TIMS BX BLOG

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Tim Leech
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1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL BFA720L
1979 Rover SD1 3.5 V8-S TSL 982
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
1994 CITROEN XANTIA 1.8 SXi M908HRY
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Re: TIMS BX BLOG

Post by Tim Leech » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:29 am

MULLEY wrote:How about a citroen dyane Tim? They are still fairly reasonably priced considering how much a 2cv sells for these day's, they are slow, but have soft suspension & would be able to keep up with traffic, whereas in a minor you'll be struggling tbh.
A moggy and a 2cv performance is about the same. Dyannes are rare and good ones seem to fecth strong money, plus that would mean joining 2CVGB and I dont think im "hip" enough for all that and certainly cant drink what they do! :lol:

Its a moggy or nowt this time, maybe in 6 months I may decide its not for me but its a itch I need to scratch, plus my Uncle knows them inside and out and is now retired so I have a free mechanic!
1963 VW BEETLE 1200
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1991 BX 19TZI Auto A/C
1994 Xantia 1.8i SX
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
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Re: TIMS BX BLOG

Post by Defender110 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 9:33 am

Tim Leech wrote:Its a moggy or nowt this time, maybe in 6 months I may decide its not for me but its a itch I need to scratch, plus my Uncle knows them inside and out and is now retired so I have a free mechanic!

Quite right too! if you don't itch the scratch you will always be wondering what if? I look forward to reading your 'Mog Blog' on here I hope? :wink:
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1963 VW BEETLE 1200 KGJ413A
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL BFA720L
1979 Rover SD1 3.5 V8-S TSL 982
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
1994 CITROEN XANTIA 1.8 SXi M908HRY
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL L33CHT
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Post by Tim Leech » Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:09 am

Whatever car you buy someone will always say, thats crap, thats great, you dont want one of those you want one of these and your original idea can lost in peoples good natured but not always useful suggestions.....

I also have a hankering for a Marina (had two as a teeneager and there was loads in the family), I would want a 1.7 and know they arent free tax, finding one is hard plus my best mate HATES them and has said if I buy one and turn up at his in it he will burn it and give me the cash :shock: .....I doubt it though as hes not that mean (I hope) but still I need to scratch my itch on the Moggy first, plus the Marina is of a similarish time to the Sd1 and not "old" enough.

I would also love a beetle, a early 60's one but there in lies a problem, my budget of £2000ish would get me one that needs the same again spending on it, ive bought two before for about £1000 each and they were both rotten, bodged up money pits which I had to sell on as I couldnt afford the repairs.
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1963 VW BEETLE 1200
1985 BX 19GT Mk1
1991 BX 19TZI Auto A/C
1994 Xantia 1.8i SX
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL 5 DR

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Post by Defender110 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:24 am

Had 2 Marinas myself (family hand me downs) much prefer the mk 1 version with vinyl seats and chrome bumpers + saloon, didn't really like the coupe, always wanted a TC but couldn't afford the insurance. :(
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1997 Mercedes C230 W202 - daily driver.
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1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL BFA720L
1979 Rover SD1 3.5 V8-S TSL 982
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
1994 CITROEN XANTIA 1.8 SXi M908HRY
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Post by Tim Leech » Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:30 pm

Just popped out at lunch time to drop the TZI off and collect the DTR for MOT, I forgot how well that car looks and drives......it rides so well and its so smooth and easy....part of me hopes now the reserve isnt met.... #-o
1963 VW BEETLE 1200
1985 BX 19GT Mk1
1991 BX 19TZI Auto A/C
1994 Xantia 1.8i SX
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
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Post by mat_fenwick » Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:46 pm

Tim Leech wrote:my best mate HATES them
I find it puzzling how anyone can actively hate a car :? Even if the bit about burning it is just a joke, which I'm sure it is. There are plenty of cars I wouldn't choose to own myself, but I really couldn't care less if other people buy and like them.

I'd be interested to read a Mog Blog - I clutter up mine with plenty of non-BX stuff after all!
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1963 VW BEETLE 1200 KGJ413A
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL BFA720L
1979 Rover SD1 3.5 V8-S TSL 982
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
1994 CITROEN XANTIA 1.8 SXi M908HRY
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL L33CHT
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Post by Tim Leech » Fri Jul 12, 2013 5:49 pm

DTR MOT Pass! Horn was awkward but after a tap it tooted in to life but ive supplied a new one, also the bonnet started being a tw*t but a tweak of the clasp got that closing properly again.
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1963 VW BEETLE 1200
1985 BX 19GT Mk1
1991 BX 19TZI Auto A/C
1994 Xantia 1.8i SX
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL 5 DR

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Post by Caffiend » Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:39 pm

Excellent, congratulations. Hope it finds a new home really soon with a fresh ticket on it :)
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Post by Dollywobbler » Fri Jul 12, 2013 11:33 pm

If you get a Minor, you could argue you've then also owned a Marina. They are VERY similar under the skin!

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Post by Defender110 » Sat Jul 13, 2013 9:02 pm

no no no no [-X , engines might be the same but 2 totally different cars in the way they were put together and handle. A proper Morris the moggie with real metal and leather patina and presence , Marina is just a tacky thrown together piece of BL cr-p.
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Post by Mickey taker » Sun Jul 14, 2013 4:22 pm

Im with you on the marina Tim,
had two the second a 1.8 t.c.
If I had the money I would so like to buy this just for fun

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1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL BFA720L
1979 Rover SD1 3.5 V8-S TSL 982
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
1994 CITROEN XANTIA 1.8 SXi M908HRY
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL L33CHT
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Post by Tim Leech » Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:27 pm

800 sold, made about £100 all told I think, mind you the guys from Newcastle and obviously can't read as he wants to collect it this weekend and pay cash.
1963 VW BEETLE 1200
1985 BX 19GT Mk1
1991 BX 19TZI Auto A/C
1994 Xantia 1.8i SX
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL 5 DR

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1963 VW BEETLE 1200 KGJ413A
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL BFA720L
1979 Rover SD1 3.5 V8-S TSL 982
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
1994 CITROEN XANTIA 1.8 SXi M908HRY
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL L33CHT
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Post by Tim Leech » Thu Jul 18, 2013 9:51 am

800 went to Newcastle and made it home without an issue im told, seems the aircon works fine as it was a cool 18 degrees in it yesterday....DTR goes tomorrow and theres two Moggys now on eBay I really like, one I am the current high bidder on which finishes today at half past 7..

Went to a local all models classic meet last night at Papplewick near Nottingham in the GT (It officially was the SD1 OC meeting but mines out of MOT and the 800 went), it was the only Citroen there amongst Lamborghinis, ferraris, Minis, chavved up Scoobys and lots of old british stuff (inc 2 lovely Morris 1000's)

The BX got quite a few admiring looks and questions (mostly about the number plate), and a few oooooo's when I stuck it in low when I parked up....two guys remembered about the TZD and GTi's they had taht drive well and went like stink but also how much trouble they had with them....I corrected them of course and mentioned the 30+ BX's Ive had and not one has let me down so must be down to poor maintenance.... One of my SD1 buddies had brought his car and 18 year old son along who though the Mk1 BX dash was retro and very cool! (lots of pics on my facebook)

on the way back at a set of lights a chap in Vauxhall Corsa? pipped his horn, waved and mouthed "thats awesome" and stuck his thumb up! 8)

So all in all a good BX showing!
1963 VW BEETLE 1200
1985 BX 19GT Mk1
1991 BX 19TZI Auto A/C
1994 Xantia 1.8i SX
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL 5 DR

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1963 VW BEETLE 1200 KGJ413A
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL BFA720L
1979 Rover SD1 3.5 V8-S TSL 982
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL DBV468W
1985 CITROEN BX 19GT C1TBX
1991 CITROEN BX 19TZI AUTO A/C BXi 19
1994 CITROEN XANTIA 1.8 SXi M908HRY
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL L33CHT
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Post by Tim Leech » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:07 pm

Well im glad thats over, thank to all those who showed up at the National, and a big thanks to Sandre, Mark and Mike Sims who helped on the gate, Jane for transporting Michael down and anyone else that contributed. Seems you can please them all and some not so positive comments have been posted on the CCC forum which I have to say have annoyed me a bit, I have asked those who werent happy to offer their services next time to ensure it meets with their approval.....we shall see!

It was a tiring weekend and thank god for BX HQ which was invaluable as a base, I shall be investing in a bigger tent as M has quite taken to camping or maybe even a trailer tent....

It was good to catch up with some old friends of the BXC, namely Matt Smith aka Stinkwheel, Charlotte, Doc (in usual good alcohol fuelled spirits) and Mr Rutherford, who is all grown up, bought a house, and has a lovely partner (whos name I forget sorry) and a blonde haired mini-me of a son called Dominic who is a cheeky chappie and very adorable and another one on the way!

The DTR went off to pastures new on Friday, the buyer has a history of Citroens (owns a 2cv van) but also loves Honda's (each to their own) and he was very pleased with the car, I have to say I think I may regret selling it but its time to scratch the Morris itch and get something the wife may drive (hes under orders to broaden his horizons vehicle wise), which we will be collecting Margo (as she has been named) tomorrow evening from Sale near manchester as long as the many pictures are a fair representation of the car, I havent seen it myself yet but havent sent him any money either!

Need to get the TZI on the road as the GT needs a rest, shes done over 3000 miles this year which is over my mileage plus that front caliper is sticking again and the hanbrake cable keeps coming off!

Embaressingly enough I won best BX (especially as I was doing the concours presentations), which i hadnt envisaged, purely as I think there are better examples out there, the 6000 mile GT and Garys Meteor for a couple, maybe its the wacky colour or number plate, plus its a well known car, anyway thanks to the voters!.

Once the moggy is ship shape I really need to get back on to decorating Leech towers which has various bits of stripped wallpaper and sanded doors needing fettling!#

Cant make Stratford due to work (unless I can manage a few hours Saturday) but should be at CXM unless something happens between now and then.
1963 VW BEETLE 1200
1985 BX 19GT Mk1
1991 BX 19TZI Auto A/C
1994 Xantia 1.8i SX
1972 Morris Marina 1.8 SDL
1979 Rover SD1 V8-S
1980 Morris Marina 1.7HL
2002 Rover 75 CDTi Connossieur SE AUTO Nav
2003 Rover 25 1.6i XL 5 DR

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Post by citsncycles » Tue Jul 23, 2013 1:18 pm

It was a good rally from what I saw on Sunday - the only complaints I heard were the distance to the toilets and the coffee stand - I understand from a very nice (and large!) family having a BBQ opposite our enrance that the building where we had the raffle etc. used to be open as a toilet block.

Hope the Moggy is a good un - certainly looks OK in the pics!

As for trailer tents, if you decide to go in that direction can I suggest a personal favorite of mine - a Rapido Comfortmatic. They're more of a folding caravan really, but pack away small, can be tipped up for storage, should be light enough to go behind the Moggy, are cheap to buy and are the right age to be a period unit with a BX!
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