St Tropez restoration blog

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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Dollywobbler » Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:49 pm

Crikey. That really is pretty rusty! Love that people are now prepared to spend what must be a fair ol' penny on restoring BXs now.

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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by vulgalour » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:11 pm

I think it's just that nothing measures up, with the only things coming close being more expensive things from the Citroen stable. I've tried to find anything even remotely as interesting and competent as a BX and there just isn't anything out there. Now if only the engine bay was as nice and open as an Austin engine bay I think we'd have the perfect car.

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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Caffiend » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:24 pm

Try a turbo. Mike (citsncycles) and Ian (DW) were turning the air blue trying to get the LHM tank out of mine for cleaning. I reckon Citroen just hurled everything into the engine bay, shut the bonnet and jumped up and down on it a few times ...

EDIT, oops, St Tropez blog, not Stripey blog, going cross-eyed. =D> on the restoration :)
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Dollywobbler » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:35 pm

Actually, with a Lucas set-up, reservoir access is far easier...

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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Paul296 » Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:56 pm

Caffiend wrote:Try a turbo. Mike (citsncycles) and Ian (DW) were turning the air blue trying to get the LHM tank out of mine for cleaning. I reckon Citroen just hurled everything into the engine bay, shut the bonnet and jumped up and down on it a few times ...

EDIT, oops, St Tropez blog, not Stripey blog, going cross-eyed. =D> on the restoration :)

If you're struggling with 'crammed engine bay sadness' pity the poor SM owner (as he sips from a well chosen bottle of Chateau Margot in the cool of the Dordogne evening; enjoying a well deserved break from his hectic [though remunerative] employment as a hedge fund manager).

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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Tim Leech » Tue Apr 16, 2013 9:45 pm

Thanks Des, I will do that, im sure I can pick through what yove already put.
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Des Smith » Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:22 pm

vulgalour wrote: Now if only the engine bay was as nice and open as an Austin engine bay I think we'd have the perfect car.
Funny you should say that! My local garage, who continue to be bemused by my Citroen madness, freely admit that the engine bay of the 14 is remarkably easy to work in, especially when compared to modern cars. Having seen a few pics of the engine bays of more upmarket BX models, the TU engine does seem slightly diminutive. Perhaps it'll look a bit more manly when Rob finds a replacement for the missing winter air intake that's supposed to hoover warm air off the exhaust.
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by saintjamesy89 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:07 am

Des Smith wrote:
vulgalour wrote: Now if only the engine bay was as nice and open as an Austin engine bay I think we'd have the perfect car.
Funny you should say that! My local garage, who continue to be bemused by my Citroen madness, freely admit that the engine bay of the 14 is remarkably easy to work in, especially when compared to modern cars. Having seen a few pics of the engine bays of more upmarket BX models, the TU engine does seem slightly diminutive. Perhaps it'll look a bit more manly when Rob finds a replacement for the missing winter air intake that's supposed to hoover warm air off the exhaust.
I remember my TGE having quite the accessible engine, almost as good as my MK2 Astra 1.4, which had a wider, but not as deep engine bay. Compared to the GT, and even worse, the TXD turbo these two were a doddle! I pity 16v owners, they've got an extra cam to get in the way of everything, must be worse than the TD.
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by mds141 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:25 pm

Changing the hydraulic pump belt was a bit of a ball ache.
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by saintjamesy89 » Wed Apr 17, 2013 8:06 pm

mds141 wrote:Changing the hydraulic pump belt was a bit of a ball ache.
On the 14 TU? I remember it being not too bad, did the alternator belt too though, both belts share a pulley at some point so do have to be very tight and you have to take the alternator belt off first before you do the HP. Was that the ball ache Mark?
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Des Smith » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:05 pm

My BX's bottom now has some new tinware! =D>

From earlier this week, when huge chunks of the boot were missing and everyone thought she was a cabriolet conversion gone wrong, or possibly going for a second career as an undersea viewing platform, I am pleased to report that Ian has welded in the boot corners and primed everything, so there is a splurge of battleship grey on her nether regions. It all looks a lot less like a rusty old tramp steamer and a lot more dignified to boot.

(Pun not intended, but I'll leave it in anyway) :rofl:

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NS boot corner welded and primed

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Interior OS boot corner welded and primed

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Exterior of boot OS corner

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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Caffiend » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:23 pm

I have a work meeting in Luton next Tuesday so will swing by Rob's and see if I can have a peek at this in the metal - looking good!
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by mds141 » Thu Apr 18, 2013 9:39 pm

saintjamesy89 wrote:
mds141 wrote:Changing the hydraulic pump belt was a bit of a ball ache.
On the 14 TU? I remember it being not too bad, did the alternator belt too though, both belts share a pulley at some point so do have to be very tight and you have to take the alternator belt off first before you do the HP. Was that the ball ache Mark?
On the valver Tom. The pump isn't on an adjustable mechanism, you have to tension it via a jockey wheel. Not a lot of room and it helps if your three handed!!
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Des Smith » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:02 pm

Caffiend wrote:I have a work meeting in Luton next Tuesday so will swing by Rob's and see if I can have a peek at this in the metal - looking good!
I can't imagine any other garage that would be happy for people to swing by and ogle, but somehow I imagine Rob is quite at home working 'in public'. It might all be going on at the front by the time you see it. There's some dodgy old welding that's in line for a makeover as well as some suspicious crustiness behind the VIN plate. If you leave your donation in the coin tray next to the 20 cents left over from the last wine run, I might have enough to pay for a plastic nut for my new number plate. No? Well, you have to try!
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Caffiend » Thu Apr 18, 2013 10:17 pm

I might have a few cents kicking round from the France trip last year, I'm sure they sell plastic nuts on leboncoin ...
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