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Re: Elmas Xantia V6, Vsx Td and tails of Kelvin

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Sorry to hear poor Kelvin is ill, hope the change of drugs help. When people say Kelvin i think of an 8 cylinder lump producing 500 horsepower which were like the xud of fishing boats. Keep oil and cooling in them and they go forever. Our one was rattling for weeks before we got it looked at, it had a broken crankshaft! I know of another which brohe a conrod and smashed a big hole in the side of the block. Simply cut off the fuel to that cylinder, unbolt the remains of the conrod and the boat made its way home under her own power. Fantastic marine engines.

The vsx looks like a little love and rattle cans and it will look ok and be a good car. When i had the activa I could only dream about 30 mpg. The best i managed was 23. But then it wasnt bought for economy, and i got to the stage of not caring. Running the v6 in summer and the vsx in winter sounds like a good idea. I wouldnt be able to stick to that, id be wanting to drive them both lol

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Re: Elmas Xantia V6, Vsx Td and tails of Kelvin

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I agree 100% with both of Mikes comments James...

The V6 is more fuel efficient if allowed to rev freely and is running at such a pace that the TC can lock-up...

The same applied to the TCT in the Activa too... Much better when allowed to freely rev rather than labour...

Best I ever got was 35mpg when shaking-down my first V6 after it's mammoth rebuild on a gentle run to Somerset and back...

May Kelv soon be back to normal... I feel deeply for you... Never had a dog do that but when you're a dad it's quite a regular occurrence when your kids are little and not so little too!
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Re: Elmas Xantia V6 and tails of Kelvin

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Bit faster then.

I shouldn't be driving it though with this leak.

It goes through the whole bottle in about 20 miles.

No luck finding an elbow from a berlingo, service citroen lacks dimensions well and most parts I need.
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Try local scrapyards for Berlingo vans James...
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Re: Elmas Xantia V6 and tails of Kelvin

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Yes I think I'd better.
I don't know where they are yet but it only takes a quick internet search.
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daviemck2006 wrote: When people say Kelvin i think of an 8 cylinder lump producing 500 horsepower which were like the xud of fishing boats.

He swims like a fishing boat, absolutely loves water.
Poor things had a hard day with constant bowel problems.
The vet gave him some paste thats usually very good at settling the gut so I'm optimistic that he is more comfortable tomorrow.
He's got different anti inflammatories now as well but can't have them until his gut settles.
He won't even take them on a piece of meat which is scary, he has the Lab appetite and I've never seen him refuse meat in any state of health.
I had to squirt the paste down his throat seen as he refused the meat and he was most unimpressed with the undignified administration.

The eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed Vsx Td is missing from my blog title.
The sale has unfortunately fallen through due to issues with getting the car home.
I've enough on my plate at the minute so no sleep will be lost.
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You have more to think about rather than another old car at the moment. Im sure everyone understands that.

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daviemck2006 wrote:You have more to think about rather than another old car at the moment. Im sure everyone understands that.


Absolutely agreed 100%. James, you have enough to cope with at the moment...

Hope Kelv is much better today [-o<
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Re: Elmas Xantia V6 and tails of Kelvin

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I finally replaced the hose to the lhm pump today. It turned out to be an easy job. The difference is instantly noticeable around the yard. Going near full lock at low speeds the power steering isn't cutting out and the brakes are less pulsey. The cars stopped bouncing doing citrobics too. I just need to get some degreaser and clean up the pump and around it now to finish off.

There's just a couple of things I can manage now I til I get my tools. The most pressing being the coolant leak. I haven't found a breakers yet, probably means a trip out to Southampton.

Dogs recovering now, he had an inflamned pancreas as well. Now that's being treated he's getting more normal all the time.
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elma wrote:I finally replaced the hose to the lhm pump today. It turned out to be an easy job. The difference is instantly noticeable around the yard. Going near full lock at low speeds the power steering isn't cutting out and the brakes are less pulsey. The cars stopped bouncing doing citrobics too. I just need to get some degreaser and clean up the pump and around it now to finish off.
Excellent news James :D
elma wrote:Dogs recovering now, he had an inflamned pancreas as well. Now that's being treated he's getting more normal all the time.


Even more excellent :D Delighted to hear that and it must be a massive relief...
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Glad to hear the dog is getting better now. Any pet is more important than cars.

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daviemck2006 wrote:Glad to hear the dog is getting better now. Any pet is more important than cars.


Very true Davie!
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CitroJim wrote:
daviemck2006 wrote:Glad to hear the dog is getting better now. Any pet is more important than cars.


Very true Davie!
And im not really a doggie person. However i look after my daughters collie quite regularly, he is getting on a bit and like me has mobility problems, and i would be devastated if anything happened to him. Hes about similar age in dog years to me.

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I'm not a doggie person at all - in fact I have no great rapport with any four-legged furry creatures as I'm very allergic to them but having said that, I know how dearly loved they are and how they have strong personalities...

Plus I cannot bear any suffering - human or animal... Or both where there is a sick much-loved animal involved.
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Having replaced the LHM pipe I believe that that problem is over now. The car behaves as I would expect and on driving to the vets I found the suspension to be far better. Not softer or smoother, just better, the car just feels more composed. It still needs centre spheres and maybe a few others but not desperately. So I'm happy with that one and onto the next.

The next being the coolant leak that is becoming a complete nightmare. I cannot trace any spare elbows that haven't disintegrated in the disassemblers hands. This is not reassuring considering I must take mine apart. I had a fiddle today and I don't think the top joint will give any bother but the bottom may. I intend to order 2 o rings and then just have a go at it next week. If I fail I've found a NOS hose from a TD which would work for a replacement with modification but at £90 I'd rather try the original one first. I'm not going for it this week as I have a guest and we wish to visit Beulieu Motor Museum. The choices of vehicle are a Dacia Stepway or my Xantia, no way am I going to a motor museum in a Sandero.


I really must put the carpets back in for the weekend as well. The Kurust and paint can wait a few weeks, carpets out and in again is hardly a big job. My guest is eager to meet (and drive) the Xantia and I can't show it off sans carpets.

Kelvin is finally fixed. He's still got 4 stitches in until Thursday but has been approved as fit and is bouncing round like his usual self. As soon as he lost the t shirt he knew life was back to normal and has been full of beans ever since. It's good to have my boy back and he's developed his lovely soft summer coat while he's been hidden in the t shirt.