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Wow, that's great news with getting it started :) Bet Luke will be feeling a bit gutted with that (although he does have a working Xantia V6 now so maybe not so bad).

Someone did post a link to a complete exhaust for the C5 V6 for about £700 from here, you can probably get the part you want from there for far less?
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I've been following this thread with interest. Great result in getting it started with a replacement starter. Good luck on finding the spares!
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David - made my day when you sent me that video earlier, I would've punched the air with awesomeness if I wasn't in the queue in Tesco at the time. So glad the old girl went for you, and sounds as healthy as she does (minus the exhaust). It really deserved that kind of ending and will hopefully be as good for you as the Xantia was :-D

We had a great day. Everything we set out to do was achieved and the weather was definitely on our side - even got to take the Avantime out in open air mode! Things worked out really well and I now have a green blooded animal who is settling in very well indeed.

Please to meet you. I'm sure I'll see you again for a spin in that C5 that I had condemned! Here's a few pics.

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Cracking result David , exhaust wise I'd go stainless for around £350 for a system .

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bxzx16v wrote:Cracking result David , exhaust wise I'd go stainless for around £350 for a system .

Mark
Mark,

In the end I've no doubt we will go down the stainless route, however, until the car has been on the road and proved that it's going to behave itself I'm trying to keep costs to a minimum. I don't want to start pouring a fortune into it and then have no choice as to wether to stop or keep going.

David.
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David why not drop Vince a PM and see if be can source you a backbox and radiator at a much more sensible price? It may not be oem but could be OE or a decent copy.

Thing with stainless will be getting the sound setup just right so you can here it when on song and not when your pootling about :)

It's is great news though so congrats!
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David, I'm so late to this news but excellent and well done! I'm delighted :-D

Seems the C5 V6 shares something in common with the XM V6 in having a shockingly expensive exhaust :twisted:
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Right, have managed to source a radiator. Citroen do a new one and an exchange one. There's no surcharge on the exchange one and they don't want the old one back so am not sure what the difference will be. Both have a 12 month warranty on them anyway. It's £112 + VAT at trade price so it's working out cheaper then an after market one is so I'm just about to go and order it at the same time as collecting the timing belt.

I looked at recoring the old one, the guy can get a core the right height but it's 190mm narrower which would reduce the cooling efficiency considerably. It's also no cheaper then I managed to get the Citroen one.

Yesterday whilst i had the hose pipe keeping the coolant flowing I revved the engine very slowly and gently up to 3k rpm, it sounded sweet as a nut but I was admittedly touching cloth until it was back at idle as I didn't fancy breaking the timing belt. I opened one of the covers and peered at the belt. It looks like new but am not gonna take the risk. It can be changed whilst it's on the ramp.

My brother is going to try and weld a flanged piece of steel over the sleeve on the back box just to get the exhaust patched for now. That way at least I can get it running and in for an MOT to see what the results are like without having spent to much on the car.

Been looking at brake caliper rebuild kits this morning, Citroen are around £23 each per caliper, so £46 for the pair. Bigg Red do caliper rebuild kits for both for around £33 for the axle set. Will have a look at the calipers that are on the car before spending any money on them. Sometimes working the piston back and forth with 10 bar of air from the compressor is enough to free them off.

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Chuffed for you mate, that it started up and the trip and effort was rewarded.
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Well after trouble with the supply of the radiator I'm still trying to source one.

Apparently the old radiators had a habit of corroding so Citroen changed the supplier. When they changed the supplier they also had to change the supply and return pipes. One pipe is £6 and the other £48. The radiator is also £200 before VAT.

Total including VAT is £251 after I managed to negotiate a 15% discount from the Citroen dealer. Am still in turmoil though. My head says that this car cannot be viably repaired on a financial basis but my heart wants to see it through to completion.

Got a feeling I'm probably going to order the parts tomorrow but am unsure.

Lexi, forgot to reply to your PM. Reply coming in now!

David.
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A quick google brought this up for c5 v6 radiator, any good?

http://www.adrad.co.uk/prices/prices.ph ... ke=CITROEN" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.aepdirect.com/radiator-autom ... ory_id=686" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

http://www.mister-auto.co.uk/en/radiato ... _g470.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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http://www.mister-auto.co.uk/en/radiato ... 50466.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
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Re: David Hallworth's Blog aka All Things V6!

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Thanks for the links Ben, the thing that worries me with all of those apart from the first one you posted is that the little pipe seems to connect to the top of the radiator whereas on the original it's at the bottom.

The spigots that stick out are offset as well so it's not just a simple case of turning the radiator upside down either.

I think I'm going to order the genuine one which will work out at around the same price as that after I've done a little more negotiating hopefully.

David.
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David, it was HaydnR that posted a number of links, I only posted one :) I see what you mean though :)
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Re: David Hallworth's Blog aka All Things V6!

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So it was...

Getting tired tonight! Time for bed.

Thanks to both of you guys though, appreciate it. HaydnR, sorry I didn't notice your post. I thought it was one tbh!

David.