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I like those two ideas a lot KP :D

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Post by KP »

How about 4 in one jim?

Mk2 Estate
V6 Engine
6speed box
ARCS suspension system
LPG Install... Maybe Toroidal under the rear and spare wheel could go in the car but would require some welding?? Would reckon about 1 year to do the project Jim which isn't too bad really :o)

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KP wrote: Mk2 Estate
V6 Engine
6speed box
ARCS suspension system
LPG Install...
Nearly perfect Will :D I'd change just one thing... Make it a MK1 and it will then be just the job.

I may, depending on how I like autoboxes, change it to an auto..

So, MK1 V6 Activa Estate with LPG and an autobox

That'll keep me occupied for a bit :P

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CitroJim wrote:
KP wrote: Mk2 Estate
V6 Engine
6speed box
ARCS suspension system
LPG Install...
Nearly perfect Will :D I'd change just one thing... Make it a MK1 and it will then be just the job.

I may, depending on how I like autoboxes, change it to an auto..

So, MK1 V6 Activa Estate with LPG and an autobox

That'll keep me occupied for a bit :P
How about doing some fine tuning to the original specs aswell such as a self lubricating height corrector linkage in a box?

If it was a hatchback, doing something to the tailgate so that water doesn't fall into the boot on a rainy day :twisted:

a screen somewhere for displaying the built in Lexia (yes built in Lexia :D ) and maybe combine it with the radio. And possibly add some sensors into the spheres and suspension system for 3D graphic output of the Activa system working (when the rams come ins, pressures, etc)

Build a new pump so instead of 6+2 its 6+4 to give us a bit more speed when cranking up the suspension.

Do something to that dual mass crank pulley.

Make the heater matrix easier to get at.

Paint it Dantes Red.

How about a V6 diesel with a semi electronic Bosch pump :lol:

This is all in addition to the usual heater relay, headlight relay mods of course :wink:

Just wait until I come out with another batch of ideas! :lol:

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Some would say your glutton for punishment Jim :twisted:

I guess we all are though :roll:

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nice work red :D

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Well CitroJim if you go for these mods, you will have certainly "pimped your ride!" :wink:

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red_dwarfers wrote: If it was a hatchback, doing something to the tailgate so that water doesn't fall into the boot on a rainy day :twisted:
You know, that is one of my big pet hates on hatches Kev! To an extent, the estate suffers it too.

So basically then, what you're after is a MK3 Xantia that looks like a MK1 but with the best of the MK2 bits and all the original design faults rectified :D

Next on the list after the tailgate issue is to redesign the windscreen scuttle so it does not leak :lol:
red_dwarfers wrote:Make the heater matrix easier to get at.
That one has to be a winner :lol: :lol: A special trapdoor in the top of the dash perhaps....

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red_dwarfers wrote:Make the heater matrix easier to get at.
Nice thought, but wrong approach: get Valeo to make a decent matrix in the first place that does not appear to be made of chocolate and have a half life of about 3 days :twisted:

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True about the matrix in some cases but how many used Xantia have people bought where the coolant has never been changed?? I've bought one that came out thicker than it should be and looked like cack.

Really citroen should have made it a replacement item by doing the water pump with every cambelt and a flush as well, not just a top up...

Anyway we are digressing....

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Given the problems that happen with cooling systems, and the issues raised by the coolant being in there too long, wrong type, wrong antifreeze percentage etc it should be something that's attended to, to try and prevent some of these problems caused by lack of attention.

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Another frantic week just passed and not good either :evil: :evil: We're innundated at work and simply are not keeping up with the workload and it's telling badly on all of us. We're under-resourced and the problem is compunded by management running their own agenda :evil: Enough that except to say it's also impacting on my ability to give as much to my family and pastimes. Coming home late and exhausted after continually swinging between a rock and a hard place wears a tad thin after a while :cry:

On Friday the girls went to Guide Camp for the weekend. I took them and so exhausted was I on Friday evening that I went to bed at just gone 9. At 10:30 the phone rang and it was Siany. "Hello Daddy, I've not got my bedding. I think I left it in the back of your car..."

She had :twisted: Back I had to go to the camp with her bedding. Luckily only 10 miles away but still niggling when you can barely keep your eyes open from sheer exhaustion.. Still, that'll teach me to entrust the unloading of the car to the girls :twisted: My excuse M'lud was that i was busy filling out their health declarations (something they should have done weeks ago) and we were running an hour late anyway. Getting girls ready for a Guide Camp is like nailing jelly to a tree sometimes and why do they need to take a hair dryer?

Next week (well, this week now) I'm off on a residential training course down in Hampshire (Part II of the course I went on in February). It'll be a bit of a rest and in the evenings I should have more time to play here and get my website updated a bit. Luckily, I know I have good mobile internet access where I'm going.

Yesterday I checked over the Activa and 2.1TD and all is good although both are nearly due an oil/filter change. I'm taking the Activa to Hampshire next week so it can once again spend some time in the company of some very expensive automotive hardware in the training centre car park. I really must be in the wrong bit of IT somewhere as all the other course attendees seem to run Mercs, Beemers, Volvos and the like with nothing less than a 57 plate :lol:

Given the week just gone, some therapy was had on the V6. Playing with that car makes me feel so much better....

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CitroJim wrote:I really must be in the wrong bit of IT somewhere as all the other course attendees seem to run Mercs, Beemers, Volvos and the like with nothing less than a 57 plate :lol:
Well, you could borrow the '08' plate off my Xantia if only the '5' preceeding the '08' was an 'S' :lol:

Its a pity none of their cars have Active suspension 8)

Incidently, whats your course about?

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Nope, yu're right Kev, none have proper suspension and none look quite as lovely as a Xantia in Dantes' red that has been well polished :D
red_dwarfers wrote:Incidently, whats your course about?
HP Service Manager 7 Software Tailoring. Service Manager 7 is a fully ITIL-compliant help desk incident/problem management system. It has the great advantage that it is infinitely configurable and can be tailored to do exactly what you want it to do. How to tailor it is what I'm here to learn about... It's not easy and is basically a programming course :roll: At least this time I'm feeling good. On my last course (the first part of the same course) I was ill and struggled big-time...

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Jim, No doubt you'll be busy to the hilt but if you get the urge...you more than welcome to drop by. I've yet to see an Activa in the flesh :wink:

I will make sure there is tea......:D