Operation Blue Streak New Home Required, SOLD

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Operation Blue Streak New Home Required, SOLD

Post by Tim Leech » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:02 pm

Most of you know me, ive been around this forum for about 8 years now, and have owned about 30+ BX's of different guises since 1996. I tend do go for those that people usually avoid, Petrol Automatics, 1.6 carbs, and a couple of 1.4 suitcased engined (never been brave enough for a 4x4 though) but never an estate. I guess its down to taste, and the fact ive never needed an estate car really and that I think the BX hatch is a nice looking car and the estate much less so.

I bought the well known "green hornet" a few years back to save it being scrapped but passed it on 3 weeks later but now have returned to the fold with a 1986 BX 19TRS estate, which is probably one of the earliest surving Mk2 models left, its made rarer being a 1.9 petrol, with the few remaining example being diesel powered.

http://www.bxclub.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=17716" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

So whats to become of her? well if you read the above topic you will know she is residing in Tom St James's garage in yeovil, starts up and moves back wards and forwards but has no suspension, brakes or power steering. The plan was to return her back to the road after 14 years dormant and I did hope as shes done 14 miles since the last mot and had been in a dry garage (maybe foolishly) that with some new spheres, a service, cambelt and a tyre or two would be all thats required to see her ship shape for the Scottish Challenge......

The radiator has rotted out but thats an easy fix as are the spheres etc, theres no bodywork required altough I may let my Dent man look round it and the interior could do with a good shampoo!

So am I mad, out of my depth or should I admit defeat and get it scrapped?....
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Re: Operation Blue Streak aka "in a state with an estate"

Post by Dollywobbler » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:22 pm

Define mad. Says the person who dragged Timex out of a garage and got it (largely) roadworthy.

Will it absorb money? I imagine so. These things do. Will it be financially rewarding? Ha ha ha haaa ha ha haaaaa. Is it worth saving? Easily. I'm even wondering if I could cope with a non-diesel BX...

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1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
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Re: Operation Blue Streak aka "in a state with an estate"

Post by Tim Leech » Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:39 pm

Ian imagine my GT but as an estate car and thats kinda what this is!

The monetry side of things isnt a huge worry, thats not saying ive plenty to throw at it, but its the cost of the repipe and getting it done and how which worries me.
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Re: Operation Blue Streak aka "in a state with an estate"

Post by Kitch » Tue Mar 12, 2013 5:29 pm

Scrapping is an option??! :shock:

If it's not rotten through and as well-preserved as it is, why the hell would you want to scrap it?!

Rust is the killer of BXs in my opinion. They're pretty good at resisting it, but if they get to a certain point, they don't stop!

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1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
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1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
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Re: Operation Blue Streak aka "in a state with an estate"

Post by Tim Leech » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:03 pm

It is an option if the cost of getting it repiped and then towed home is horrendous, it is after all a BX 1.9 petrol estate which is to anyone else but me and a few others on here worthless and thirsty, im happy to sink more into it than its true value but if the repipe and recovery is going to cost silly money I just cant afford it.

Its just the unknown of whats actually let go underneath and that its 3 hours drive away...
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Re: Operation Blue Streak aka "in a state with an estate"

Post by mds141 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:08 pm

Isn't Dominic Weston? and his dad's garage down that way Tim? Don't scrap it mate, you'll regret it. If funds aren't immediately available to have the work done, just put it to one side until funds are forthcoming. All the best with it and I hope to see it a show sometime. :)
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Re: Operation Blue Streak aka "in a state with an estate"

Post by Mothman » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:33 pm

Nice motor bud, hope you can sort it. Do you have an idea how much it would cost to repipe?
Probably be better though if you could go fetch it on a trailer or low loader and get it sorted closer to home.
I happen to go past Yeovil at least 3 times a year on my way to Looe but would really like to tow an empty trailer all that distance but could probably fit a rad for you but ime not there till July.

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Re: Operation Blue Streak aka "in a state with an estate"

Post by Kitch » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:48 pm

Could a relay system work? If someone could get it to me I could trailer it up north a bit and meet someone else with a trailer? Or just fix it at my garage come to think of it!

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1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
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1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
1994 CITROEN XANTIA 1.8 SXi M908HRY
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Re: Operation Blue Streak aka "in a state with an estate"

Post by Tim Leech » Tue Mar 12, 2013 7:39 pm

Cheers for all the offers guys, it's very kind.
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Re: Operation Blue Streak aka "in a state with an estate"

Post by mds141 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:15 pm

It's good to have friends in low places!! :-)
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1989 BX GTi 16 valve. Blanc Alpine. Completed the Citroen Classic Challenge Ecosse and 1337 miles without a hitch.
2000 XM VSX 2.1 td Auto. Rouge Magenta.
TGD saloon many years ago.

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Re: Operation Blue Streak aka "in a state with an estate"

Post by djoptix » Wed Mar 13, 2013 12:39 pm

I'm based in Bristol and would be happy to nip over and have a look at it for you if I'm passing. Alternatively I have a friend with a Discovery who is generally happy to haul rusting deathtraps around the place for the cost of fuel and a McDonald's - where are you based?

I have access to a really nice trailer (beavertail, we might even get a flat BX on it without damage) for £30/day.
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Re: Operation Blue Streak aka "in a state with an estate"

Post by Tim Leech » Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:09 pm

Cheers for that, in 160 miles away though!
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Re: Operation Blue Streak aka "in a state with an estate"

Post by djoptix » Wed Mar 13, 2013 2:52 pm

Hmm, I guess you'll have the same problem with any method of transport short of mending it and driving it...
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1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
1994 CITROEN XANTIA 1.8 SXi M908HRY
2002 Rover 75 CDT Connossieur SE Nav Auto R40TSL
2002 Rover 45 1.6i Spirt S TAL 91S
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Re: Operation Blue Streak aka "in a state with an estate"

Post by Tim Leech » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:05 pm

Indeed, if I can at least get it at least LHM tight so she rises up without wetting herself (Mike Sims has very kindly offered to take a look at it if he can) then I can arrange to get it transported up here and see whats the chepeat method.

Shiply came back about £150 which is quite reasonable I guess but thats £150 I dont have right now!
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1985 BX 19GT Mk1
1991 BX 19TZI Auto A/C
1994 Xantia 1.8i SX
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
1998 Rover 75 2.0V6 Connoisseur Auto
2002 Rover 75 CDT Connossieur SE Nav
2002 Rover 45 1.6i Spirit S Special
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Re: Operation Blue Streak aka "in a state with an estate"

Post by Mickey taker » Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:08 pm

Stop off / changeover point ,coffee and toilets available in M.K. if any help,

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