Team Green Tiger - BX19TGD - Back on the road

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Team Green Tiger - BX19TGD - Back on the road

Post by Dollywobbler » Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:12 am

When I first heard about the BXagon challenge, I started to feel the need to get myself another BX, and it seemed like an ideal excuse! Meeting folks at the CCC meet at Wood Green made me more determined and when a 2CVGB fellow member expressed an interest, I headed to Ebay, found a BX locally and bought it.

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That was probably a fair price. It's got MoT until May but needed tax. Rear arm bearings are shot, it sprung a major LHM leak within a few days and the accumulator needs replacing. Problems with my other two classics mean the BX has been put into mainstream daily service - in the past week, it's clocked up 500 miles. It's also performed to tow jobs that it probably shouldn't have...

Still, I've found time to ignore the LHM leak it still has (well, it's only dribbling) and got arty!

Team Green Tiger is go!
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More obviously to follow once I get the ol' girl service and then throughout the trip. I should point out that it's currently my intention to keep the BX after the rally. I do like it...
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Mon Sep 28, 2009 11:32 am

Superb! Reminds me of Daktari! (Maybe you have aspirations to do an African Rally?) :lol:

You do need to get the BXagon stickers on there too!
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Post by Dollywobbler » Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:51 am

Now with even more stickers as Royal Mail have finally decided to deliver them! Thanks Phil.

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Post by Tim Leech » Wed Sep 30, 2009 2:21 pm

Looking good mate, make sure you get to the bottom of that LHM leak before you head for France!
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Post by Dollywobbler » Wed Sep 30, 2009 4:53 pm

Will do. It's booked in with Barry Annells next week for a service and check-over, including replacing the accumulator.

Mind you, I do quite like saying "My BX has blown an octopus" for purely childish reasons...

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Post by kermit the frog » Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:30 pm

Hi Dollywobbler

If the LHM leak is at he rear drivers side it is probably the little T piece above the rear subframe.

these are available from citroen but they want £23.00
if you can get your hands on some plastic or nylon washer T peices and some nitrile rubber tube ( reistant to LHM) 3.5 to 4mm id.

Use about 50 mm on each leg of the T Piece plug in the pipes and tuck it up and secure with a cable tie.

As for the accumilator i have just fitted a xantia accumilator and it has transformed the ride of the Green Hornet.

Nice Transfers i thought the Green Hornet stood out from the crowd but you have taken that from us

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Post by kermit the frog » Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:30 pm

Hi Dollywobbler

If the LHM leak is at he rear drivers side it is probably the little T piece above the rear subframe.

these are available from citroen but they want £23.00
if you can get your hands on some plastic or nylon washer T peices and some nitrile rubber tube ( reistant to LHM) 3.5 to 4mm id.

Use about 50 mm on each leg of the T Piece plug in the pipes and tuck it up and secure with a cable tie.

As for the accumilator i have just fitted a xantia accumilator and it has transformed the ride of the Green Hornet.

Nice Transfers i thought the Green Hornet stood out from the crowd but you have taken that from us

Regards Phil AKA Kermit the frog
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Green Hornet well I don't really know.GS project gone to pastures new
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Post by kermit the frog » Wed Sep 30, 2009 8:32 pm

OOPS Don't know what idid there :oops:
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Post by Dollywobbler » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:32 pm

Thanks. Leak is at the front, behind the RH wheel somewhere - ie close to the bulkhead.

The ride is a touch crashy at times. Wonder if the new accumulator will improve that... (it's great over Fenland roads though!)

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Post by Dollywobbler » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:02 pm

The Green Tiger has been serviced by Barry Annells, and is now ready to go! The hideous LHM leak turned out to be nothing but a very small leak from a narrow return pipe near the reservoir. The leak was dribbling down the pipework all the way to the bulkhead, hence suspecting something nastier! A result.

Acculumator has been changed and fresh oil and filters fitted. Is it nearly time to go yet? :D

Oh, Barry did give one very useful bit of advice. Take a RHD clutch cable. Something that WILL be a challenge to find in France. Anyone taking a spare? Don't think we all need one!

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Post by Philip Chidlow » Tue Oct 06, 2009 4:38 pm

Good heads up about RHD specific items. (Same goes for speedo cables and what about throttle cables?)
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Post by Dollywobbler » Mon Nov 09, 2009 2:12 pm

Well, aside from that coolant leak and an occasional failure to start (once as I was trying to leave home, once in Limoux) she clocked up the miles with no issues, proving what a wonderful motor she is.

So, she's finally getting the rear arm bearings replaced! Might have to do one at a time for financial/time reasons, but the RH one was causing much merriment amongst the BXagon competitors, so is probably the priority...

She's still striped up and now sharing the commute with my 2CV. I'd like to keep her for a fair ol' while and such is the desirability of these cars that my co-driver has now bought a BX too. Nice one Matt!

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Post by Dollywobbler » Tue Nov 10, 2009 8:00 pm

Bearing repair. A million thanks to Barry Annells for still carrying out the work even though I idiotically turned up a day early...

Something missing...
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Mullered bearing (the other one disintegrated during removal!)
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Yup, that'll be mullered too...
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Shiny new things!
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Back end now smooth and silent once more!

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Post by MULLEY » Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:49 pm

I wouldn't be surprised if those were the original bearings fitted to the car, so i guess even though they are shagged & it bits, they did well :lol:

Glad you've got one side sorted, does the other side need doing as well? I guess there are 2 trains of thought, if one side needs doing & as long as the others side are the same vintage, then they'll be more than likely in the same condition, but if they aren't leaning or creaking, then perhaps best to leave alone until they start? I think malcolm mentioned that they may not lean if the bearings move to a certain position within the arm?? not sure how common this is, but you would have thought it would make a lot of noise whilst being driven?
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Post by Dollywobbler » Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:43 am

We checked the other arm for play. Seems fine and looks like it's been replaced at some point, so left it as is.