Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

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Funny thing is I would say 80% of the C1's I see up this way are red, and most of them 5 door as well. And there are a lot of C1's around now that I'm keeping an eye out for them - they're everywhere.

Quite a lot more than there are of Peugeot 107's and far more than Toyota Aygo's. For whatever reason (price?) most people go with the Citroen version of this platform...

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Toyotas, like Hondas are thought of as an old farts car, apart from the MR2.

Citroens or Pugs aren't. I suspect that's one big reason you see more.

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I expect the 4 figure price difference is the actual big reason.
Also pug are pushing their just add fuel scheme still which jacks up the monthly price and on such a car people aren't to bothered about those bits being included.

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northern_mike wrote: I know Jim's not a tight-arse but I imagine what colour of C1 he ended up with probably wasn't particularly high on his list of important features.
You're right Mike :-D The colour wasn't important at all... Silver is not common in a C1. Had I had unlimited choice I'd have had either the metallic blue or the yellow. Yellow would have been the slight preference over blue...

Torrential rain has stopped play on the Activa. New bearing has been pressed into the hub and just waiting for the weather to clear so I can refit to the car and reassemble,

The old bearing was very rough indeed.

I might now be able to enjoy the car for a while without problems. Who knows :roll:

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The Activa is finally fixed and silent :D Job went Ok but had to take a break of a couple of hours for a torrential rain storm to pass :twisted:

It was the nearside bearing and as soon as I had the hub off I could feel it as rough as anything.

Clearly the original bearing as it took 11 tons in the press to get it moving. It also highlighted how badly distorted my press is now from far too many abuses when pressing out very well rusted-in wheel bearings in both XMs and Xantias. The moveable press bed is now as bent as a nine-bob note and it makes the job of pressing new bearings in nice and square a bit tricky.

I must see if Clark do spare parts for their 10 ton presses. From that statement it's clear why it's bent now - a 10 ton press being used at 11 and 12 tons on regular occasions!

Still, no worries, the Activa is now lovely and quiet again and touch-wood, running lovely.

I wonder how long it'll be before she'll have her next toy throwing session? The book is open :twisted:

Tomorrow I shall fit the new leak-back harness pipe onto the V6 and then all being well I'll have two good Xantias again 8-)

Hopefully next week we'll see the strut tops back from KingAS and we can get the XMs back in action...

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia, C1 and XM Tales

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Leak back harness pipe ?

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Mandrake wrote:Leak back harness pipe ?
That's what I believe it's called in Citroen world Simon. It goes from the regulator to the LHM reservoir with a tee off for the Hydractive electrovalve leakage return.

You know the one I mean :wink:

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Jim will the metal not flip round so you can press it back into shape from the otherside as I'm guessing your meaning the horizontal cross bar you push against? Maybe a machine shop locally could do it and weld in some triangles piece inside as they are usually hollow aren't they?!

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KP wrote:Jim will the metal not flip round so you can press it back into shape from the otherside as I'm guessing your meaning the horizontal cross bar you push against?
That's been done in the past Will. It's distorted both ways now and as much as I try I cannot press it straight.

You've identified the bit and getting a machine ship to make a new one in heavier material might be the way forward...

It's just finding the right outfit for such a job... I really could do it myself as I have a hefty stick welder here and that's what is wanted for such a job. MIG is a bit too girly for 3/8 plate..

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CitroJim wrote:
Mandrake wrote:Leak back harness pipe ?
That's what I believe it's called in Citroen world Simon. It goes from the regulator to the LHM reservoir with a tee off for the Hydractive electrovalve leakage return.

You know the one I mean :wink:
Yep, I know the one. I'm surprised its still available!

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Mandrake wrote: Yep, I know the one. I'm surprised its still available!
And not only that, in current production too judging by the production date on the packaging. Must be an ongoing healthy demand for them...

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Grrrr :twisted: Rain stops play on replacing the hydraulic pipe on my V6 and mowing the lawn.

To cap it all I've picked up an injury, actually 2, during Karate...

A punch to my ribs during an attack/defence session (I was attacking) on Friday really connected and this morning exactly the same happened a couple of times during some advanced stuff we were practising :twisted:

I'm really feeling quite sore, both mentally because of the rain and physically because of my ribs...

Think I'll take the Activa out for a joyride...

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No pain, no gain. :twisted: You must have been giving them what for, to get a blow like that in return. :wink:

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addo wrote:No pain, no gain. :twisted:
Indeed and shows I must learn to protect bits of me when attacking... It's not so much a pain, more an ache :)

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The day has ended well. Between storms I managed to fit the new hose to the V6 Xantia and mow my lawn. All jobs done for the week and all cars fully serviceable :-D

Simon, I was slightly wrong in an earlier post on the name of the hose in question. It's an oil back harness, not a leak back harness.

In French it's a Faisceau Retour...