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Post by jgra1 »

hi all...

I think I should have a blog here to help me think aloud and leave the main forum to more 'succinct' postings
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For anyone that doesnt follow the verbose stuff I normally natter on about..

I have a series 2 TD xant, which I brought blind on ebay (Oct 07) and has had a patchy previous life. I have been running it on various ratios of SVO, WVO, UL, and DERV and am still not sure what works best..
I had a V6 S2 before, and miss the toys that had.. I have done my best to get my 'tractor' a bit higher spec, wheels, steering wheel, mudflaps, heated washer jets and headlamp washers (not connected) and exclusive seats.

I crashed it into a pug van in December on the M11, causing a really tough 6 hour wait to get recovered off (AA wont touch me as it was a crash) so cost was about £300 plus the time spent in sleet with no coolant left :(

I managed to source the green front end from Dewsbury and also a breaker in Norwich (Dews also had the wheels and seats)

I rebuilt the engine in August (I wanted to have a look inside) and also felt a clutch would be worth fitting..

since then the car has gummed up the fuel filter, leading to another 6 hour recovery (free this time) but at least gave me the chance to meet Mr CitroJim :D

Anyway, I am also restoring an old RV (23foot long and very wide)

My dads 306 has suffered some compression issues, so that is high on the agenda.

I have a VFR**************[VIN obfuscated, can be read by forum staff] that has suffered some plastics damage, and also a GPX 250 which I brought very cheap and hoped would go on back of RV :)


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Post by KP »

What was the filter gummed up with Jgra?
Was it while running a Mix or was it on WVO/SVo? Both will really clean the fuel tank out something chronic!
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Post by jgra1 »

hi KP :)

It was a 6-8 000 mile filter (or so)

SVO and then WVO for a few months... Jim pointed out that the filter would not fill quick enough.. caused chronic fuel starvation and eventual breakdown..

what was suprising for me, the time from an engine managment light to pop on (Wiltshire) to a car that could only drive about 3 miles on the flat (Wiltshire on way back from Devon)

So, a journey of about 200 miles started of fine then ended in disaster...
I think most SVO/WVO users know this and carry a spare :)

The fuel tank pick up was well blocked too...
I have a pic somewhere of that...
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Post by KP »

How is the car behaving now on wvo?
Mine hasnt run in almost a week now but last time i started it was fine on one run of glowplugs and then being cranked :)
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Post by jgra1 »

Kp generally it was fine until the recent cold weather, just a coincidence but lost the ability to start cold at all... really smokey and needed up to a minute on the key..

this weekend saw the demise of hot starting, but think now that was somehow down to Oil/Unleaded 20% ratio :)

was going to pull the plugs out tonight but weather starting to look iffy.. (work outside under a gazeebo!)
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Post by KP »

Don't need a Gazeebo for that ;)

Odds on bet that one or two plugs have gone and i bet the worst offending one is behind the pump :(
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Post by KP »

Don't need a Gazeebo for that ;)

Odds on bet that one or two plugs have gone and i bet the worst offending one is behind the pump :(
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Post by jgra1 »

yep ;)

cant wait to get the bugger out...

will try the test lamp from battery to each first though...

have four spare plugs....
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Post by jgra1 »

A series 2 Xantia fuel pick up..

probably never been removed before... A few months of WVO..

brings back memories Jim :D

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_2fj8MH_LeQ0/S ... p+Xant.jpg
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Post by CitroJim »

jgra1 wrote: brings back memories Jim :D
:lol: Dioes it ever! I drove past there just last week. I wonder if the good people of Stockbridge have forgiven us yet for what we did in their pretty village, especially that poor wheelie bin owner...

I still feel sorry for the Vagrant who spotted that nice, tasty looking MaccyD cupful of cola in the bin and found it was in fact a cupful of WVO and diesel :lol:
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Post by jgra1 »

ok...
removed injector 4

[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_2fj8MH_LeQ0/S ... ctor+4.jpg
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looking a bit dodgy at the tip...

[img]http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_2fj8MH_LeQ0/S ... or+4+1.jpg
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some fiberous nasty stuff in the hole...?
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tried adding power to all glow plugs and the test-light lit on all of them (High current wire was removed)

but, thought i would take them out to be sure...

4 plugs out.. nasty one is very easy when coolant cover thing removed.. really... honestly....

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hmmm

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:)

put some spares in..

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http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_2fj8MH_LeQ0/S ... +glows.jpg
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did a compression check on Cyl 4 while injector was out...

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Post by Xaccers »

change the url tags for img tags :)
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Post by jgra1 »

i did,,

and it doesnt work
and i want to go to bed ;)
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Post by KP »

Looks good Jgra :)

At least that proves that the compression tester is fine so that pug engine definately is feeling very sick...
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Post by jgra1 »

Kp, off this weekend to throw another engine in, and see what happened to old one.. going past your door to :)

have to pick up a coffee table in Middlesborough for someone at work on way home....

this is the fuel pick up.. been in the tank about 8 years, and also about 8 months of S and WVO as fuel...


nice :)

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_2fj8MH_LeQ0/S ... ick_up.jpg