Well its been a bit of a busy weekend!
I started by fitting the new indicator stalk to the Activa on Saturday. The old one had worn connection points which was making the indiactor relay tick frequently. A pretty easy job to swap it, the most fiddly bit I found was getting the screws to line up with the airbag unit through the back of the steering wheel. Still, the whole job took about 20 minutes, allowing 20 minutes before with the battery off, just to be safe.
I then checked the tracking on the XM again, I did it before but then set about getting the steering wheel straight by adjusting one side and then the other. Can't have got it spot on as it was toeing in, buts its right now.
Just as I was finishing the tracking I got a phone call from my dad who had been stranded at a set of lights in the Traction. I had to go out with the black Xm and tow it back home, which luckily was not far. It was an easy fix though, the coil (which we think its the original) had failed. Again luckily, we had a brand new one in the garage which cured it, it starts with half a turn of the engine and performance seems improved too. Result!
Yesterday Vince travelled up to work his magic on the Traction paintwork. The results he got are staggering, me and my dad are very impressed, its no doubt the best the car has ever looked in its 57 years existance. The unblemished shine is unbelieveable, its better than a mirror, just perfection.
Ive not taken any decent pictures of it myself, so ill put in Vinces quote from his blog:
And the finished thing:
I can't believe the finish, its perfect, what a top job!
Its now in its garage and will probably not be out before the ICCCR
Its also quite impressive that its paintwork is over 20 years old.
I set about with Vince's rotary polisher on my black XM while he was busy with the Traction. After a quick demonstration and some guideance I gave it a go. I think I need to watch some tutorials on youtube to get better but for my first attempt, I think I did ok. The paintwork went from a very very dull looking, lmost, grey colour, covered in scratches to a much deeper black with far fewer scratches and much more shine.
After: Ive not had chance to take any decent ones, so these are not the best and the lighting is not good:
If you have not guessed, the car door is on the left ...
The paintwork on this XM is far from perfect, it has many chips and scratches but the finish is so much better, its looking much more cared for now. Well, the roof, bonnet, spoiler and OS is, ive not done the NS, yet .... I'll be getting my own machine polisher, they really are a brilliant bit of kit and actually fairly easy to use. Even my lack of ability the paintworks condition improved greatly.
Vince very kindly gave me a set of S1 Xantia headlamp protectors, which I quite like to look of. So the Activa is now sporting a pair of glasses:
Ive been using the Activa quite a bit this past week, its done my commuting to work, a good few motorway miles, about town and so on. I really like its motorway cruising abilities, its quiet, the ride is really nice and slightly floaty on motorways, the steering very direct and there is more than enough pull in 5th to get to any speed you dare to go, where it never feels out of its depth. Topped off this evening by a nice blast around some good hoonage roads, it never stops surprising me and others with its abilities. Its going very nicely indeed