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Re: David Hallworth's Blog aka All Things V6!

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CitroJim wrote:
Fake Concern wrote:Will you stop posting pictures like those above? Now I really fancy a C6. Anyone want to buy an XM?
Have both :wink:

They complement each other perfectly....
:rofl2: This from the man who refuses to drive one in case he likes it and buys one.......... :roll: :roll: :roll:

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Trainman wrote:
CitroJim wrote:
Fake Concern wrote:Will you stop posting pictures like those above? Now I really fancy a C6. Anyone want to buy an XM?
Have both :wink:

They complement each other perfectly....
:rofl2: This from the man who refuses to drive one in case he likes it and buys one.......... :roll: :roll: :roll:
It is always a risk, especially if C6 seats fit my rather diminutive derrière. An XM seat is far too large in this respect and is almost like a settee for me...

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Argh!!

What is it with woman and low profile tyres!! Never in my life have I had as much trouble with tyres & wheels as I have since Cheryl has had her 207 GT. It's got 205/45/17 tyres on it and it's been a right ball ache! She had buckled a wheel before which we had repaired. Then tonight I get a phone call to say that she's burst another bloody tyre.

What makes it worse is that the tyre she burst is a Michelin Pilot Primacy 3 that has only been fitted to the car for 4 weeks!! :cry:

The AA changed it to the spare so when she got home I put the wheel on the balancer to spin it over and found that there's a flat spot on this bloody wheel now!!

She's been looking at DS3's as a replacement for the 207 but I'm trying to kibosh that idea now as they don't do a DS3 that doesn't have low profile tyres!!

Ho hum, that's another tyre ordered tonight, hopefully this one will last a bit longer!!

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You must have a few dodgy roads up that way David or is it just simply the result of punctures?

I ask as a lad at work has a VW with painted-on tyres and he's always having the same issues... Reason seems to be bad roads and potholes as he is very loving toward his car and very gentle with it but still the issues persist...

Good job you have a tyre machine...

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I think you're probably right, Jim.

She doesn't drive it hard, tyres (usually) last her 20k miles and she averages 60mpg from it so I don't think it's her fault to be honest.

I'm looking at C-Crosser's and 4007's at the moment as something 4 wheel drive would be handy to be fair but they're ugly! You're also looking at the thick end of £7k for one with 100k miles on it!

David.

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I think it's bad roads and potholes. Down there the Berlingo suffers a lot and that's on 195/65/15s, not really low profile at all. It's had 4 new tyres and six punctures since Oct 2013!

No idea how the Golf Coupe will fare on its 225/45/17s yet.

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I like the new name of your pride and joy Mike :lol:

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I hadn't spotted this blog here David, though have I seen some of the recent pictures on the C6 forum? Anyway your 2.2 looks spectacular after the detailing, was it expensive? I've just got my C6 back after a couple of weeks (and 1K+ miles :oops: )in a little courtesy Cactus, and - no offence to the Cactus - it's such a relief to be back in the '6..!! Even though I've just had to pay ££ for main dealer work, I'm so pleased to have it back I may get someone to do mine. I've been meaning to have the paintwork properly dealt with ever since I got it.

We could be in Glasgow in a couple of months, I've been involved with a project to build some rock-climbing boulders in a park there, and will try to make the grand opening - so I'll look you up if we're in town!

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It certainly is the same pictures you've seen over on C6owners!

Sounds like a plan although I might have a different C6 in a couple of months, but that's still in the planning stages at the moment!

Detailing is usually around £180 for a car the size of the C6 from the chap I use however I'm good friends with him and he's done a lot of work for us now so I get a bit of a discount. Problem is you usually need to book 2 months in advance to get a car into him! Results are well worth the wait though :)

David.

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Hmm, may be a bit rich for me, especially considering what I've just spent... I can see it has to be that much though- it must be a near full day's work, plus equipment and premises. Maybe I'll get a DA polisher and do it myself..! (as if that'll ever happen)

It'll be interesting to see if you do get your old 2.7 back, is it from one of the C6owners members? I'll be returning an old car of ours to the road soon- '84 Merc 280CE which has been garaged for 3 years. If it all goes ok maybe we'll drive that to scotland instead, for it's 31st birthday..

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It's been quite a productive weekend of car related goings on... The C6 has been slow filling with Diesel since I've had it, very slow to the point where it'd take 5 minutes to get less then a tenner in it.

On Thursday I took the lift pump out of the tank to see if I could find anything untoward and found a spring sitting on the bottom of the tank...

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Due to being short of time I sent it to Citroen Glasgow with the spring so that they could take a look at it for me. They told me that it needs a new tank and lift pump and then 5 hours labour to fit it bringing the bill to nearly £1500.

I decided that I'd strip the tank out on Friday evening. An hour and a half later it was sitting on the floor...

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I put the inspection camera into the tank and found this...

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That picture is taken where the bottom of the filler neck enters the tank. On the back of the plastic frame opposite where you can see the hole is a spigot that sticks out. I am pretty sure that the spring sits on the back of the spigot, it certainly seems to be the right size anyway. The only unfortunate thing is I can't get my arm in far enough to try and reseat the spring.

Anybody got arms like Mr. Tickle and fancy getting covered in Diesel?

A new tank before discount from Citroen is £644 but I've been offered a discount of about £130 on it if I need to order one.

Inside the filler neck, just where it enters the tank is a check valve that stops diesel coming back up the filler when filling and stops diesel leaving the tank if you ever roll the car. When the car was at the auction it was pictured with 3/4 of a tank of diesel, when it arrived it was running on fumes. I'm guessing someone has stuck a hose down the filler to siphon the diesel out and damaged the valve.

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Unfortunately the entire tank assembly from Citroen is one piece, none of it is available separately :(

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Anyway, as I wasn't able to do anything with the C6 I spent yesterday and today washing cars. In January I decided to buy a Snow Foam gun and 90 degree lance for the pressure washer to do the cills and underside of the cars, but due to the weather I hadn't had a chance to use it. I used it this weekend and did 6 cars with it, am really pleased with the results. :) The lambs wool washmit that I bought seems to be really soft on the paintwork which is great!

I did two Range Rovers and the Freelander yesterday as they were by far the dirtiest on the driveway. Most of the cars have been detailed and have a great coating of wax on them so washing them requires minimal effort, although I still like doing it properly, I use a 5 stage washing process.

1. Rinse the car with the pressure washer.
2. Cover the car from top to bottom with snow foam. I wash the roof and windows at this point with the wash mit. I also spray the wheels with a special spray that clings to the wheels and loosens all the iron filings stuck to them and agitate it with a toothbrush. If there's any iron filings stuck to the wheels they turn purple.
3. Rinse the car with the pressure washer again.
4. Wash the cars with PH neutral shampoo using a lambs wool wash mit, then use a separate mit to do the wheels again with just shampoo.
5. Rinse the car for a final time with the pressure washer and once dry dress the tyres.

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This is the stuff I use on the wheels...

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That was the front wheel on my old Range Rover when I'd had a binding caliper all the way home from North Wales. After a treatment of that the wheel was spotless. It's not necessary every time you wash them but handy if you've got stuck on brake dust.

Anyway, after a productive weekends car washing, they've all come up a treat :)

Just need to decide what I'm doing about a diesel tank for the C6 now. There's one on eBay in Denmark but it's for a 3.0 HDi which has a different part number to all the other models :(

David.

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You've certainly been very busy David on a car cleaning marathon, nothing finer.

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That foaming method of car washing looks excellent David. Could have done with the same this weekend... I did the best i could to get the V6 really clean ready for its new owner..

I read with fascination the tale of the C6 fuel tank... I hope it can be fixed.. You need my girly hands for that maybe :wink:

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Good luck with the C6 tank David. I really love your new car washing kit too.

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Re: David Hallworth's Blog aka All Things V6!

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I think I've got the tank sorted now. Found one from a company in France thanks to a suggestion from a member on C6 Owners.

Should hopefully know for sure by the end of tomorrow.

David.