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Post by Philip Chidlow » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:32 am

Interesting. I'd like to go to some US museums one day.

Mike, the museum is in Saumur; Le Musé des Blindes. http://www.museedesblindes.fr

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Post by mat_fenwick » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:41 am

The one where you're not allowed to take pictures? :wink:

There was one that I found most poignant when we went - it really brought home the horrors of war. You can see the shell cases embedded in the shell of the tank, and in some places it has cracked right through an inch or so of steel!
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Thu Jun 16, 2011 10:51 am

mat_fenwick wrote:The one where you're not allowed to take pictures? :wink:

There was one that I found most poignant when we went - it really brought home the horrors of war. You can see the shell cases embedded in the shell of the tank, and in some places it has cracked right through an inch or so of steel!
I walked in there, camera round my neck. Not a soul inside... so why not? :)

I saw a few tanks showing signs of being killed. However, the one you mention (I think) despite being taken out with what appeared to be several rounds of 75mm or 3" (one was embedded in the front glacis) was hastily repaired (and washed out I guess :( ) and returned to the fight on the allied side...


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Post by mat_fenwick » Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:09 am

That looks like the one. I took photos too :oops: I couldn't see the reason why not to, unlike delicate paintings that may be harmed by excess light.

On a lighter note, I'll recount the story of trying to find the place - drove around (seemingly in circles) following the signs, which ran out. Tried to follow the tiny brochure map, which seemed to have little resemblance to reality, and ended up on a housing estate within sight of the road we wanted, but we couldn't seem to get to it! Ended up taking a short cut down a footpath, which was so steep the front of the van (hardly ground hugging!) hit the road at the bottom...fortunately the damage was limited to a few scrapes. :oops:

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Post by Mike E (uk) » Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:42 pm

I expect that Fort Knox is full of tanks. I doubt there is any gold in there.

Looks like a great museum, I must visit sometime.

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Post by Way2go » Thu Jun 16, 2011 9:08 pm

mat_fenwick wrote:Ended up taking a short cut down a footpath, which was so steep the front of the van (hardly ground hugging!) hit the road at the bottom..
Another one for the book.... :wink:
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Tue Jun 28, 2011 2:17 pm

Trim rattle: Sorted
I took the rear tailgate apart and tightened up everything (there were a couple of screws and a bolt missing). Polished up the Heuliez sticker on the inside panel and fitted foam soundproofing matting everywhere I could. Much improved, no resonance now.

Banging/knocking: Sorted*
Found the source of the knocking under acceleration; the exhaust back box hitting the towing eye bracket (?for want of a better description) so a combination of fitting an old rubber spacer and a bit of bending here and there, it *seems to have solved the problem. Time/use will tell.
Very pleased to note it's a nearly new Walker system all the way back from the engine. And the all new pipework, unions, clamps and so on is nice to see (librally coated with oily protector). New-ish fuel line too.

Radio: Sorted
Fitted a new Philips Radio/CD with USB. Fitted tweeters to the upper dash (the speaker grilles were empty originally)...

Spare wheel: Sorted
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Air conditioning compressor: Not yet sorted...
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Post by Wooscary » Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:26 pm

Can I ask what kind/where did you get the soundproofing material?

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Post by Philip Chidlow » Tue Jun 28, 2011 11:32 pm

Local market. The guy makes an appearance every now and then. I was lucky I was there when he was. It's a foam material, fire resistant.
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Post by Paul296 » Wed Jun 29, 2011 1:48 am

Great to see some pics of TANKS! ( one of my other 'enthusiasms') particularly the collection at Saumur.

The best tank Museum in the US is the US army proving ground at Aberdeen, Maryland ( never been but would love to);

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Sta ... nce_Museum
(currently being relocated by the look of it.)

The mother of all tank Museums however is at Kubinka near Moscow in Russia - if you like tanks - you'll like Kubinka!

http://www.tankmuseum.ru/p6.html

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Post by Philip Chidlow » Mon Jul 04, 2011 10:10 pm

Kermit's getting stuck into the GS now...

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Post by citsncycles » Tue Jul 05, 2011 9:42 pm

That doesn't look too bad, although the bit in the front footwell could get real complicated real quick as the floor is double skinned in that area. It looks like water may have got in - check the outer edge of the bulkhead where it's in the inner wheelarch, and the fresh air box under the screen as these are common rot points.

Interesting that the rot in the rear arches is at the front - mine was all rearwards of the rear subframe mounts, although the fact mine's an estate may explain that.

Under the bonnet looks really good. Mine's been undersealed thoughout that area - not pretty but next to no rust :D .
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Fri Jul 08, 2011 5:13 pm

Parked next to my dream car (not a Citroën I'm afraid!) and thought it would look good in my (lottery) garage next to a BX...

I was going to park next to the ZX, but then saw this!

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An Integrale Montecarlo edition. Stunning. Would I have swapped for the BX if the owner had offered? Errr........................ :wink:
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Sat Jul 09, 2011 1:05 am

Back to reality... maybe,

Am I allowed to buy a Xantia for Liz?
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Post by Tim Leech » Sat Jul 09, 2011 9:21 am

Philip Chidlow wrote:Back to reality... maybe,

Am I allowed to buy a Xantia for Liz?
No, buy here a ZX! :wink:
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