Talking B____X

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Post by Philip Chidlow » Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:19 am

Paul296 wrote:
Philip Chidlow wrote:Not bad for half the price of a BX. :)
Yeah, but half the price of which BX; a mint, low mileage mk.1 GT, or a moss/rust blown 'pink paint' sitting on its arse in a farmyard!? :D

Tidy looking car that. When I was 17 I wish you'd been my Dad! :D
The price of a tired but roadworthy petrol BX maybe...

I'm not sure about me being generous - MY dad helped out lol!
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Post by citsncycles » Wed Mar 21, 2012 11:25 am

Tidy looking car that. When I was 17 I wish you'd been my Dad!
As someone who doesn't like Fords, and who's first vehicle was a 70's Bedford CF Day van which I ended up customising and keeping for 7 years, I'm glad you're not my Dad!
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:36 am

Another worthwhile trip to Chez Kermit. Replacement wiper motor fitted, manual fan switch installed, wiring for spot lights put in (but not the lights, because I found out of the four Hellas I had, once I took the covers off - found the pair of foglights I'd bought turned out to be one spot and one foglight grrrrr.).

But anyway as we're not doing any cross-country night driving on the Challenge we decided to not worry about this yet.

Thanks big time to Phil Boxall :)
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Post by Mike E (uk) » Sun Mar 25, 2012 10:38 pm

That's OK Phil, back in the 70s it was not unknown to have a foglamp on the near side to light up the road edge, and a spot light on the off side to light up the road ahead.

I think this is a pretty cool idea, but you will have to decide if you have the set up for the UK or Europe.

We probably won't do much night driving on the Challenge, so I would use the UK fixing.

I have replaced the fogs on the BX with two spots so I get another (completely unnecessary) 200W of lighting on main beam.

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Post by Mickey taker » Sun Mar 25, 2012 11:20 pm

or you could always go for this look


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(the mini I mean not the HA van :lol: )
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light travels faster than sound, thats why you look intelligent and then you spoil it all by opening your mouth !!!!!

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Post by Philip Chidlow » Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:35 am

:D

It'd be interesting to know what the MOT specifics are, I guess.
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Post by Dollywobbler » Mon Mar 26, 2012 9:49 am

I don't think the MOT cares much to be honest. You can have as many additional lights as you want - don't think there's anything to discern what type they are. As long as they are on a different switch to the headlamps, it doesn't really matter. As my mate knows well...

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Post by Mike E (uk) » Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:46 pm

With all the photons going out of the lamps, I bet that 2CV goes backwards.

Do they work, and is there any power left for driving the wheels?
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Post by Vanny » Mon Mar 26, 2012 5:54 pm

Pretty sure that lights (fore and aft, but not ancillary indicators ( beacons etc)) have to be balanced around the centre line of the car as well. So you cant fit three on the bonnet in front of the passenger unless you fit 3 on the bonnet in front of the driver too.

Which just ruins how much fun you could have :(

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Post by citsncycles » Mon Mar 26, 2012 10:16 pm

With all the photons going out of the lamps, I bet that 2CV goes backwards.

Do they work, and is there any power left for driving the wheels?
Not only do they all work, but they are switchable between on for road use, and flashing with the ICE that's more powerful than the engine.

There's a HUGE alternator fitted that powers all this lot plus (among other things) a laser show that rises up from behind the front seats when the roof is rolled back.

It's all been built over a period of years, using mostly 2nd hand kit found at the right price, and when it's all up and running it has to be seen to be believed!
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:18 pm

Just did 367 miles in the BX hammering along the A12, M25, M1, M6 and M42 and back again (cor, that was fun)... It was full up when I left and I just had to put 33.8 litres back in to fill it up again. Which is around 49mpg. For me that's good. And what's more it was with the rest of the family and a boot full of stuff... I am happy with that.
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Post by Willy » Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:45 pm

Vanny wrote:Pretty sure that lights (fore and aft, but not ancillary indicators ( beacons etc)) have to be balanced around the centre line of the car as well. So you cant fit three on the bonnet in front of the passenger unless you fit 3 on the bonnet in front of the driver too.

Which just ruins how much fun you could have :(
I think the original 2CV prototype could have some problems with the MOT man then...

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Post by Philip Chidlow » Tue Apr 03, 2012 3:46 pm

'twas MOT time today....

The Red Baron passed with no advisories (although the tester commented on dodgy fog light switch and a handbrake cable that will need replacing before the next test). Smoke test staggeringly good at 0.69. And the car's done 176,800 miles. Latest average 48mpg. Happy bunny.
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Sun May 20, 2012 11:25 am

Just making arrangements to collect and return to the road, my first Mk 1 - and first diesel auto. It's low mileage, garaged and in good order except for needing some recommissioning, a new battery and a leak (possibly brake flexi according to Kermit after he spoke to the chap). Will keep you all updated with progress - and pictures.

Here's one taken a while ago.

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Post by saintjamesy89 » Sun May 20, 2012 12:23 pm

Very very nice Mr Chidlow! It seems that Bleu Romantique was a very popualr MK1 colour? And we can all see why, it looks gorgeous. I expect it will be a nice 'relaxed' drive! MK1 n/a diesel auto is never going to be quick, but hopefully smooth and comfy.
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