of many to say im sorry to hear you are letting the Xm go on to another loving owner and hope that its nothing to serious.

If there is anything i can help with please let me know :)