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I was a little alarmed at the state of that pad :shock:

It had a new caliber fitted to that brake about 3 months back, the pads were fine then. Getting down but healthy otherwise. So I did know they were due for replacing :P
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CitroJim wrote:Nobody can ever accuse you of not getting your full moneys-worth out of a set of pads Chris :lol: :lol:

Must be that Northern thrift coming out...
i dont know he hasnt polished the pad back plate with the discs yet Jim :twisted: :-D :wink:
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citronut wrote: i dont know he hasnt polished the pad back plate with the discs yet Jim :twisted: :-D :wink:
:rofl:

That's true Malcolm and I see there's still a bit of friction material left. At least another 10 miles in those pads...
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10? Us scots would have got another 10,000 :lol: :lol:
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daviemck2006 wrote:10? Us scots would have got another 10,000 :lol: :lol:
That is why you never buy a car from Scotland :roll: :lol:
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Citroenmad wrote:I bet that was an interesting moment Jim :shock:

I've had a scare in my Activa, all my own fault for pressing on a little too much. Taught me the limits of the car and my driving :o I'll just say, there is no mystery as to why I've gotten through tyres so quickly :wink:

It's going to be the elephant I'm going to struggle with there, I don't see too many around here. I'll have to think of a substitute :lol:
I know an Indian Welder and have a tree. Does that help?
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Rattiva_Mike wrote:
Citroenmad wrote:I bet that was an interesting moment Jim :shock:

I've had a scare in my Activa, all my own fault for pressing on a little too much. Taught me the limits of the car and my driving :o I'll just say, there is no mystery as to why I've gotten through tyres so quickly :wink:

It's going to be the elephant I'm going to struggle with there, I don't see too many around here. I'll have to think of a substitute :lol:
I know an Indian Welder and have a tree. Does that help?
It could well be worth a try :lol:
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Citroenmad wrote: I might sped a bit more time doing some jobs on the 2cv tomorrow, in between some Uni work no doubt. The dashboard is out at the moment, revealing a ton of wires which once went somewhere and had a use, but now just look like a safety hazard. They need sorting and finding out what does what before I put the speedo back in. There is a replacement fuel gauge on the way, which should hopefully fix the temperamental registering.
Might be worthwhile fitting indicator and main beam warning lights - the wires are already there, just need a couple of little dash lights (If you can get some from a GS/A all the better as they're a perfect fit) and you're good to go.
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So, doesn't the 2CV have those lights as standard?

I thought those were mandatory on all cars :?
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CitroJim wrote:So, doesn't the 2CV have those lights as standard?

I thought those were mandatory on all cars :?
It's an "after a certain age" requirement as far as I know. I never had MOT problems with any of my 2cvs. You really don't need an indicator tell tale in a 2cv!

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Rattiva_Mike wrote:
CitroJim wrote:So, doesn't the 2CV have those lights as standard?

I thought those were mandatory on all cars :?
It's an "after a certain age" requirement as far as I know. I never had MOT problems with any of my 2cvs. You really don't need an indicator tell tale in a 2cv!

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It's nice to have though, you can't really hear the 'ticker' anyway !!
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chopper602 wrote:
Citroenmad wrote: I might sped a bit more time doing some jobs on the 2cv tomorrow, in between some Uni work no doubt. The dashboard is out at the moment, revealing a ton of wires which once went somewhere and had a use, but now just look like a safety hazard. They need sorting and finding out what does what before I put the speedo back in. There is a replacement fuel gauge on the way, which should hopefully fix the temperamental registering.
Might be worthwhile fitting indicator and main beam warning lights - the wires are already there, just need a couple of little dash lights (If you can get some from a GS/A all the better as they're a perfect fit) and you're good to go.
Yep, it had the indicator warning light but it was an aftermarket light and unsigntly. The main beam light had been attempted but it didn't work. As many things didn't! Not that there is much on a 2cv, but this one had hopless wiring. Luckily we had some spare light fittings on a spare Club dash.
CitroJim wrote:So, doesn't the 2CV have those lights as standard?

I thought those were mandatory on all cars :?
Its hard to tell what was standard with this 2cv. :lol: It would appear that its wiring has been hacked about at by quite a few 'restorers' over its life and it was in a shocking mess. There was one wire going from the heated rear window to the switch, but no power! There was one wire going to the full beam light, but no power. There was one main earth ... more on this later ... the indicator flasher had been wired badly and the light fitted badly. The oil pressure light was not working. The clacker for the indicator warning (usual to just have a noise rather than light I think) was not sounding but the ugly light would flash. The fog light did work but as and when it wanted, the switch made very little difference.

I forgot to take any before pictures. But think of a badly painted metal backing plate which had once been painted white, once been painted blue and then very badly painted black. Oh, and the switches, nuts and screws had also been painted! There were badly placed switched and warning lights too.
With the help of a friend, it now has a new dash backing plate, some replacement switches and a lot of new wiring! The fog light has a replacement switch and is now working correctly. The high beam light is correctly installed and works. The indicator flasher clicks and works the same light as the hazards (two seperate lights before). There is a working oil pressure light. The fuel gauage has been replaced with a fully working one. The bulbs have been repalced and are much brighter. And we did get the heated rear window working but there is only one element which heats. So I've not bothered placing a switch for that as its not worth putting another hole in the dash for it as it doesnt work.

Its looking much better:
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The green wire is now not there.

It wasn't without its hassles though. The original wiring was so bad that, on a second trial attempt at the functions, the car and under bonnet filled with smoke :shock: I thought it was about to go up in flames but we quickly disconnected the battery which had the smoke die down. Once the smoke cleared it was the main earth which had totally burnt out, right from the back of the speedo to the under bonnet ground point. Which was excellent, since the earth was wrapped up with other wires. After another few hours of replacing a lot more wires and adding in more earth wires. Its all working a treat and is as safe as houses. Its nice to know its done right. The burnt wire was not our fault and would have happened anyway, so lucky that it was not while driving!

I'll have to take some better pictures and of the seats too, which are looking much better and are so much more comfortable.

Im pretty sure I could have almost had the dash out and back in on a Xantia in the time that lot took :lol:

Two weeks yesterday is the 2cvGB Raid Tan Hill event, which I will be attending in the Beachcomber. Ought to be after all these hours on the seats, dash and carb :lol:
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Citroenmad wrote: Two weeks yesterday is the 2cvGB Raid Tan Hill event, which I will be attending in the Beachcomber. Ought to be after all these hours on the seats, dash and carb :lol:
So are you doing the full run from Leeds or just meeting up with them at Tan Hill or Hawes?
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chopper602 wrote:
Citroenmad wrote: Two weeks yesterday is the 2cvGB Raid Tan Hill event, which I will be attending in the Beachcomber. Ought to be after all these hours on the seats, dash and carb :lol:
So are you doing the full run from Leeds or just meeting up with them at Tan Hill or Hawes?
I would suspect meeting at Hawes, its what we have done previously. The drive drom there to Tan Hill is about the best bit.
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I don't know what I'm doing yet - might take the 'other' car and meet up there (you can order your food before the hoards arrive that way!)