Dean's Activa/XM/V6 and now Talbot blog

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Deanxm wrote:Thank you.
Did you get the hydraulics on yours sorted in the end?

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Noooooooo :p
l will check on it this week, I have ativa ram at home. And remove the height corrector one more time because it dont rasing from low to normal.
Btw!
have you see my Activa? :D
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oh yes i saw the pictures of yours, its that lovely red colour isnt it 8-)
Hopefully its just a leaking activa ram and once you get it changed all will be well, did you test the other one like CitroJim said to see if it was leaking
?

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Now I have looked on my wg and I easily move the wg arm. But I cant feel any slop.
I tested with a boost gauge today and orginal magnetic valve and the boost was only 5-6psi on secong gear :O
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Mmmmmm, tasty :P

I fell in love with mine all over again (again!) today :-D :-D :-D
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thanks Jim i like this photo, im not very good at taking pictures but i think this one came out ok.
I keep thinking mine should go now but then you take it out for a good run and you realise it wouldnt hurt for it to stay..................

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Deanxm wrote: I keep thinking mine should go now but then you take it out for a good run and you realise it wouldnt hurt for it to stay..................
I know exactly what you mean Dean... They do that rather effectively...
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Its looking very smart in that picture Dean 8-)
Deanxm wrote: I keep thinking mine should go now but then you take it out for a good run and you realise it wouldnt hurt for it to stay..................

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Im like this too, if I have not driven mine for a good few weeks then I get to thinknig why do I need it? As soon as I drive it I know! I then don't want to park it up agian. So I perhaps will think about selling it at one point, but I doubt I will :lol: I think you might be the same Dean?
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I know they're a bit thirsty, but towing all that coal behind it is a bit OTT surely =D>

Nice looking car though!
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:lol: Thanks Richard, this fill ive got 320miles on the trip and just under 1/4 of a tank left, that pretty frugal given their reputation......ish!
I think its the same for me Chris yeah, i have the company car all week now for work and the xant sits there on the drive and you do start to wonder why you need two cars as toys sat about and then when you take her out for a blast on a sunday you cant really bring yourself to part with it just yet.......
Trouble is more than once on a sunny monday morning ive got out onto the drive and gone to get in the mazda and thought stuff it lets take the Activa to work instead :lol:

Jim you need to get rid of that stupid stock boost controller and really start enjoying her, i thought Chris would have snuck round in the night and fitted a new one buy now, you know once its done you wont go back.........

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Having a coal-fired Xantia is a good way of beating any tanker driver's dispute though :lol: As good as running a 1.9TD on veg...

Now we know why yours has two exhaust pipes Dean :wink:

How many miles to the hundredweight does it do?
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Our tanker drivers are/were not going to strike as they are rather content.
Dont think i could run it on that stuff Jim, its a bit big, maybe some maxibrite or something smoother might work, pretty compact for a coal fired car though.

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A little bit is going on so whiloe ive got a couple of hours peace (ie i dont know what to do with myself) i thought i would have an update.

My youngest brother has recently bought a Skoda Octavia Vrs and i had to collect that yesterday and bring it home for some attention, a few niggling electrical issues and an engine warning light on needed investigation before we decided on a plan of action for next week when i have to service it, a short spell on the diagnostics revealed some low voltage + supply to certain engine pay fuses but the fault cleared and did not return during a test run so i believe that to be due to having sat for two months with a duff battery. The next was fans running constantly, live data revealed the engine to be running at 96C but the guages indicate 85c so that needs to be investigated, i suspect a duff sensor or relay for the fans, some other electrical issue were sorted including dead rcl and no front washers.
The comparison between this and the Activa was certainly interesting in my opinion.

This last two weeks the activa has been in daily use for work and with a lot of use and nearly 900 miles has made the car feel much better, she really did need some use but is performing faultlessly, next week i have decided to fit the XM's practicaly new larger profile Perrelli P Zero neros leaving the xm rims ready to paint and fit new michelins when she goes back on the road. This will save me money now which will help at the moment.

I took a few more Activa pictures today while i way at work working on my final project for the garden, its a good one too, in true Rolf Harris style..........Can you guess what it is yet?

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CIMG3656 by Deanxm, on Flickr
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CIMG3657 by Deanxm, on Flickr
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CIMG3658 by Deanxm, on Flickr
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CIMG3659 by Deanxm, on Flickr
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CIMG3660 by Deanxm, on Flickr

The last of the steels to finnish it off before it comes home although i wont have time to finnish it for two weeks now as im off to farnborough for 2 weeks from next weekend to got my O liscence..............
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CIMG3661 by Deanxm, on Flickr

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Those pictures are very reminiscent of some DS Adverts of the 60s shot in industrial locations to attract the fleet buyers...

Absolutely excellent =D>

You're getting very good indeed with the photography Dean 8-)

Are those steels to make nice big engine crane?

What's an O Licence?
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Its an operators liscence, so i can manage a fleet of hgv vehicles.

The Steels ive made up so far are one end of my carport for the xm........................ :wink:

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