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Postby Zelandeth » Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:34 pm

After a great weekend up north, back to normal life again.

Having finally managed to secure the correct slave cylinder for the clutch on the Skoda I set about getting that changed over today. One of those very rare cases of it actually being as simple to do as it really should be. Can't have taken more than 20 minutes from start to finish, including bleeding and adjusting the clutch.

I've ordered a new thermostat to hopefully resolve the intermittent - and difficult to replicate - overheating issue that it's shown on a couple of occasions. The 'stat wasn't done when I changed the head gasket as the seller I'd bought one had sent the wrong one. Given the behaviour I'd seen I suspect that it's sticking.

Just need to finish giving it the once over and throw the new thermostat in, then will get it booked in for an MOT. Then we can start thinking about making arrangements to get the swap done - the current owner of the Xantia Activa is going to be taking ownership of the Skoda while I move back into the world of Citroen ownership with their Activa.

Have to admit that I haven't half missed having one since I sold my old TD on a year or so back.
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Postby hoverfrog » Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:55 pm

...did day 3 of Niva restoration with the retired Renault mechanic! He's a bit of a perfectionist, so this is not a Hoverfrog "it looks better than it did so that's Ok!" kindof deal - it's the real thing...
Sorry, Tom, that I haven't (yet) asked for any parts, I was somewhat peed-off with the French post people that kept your/my parcel at Roissy for so long... but it has to be said that parts bought from you 'do the distance', which can't be said for other suppliers :( (you wouldn't have a starter motor in stock would you? I'll pay for FedEx, at least they deliver!)

Tomorrow is day 4 of restoration, I'm on sanding duty again, sigh, I'm going to have the DTs for at least a month! :D

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Postby hoverfrog » Fri Nov 10, 2017 6:32 pm

...did day 5 of restoration with the 'retired' Renault mechanic! "On s'amuse bien" - roughly translated that means we're having 'fun'! Actually we are, we don't see the hours pass :)
I'm still on sanding duty - he does the welding and the angle-grinder, and every time I sand an area that was angle-ground, welded, angle-ground and then filled he comes and puts another layer of filler on it!
Now, I know that Nivas have a soul - but also a bad sense of humour! This Niva is going to look like new when we've finished - but then it's probably going to throw a tantrum and we'll have to take the engine apart... best not say that in front of it as that might give it ideas!
My neighbour's hangar will soon be on the tourist maps, as people keep just 'dropping in' to see the transformation - my neighbour has never been so popular! Finished the week on a high note, François cut off the old wing (what was left of it) and put a new one in place. Not welded yet, but we start again on Monday :)

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Postby Zelandeth » Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:36 pm

Sounds like you're making great progress there Mary, really interested to see and hear how things go.

If you're already doing this much work on it, I'd almost be tempted to pull the engine out. Really improve access to the inner wings etc, makes life easier if you're wanting to do any paint around there - and while it's on the stand give the engine a once-over. Clean it up and paint it up so it's as nice as the rest of the car. Not sure if there are any major preventative tasks that are really needed on these engines save for checking out the timing chain tensioner... that's easy enough with it in the car too though.
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Postby hoverfrog » Sat Nov 11, 2017 11:05 pm

I put photos on Facebook every day we work on the Niva, "Mary Lucienne Waller" is me!
Yes, we've made a lot of progress - but there's a long way to go yet! We re-start Monday morning...
For now the engine turns like clockwork, not going to touch it (again!) - this is a 1986 1600, I bought it for spares then fixed it, and it is so nice to drive! Reminded me why I love Nivas :D

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Postby Zelandeth » Sun Nov 12, 2017 2:09 pm

Ah, sadly I'm one of those people who refuses to touch Facebook. First thing it did on my grabbing an account there (mainly so nobody can use it to pretend to be me - have played that game before), was to start trying to reconnect me with former school classmates. I've never communicated with any of these people any way other than face-to-face, nor given Facebook permission to access my contacts, information on where I went to school, grew up etc...nor even my actual name. ...yet it still immediately started to try to reconnect me with a bunch of people I've spent the last 15 years trying to forget as they made my life a living hell when I was at school.

It's frightening what they can work out from an email address it seems...as that's all they've got!
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Postby hoverfrog » Mon Nov 13, 2017 9:03 pm

funny you should say that, as I have had calls from 2 UK firms concerning UK pensions for people who live abroad recently. I asked how they'd found me, and apparently they have a team of researchers who scour FB and other social media looking for ex-pats! Somewhat scary!

On a better note, we're making progress with my Niva! Nothing quite like an overgrown forklift truck to put the Niva in the air leaving all the space around it free for us to work on it :D

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Postby Zelandeth » Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:18 pm

Thermostat on the Skoda changed. I'd planned to put the original water pump back on as it's now been proven to be nothing to do with the overheating problems - however gave up on that for now on account of it being *really* well stuck to its housing. So decided to ignore that, put things back together (including a half hour fight with that 2" long bit that connects the water pump to the heater hose return line.

Given it another quick once over today prior to the MOT tomorrow - just need to pick up another set of wiper blades then we should be good to go...then it's fingers crossed time.

Will also be taking the Activa over for the test as well, so that will be my first time actually even sitting in that car...Not expecting any problems with that though knowing the gent who owns it and his attention to detail!
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Postby hoverfrog » Tue Dec 12, 2017 6:18 pm

...used Eugene's "balljoint tamer" to change upper & lower balljoints on the 1700. When they finally split the BANG resonated in the hangar!
I'm pretty sure it won't get through the CT (French MOT) on account of the rust moths, but the exhaust is no longer swinging in the breeze and hopefully the Holt's Gun Gum will set overnight! Headlight adjustment tomorrow - that will be fun as I took out a front corner on a large lump of granite that is my front gateway :)

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Postby Zelandeth » Sat Dec 16, 2017 5:47 pm

Had to fill the Xantia up today, ended up doing an unexpected (rapid) longer run yesterday so it was a bit lower than I usually let the fuel gauge get - still well above empty though. I'd forgotten how big the tank in these things is! £74 worth of fuel disappeared into the tank...ouch.
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Postby Neil Chowney » Sat Dec 16, 2017 6:40 pm

.....cleaned all the gutters on the house and garage and polished all lthe gutters, soffits and boarding.

Put up a lot of outside crimbo lights.

Sorted out leak on pond.

Put up two new outside lights.

Started looking at a new expresso machine and grinder........
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Postby Andrew353w » Sun Dec 17, 2017 12:55 pm

Zelandeth wrote:Had to fill the Xantia up today, ended up doing an unexpected (rapid) longer run yesterday so it was a bit lower than I usually let the fuel gauge get - still well above empty though. I'd forgotten how big the tank in these things is! £74 worth of fuel disappeared into the tank...ouch.


I've just sold mine! Pathetic as this might sound, I was in tears as the new owner drove off down the road in my 204,000 miles Xantia. I sold it primarily because we needed a tougher car for the lanes, tracks and rutted fields of Devon to where we plan to move and I now own a 2011 Subaru Forester. I'll always miss the Citroën, though! The tank has a capacity of 65 litres (according to Citroën...) but I once s-q-u-e-e-z-e-d 72 litres into the tank! That hurt my wallet more than somewhat!
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Postby hoverfrog » Sun Dec 17, 2017 2:51 pm

another leak on your pond Neil? :roll: It's a Niva pond! :D :lol:

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Postby Zelandeth » Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:13 pm

Andrew353w wrote:
Zelandeth wrote:Had to fill the Xantia up today, ended up doing an unexpected (rapid) longer run yesterday so it was a bit lower than I usually let the fuel gauge get - still well above empty though. I'd forgotten how big the tank in these things is! £74 worth of fuel disappeared into the tank...ouch.


I've just sold mine! Pathetic as this might sound, I was in tears as the new owner drove off down the road in my 204,000 miles Xantia. I sold it primarily because we needed a tougher car for the lanes, tracks and rutted fields of Devon to where we plan to move and I now own a 2011 Subaru Forester. I'll always miss the Citroën, though! The tank has a capacity of 65 litres (according to Citroën...) but I once s-q-u-e-e-z-e-d 72 litres into the tank! That hurt my wallet more than somewhat!


They're an easy car to get attached to. I spent a lot of time regretting moving on my old 1.9TD, though it made sense at the time. I needed space on the driveway, and it was the car with a few issues at the time.

Imagine there may be scope for another one in your life at some point, it's quite possible still to pick up one is pretty good order for not much money. Prices will rise I'm sure in time, but I reckon it will be a good while before they really get expensive.

I'd not planned on getting the Activa, but I sure as heck wasn't going to turn down the opportunity when it turned up! Aside from the uncanny ability it has to dispatch corners and roundabouts with seemingly no regard for physics, it's by a long shot the quickest thing I've ever owned. Second possibly to my Renault 25 Monaco, up there as the most comfortable too. Heated seats you could cook dinner on have been most welcome in the last couple of weeks!

Think I may well have seen your for sale thread over on FCF, do you know if the buyer's a member over there too?
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