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New Old V6 is currently off the road :( Nothing serious, just a coolant leak. Seems replacing the header tank has exposed another weakness! The 'bubble-breaker' (officially called a degassing tank) is leaking where one of the heater hoses connects to it. All the bubble-breaker is basically is a round plastic vessel in the cooling system that collects any entrained air in the system and disperses it to the main expansion tank. Or at least, that's how I understand it...

Anyway, it needs replacing and luckily they're still available and not too expensive at just under twenty quid. It's a bugger to replace it though as it hides down the back of the engine and the expansion tank has to come out to be even able to see it. It may be a manifold off job... I'm anxiously awaiting a call from my local stealer to say it's in.

Apart from that all is good and the Activa is currently the daily driver.

You may have noticed I have a post in For Sale/Wanted regarding my spares cache. This has come about through a necessity to make fairly fundamental changes to my life. Some of you already know that things have not been perfect for a while and that my heavy spannering days may well be over :( For those that don't, I have been suffering chronic exhaustion for some time now and the medical profession can find no underlying reason for it. I'm actually very healthy and live very healthily but the problem remains. Said profession is citing a condition called ME as being the likely culprit. Have a read of the link and the Wikipedia article on it for a fair understanding of ME but ignore any Yankee sites on the subject. They're obsessed with finding a magic pill as a cure, which there isn't and likely won't be. The most effective way of managing it is to pace oneself carefully, not overdo things and not try to fight it. I'm guilty of having fought it for a long, long while to no good effect.

Luckily for me it is fairly mild by ME standards and at present I can still work full-time (the most important thing) so long as I rest adequately in between which effectively means doing nothing much in the evenings and very limited stuff at weekends. If I overdo it then I can suffer badly for days on end - as I have this weekend following a very rough week at work. To this end I've not been as active on here as I'd like and due to the cognitive problems associated with ME I often have the attention-span of a geriatric goldfish and reading and replying in the technical areas of this forum becomes almost impossible. Work, which I must do to earn a living, has to take top priority as does looking after myself. After doing that there's not much of me left these days.

That's the background against which I'm having to undertake some major changes to my life. First up is to clear the garage/workshop substantially so that some major changes can happen to make the house and garden more maintenance-free so that more time can be taken to rest and gently pursue pleasurable things like Citroens. I'm planning a new workshop in the garden so the garage can be used for its proper function of garaging the Activa. Please, if you can help with my spares rehoming problem I will really appreciate it :)

In no way am I giving up on cars, just cutting back to manageable proportions. I'd go mad without my workshop and Citroens :-D

So that is why I've not been to ICCR and why the next rally I'll attend will be CXM. I doubt I'll make Stratford.

And on that note, I'm now off to bed, quite knackered. I won't sleep well and will wake up in the morning feeling more tired than I do now.

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Sorry to hear of your health issues Jim . If you require any help/advice on the garage/workshop build just ask , I maybe of help with any joinery .

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Im sorry to hear your still not much further forward with your health Jim. Hopefully reducing your car workload and having a more simple to maintain house will ease things. :)

Im awaiting your parts list which I believe Chris is compiling. I might well be interested in some bits and pices.

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Citroenmad wrote:Hopefully reducing your car workload and having a more simple to maintain house will ease things. :)
Hopefully Chris. I have to be so careful and I'm really learning that if I overdo it one day then two days later it hits. It's a funny effect of ME that the bad day always comes two days after the day that caused it. Tuesdays are often my bad days. Monday I got home from a normal'ish work day, rapidly fell apart and ended up fast asleep in bed by 8. Woke up normal time on Tuesday morning and felt flatter than a hedgehog on the M25. No work for me. In fact I went straight back to bed and woke only when Robyn texted me at 11:30... Went shopping to Tesco with her and nearly collapsed at the checkout.

Took it very easy for the rest of the day, bed early and today, despite waking up feeling rough, I went to work and I've improved through the day to near normality this evening. Now I must be very careful not to over-do on a good day like today but I may already have :evil:

My new bubble-breaker has not yet arrived for New Old V6. I took her to Tesco and back with Robyn yesterday as the coolant leak is tolerable for short runs. I had the distinct feeling she wasn't running right. A bit rough, heitant and popping in the exhaust on the over-run. Hot idle was rubbish.

I popped the ELIT on and noted an intermittent fault on the MAP sensor. Cleared it Ok and went for a quick test run and she was OK for a while and then went rough again. The fault had returned with the MAP sensor showing near atmospheric on idle. Cleared the fault again and she ran sweetly. So, the MAP sensor is duff.. Sadly the MK1 one is different to a spare I have from a later V6 engine :twisted: A different connector.

Ebay will provide...

Back to yesterday, Chris and Liam came round and have started clearing my garage/workshop of large items. It looks clearer already :) I was staggered to see the lads load one V6 engine, TWO 4HP20s and a ML5 gearbox plus a lot of other heavy stuff into the back of Chris's estate :lol: :lol: Gosh, it's amazing what a Xantia Estate will carry!!! More clearance work on Saturday.

And with the help of my keen gardening neighbour we've decided on how my garden should be re-engineered :-D

Right, that's enough for one day/evening. Now off to bed and hope I don't suffer on Friday :twisted:

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superloopy wrote:Take it easy Jim .... winter's nearly here (well it is where I live :wink: ) and you need to work farmers shifts, rising earlier (if that's possible) and retiring for the night with the light (or lack of). That way your body finds it's natural balance again, come the spring you'll be as right as rain (oops, that word again :oops:, depressing I know cos it's hissing it down outside right now :lol: ). It's ben a miserable old year so far and no doubting it's set to get worse. Now then if that hasn't cheered you up ..... :-D
That's what I already do Mike :) I go to bed when I'm feeling tired, mostly nine o'clock, and wake when I'm ready and that's normally around 05:30. I don't have an alarm. I've been doing this for years...

I get up at that time and them I'm ready for bed at 9 again... That's 9 in the morning :evil:

I actually function al lot better in the winter...

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CitroJim wrote:
I actually function al lot better in the winter...
Yes, same here. I hate summer. The bright light and heat do me in, I detest it.

I have a theory that this is to do with the frequency of light from the sun that hits the UK. If I'm in Brazil, I can sit in the sun all day. It seems completely different, and I actively go outside for it. Here I avoid it like the plague.

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Hope the restructuring goes well Jim, Look forward to seeing you at the CXM. Im amazed you manage the cars you do! Im healthy and can hardly handle mine!
I hope I never have to clear out my spares stash, I have far too much to even remember.

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Only just kept up with this.

ATB with health Jim.

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Jim, I suppose you saw this http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19076398" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; ? it fits with my experience of similar, but perhaps less severe symptoms. I find exercise ( walking) to give the only path back to normal activity. BTW, the map sensor had an episode about 6 months ago, but fixed itself after a few minutes, and the fault did not reappear, so bad luck that it became permanent, assuming it is not the connector.

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Thanks for the link Mike. It certainly seems that this therapy - known as CBT - is about the most effective. Shame is hereabouts the waiting list is incredibly long :( For now I'm using 'pacing' as a therapy and that helps a lot.

Been busy today. Replaced the bubble-breaker and MAP sensor on New Old V6 and all is good touch-wood. I found a tiny hair-line crack in the top dome of the bubble-breaker radiating out from the small pipe stub on top. Replacing this item is cuss-worthy though. Not easy due to access...

I'm really happy New Old V6 is back on the road although it was nice to make good use of the Activa last week.

It was absolutely wonderful to see Chris roll up in his V6 XM this morning...

Since then we've (Chris mostly!) been busy sorting out my workshop. Thanks for all your help today Chris :-D =D>

Used the towbar on New Old V6 to take a load of rubbish to the tip. I's shocked at how much I've accumulated over the years. Don't worry - nothing useful has been thrown!

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CitroJim wrote: I was shocked at how much I've accumulated over the years. Don't worry - nothing useful has been thrown!
Nope, only New Old Stock strut tops and activa rams, we figured there was no demand for them

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CitroJim wrote:Thanks for the link Mike. It certainly seems that this therapy - known as CBT - is about the most effective. Shame is hereabouts the waiting list is incredibly long :( For now I'm using 'pacing' as a therapy and that helps a lot.

Used the towbar on New Old V6 to take a load of rubbish to the tip. I's shocked at how much I've accumulated over the years. Don't worry - nothing useful has been thrown!
As you know Jim, my doc has recently given me a similar diagnosis, possibly linked to my thyroid problem. This showed itself up in a bad way yesterday, I was absolutely shattered by 5pm and felt like falling asleep in the car on the short drive home. I crawled up the stairs about 8pm and dozed off, woke up for 1/2 hour, ate, and went back to sleep until 6:30am.

This afternoon I went to the gym for 90 mins. At the moment I feel bright as a button, some pain in my hands and knees (not gym-related)

It's a baffling condition. I have a route to CBT though it was originally for something else. I will be taking it up once I've had the nose sorted out. I find the lyrica and dark chocolate helps a lot.

How did you attach an XM to the towbar of Old V6 to take it to the tip <ducks and runs away quickly>

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Rattiva_Mike wrote: How did you attach an XM to the towbar of Old V6 to take it to the tip <ducks and runs away quickly>
Run, run fast and long

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Chris570 wrote:
Rattiva_Mike wrote: How did you attach an XM to the towbar of Old V6 to take it to the tip <ducks and runs away quickly>
Run, run fast and long
Why do you think I go to the gym as often as I can? :wink:

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CitroJim wrote:
Been busy today. Replaced the bubble-breaker and MAP sensor on New Old V6 and all is good touch-wood. I found a tiny hair-line crack in the top dome of the bubble-breaker radiating out from the small pipe stub on top. Replacing this item is cuss-worthy though. Not easy due to access...

I'm really happy New Old V6 is back on the road although it was nice to make good use of the Activa last week.

It was absolutely wonderful to see Chris roll up in his V6 XM this morning...
And almost as wonderful to see PavlosV6 roll up in Old V6 :!:

But seriously, well done both :-D