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I started trying to figure out the hydraulics yesterday but have set them to one side for a minute as i have other things to concentrate on like getting the engine in and getting it running first, i think i will need a complete set of V6 spec pipes to mate the pressure regulater to the FDV and possibly the FDV to the car, still dont understand why Citroen did what they did, its just pointless differences that i hope do not become the theme for this conversion!

The bellhousing is longer on the V6 you see, the Pressure regulator mounts in the same place on the bellhousing as the 2.0i engine setup but the FDV mounts on the gearbox proper using a bracket, on both engines they use the same bracket but because of the longer bell housing of the V6 the FDV ends up further away and taking up more space needlessly, this means all the pipes between the two are totally different, the choice i have is make a bespoke bracket for the FDV to move it closer the the pressure reg and give a neat compact install OR just source all new pipes from a V6 engine proper, this will take more money which will delay the build while i save but making a braket may cause problems further down the line that ive not been able to comprehend just yet.

Anyway, progress has been made today in a slightly forward direction, The engine is out.
ImageIMG_3226 by Deanxm, on Flickr
And nearly ready for its new home, i will be keeping it for a while in case i have a change of heart but its going off to be stored with the other large spare parts
ImageIMG_3227 by Deanxm, on Flickr
There were M.O.T issues even though it passed Tues with no advisories, i was let off in light of the situation i was in thankfully, these were the issues, and yes this is the N/S rack gaiter!
ImageIMG_3224 by Deanxm, on Flickr
ImageIMG_3228 by Deanxm, on Flickr
This was a right sod of a job with the engine out but still much easier than doing it with the engine in the car, i also fitted a new PAS ram with a new rubber boot just because i had it on the shelf and i would rather it was done now than have to do it shortly after wedging the V in there, after the rack work was done and before the engine bay clean, The rubber damper plate was 50% split and was obviously the cause of my slightly numb steering feel recently.
ImageIMG_3225 by Deanxm, on Flickr
Still a lot of de-greasing to do but at least i found all those long lost nuts and bolts from yers gone by.

Here is a good one, a shot of the 2.0i downpipe flange and OE 3.0 V6 downpipe flange, its a bit interesting
ImageIMG_3222 by Deanxm, on Flickr

And look at the inside of this downpipe from the 2.0i engine, nearly 3000 miles of use on that and it is as clean as the day it was made, that engine is/was running so well
ImageIMG_3223 by Deanxm, on Flickr

I have a video of the Prestige's final drive back from the MOT station to home with good audio i was going to uplaod to Youtube as it did sound nice but i cant get it to uplaod from the iphone for some reason, gives up 3hrs into the upload but i will crack it and post.

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Great progress Dean :D

Like an Activa V6 conversion, you're now getting in to the deep devils that are in the detail ;)

You'll get there!

When are you planning to have it all completed by?

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The fun bits Jim!

I would like to have it done by the end of April but it depends on time and if I meet any problems that require funding, the wife has insisted, and rightly so, there is to be no more spending on the car, if I need to buy anything else it will stall the project but so long as it get it back on the road for June I will be happy.

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Fingers crossed it all works out Dean and with no further expense ;)

She'll love the result once it's all done though :)

And every penny spent will have been 100% worth it :)

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It might be Jim........ I liked the car as it was to be honest, its never going to be a race car I just wanted something to do, which is sad.

Speaking of sad I took a video of its last ever drive as a 2.0i, its a bit long and boring but I wanted some sort of record of it in its original form.


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Not sad at all Dean :) Not in my book, definitely not... It speaks volumes of you ;)

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So, engine mount time. here is what the 2.0i subframe provides, bearing in mind this is fitted in exactly the right place for the V6 engine mount, and my engine was as top spec as a 2.0i engine can be im not sure what this fitting is for. It has now been removed though. Its worth noting that both V6 and 4 cylinder subrfames are the same, the V6 version has most of the important 2.0 bits like the cutout to accomodate the inline engines sizeable sump and the pressed section for the rear engine mount is all there so its only a case of a little basic fabrication to make either subframe work with either engine.
ImageIMG_3245 by Deanxm, on Flickr
Now we all know what dreams are made of, this is what V6 engine mounts are made of, well, mine is at least.
ImageIMG_3244 by Deanxm, on Flickr
A bit of work with the measuring stick, some carefull cardboard template fabrication and a quick session with the wirly spark thrower
ImageIMG_3247 by Deanxm, on Flickr
and what i hope to be some accurately drilled holes for the retaining bolt
ImageIMG_3248 by Deanxm, on Flickr

Shopping tomorrow after work and then finishing the engine loom off but with any luck saturday after work i can wave the welder over it and get some primer on there ready for engine insertion on sunday.

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This is getting really exciting now

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yep, getting very close to the part where the whole project could fall flat on its face now!

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Something tells me that quite the opposite will happen.
If you're not nervous you're not doing it right so you should be a little worried.
50% more engine about to go into your XM, I'm watching tentatively.

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Transplant complete, plug and play wiring theory is a success, I am nearly home and dry assuming of course it will run and I haven't jeffed something up! There is a fair bit to do of course but all known quantities!

Happy boy

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Wonderful, good effort Dean.
I knew you'd be alright.

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Engine mount all finished, ive not got any stonechip left so i will need to dust it over to blend in with the rest of the subrame to finish it off.
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And here we go, this is what ive been waiting for!
ImageIMG_3249 by Deanxm, on Flickr

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It's looking stunning.

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Dean, excellent work :)