Talking B____X

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Re: Talking B____X

Post by Philip Chidlow » Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:53 pm

Thanks. I have located a source for both the 10mm and 8mm pipes: a certain Mr Moss ;) and not mightily expensive. And he also has 'with ABS' brake hoses. So, as soon as I get paid, I'll be placing an order :)
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Post by Tinkley » Tue Oct 07, 2014 8:50 am

citsncycles wrote:Phil, I think you may find that you'll have to make something up for the metal fuel pipes as I believe at least one of them is unobtainable. They are standard diameters I think (although each is different), so you should be able to get some suitable pipe to make your own easily enough. Some people have used copper pipe to good effect although I've heard that bio diesel can attack it.
Chevronics have had new ones made up. I had to get some as mine were on the way out. Not too expensive and certainly cheaper than the car catching fire... :wink:

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Post by citsncycles » Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:31 pm

Good to know. I managed to get a set for Timex which will go on during the rebuild, but I'm expecting Fred to need some too.
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Tue Oct 07, 2014 12:37 pm

I'll be ordering mine on Friday.
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Sun Oct 26, 2014 9:35 pm

Foggies, yay!

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Post by mds141 » Sun Oct 26, 2014 10:20 pm

We just need some fog now. :-)
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Post by mat_fenwick » Sun Oct 26, 2014 11:55 pm

Phil, your car sucks Image
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Post by mds141 » Mon Oct 27, 2014 12:02 am

Nicely spotted Mat. :)
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Post by Tim Leech » Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:50 am

Nice car.
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:51 am

That's why I call it Henry, :wink:
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Post by Tinkley » Mon Oct 27, 2014 7:22 pm

Doubtless an H plater would have had perfect aircon.............. :wink:

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Post by Philip Chidlow » Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:45 pm

Since Friday, with Phil Boxall working hard with me trying my best to be useful (making coffee and buying parts counts, yes?! ;) ) the following work was done by the end of the weekend...
Replaced all dash bulbs incl. heater controls
Got the rear foglights working
Replaced fuel feed and return lines
Gave the underside a tidy up and Waxoyled
Sorted out some low pressure return pipe tangles
Replaced the extremely worn front discs with new, (drilled out and tapped disc securing screws and replaced with new)
Fitted new Citroen front pads
Fitted new passenger side front strut top
Replaced both front struts with new, complete with genuine Citroen return pipes and clips
Drained LHM, cleaned tank (yuk!) and filters, refilled with Total's finest and bled system
Repaired front splitter
Replaced front wiper motor with repaired/rebushed one
Repaired damage to tailgate, painted and fitted new badges.
Put new seals around intercooler duct
Replaced TZD decals with new ones
Fitted new front foglights

There's still work to do:
Replace front callipers, (current ones have seized bleed nipples - I have access to a pair which are OK), bleed system and fit new flexis.
Replace rear discs pads and callipers (one's very sluggish)
Replace rear spheres
Replace back box and remove centre box (Phil has a flexible pipe to take its place - from the Green Hornet)
And...

after today's fun and games, new speedo cable and possible new instrument pod/ABS computer.

So what happened? Well, driving along quite happily in the BX and suddenly the speedo stopped working. To be followed fairly soon by smoke curling out from the vents along the top of the dash...

Strong smell of burning plastic and so, I quickly pulled into Sainsbuy's service station - well, I thought if my BX is going to burn I might as well take a few lesser cars with me lol - parked up. So, ignition off: no smoke. No fire. Phew.

AA man came along (I had already started to dismantle dash) and we found the the speedo cable had sheared off, sprung back and dislodged some previously undiscovered wiring that had been pushed into a dark corner somewhere. This, it transpired, had been live and was now shorting out. This brings me to the ABS question; Phil and I were pretty sure the ABS light had been removed but found no bulb holder unit making us think maybe the pod had been replaced. But the MOT history suggests the mileage is kosher and the pod original... So the wiring which smouldered so nicely must be the requisite part of the still live ABS circuit, carelessly tossed to one side without so much as a sniff of insulating tape...

Anyway, still speedo-less, but at least smoke free, the BX continues sans ABS....
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Post by Way2go » Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:29 pm

Sounds a story of the good, the bad but at least in the end of not as ugly as it could of been.


Where did the outer speedo cable break though? Inner cables do break (hence my recommendation on lubrication)
but this normally would not cut through the protective outer.
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:37 pm

All I know is it came completely away - I'm yet to see it for myself. When it's not raining and it's a bit brighter - and I'm not so busy, I'll remove the dash fully and have a good look.
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:43 pm

Oh, and note to self. Get a new dry mist or multi-purpose powder fire extinguisher.... And don't keep it in the boot!
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