Talking B____X

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Re: Talking B____X

Post by Philip Chidlow » Sat Sep 05, 2015 10:50 am

Well, next weekend it's The Chevrons Rally: https://www.facebook.com/events/891695727568725

Hope to see lots of you there!
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Re: Talking B____X

Post by Philip Chidlow » Fri Oct 02, 2015 1:45 pm

Well, the dust has settled since the Rally and work's been full on. It'll soon be time to give the BX a wash and polish and put it away for the winter... The Xantia's being pressed into service as our daily hack and the Rover.... that's going to be wafting us to France soon.

But before then I think I'll take some pics of the car while there's still sun this w/e....
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Re: Talking B____X

Post by Philip Chidlow » Mon Nov 02, 2015 5:47 pm

The rush of blood to the head has largely subsided and Bob the BX is still with me. There has been much thinkage involved: Really, if I did replace it with a GS in good condition, much as the idea appeals, it'd get even less use than the BX and it's unlikely I'd want to do the next 'Challenge' (*must think of a new name!) in a GS no matter how much Mike Sims proved it possible!

I don't want to use the BX every day; I've got the Xantia (so long as it keeps working OK) for that: It's a good car - in many respects better than the BX - and is just that little bit more refined (air con helps). What's more it's got a new set of what are probably The Best General Purpose Tyres In The World so it'll be this winter's car of choice.

So time to consider what to do.

The preferred option would be to decide what the BX needs to make it even better. It'll spend most of it's time in the garage until the spring when I can get those bits done (including sun roof drain tubes, then I can fit my wind deflector :) ) and get it tarted up a bit in time for the summer. It's also still got a little LHM drippy somewhere which is far from concerning but I will get it looked at.

OR

I hold my hands up and say, in the Spring, it's time to sod practicality and get a GS in which case the BX would need to go. Only time will tell. And as the next Continental road trip is a couple of years off at least, it isn't really a factor I need to consider to be honest.

I do like my BX though.... If only I had more space. I suppose if push came to shove I could move the Xantia on, use the BX as my daily hack and put a GS/other project in the garage. Now there's something I hadn't thought about................... until now. :roll:
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Re: Talking B____X

Post by Philip Chidlow » Wed Feb 10, 2016 5:19 pm

It's been three months since I posted on this thread and I thought I'd just put up a quick 'Hello' to all those who are still faithfully following the Forum... (Which I joined over 10 years ago now!).

So much has happened in the world of the BX since that day in 2005... In fact quite a few BX's have passed through my hands; the legendary RLO, the mega-mile GTi auto (the only BX I've ever scrapped), 'ELF', three estates including 'The Green Hornet', a couple of 16v's, not to mention a green GTi that I really quite liked but somehow let go and lost touch with, a very low miles, showroom condition 16TGS auto that never really 'floated my boat'.... saved a couple too: including the 'Red Baron' - and then of course, my current steed. Then you have the odd ZX, Xantia, XM, Synergie and non-Citroens too.

Values have risen in line with it's recognition as a minor classic, lifting itself gloriously on its spheres out of the doldrums of bangerland. Not that I think one could retire on the proceeds of a BX restoring business!

The folks I've met and become friends with over the years is what's really made it special for me. As you all know what I lack in mechanical abilities I make up for in enthusiasm (I hope!) and the events I have been part of have really cemented the feeling of community: The 2007 BX Challenge (celebrating 25yrs of out favourite car) at the CC National was great; not sure we could get that many BX's in one place again in 2017, but it's worth a try. Then there was the 2009 BXagon Challenge - A mad idea that actually came about and despite its rough edges will always rank as one of the high points of the last 10 years. Of course other rallies, other Challenges and now, with 2016 in full swing, I have the X-Rally, CCC National and Chevrons rallies to look forward to. As well as a Conservatoire visit in October, by which time the Challenge 2017 will be in the latter stages of planning. Some might say I need to get a life. Well I have one. And all-in-all I'm quite happy :)

Thanks everyone :)
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Re: Talking B____X

Post by mds141 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:16 pm

Nicely put Phil. A chance encounter one day whilst perusing eBay led me to so many adventures and new friends for life. How different things would have been if I hadn't developed 'bid fever' when my eyes fell upon the 16 Valve that fateful day. :)
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Re: Talking B____X

Post by Defender110 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 8:44 pm

Hello back ^^ ^^ ^^bx>
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Re: Talking B____X

Post by Philip Chidlow » Wed Feb 10, 2016 9:02 pm

Ta! :) more news on my BX to come... Need to plan a few jobs on it, and will be getting some under-the-skin mods done.
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Re: Talking B____X

Post by docchevron » Thu Feb 11, 2016 4:12 am

ELF still survives. Granted, it's tucked away and has been off the road for some time, but I still fire it up and drive it around the farm every so often. It needs a fair chunk of welding to make it good again, and since it was never a daily driver it'll remain on the back burner for a few years until the bus and the red one are restored. But I could never bring myself to scrap it. Every time I've thought "sod it, I'll never get round to it, time to call it a day with this one" I just can't. It's still a lovely car, and always starts on the button, even when left for months at a time..
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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Re: Talking B____X

Post by Tim Leech » Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:44 am

Nicely put Phil,

Like you I have been here since 2005 and have made some very good friends along the way, long may it continue.
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Re: Talking B____X

Post by Philip Chidlow » Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:36 pm

Nice one Doc. :) one day ELF will emerge a prince among BXs - looks so regal in shiny black :)
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Re: Talking B____X

Post by Jaba » Thu Feb 11, 2016 8:39 pm

Philip Chidlow wrote:Nice one Doc. :) one day ELF will emerge a prince among BXs - looks so regal in shiny black :)
I await eagerly the return of the Black Prince.
The Joy of BX with just one Citroën to my name now. Will I sing Bye Bye to my GTI or will it be Till death us do part.

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Re: Talking B____X

Post by docchevron » Sat Feb 13, 2016 3:46 am

don't be too eager, I have 4 major other projects in the queue before ELF, and some less major ones! But it'll fly again, in many ways it puts a bigger smile on my face than the 16v, and since my left ankle id pretty much useless these days having an autobox absolutely wins!
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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Re: Talking B____X

Post by Tim Leech » Sat Feb 13, 2016 9:51 am

Sounds like my dads Xantia, it waits, partly dismantled whilst other citroens come and go! But like elf it always starts but just doesn't run aswell as it should.

I've owned it over 10 years!
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1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
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Post by docchevron » Tue Feb 16, 2016 8:05 pm

ELF runs really well, it's just rotten in all the usual places... and the shell factory is low on decent stock!
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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Re: Talking B____X

Post by Philip Chidlow » Tue Feb 16, 2016 10:45 pm

I do hope you get a chance to a least stop the rot and give it mechanicals a work out now and then - and next time I'm in your area I'll pop by and say hello :)
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• Xsara Picasso 1.6 16v
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