Davie's french attraction.

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Gosh Davie, so sorry to hear this might well scrap the car :( That's an eyewatering amount for a headlight I must say...

What's the supply of second-hand bumpers like? I just wondering about fixing it up more-or-less with second-hand bits and halogen lights and thus saving having to claim on your insurance which could actually save money in the long run on the basis that making a claim will skyrocket your premiums come next renewal time...
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Bad news on the scrape Davie, at least nobody was hurt. Hope it works out for you whichever way the insurance goes.

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That's what I'm thinking Mark. No injuries. The car can replace or fix, whatever. I've just pulled everything that moves out of it before it goes away. The wing is more damaged than I thought being pushed out and creased over the wheel arch with broken paint, and the bonnet is damaged, the headlight has been pushed over on to it. The surround for the foglight is gone along with a parking sensor beside it. Parts bill is mounting up.

On a possible plus side there is a 1.6hdi design for sale locally with undiagnosed engine problems for 300 quid. Probably a turbo but I'm not interested in it. It could supply all the bits I need to rebuild my car with a lexia session to disable the front parking sensors and directional headlamps. It's dark green, I could change both wings and have a two tone car. Green front and white middle and rear[emoji48] [emoji12] [emoji1]
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Well the repair bodyshop isn't picking it up until a week on Tuesday. It's now playing up, it's got the usual anti pollution fault, along with the parking sensors fault which is expected. Also there is a vibration at anything over 50 which was not there before. I had better go investigate the leaky power steering on the old escort! I used shaun's 107 on Saturday. That's the first time I've driven it. If it's driven like the diesel it feels slow, but I had forgotten how game the little 3 cylinder engine is when it gets revs. The seats are comfier than I remember the very basic ones were in my old urban lite. Still like riding in a wheelbarrow compared to a c5 though.
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I think that sums up a 107 quite well Davie...

They do thrive on revs and love it!

The difference between it and my V6 is something of a culture shock though :lol:
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CitroJim wrote:
The difference between it and my V6 is something of a culture shock though :lol:
You wouldn't believe the difference between a DRK and a Xantia V6... :-P
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I thought the drk was a wheelbarrow[emoji83] [emoji12] [emoji23] [emoji23] [emoji23]
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Found the problem on the escorts loss of steering fluid. It took all of 2 seconds to see another garages negligence. The reservoir is clipped onto the radiator expansion tank, or rather it should be. It is about 1/2 an inch from the drive belt, or rather it should be. The belt has rubbed a hole in the reservoir losing the fluid. I would expect this was all undone and removed when the cylinder head was off recently. Incidentally the only damage done when it threw the pulley off the camshaft was the end of the camshaft was knackered. No valve or piston damage. Second hand camshaft at 25 quid and a gasket set fixed it. Very lucky!
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daviemck2006 wrote:I thought the drk was a wheelbarrow[emoji83] [emoji12] [emoji23] [emoji23] [emoji23]
It's a bathtub, not a wheelbarrow.

Actually, being based on a roly-poly softly sprung Frenchie, it's got a really rather nice ride quality to it, as long as you avoid sharp bumps with the rear wheel. Unbelievable as it seems, it will do that Citroen "float" over undulations in the road, it's that soft. Took a mate out in it a couple of weeks ago, large lad, bigger than me. He likes his Golfs and MGFs, and commented on how surprisingly good the ride was, even if his bald spot was sticking up over the screen and getting really cold.
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It's based on a r4 is it? They were soft to ride in. My neighbours dad had a r4 when I was about 15. He used to take us up to the local disused aerodrome to learn us to drive. In fact I think it was the first car I ever drove. His other car was a dolly sprint. I drove it too. You couldn't think of two cars that are more different, apart from a c5 and drk
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Well I won't be running about in the escort for long. I put £20 of petrol in it and 90 miles later it's all gone.
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I earlier made a comment about dash cams. Yesterday I had a car come towards me on full beams, and I was dazzled, but the camera was able to pick up the front number plate. Only the slight condensation prevented the plate from being legible.
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I've developed a tendency to conspicuously shade my eyes when being blinded by such lights, and steer slightly towards the oncoming vehicle. I figure their vanity will make them avoid a head on.
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addo wrote:I've developed a tendency to conspicuously shade my eyes when being blinded by such lights, and steer slightly towards the oncoming vehicle. I figure their vanity will make them avoid a head on.
I've taken to doing the same. I believe the problem is caused by the sharpness of the beam and the bright light. If it were more scattered, it wouldn't be a problem. If you stand in a dark room, and have someone shine a bright LED torch at you (or to the side, as headlights would be), that light seems to make everything else appear much darker. Use a conventional torch, and the light isn't as bright or accurate, and lights more of the room, and it's actually easier to see unlit areas.
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Davie, I don't know if you saw this posted on the forum, but if not, this could be worth a look;

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