TIMS BX BLOG

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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: TIMS BX BLOG

Post by Tim Leech » Sun Feb 15, 2015 10:42 pm

http://ww2.copart.co.uk/uk/Lot/32574044 ... 1095103680

The car was in good shape, however it will need a driveshaft/wishbone and maybe a subframe?

Also the steering was im told getting very sticky

The wheels and bumpers must be worth having plus the mirrors?
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
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
2002 Rover 45 1.6i Spirit S Special
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL 5 DR
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1979 Rover SD1 3.5 V8-S TSL 982
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
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL L33CHT
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Post by Tim Leech » Wed Feb 18, 2015 3:06 pm

Hmm, the Xantia clutch seems to be juddering more than it did, only when pulling away in first and fine when moving, its not light but not too heavy, its done 150k (as of this week) and has a whacking great tow bar on so I imagine its at least had one so may be due another soon, which is a bit of an arse, but I quite fancy a period caravan in the future and this would be a good tow car.

Are they same gearbox as a BX? I cant tell as there so may pipes and wires in the way.

I wish the weather would improve as the GT is taxed and hasn't turned a wheel since Christmas!
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
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
2002 Rover 45 1.6i Spirit S Special
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL 5 DR
1963 VW BEETLE 1200

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Post by bxzx16v » Wed Feb 18, 2015 10:02 pm

I took the 406 V6 out for a spin yesterday in the sun , loved it 8). It's back tucked away in the garage now.

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Re: TIMS BX BLOG

Post by docchevron » Fri Feb 20, 2015 2:03 am

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Rover-SD1-3-5 ... 1573335443

this made me rather excited!
I had no idea such a thing existed!
Smokes lots, because enough's enough already!

Far too many BX's, a bus, an ambulance a few trucks, not enough time and never enough cash...

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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
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Post by Tim Leech » Fri Feb 20, 2015 9:03 am

Hi Chris

yes that is the genuine article, and a great example of 70's lack of taste, of course I love it! (I have the original brochure somewhere)
When Austin Rover brought out the EFi Vitesse in 1983 with 190bhp it filled the gap for a "hot" SD1 so aftermarket performance models died a death.....although I imagine that's a lot more fun.

I think it had something like 200bhp but the torque would be hilarious, if the rear axle and gearbox hadn't been upgraded they wouldn't last long!! It would go sideways a lot too unless a LSD was fitted.
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
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
2002 Rover 45 1.6i Spirit S Special
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL 5 DR
1963 VW BEETLE 1200

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Post by docchevron » Sat Feb 21, 2015 1:22 am

I soooooo nearly bid on it, it looks awesome! Common sense prevailed, but it stirred me in ways nothing has since the Bristol Fighter T came out!
Hope things are going well for you dude
Smokes lots, because enough's enough already!

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 Tinkley » Sat Feb 21, 2015 7:28 am

docchevron wrote:I soooooo nearly bid on it, it looks awesome! Common sense prevailed, but it stirred me in ways nothing has since the Bristol Fighter T came out!
Hope things are going well for you dude
I worked with the guy who did the major shaping and designing of the Bristol Fighter, and saw him making the clay model a few years back. My dad used to sell Bristols from the Kensington showroom even more years ago! I still have an all aluminium one tenth scale Bristol design study (model), all painted in Bristol red etc I think of the 405 model. Very deceptive cars, the 603 etc you think you are going much slower til you look at the speedo.... :wink:

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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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Post by Tim Leech » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:31 pm

docchevron wrote:I soooooo nearly bid on it, it looks awesome! Common sense prevailed, but it stirred me in ways nothing has since the Bristol Fighter T came out!
Hope things are going well for you dude

yes life is good thanks Chris, works busy, Michael and I are both happier than either of us thought we could be and for the first time in a long time I have no debts of any kind what so ever!

We are looking forward to the better weather so I can get on with fixing up the Xantia and using the others a bit this year for work now I don't have to use a company wagon.
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
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
2002 Rover 45 1.6i Spirit S Special
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL 5 DR
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Post by Kitch » Sat Feb 21, 2015 3:37 pm

Tim Leech wrote:Hi Chris

yes that is the genuine article, and a great example of 70's lack of taste, of course I love it! (I have the original brochure somewhere)
When Austin Rover brought out the EFi Vitesse in 1983 with 190bhp it filled the gap for a "hot" SD1 so aftermarket performance models died a death.....although I imagine that's a lot more fun.

I think it had something like 200bhp but the torque would be hilarious, if the rear axle and gearbox hadn't been upgraded they wouldn't last long!! It would go sideways a lot too unless a LSD was fitted.
It'd go sideways more if an LSD was fitted :wink:

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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
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL L33CHT
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Post by Tim Leech » Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:49 pm

600 miles out of the first full tank of diesel in the turbo D averages at over 45mpg, which considering it's mostly town driving and stop start is impressive!

It's looking very likely thought the dash have to come out to allow some of the dash bulbs to be replaced as they are getting more and more resistant to a thump of the dash before the give light, which is a complete pita!!!
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
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
2002 Rover 45 1.6i Spirit S Special
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL 5 DR
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Post by Paul296 » Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:29 am

Tim Leech wrote:
It's looking very likely thought the dash have to come out to allow some of the dash bulbs to be replaced as they are getting more and more resistant to a thump of the dash before the give light, which is a complete pita!!!

Yes, I only traveled round the corner in it and the constant banging on the dashboard to get the speedo to illuminate was a bit tiring. :)

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Post by Tinkley » Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:57 am

In which case you can check the state of the heater matrix..... :lol:

Probably the cause of most Xantias being scrapped, part cheap, labour not so at around 8 to 9 hours...

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1979 Rover SD1 3.5 V8-S TSL 982
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
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL L33CHT
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Post by Tim Leech » Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:58 pm

I've had one go before, it's been maintained properly with antifreeze changes but still fear it may let go, if it does then I will cross that bridge!
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
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
2002 Rover 45 1.6i Spirit S Special
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL 5 DR
1963 VW BEETLE 1200

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1979 Rover SD1 3.5 V8-S TSL 982
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
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL L33CHT
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Post by Tim Leech » Sat Mar 14, 2015 5:29 pm

I spoke too soon, the dreaded Xantia clutch clip failed on the way to work Thursday and I had to be recovered home by the rac, it's a silly design, a piece of cheap plastic connecting the pedal and the cable!

The new parts arrived but I ran out of patience with it, after the third attempt to get the cable to locate in the new clip.

In other news the storage I have been renting for 7 years is closing to reopen as a turkey farm, which is a blow, but I have located somewhere else 5 miles away which isn't as posh but is £280 a year cheaper and they have plenty of space!
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
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
2002 Rover 45 1.6i Spirit S Special
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL 5 DR
1963 VW BEETLE 1200

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1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL BFA720L
1979 Rover SD1 3.5 V8-S TSL 982
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
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL L33CHT
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Post by Tim Leech » Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:16 am

All mended, what a complete faff! lots of swearing, skinned knuckles etc, a really stupid design, one small piece of thin plastic.... it took ALL Day and is such a fiddly job, off to Barry's tomorrow to get some rear spheres fitted and say goodbye to Bourne Citroen as it is being redeveloped for housing. Thankfully he has found some new premises not too far away as we need people like him!
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
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
2002 Rover 45 1.6i Spirit S Special
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL 5 DR
1963 VW BEETLE 1200