Davie's french attraction.

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daviemck2006 wrote:I'll have to get an old camera with film I send away then get the negatives back. Then it will be black Peter!

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But then the wheels would be white!

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Black with white wheels would be ok. Don't know about the whitewall tyres though!

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Quite like that.

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Glad I polished it yesterday now. Not stopped raining here today. I have pirelli p-zero on the front and toyo proxes on the back, all about 5mm all 225/40x18. Grip in the wet from the pirellis is rubbish. That's the second set of them recently which are rubbish. Never again.

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Nice car that Davie..........you old smoothie you! 8-)

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While I was in the hospital today a flaming bird or maybe lots of birds decided to use it as a toilet. Filthy gits!. I also went to a scrappy and found the only other white c5 I have ever seen. It was a 51 plate, in a scrappy where you get the spanners out and strip the bits you need yourself. It was newly in, but all wheels were missing. I did get an immaculate boot carpet for £3, bargain! Also the tow eye cover that is missing on mine was there, I now have it but alas they are a different size between the different bumpers. That means when I get one I will probably have to paint it. Had I had old clothes with me I may have tried to get a handbrake cable, but they are only £13 new for a pattern one which will do the trick nicely. £75 of fuel for 587 miles, I'm happy with that.

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I still have the inside of the car to clean yet. It's the first day without rain here for a few days, but I'm not doing anything today. I'm suffering just now, possibly due to doing too much last week, and a hospital visit on Friday where I was poked and prodded. So its a few days of rest for me, I have to learn the concept of pacing myself. I don't think I'm even going to change oil and filters, going to get the timing belt and water pump done so whoever does that can change them and the heating problem can wait for now. These health problems can cost money by not being able to do some stuff.

I'm now thinking about a few days away in the summer time. I'm thinking road trip july/august time and hopefully take in a meet of some kind. I'm not too keen on planning anything, probably just go with the flow.

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My news this week, The handbrake cable, and K&N air filter arrived, so today I decided to do the handbrake. After a bit of faffing about I got the broken cable out. However I could not get a hold of the broken end at the wheel so had to pull it out from the handbrake side. It was very dry and a struggle to come out, and there is no way that the new cable is going to go in there. So a new tube now ordered at another £16.99. It's not going to be the easiest thing in the world to fit, I think the support for the DPF will have to come off, and the heat shield above it undone before I get access. Oh well, another day under the car beckons. I now have a squeaky noise from the rear suspension somewhere, I think for now it's the trailing arm bush on the drivers side. I forsee a total pig of a job doing that. I have not done anything about the heating yet. 3 niggles to sort out then for just now anyway that I have found. MOT due end of June so it will get fired in for that as soon as handbrake fixed to see what happens.

On my own health front, I was gobsmacked to get a phone call from the hospital saying there has been a cancellation for the procedure I am waiting for, and do I want it? I was only finally approved for it last Friday, and the date for the first part is the 6th June! That put me on a high, which unfortunately was short lived. Got another call on Friday morning saying no beds available that time so it's postponed. Took the wind right out of my sails. I'm still now next in line to get it though so hopefully wont be long. I hope it doesn't present a major problem though, My second daughter gets wed on 5th July. so hoping theres not a clash there. I am also thinking a wee road/camping trip will be in the offing, timed to coincide with this years CCC national. No promises yet, bit I enjoyed it last year, and if Citroening and Fake Concern are there well it will be black white black for the photoshoot :-D

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That's a bugger on the delays to your procedure Davie :evil: I hope when it does happen it'll bring forth great success..

It'll be excellent to see you at the national again this year!

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Gosh, you know I'm bored when I try to remember all my French cars. I have put in the fiat ulysse as it is essentially french. Driven countless others as a result of working for three different taxi firms who ran various mainly Pugs 505, 405, 406, 806, 807, expert and scudos. I have possibly driven more miles in french cars than anything else. Well if I forget Volvo B10m Plaxtons, jonckheers and van hools, the finest coach chassis one could get. done a lot of miles in them also! None of them french though. For all that I have loved Volvo coaches, I have never owned a Volvo car. I may put that right in the future, who knows. I have a friend with a 1997 940 petrol estate, which is used and abused, he has had it since new, does heaps of miles and travelling passenger in it feels like new. I keep telling him we will have to use it as his coffin! I like a big car and a Volvo would suit me as much as the C5 I would think. On to the C5, changed the air filter, I have never seen an air filter so filthy as the one that came out. I'm beginning to think that this one has not really been serviced much. There's only 2 stamps in the book, at 19000 and then 38000 miles. The other filters are ordered and they will all get changed when they arrive. The brakes are all in top condition though, apart from the current broken cable. I was looking up timing belt Interval, Citroen and the BoL both say 10 years and 150000 miles. I'm on 108000 at 7 yrs old, I think it will not be long before it is done. I think it's old enough and done enough miles now. I want to get this car in top notch condition so I need not worry about it. At the rate of miles done just now it will be about 8/9000 per year so should be service and MOT all at the same time in late june/july. Beas time to be doing it when I don't have a garage.

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Just got two tyres fitted to the standard 16" alloys. I was at a mates house and he had two 225/50 16 Goodyear excellence lying in his garage. Date code is 3807 and 8 mm measured of tread. Best bit no money changed hands, he was due me a favour. Nice one! £20 to get fitted. I'm taking off the 18's this car was bought for comfort so more comfort expected from the 16's MOT booked for 24th June so I hope it's ok.

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Good luck with the MoT Davie.

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Just dropped the C5 at the MOT station. Not my usual one, it's 25 miles away, but one about 200m from the house. The tester I do know and he knows Citroens. The only worry is the squeak from the drivers side rear and slightly leaning in rear wheel. Even if it passes I want this investigated. The squeak drives me mad, and the tyre wear on the tyres it had was all over the place. Fixing the suspension will be cheaper in the long run.

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FAIL :-( Both track rod ends excessive play, rear offside radius arm excessive play, nearside front CVJ gaiter damaged. Prices being sought to fix these bits. Probably no leather upgrade for me :-( At least that explains all the uneven tyre wear.
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Oh gosh Davie, sorry to hear that.. Is that a rear radius arm with excess play?