Kitch's BX - 1991 16v

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Kitch's BX - 1991 16v

Post by Kitch » Wed Jun 27, 2007 6:54 pm

Heres my heap. Bought it in June 2004 for around £700 from a policeman who'd had it 3 months. He'd bought it from an enthusiast who'd had it 8 years. Originally it was a Citroen UK showroom car, and then a demonstrator in the Slough HQ showroom.

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The car has had a fairly eventful life with me so far. It's had a new different sets of wheels, all being dropped in the end to favour the original Speedlines. It's also had a leather interior fitted (lifted from a TZD estate that got crushed)

After 7 months of ownership, I managed to experience the dreaded XU9J4 oil surge problem. I successfully bent the crankshaft and nailed all the bottom engine bearings. I rebuilt the block from the ground up, and did a light overhaul on the head which has proven to be more hassle than it was worth.

Since then the engine has recieved light tuning work, including:

- Lightened and balanced crank and flywheel
- Twin 42mm staggered Weber throttle body
- Inlet manifold matched to TB
- Pug Sport ECU upgrade
- Green cotton cone filter
- Magnecor KV85 HT leads
- Iridium plugs
- Twin cooling fans, lifted from an A/C car

Don't know if it actually goes any better to be honest :lol:

In May 2006, the car was used to record a low-rent television programme for Men&Motors/Discovery Turbo/ITV 3 & 4 called Used Car Roadshow. It was presented by Jason Dawe of ex-Top Gear fame, who loved the car, and Penny Mallory from Driven/whatever she was offered, who did not and made it fairly public. :lol:

It's now had the main front to rear pipes renewed for Kunifer ones, and the fuel pipes renewed with copper. Its also had a new screen, 4 new genuine 16v spheres (which aren't all that smooth) and new radius arm bearings.

Since then it's on the road in dribs and drabs. I frequently fall out with the car and always want to sell it or scrap it for parts. It leaks like a seive mechanically, and it's now rotten as a pear in places, but I doubt I could ever bring myself to get rid!

This car owes ALOT to Docchevron (Chris G). He repiped it, did the radius arm bearing and has welded a crater in the side of the thing. Without him it'd be scrap metal.

tim leech

Post by tim leech » Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:25 pm

Heap my arse, thats a lovely car Kitch and you know it :D

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Post by mat_fenwick » Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:31 pm

I agree, looks great. I reckon the graphite wheels go really well with the red paintwork...

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Post by mountainmanUK » Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:38 pm

That car would look great even if you shoved a set of £6-99 trims on it!!!
All credit to you for keeping her in such condition :D

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Post by Kitch » Thu Jun 28, 2007 9:56 pm

Ey oop, non of that innuendo tomfoolery in me picture thread :lol:

But it is a heap. It leaks, it rattles, it knocks, it cains fuel (apart from the odd flukey 40mpg run) and its generally a pain in the arse.

Sadly, it's also very addictive :(

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Post by docchevron » Fri Jun 29, 2007 2:40 am

It's a 17 year old car mate. They're all a bit ragged round the edges.

Aint driven it so cant comment, but it still looks better than mine.
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Far too many BX's, a bus, an ambulance a few trucks, not enough time and never enough cash...

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Post by Kitch » Fri Jun 29, 2007 5:08 pm

Trust me, yours is far smoother, quieter and more refined.

I keep slagging it off I know. I always expect more than is fair to be honest.

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Post by docchevron » Sat Jun 30, 2007 3:59 am

well yeah, but I spent £4500 on the noisey bits on mine..

Give me an open cheque and your car for a month and I'll make yours the same! :wink:
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Post by cavmad » Sat Jun 30, 2007 7:57 am

Looks really well that Kitch, very impressed. I have to ask one question though regarding your photos:

Isn't it a bit un-politically correct to go round viewing disabled people? :D




Have you had it on a rolling road to compare power to a standard 16V?
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Post by docchevron » Sat Jun 30, 2007 12:53 pm

cavmad wrote: Isn't it a bit un-politically correct to go round viewing disabled people? :D




Have you had it on a rolling road to compare power to a standard 16V?
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
I'm partially disabled, although no-one takes my picture, not due to Political Correctness, it's cos I'm an ugly f*&^er!

Kitchs car is chipped, so it should be pushing more than 160bhp.
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Post by Kitch » Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:35 pm

cavmad wrote:Looks really well that Kitch, very impressed. I have to ask one question though regarding your photos:

Isn't it a bit un-politically correct to go round viewing disabled people? :D




Have you had it on a rolling road to compare power to a standard 16V?
It wasn't unpolitically correct at all. I was taking a picture to show they do let them out of the cage and into the big playpen behind my car. See, nothing anti-PC about that :lol:

Nah it wasn't, thats a crude gag. I was merely blocking the disabled access to the event, forcing people with broken legs in wheelchairs to brave the stairs in the tunnel under the track! :P

Power-wise, I've no idea. Its no quicker than the black one that was recently written off, but it is notably quicker than the grey one I sold a while back, plus a tuned one on TB's so its anyones guess. I would stick it on the rollers, but I'm afraid it'll develop another leak on there and I'd have to pay to get the equipment cleaned :(