Simon's new Xantia V6 and Leaf blog

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I have a pair of those pliers. You cannot always get in with them though.

Richard: Why is your sig now plastered all over the forum in a horrible green colour? Have you made a financial bid for the forum that has been accepted?

How much did you pay and will it appear on the FTSE? Bon Courage with the exhaust crawling Simon........just when it is getting cold and damp :(

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Cold yes, but hopefully not damp today! [-o<

I was trying to hold off doing this job until I had a garage to work in, but as of a few days ago our house purchase has fallen through. #-o :( So I won't be having a garage any time soon and we are now back looking again... :?

So I thought I better try to get this leak sorted before it turns into major problem over the winter...

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It's jolly damp down this way today. I'm down in Somerset at this time and it is proper winter down here..

Simon, I'm so sorry to hear about the house. I feel for you because it's a start again from scratch job now. I don't know if it's a thing unique to the UK but buying houses sems to be so complex, long-winded and faught with problems at every step of the way...

I wish you all the best with your next purchase - which will turn out to be a much better one than the one that's just gone belly-up...

Good idea to get all jobs sprted before the really rough weather comes in. Touch-wood I have... I hope [-o<

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lexi wrote:Richard: Why is your sig now plastered all over the forum in a horrible green colour? Have you made a financial bid for the forum that has been accepted?
I agreed to be a moderator before I realised it would mean RichardW appearing everywhere in bright green. Had I known.... :) No money has changed hands. Yet :wink:

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RichardW wrote:
lexi wrote:Richard: Why is your sig now plastered all over the forum in a horrible green colour? Have you made a financial bid for the forum that has been accepted?
I agreed to be a moderator before I realised it would mean RichardW appearing everywhere in bright green. Had I known.... :) No money has changed hands. Yet :wink:
I have to confess that green is rather lively isn't it :twisted: Sadly it's one of those things that comes with the job Richard... I can see if the colour can be changed if you wish. What colour would you like?

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Polka Dots?!? Tartan?!? Rainbow?!?

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Sky blue pink with tartan dots?

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The photo reconnaissance Spitfire was painted Sky Blue Pink, which was very effective when it flew near clouds.


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Simon, I've just looked at my new back-box down at dad's..

It's fine except the tailpipes are even more crooked than the one I have currently fitted :twisted:

Have you looked at yours yet?

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Jim: I hope you have explained to Richard that as Scottish Rep, we are free to borrow all his tools now.
He also has to take the boys on regular pub crawls and maybe even provide the disco biscuits on nights out :rofl2:

Hey Simon, sorry to hear of the house thing. It is a crazy game and nothing can be believed until done and dusted. Brings back memories of those daft surveys that we used to lose the money on :twisted:

Never mind. When a Salmon gets off the hook, my motto is: You cannot lose what you did not actually have in the first place.
I hope you missed rain, late afternoon.

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lexi wrote:Jim: I hope you have explained to Richard that as Scottish Rep, we are free to borrow all his tools now.
He also has to take the boys on regular pub crawls and maybe even provide the disco biscuits on nights out :rofl2:

No, I didn’t want to tell Richard immediately as I thought it might have put him off taking the job... Now the cat's right out of the bag... :twisted:

Still, you should see what we administrators have to do :wink: All the above plus much, much more :lol:

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CitroJim wrote:Simon, I've just looked at my new back-box down at dad's..

It's fine except the tailpipes are even more crooked than the one I have currently fitted :twisted:

Have you looked at yours yet?
Yes we looked at it today, and apart from a dent in the front flange from rough handling during shipping that needs straightening out it looked ok.

Unfortunately there is more than just the back box leaking - the pipe from the centre muffler has a hole the size of a pinky finger about 1cm from the flange facing in an upwards direction where most of the noise is coming from. #-o

We chickened out of swapping the muffler and attempting to weld the pipe today, well I chickened out that is - Richard was game but then he's a glutton for punishment who will give anything a go. :lol: We think we had enough bits and pieces including some flanges with stubs that I already had which probably would have worked but the weather packed up in a big way hence the chickening out. There was actually heavy flooding on the drive home so we did the right thing!

In the meantime it has a Halfords bandage wrapped around it to quieten it down a bit, and a wire loop to support the pipe by the muffler hangers should the pipe decide to break! We also noticed that the infamous weld on the cat tail is crumbling somewhat and could be on the way out too. #-o

Unfortunately with the house situation in turmoil and us back to house viewings I just can't take the car off the road at the moment so the exhaust will need to limp by until it breaks or until we're moved in somewhere... Either that or I buy a new centre section silencer as well so we can do a quick swap of the whole lot rather than a long drawn out welding repair.

I also took Richard for a test drive to see if he could help identify the rattle from the front right suspension - which naturally couldn't be provoked at first! :lol: We're reasonably sure that it's not drop-links because on a rippled country road that apparently normally rattles droplinks badly it was silent.

Finally we found a spot of rough bumpy gravel surface that exhibited the noise - it only happens when turning on right lock and while we're still yet to confirm it through visual inspection I think Richard agrees that it's probably the bottom swivel joint based on the noise and odd behaviour. Drat! At least I already have two new ones of those... :)
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Sorry to hear about the house purchase not working out. I hope that the right place comes through at a workable price.

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Had a thought about the cat tail....ideally it wants sleeving, but that would entail taking it off. We (OK, I 8-) ) could probably weld a patch on either side of the pipe covering the join with the pipe on the car, which would then give it a much longer life - even if the joint breaks / leaks the pipe will not fall off :) .

When you get a garage I'll lend you my MIG and you can learn to weld, and do your own dirty work :rofl2:

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What I should have said of course is that Simon's new V6 is very tidy indeed 8-) Once he gets all the odds and ends tidied up it will be very presentable. Nice to have a ride in a Xantia again - the 307 is very stiff by comparison :? maybe I need to go looking for a C5.... :)