Xac's adventures with Cassy (and friends + wife)

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Post by CitroJim » 13 Mar 2011, 18:42

It was indeed an excellent day Xac :D It was a great tonic for me to spend the day out in the warm sunshine playing cars but by golly I've paid for it today :twisted:

Too much too soon :(

Watching you do a cambelt was like watching the master; a textbook job :D

I should expalin that I could not be content just watching, making tea and cooking pizza for lunch; no, I had to get the spanners out and ended up playing with my Activa. I played a bit too much I guess...

Still, it put me in an excellent mood and getting the spanners out again was just great :D :D

It was a great day and looking forward to similar activities with Jenny and Juliet....

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Post by Xaccers » 13 Mar 2011, 19:48

Oh no Jim, will have to bring you more caramel shortbreads to give you a boost :)

The rear brakes have started squealing worse than before, so I think I'll have to take the pads out again and give the whole area a good going over with a wire brush to clear out the old brake dust.

Oh and in other good news, by putting some tape around the filter side spiggot of the grenade and then retightening the jubilee clip, I've solved an air ingress issue :D

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Post by CitroJim » 13 Mar 2011, 20:34

Those caramel shortbreads were magical Xac :D

No worries on the brakes, we'll have to bite the bullet and have the calipers off. We'll need daylight for that...

Your wire brush is here. I found it under the Activa this afternoon :lol:

Great news on the air ingress issue...

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Post by Xaccers » 01 Apr 2011, 22:03

MoT time for Cassy tomorrow.
The pollen filter I ordered from ebay finally arrived today, well I say arrived, I went to the royal mail depot to pick up a parcel for danielle and was presented with a pile of them.
Can't remember when I last changed the filter, but it came out black :shock:

I did think I'd be able to replace the fuel filter tonight too, but it turns out that what I thought was a filter box is actually an ABS sensor.

She should pass, all the lights work, brakes have been replaced, new exhaust.
Will double check the front tyres in the morning as when I looked at the begining of the week they looked down to about 2mm, maybe a bit less, so coming up for time to replace them.

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Post by red_dwarfers » 02 Apr 2011, 12:51

Good luck with the mot Xac!

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Post by Xaccers » 03 Apr 2011, 00:38

She failed.
OS main beam bulb not working, ultra white LEDs are aparently blue (colour blind examiner), and pinion valve leaking at the top where the union is.
Bugger.
So, I gave Jim a quick call to see if i could pop over and use his brains and facilities.
Danielle being awesome got us some caramel shortbread slices.

Thankfully Jim had his steering rack with vehicle removed to aid with viewing :)
We whipped the old valve off Cassy and eased the one from Jim's spare rack on.
:rofl:
If only it were that easy.
You need long arms, a variety of tools, a knack for coming at it from all angles, and lots of patience.
Took us about 7 hours (with some yummy grub in there too, Jim's a man of many talents!) and we finished about an hour ago (I've spent the past 40 minutes in the shower rocking and saying "unclean" over and over)

So tomorrow, or Monday depending on how dead I feel in the morning (oh wait, it is morning!), I'll be removing the steering wheel to get it straight, and swapping bulbs.

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Post by Xaccers » 04 Apr 2011, 12:14

She's now passed :)

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Post by red_dwarfers » 04 Apr 2011, 12:33

Nice one Xac!

Nothing too major at all then :) So Cassy will be running around for much longer yet!

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Post by CitroJim » 04 Apr 2011, 12:46

Xac wrote:She's now passed :)
Ahh terrific, excellent news Xac :D :D :D :D :D :D

As you say Kev, nothing too major :twisted: :roll:

Cassy will live forever! Xac and I will see that she does, she's a really good 'un and so easy to work on :D

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Post by Xaccers » 04 Apr 2011, 14:25

We've got plans for Cassy to be the family car for the next 20 years (fingers crossed) :)


Just got my multicar renewal notice from Admiral today, £848

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Post by red_dwarfers » 04 Apr 2011, 17:03

Xac wrote:We've got plans for Cassy to be the family car for the next 20 years (fingers crossed) :)


Just got my multicar renewal notice from Admiral today, £848
Not bad! I pay more than that for a single car!

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Post by DickieG » 04 Apr 2011, 19:29

red_dwarfers wrote:
Xac wrote:We've got plans for Cassy to be the family car for the next 20 years (fingers crossed) :)

Just got my multicar renewal notice from Admiral today, £848
Not bad! I pay more than that for a single car!
Its a Bugatti Veyron :lol:

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Post by red_dwarfers » 04 Apr 2011, 21:42

DickieG wrote: Its a Bugatti Veyron :lol:
Damn I've been busted :lol:

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Post by Xaccers » 30 Apr 2011, 21:38

Finally home and a bit refreshed from a week away down in the New Forest with Danielle.
Cassy performed perfectly as always, the trip down was across to Bicester then down the A34, traffic was light but unfortunately those who were on the road weren't the best skilled, we saw plenty of cars screeming up the back of others and changing lanes without indication or even looking!
We took it steady and got there in one piece, although with the dirt tracks we had to go down to get to the cabin we were staying in Cassy was filthy so it was a good job I'd picked up two lots of premix screen wash from Halfrauds on the way down (the pink one as Danielle likes the smell).
Driving through the New Forest is lovely, the undulating winding roads were perfect for a Xantia, and with the scenery and wildlife pootling along at 20-30mph was really all that was needed even though the limit was 40mph for most of it. Of course that didn't stop prats taking their Golfs, Beemers, Vectras and Chelsea Tractors along wanting to do 50 over blind summits and hairpin bends, skipping along like a mexican jumping bean with their stiff suspension, and refusing to get their precious "extension" dirty by actually moving over their side of the road when passing, so quite often Danielle was treated to an extra bouncy ride as I had to pull over with the N/S wheels going along the bank by the side of the road!
Then there was the 'elf n safety horse with plenty of 'tude. We came over a hill to find a horse in the midde of the road just staring at us menacingly.
Behind him there were several other horses munching on the hedge. I swear all he needed was a STOP/GO sign :)
Danielle's a bit of a canny thing, and found out that Waitrose would deliver to the cabin, so this poor bloke turned up Saturday evening in a Sprinter van with cooler unit on top, looking rather dishevelled after going around in circles trying to find us and bashing the cooler unit on a low branch :oops:
We saw Adders at the reptile centre, not just in the display pit, there was one some kids had spotted at the bottom of a tree by the picnic area, trying to hide under the pine cones.
On Tuesday we headed to Portsmouth and got to see the sharks and rays being fed at the aqaurium. Unfortunately I'd left my camera at home :(
We also went along to the one at Bournemouth.
All in all, a very relaxing holiday, despite having at least one mouse and maybe a squirell in the loft space of the cabin scurrying around in the early hours of the morning.
We drove back yesterday to Danielle's parents' house and stayed the night on the most uncomfortable sofabed I have ever had the displeasure to use! It was like a slap of concrete, but with a camber so if you lay on the edge you risked falling out of bed! I eventually passed out from exaustion at about 5am and was awake off and on until about 8am when I couldn't take it any more and got up.
So tonight I should sleep like the dead!

Oh, Cassy did 525 miles (mostly with the a/c running) on 55L, so just over 43mpg

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Post by Toby_HDi » 30 Apr 2011, 21:50

Xac,

What did this dishevelled chap look like? Sounds like he broke one of my vans! :twisted: Would have been one of my colleagues I believe, I recall the order to somebody with a MK address! I shopped that! :lol:

Glad you had a good time, some of the roads are excellent. I know of a few ideal for an Activa, if you're ever down in it I'll point you to them. Unfortunately, as you have found, some of the drivers down here are useless.

Not to mention you're always welcome to drop in for a cup of tea should you wish!