Mat's BX Blog

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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mat_fenwick » Tue Apr 23, 2013 1:08 am

OK, I've earmarked it for you :)

Been busy plumbing and cutting the bottoms off doors tonight (to go over the newly raised concrete floor). No photos as doors aren't difficult to visualise...
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mds141 » Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:10 am

"doors aren't difficult to visualise"..

Unless you're a Bedouin tribesman. :D
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2000 XM VSX 2.1 td Auto. Rouge Magenta.
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mat_fenwick » Tue Apr 23, 2013 10:39 am

:lol: I dunno, they may dream about doors!
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Post by Vanny » Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:45 pm

mat_fenwick wrote::lol: I dunno, they may dream about doors!
or electric sheep!

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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by Des Smith » Tue Apr 23, 2013 11:37 pm

mds141 wrote:"doors aren't difficult to visualise"..

Unless you're a Bedouin tribesman. :D
They dream about defective tent flaps and the draught you get when the camel hair weave unravels. I speak with authority on this matter!

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Post by mat_fenwick » Wed Apr 24, 2013 12:20 am

Neatly linking from flaps, I've being doing some weldy weldy tonight on the red BX. I was incredibly nervous before starting - not sure why but perhaps the value of the panel had something to do with it!

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Then painted front and back:

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Then welded in my access panel (I did weld it all the way around, but the photo is a work in progress!)

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Once the paint has dried tomorrow I'll be able to seal all the seams thoroughly, and give it a skim of filler on the outside. There is a little bit of distortion (a mm or two), but nothing standing proud when I put a straight-edge across the panel.
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Post by citsncycles » Wed Apr 24, 2013 11:27 am

Nice job there - glad mine hasn't done that!
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mat_fenwick » Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:55 am

I'd never put any extra underbody protection in that area, so although the rest of the shell is pretty good, this area suffered. Difficult to do with the extra tank in there but I will spray some wax around while the neck is out.

Tonight I sealed the seams, skimmed over the outside of the panel with good old P38, and then gave it a light guide coat to see how bad it looked!

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I coated all the fresh metal with Sikaflex to give added stone chip protection.

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Still a few low spots but making some progress at least. The MOT is booked for next Tuesday...

In other news, I've put most of the trim back on the van and it's looking almost smart!

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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mds141 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:13 am

Just noticed the van's reg plate number. Shame it's not Lana's van. :)
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1989 BX GTi 16 valve. Blanc Alpine. Completed the Citroen Classic Challenge Ecosse and 1337 miles without a hitch.
2000 XM VSX 2.1 td Auto. Rouge Magenta.
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by Mickey taker » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:38 am

Oh it is Mark it is,
as is the focus, the bx, the motor bikes, the house and the bank account
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mds141 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:04 am

Mickey taker wrote:Oh it is Mark it is,
as is the focus, the bx, the motor bikes, the house and the bank account
:lol:
Been there done that. Fortunately the engagement only lasted four weeks. Phew!! :D
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1989 BX GTi 16 valve. Blanc Alpine. Completed the Citroen Classic Challenge Ecosse and 1337 miles without a hitch.
2000 XM VSX 2.1 td Auto. Rouge Magenta.
TGD saloon many years ago.

1990 Swift 'Corniche' 12/2 aka BXClub HQ.
Honda Firestorm. Gone, but not forgotten.
2015 Triumph Tiger Explorer XC.

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Post by citsncycles » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:33 am

I've had several people say to me over the years I've gotthe right idea being single - my response has always been maybe, but after a hard day at work who can help with housework, cooking, or even just being company. Mind you, when my Dad said it to me one day...
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mat_fenwick » Thu Apr 25, 2013 11:36 am

I think the chances of Lana laying any claim to a BX are slim to none! And to be fair she offered to go halves on the alternator for the Focus the other day. Plus she puts up with me, so can't grumble...

I'm almost ready to put the filler neck back on, so had to remove the rust on the locking flange. Started off like this:

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...and here's what it looks like now after a coat of Deox gel:

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It hasn't got into the pits as much as I'd like, so will have to give it another coat. There is a liquid form you can buy for immersing small parts like this into, so would hope that does a better job.
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by mds141 » Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:18 pm

Just stick it in some malt vinegar overnight Mat.
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1989 BX GTi 16 valve. Blanc Alpine. Completed the Citroen Classic Challenge Ecosse and 1337 miles without a hitch.
2000 XM VSX 2.1 td Auto. Rouge Magenta.
TGD saloon many years ago.

1990 Swift 'Corniche' 12/2 aka BXClub HQ.
Honda Firestorm. Gone, but not forgotten.
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Re: Mat's BX Blog

Post by MULLEY » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:30 pm

You need an ultrasonic cleaner ;)
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