Matt H's BX 14TGE

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Post by Way2go » Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:26 am

Roverman wrote:Your cars your own mate so do what you like with it, some people modify, some just spend all day polishing and some dont care what they look like.
Tim, that's very laid back from one who normally advocates retaining originality as in trims etc for the model? :wink:
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Post by Philip Chidlow » Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:28 am

One has to move with the times, doesn't one? Hats off to Tim, credit where credit's due.
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Post by M » Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:18 am

Well exactly - its your car, do as you please, if you like it and enjoy it then thats all that matters really.

My mate Bob is nearing the end of a 3 year resto of his very first car ever - a 1937 Morris 8 Tourer, its just come back from the sprayers painted in some BL Ivory colour and it looks the mutts nutts, but the chaps at the Bamber Bridge Morris club are going boo-loo owing to the fact the original colour was green and the colour its been painted is not even a period or morris colour. As bob rightly says - stuff em, its my car when Im dead and gone someone else can repaint it. They [bbmoc] would be even more pissed off if he repainted the bonnet in its checkerboard colourjob it had back in the 60's when he painted it up that way first time round - he may well do that yet :twisted:

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Post by Tim Leech » Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:20 am

Way2go wrote:
Roverman wrote:Your cars your own mate so do what you like with it, some people modify, some just spend all day polishing and some dont care what they look like.
Tim, that's very laid back from one who normally advocates retaining originality as in trims etc for the model? :wink:
I prefer them to look original but a set of nice alloys and a few tweaks here and there are a good idea. With matt being young the insurance on a valver would be a killer buy if he can make his car look like one but be insurable then I cant fault you for that, I was young once lol :D

Neither of my 2 bxs are factory standard but could be again if required, but were all different and as long as the car is being cared for (which matts certainly is) then hats off to him.

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Post by Matt H » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:09 am

Small update:

Proper French front number plate fitted...
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Also got a towing eye cover coming soon courtesy of Roy Hassell! Can't wait to get it on...

Next step is to find the roundest pair of wheels out of my spare set, and swap them for the awful, impossible to balance, pair on the front of mine. Going off what I've seen, 16v Speedlines are not the strongest wheels out there. It would make perfect sense to stick 15 inch 205 GTi wheels, or some such, just for the much better choice of tyres... but 16v alloys just look so good, I'm willing to live with them.

Other than that, I finally got around to wiring my rev counter in, which was actually surprisingly easy, with a bit of help from the Doc. Also painted the rear wheel arch spats (Whatever they are called) body coloured... which really makes a huge difference to the look of the car.

Lots of stuff still to do... Black dash/carpets, Side Skirts (Simply a matter of waiting for a set to turn up), digital clock, wire in the foglights (Not sure whether to stick with the standard ones or get some aftermarket ones, which would be much easier), chrome exhaust trim, black bumper insert trim, AX GT Twin choke carb/manifold and fit some tweeters in the dash... Just to name a few things. Doing all of this stuff is of course limited by time, and money, so we'll see where I am in six months.

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Post by Tim Leech » Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:51 pm

Looking good matt, it must be catching as I fitted a similar set to the GT last week, a bargain at £18 of the bay of E.

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Post by mat_fenwick » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:03 pm

If you need the original fog light switch I have a spare one that I can bring to Stratford.
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Post by Terry » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:28 pm

Nice motor Matt, and a job well done.

Gotta say, I'm a bit jealous!!!

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Post by Terry » Thu Aug 14, 2008 11:33 pm

As for the Morris, got to agree. There's a Morris Minor on a pre-63 plate running around here. Elderly gent driving it, silver hair and moustache. The car has red, yellow, white, blue and green panels - not a Morris standard colour scheme but...it 's his car and if that's what floats his boat!!!

Actually, usually look forward to seeing it around, there's few enough Minors around here, and one day I'll buy one for Kathryn. That should slow her down a bit.

The guy in the Minor always gives us a hearty wave as we pass him, probably because we smile so approvingly of his colour scheme

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Post by Matt H » Fri Aug 15, 2008 2:27 am

Tim, I bet your GT looks ace with them on... got any piccies?

Mat, that would be great cheers. I think out of all the BX detritus I've collected over the years, I've never had a fog light switch. I do have a fully functioning one touch window switch in my car though 8)
Terry wrote:Nice motor Matt, and a job well done.

Gotta say, I'm a bit jealous!!!
Don't say that... You're embarrassing me :wink:

My Brand new, out of the box, genuine Citroen 16v Towing eye cover turned up today, and should be painted and on the car by the end of tomorrow... Expect more pics!

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Matt

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Post by Tim Leech » Fri Aug 15, 2008 11:17 pm

You can see it in the flesh at stratford matey!

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Post by Matt H » Sat Aug 16, 2008 3:38 am

Of course I can... I keep forgetting that Stratford is only 2 weeks away now.

I'd better hurry up and get my car looking presentable again, also a few little bits that need finishing...

Rub-down and polish front bumper, refit the bits of trim from the rear bumper...

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...not to mention a quick clean inside and out.

Here is a picture of the front end with the towing eye cover fitted... Unfortunately I took the picture in such a way that you can't actually see it. Oh well. :roll:

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Matt

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Post by Tim Leech » Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:46 am

Dont worry mate its the best looking 14TGE Ive seen so you should feel proud. Are you bringing the car guru that is Mr Adams with you? :D

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Post by Matt H » Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:15 pm

Unfortunately, My dad will be out of the country over that entire weekend, doing the Czech Wrecks Banger rally. Shame 'cause he could have brought his AX GT along.

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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 Aug 17, 2008 7:41 am

No worries bud see you there!