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Hi John,

Great to see you back :D Been wondering where you were...

Great news on the car :D :D

You can remove the priming bulb completely but it's not recommended. Replace it as they're not expensive.

You are more than welcome to pop up and see me for a gearbox oil change at a mutually convenient time. You supply the oil and I'll supply the Lexia and keep the tea and banter flowing :lol: :lol:

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superloopy1 wrote: What do you class as Norf' down there then :wink:
Anywhere north of Northampton :lol: :lol:

Back when I was a lad, growing up in Somerset, it was anywhere north of Bristol...

These days I'm rather partial to the North of England, North East especially...

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Hi Guys. It's was nice to be offline in a way, curbed wasteful lingering. I felt like a fly by night though, regarding the FCF forum online community though.

Where does the North begin? I really want to be fair in answer, I'll try: It's definitely north of African Med, it could be Brittany, if not Bristol or Northolt, Middx - the unofficial county. North is marked with a post, but it's moveable, I noticed. For me, whilst Lancashire and Yorkshire are not South, they are not strictly North either...just 'going north', or Northward and Southward at the same time. Northumberland and Lake District are definitely North, where things are always what they seem too be.:wink:

I was brought up in a game-keeping family on the North Tyne for a good part of my life. But listen to a Kentish drawl, and you realise we all had those yokel accents that protect oneself from the worst corruption. I don't speak with a northern accent. I guess north is in the heart, then. Recently, while I was offline, I survived but noticed that I turned inward, as if I was dealing with stuff...like a breezy lie down on a couch, my whole being turned to life in Simonburn, Northumberland, and I felt I was quickly growing strong becoming myself - integral again, apart from all doubt and crap. When I was a teenager I used to do that all the time, but this time it came out of the blue. I knew It's not just memories of bygone times, it's eternal spirit.

Seems that I am going to be in Liverpool, but I still need the final confirmation. My mother went to a college there, and I have visited and the people are very friendly, of course. Like they belong together, more than say in London, where men ( I shouldn't speak for women) are more like people of the world meeting each other in a common struggle. Or so I fancy right now. Liverpool is a big city, but it strikes me as having a lively ethos of its own. London no longer has that. It's gone international, global.

@CitroJim.
That's a nice offer, and perhaps I ought to take it up for the good of the Citroen. I have about two weeks (until the 7th before I must be ready to leave, I believe at this time). I'm only about 50 miles away, so if you wish to suggest a date and time, I'll confirm and go shopping for biscuits. :D
John.

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For me, whilst Lancashire and Yorkshire are not South, they are not strictly North either...just 'going north', or Northward and Southward at the same time. Northumberland and Lake District are definitely North, where things are always what they seem too be.
Note of Caution: Watch it - A clear case of extremism. But clear, and clearly not anti-western, or anti-zionist world government.

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This weekend is out John as on Saturday the town's Christmas lights go on and my girls are doing a Majorette routine as part of the festivities and on Sunday I'm off to see the folks in Somerset. I've not been down for a while now.

The following weekend should be fine, given the weather is fair. Cold and dry is OK but rain is a no-no...

Whole job should take about an hour. Chocolate Hob-Nobs for preference :wink:

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The weekend following this weekend is fine for me too Jim. I'll send you a pm with my mobile number, so you could easily let me know a convenient time over the weekend when you are able to. 8)

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I recently posted an update, but posted it as a topic..'back online'.
Yes I'm back online, after a move to Liverpool.

In that post I mentioned how I recently started with SVO in a 65:35 SVO:diesel mixture, and given the 'chip shop ' smell of the oil, was going to experiment with essential oils (EOs) as additives.

Today I tried spearmint EO on a 50 mile run, with some success.

The first thing to note is that generally, the smell of chips is more noticeable at idle than when moving, and with the heater on than with aircon on. Not sure with heater off - it was too cold. So I take these things in to consideration.

The spearmint helped whilst the car was running with either aircon or heater on. I only put in about 1/2 ml to 1/2 a tank of petrol. This is high quality EO though, not the kind you find in most shops, which unfortunately is always adulterated, I have to say, even if you're paying for it at say, £3.00 per 10 ml for the same EO which costs me £1.00.
I buy it wholesale from a supplier to the aromatherapy/perfumier trade, and it is much better at a low price (offhand spearmint is about £1.30 per 10ml).

Next I intend to double the amount used, and experiment with top, bottom and middle perfume notes. Spearmint is interesting , in that it has top and middle notes itself (middle and bottom notes have longer staying power and also act more as a base modifier), although it is light, and has considerable tenacity. Yet it appears to the nose as being a light top note...not so much a mask.

There are hundreds of combinations I might try, but I want to keep it cheap, pleasant, and useful, which rules out, say (expensive) sandalwood or rose! So, that might be about 10-50p per tankful in sufficient proportions, at wholesale prices...and gives me with some scope to play with.
It'll take a while, and then I'll report my results; I intend to come up with something I'm proud of.

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Been away from the forum, with too much other web work to administrate, and no way to get rss feed, yet. I'd love to begin to contribute a bit.

So far as my last post goes, the one about adding essential oils, I didn't go further...I suddenly felt daft ...who cares anyway? Diesel smells bad enough, why moan about chip oil? Probably one of my most vain ideas.

Switched to the Bestways supply of 'vegetable oil', from rapeseed at I think £14.50 per 20L. A company account was required.
No problems running at all. Very sweet. Plenty of power. A sweet car. For a while I started to miss my BX. They are lighter and faster, more nimble handling on the windy roads, have as much room. I appreciate some of the better finishing though, but that's not so much. BX's are great cars no doubt about it. Now I don't miss it. It's OK, I'm well pleased with the xantia. All the preparatory work was well worth, though the season upon us would have been a better time to start on that.

The new belt has been fine. I conclude the previous one was a dud belt from new.


I see £1.22 per litre for diesel when I pass garages. I don't know what to think, apart from wondering why people aren't in revolt. Tempted to feel smug.
That's 75pL vs. £1.22.


Glad I took my roof rack bars off, lots of drag there. Doesn't pay to be lazy.
Make up on the car: a patch of red oxide over a prepared area, where there was a scratch. Ha Ha. Now the bodywork is sound, if a little ugly.
This car could go on for years and years...perhaps.