Citrojim's Saxo and Cycling Tales

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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Stickyfinger wrote:A pleasure to se you again Jim, it had been way to long...
It certainly was Alasdair and indeed, far too long... A truly brilliant day... I'll not leave it so long next time
Stickyfinger wrote:glad all the bits were OK to fix the rattle box.
Oi :twisted: Now that's being very cheeky to Gabriel :lol: She's an old-school diesel and supposed to sound like that on idle and when cold... Warm and under way she's a paragon of quiet smoothness ;)

I'll prove it on the next visit!

Honestly, she's one real cracker of a car... One of the very best Xantias I've ever owned... Very much a keeper...

I just wish her body was as immaculate as your red scrapper!

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I just wish her body as as immaculate as your red scrapper!
It is sad to do it Jim....but if you keep talking about a shell swap using the V6 Activa :)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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Stickyfinger wrote:
I just wish her body as as immaculate as your red scrapper!
It is sad to do it Jim....but if you keep talking about a shell swap using the V6 Activa :)
That, Alasdair, is an excellent idea :D That shell is just far too good to largely scrap and perfect as a basis for a 'new' V6 Activa :D

I'd be more than happy to help with it; an excellent reason to visit the old home county on a regular basis ;)

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Mmm.....

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Ummmm.....how long to remove a rear subframe again ?
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oh sh17 !....I have even started to plan it , ....aggggg

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Stickyfinger wrote:Ummmm.....how long to remove a rear subframe again ?
It's not as difficult as you might at first imagine Alasdair... The one growing in my garden was off it about 20 minutes...

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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Stickyfinger wrote:Ummmm.....how long to remove a rear subframe again ?
It's not as difficult as you might at first imagine Alasdair... The one growing in my garden was off it about 20 minutes...
While it may be easy to remove a rear subframe from a garden I believe Alasdair was asking how long it takes to remove one from a CAR! :lol:

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Is that an organically grown subframe Jim?



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myglaren wrote:Is that an organically grown subframe Jim?
Oh yes, no artificial stuff used here ;) Only natural stuff... In fact I need to track down the products of the rear end of a horse soon :) can't beat it!
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Stickyfinger wrote:Ummmm.....how long to remove a rear subframe again ?
It's not as difficult as you might at first imagine Alasdair... The one growing in my garden was off it about 20 minutes...
While it may be easy to remove a rear subframe from a garden I believe Alasdair was asking how long it takes to remove one from a CAR! :lol:
No, honestly James, it does not take long... Disconnect a few pipes and four bolts and job done!

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In my experience removing parts from a shell you are not going to use again can be made easier by enthusiastic use of a grinder , cutting pieces of shell out the way to get more access to awkward fastenings

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mickeymoon wrote:In my experience removing parts from a shell you are not going to use again can be made easier by enthusiastic use of a grinder , cutting pieces of shell out the way to get more access to awkward fastenings
Very true!

Big bolt croppers can be handy too - especially on pipes ;)

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Got a good bit of work done on the 207 today after an excellent parkrun in the sunshine :)

It was not warm here as despite the sun the wind was bitter :twisted:

Anyway, had the engine ECU and engine bay fusebox out and hoped to strip nthe fusebox but sadly it's pretty much a sealed unit. I tried to open it up but it is not easy or advised I believe...

I had all the fuses out and disconnected all connectors and all was lovely and shiny.

I broke all the body earth connections and the main one looked a bit corroded and a bit suspect where it bonds to the body from the battery.. I cleaned them all up and greased them...

Reassembled and despite not running since well before Christmas the engine fired up instantly and ran like a clock...

I put the Lexia (Pug Planet) on it and let it idle whilst scanning all the ECUs. The only ECU to have issues was the engine ECU which moaned about mixture regulation and the downstream oxygen sensor. It always has and has always needed these faults clearing in the past just before any MOT.

Those faults cleared and live data showed both oxygen sensors to be working happily...

The engine cut out once when I was poking around with the Lexia but I'm not sure if that was as a result of the fault or just prolonged idling after not running for so long. It instantly restarted..

Everything is woring properly now, even the central locking from the plip which had failed last time so just maybe...

Next steps is to get an MOT on it and put it on the road for a few months (give Gabriel a rest ;) and then see how it goes. If the car runs faultlessly I may offer it for sale...

If not, back to the drawing board...

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A busy day on the cars today...

All checked over, cleaned inside and all washed, even the Pug of Love :) She actually scrubs up fairly well...

Gabriel does too. That is her first wash in my ownership!

Activa is still a work in progress as she must look her very best for next Sunday... The polish will be coming out soon ;)

The 207 seems to be running OK and all systems are still functional. I did a proper BSI reset on her today...

Tomorrow I hope to get her checked over for an MOT...

Meanwhile, here they are all fresh just out of the bath and after a rub-down with a chamois :)
The sparkling Pug of Love (Own Work)
The sparkling Pug of Love (Own Work)
Gabriel and Activa looking quite fresh (Own Work)
Gabriel and Activa looking quite fresh (Own Work)

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Re: Citrojim's Xantia Activa, 1.9TD and Bike Tales

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Looking good Jim.
Your 207 is just plain weird, I hope it's gremlins are a thing of the past.

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elma wrote: Your 207 is just plain weird, I hope it's gremlins are a thing of the past.
MOT willing, we'll soon know James ;)

I'm really undecided what her future is now... I'm getting attached to her and I truly love her colour... That blue metallic is just heavenly...

Trouble is, due to an accident a couple of years ago, her interior is very rough which limits her value somewhat...

To make her really saleable she needs a complete new interior or one bloody good and skilled valet and I'm not sure that will do the trick...