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Had better start one of these, which could be "on-going" (hopefully) :)

Yesterday saw the car getting its provisional Spanish plates, and getting fully insured...
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This morning, the first proper journey out on public roads, to meet with inspecting engineer (type approval, etc) pre- a full ITV (MoT) test in Malaga, hopefully shortly - and then regular plates.

Good to really drive one of these again, and after about 10km the suspension and steering started to loosen up. Fluid Citroens don't thrive on lack of use, do they? Although the LHM is decently clean, I think it would be a good idea to run the car on Hydraurinçage for a few months; luckily, I have 5L of it sitting here. The struts and rams can be a bit creaky when coming up, so a flush and a some regular use/Citrobics should help.

Really impressed with how the car takes the long raised pedestrian crossings here - infinitely better than the RAV4, and no possibility of a Hydractive thud if taken a bit fast! :-"
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white exec wrote:
Fri Nov 27, 2020 11:40 am


Really impressed with how the car takes the long raised pedestrian crossings here - infinitely better than the RAV4, and no possibility of a Hydractive thud if taken a bit fast! :-"
They are particularly good over obstacles like that, even the 16v can cruise over mild road humps where as standard car does not do so with as much ease.
Prefer it to the Lamborghini, like Signor Gandini!

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Car put on Hydraurinçage yesterday. Old (but still clean) LHM syringed out of the reservoir, and refilled with the rinse.
Pump promptly registered a protest by refusing to pump, and so needed a somewhat protracted and messy priming, via funnel and hose straight into the pump top inlet. For some odd reason (probably the lack of an assistant) priming via the intake hose at the reservoir end, and quickly reconnecting, didn't work. Several priming attempts resulted in the reservoir overflowing . . . but at least the metalwork under the reservoir won't be rusting any time soon. The pump was finally provoked into action by movement of the steering wheel, and standing very heavily on the brakes. Lessons learnt.

Bleeding at the four brake calipers produced no surprises - the clear H'cage came through at rear-right after just over half a litre had been bled off, much less at the other three. The old fluid bled at the front calipers was truly murky - two serious 'dead legs', probably dating back ages.

Good news was checking the rise and fall this morning, which was, surprisingly, quicker and smoother than before. Hydraurinçage doesn't normally work that quickly, so you wonder just how well the old LHM was lubricating the system.

Five new Michelins booked for Tuesday, and hopefully matriculation test (for final plates) in Málaga before Christmas.
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The project seems to coming together at last.

What approval document was finally required to get the registration process moving?

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Finally, Mike, the Spanish importation office accepted that it was possible to purchase a vehicle from a business which was not VAT registered (or was VAT exempt, because of small turnover). Although such businesses exist in France, UK and some other countries, they are not recognised in Spain, where even the smallest one-man operation is expected to charge and collect VAT, even if they never claim back. As soon as they stopped insisting on a VAT sales invoice for the car, things got moving. I had to stand my ground on this, and keep my gestor's (accountant) nose to the grindstone.

Anyway, really welcome progress, at last! The importation/inspection/verification/temp.plating/full vehicle test/final documentation/final plating/first year's tax/gestor's fee will have cost around €820 . . . a tad different from bringing an EU car into the UK, I think.
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Anyway, really welcome progress, at last! The importation/inspection/verification/temp.plating/full vehicle test/final documentation/final plating/first year's tax/gestor's fee will have cost around €820 . . . a tad different from bringing an EU car into the UK, I think.
Importing my Xantia from the UK into France in 2016 was about the same cost, not counting shipping via Malta (but that is another story).

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My name is Amelia Fritton, and I claim the reward for the oldest BX spare tyre!

New tyres booked for tomorrow, so I have just pulled out the spare, and put it in the boot.
A Michelin X, but not a tread pattern I recognised, and still with its moulding whiskers.

Date code is (322) so pre-2000, when it went 4-digit.
Decodes as 3 Aug 1992 !

RP = 25 Sep 1992
so might well have the original air in the tyre... #-o
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Imagine the concourse points :D
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Great stuff. Pretty sure my spare is also of that vintage 😂
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white exec wrote:
Mon Nov 30, 2020 1:23 pm
My name is Amelia Fritton, and I claim the reward for the oldest BX spare tyre!

New tyres booked for tomorrow, so I have just pulled out the spare, and put it in the boot.
A Michelin X, but not a tread pattern I recognised, and still with its moulding whiskers.

Date code is (322) so pre-2000, when it went 4-digit.
Decodes as 3 Aug 1992 !

RP = 25 Sep 1992
so might well have the original air in the tyre... #-o
I see your 1992, and bump you a 1983! :lol:
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You definitely snatch the trophy with an '83 tyre! :)
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I have an original spare wheel and tyre from a 1972 E-type Jag, but I suppose that it would not be within the rules for this competition?

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xantia_v6 wrote:
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I have an original spare wheel and tyre from a 1972 E-type Jag, but I suppose that it would not be within the rules for this competition?
Dunlop SP sport Aquajet per chance?
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Full ITV test (for final plating and documentation) appointment just came through for 16 December.
One step nearer! [-o<
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Few more jobs ticked off this morning, now that the wind has finally stopped blowing a 70km/h gale :shock:

Drive shafts
Has been some slight front left clonking when cornering under power. Wheel bearings show no slop, so have injected all four CV/UJ shaft joints with a good dose of molybdenum grease. Done via the small end of the gaiters, with a stiffish 5mm plastic tube attached to the grease gun. The small tube got right up against the gubbins, so hopefully it will have put the grease in a useful place.

Spheres
Since re-gassing the spheres on getting the car in October, the ride has been good, and better again for the new tyres. Now that the car is getting used several times a week, have noticed that the HPP has started a bit too much clicking, so checked the gas pressure on the Acc sphere: down to 15bar :( , which explains the lack of stored pressure. Now swapped for an ex-Xantia front hydractive 450cc centre, gassed to 62. I suspect the Valprex O-ring on the previous sphere, so I may still end up with spare yet.

The good news was checking the four corner spheres (pukka Citroen, came with the car), to find that all four were still at their proper pressures, two months after valving and regassing them. :)

Wipers
The full length wash bar continues to work well, and the variable wiper delay has been fitted (6-position rotary switch in the recessed panel). Proper, civilised wiping now!

Oomph...
Do have to wonder what grot the car had been running on in recent months - presumably supermarket cheapo, or worse. Was always necessary to use rather a lot of welly to get her moving briskly (OK, I know she's a NA), but a bit disappointing all the same, and not what I remember from our previous 19D.
So, 20L of decent Repsol diesel, a 1:200 remedial dose of diesel system cleaner/improver, and a little bit of brisk motorway driving, and things have looked up no end.
Have also moved the throttle cable to a more inboard slot on the injector pump lever, which has got rid of the unproductive travel on the gas pedal (no dead movement, just too much gentle progress).
Has made a real difference, and I surprised myself by quickly overtaking a couple cars on an uphill straight stretch during the week. I know our diesels like to be driven, and hard, and this one is no exception. I think it has spent rather a lot of recent life just pottering.
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