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    Well guys the GS is finally home after 7 months at Citromet and wasn't it worth the wait and what a great job they did on her...!

    Unfortunately it wasn't ready for the Cit In but such is life....

    Drove her home (a trip of about 80k's) last night and it is amazing that you can have so much fun in a 30 year old 1.2 litre car ... you coudln't wipe the grin off my face... (I even washed up after dinner!)

    How good is a well adjusted C-matic behind an engine that loves to rev...?!? Simply magic....

    For those amongst us that crticicise "specilist" Citroen repairers and the fictional nature of their invoices all I can say is that for the money I was charged given the parts and labour involved and with a young family that I try and spend as much time with as I can it was great value...

    For those that have grown children (or no kids) then spending a weekend under the bonet of a GS (or CX or whatever) might be an option but when you want to enjoy your Cit's and your kids you rely on others and pay what you can afford as you can afford it and guys like Tom and Andrew make that possible.

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    The GS went in needing some TLC and a good going over, it squeeked, rattled, leaked and had a problem with the C-matic (that was misdiagnosed by another Cit specialist by the way) It came out tight as a drum, running likea swiss watch, and after 120k's with no obvious oil leaks .. oh and it starts first go on the choke and drives away without a splutter....

    Anyway I guess you can tell I'm smitten... I've added some pics and thought I'd include some of the BX as well, given that went for a fang down Wisemans Ferry Road on the weekend ... and went like a bullet trian on tracks...

    Two down ... 1 x 9/72 GS to go... !

    Cheers....
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    Wow Jack that looks incredible, even from the daggy photos

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    That's one nice looking GS. Good to hear it's running well.

    BTW: It's probably just as well you didn't come to the Cit-in. There was the BEST GS I have EVER seen in my life there. At $3-4000 it was the bloody bargain of the century. Really it was fantastic. You could spent $15,000++ on a tired GS to get it looking as nice as the GS there. My father and I kept saying we should buy it ... But what the bloody hell would we do with it

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    Thanks guys... and sorry about the "daggy" camera phone pics but the thing is so convenient to use...!!

    I guess "good" GS's are a dieing breed and my theory is given that I have a bog standard TRI BX that has cost me big $$'s and would never make way for a 16V (so that I would have to spend big $$'s all over again) then the GS is the model I can dote on.

    I probbably paid over the odds for mine initally but it was all worth while when we had the front end off (including fenders) and eng / trans out to find that there is not a spot of rust (or a repair) anywhere to be seen on the car. Rails, sills, firewall (as are the boot and windor surrounds) all clean as a whistle. So apart from some very minor bubbling at the bottom of two of the doors and some cracking / crows feet on the bonnet / turret on what is now a ten year old respray it's a good'un (glove box lid and retrimmed interior included!)

    I'm now looking forward to gettign stuck into the second one... and that will most certainly be an at home DIY project.

    Now all I need to do is phone Brendan an his G-Special and make it triplets...!!

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    No probs....You've got my number yeah? I left a voicemail with you on Sunday afternoon but I guess you were busy.

    Bring your GS down and I'll take some better photos of it so you can show off some more

    Shane.....are you saying that GS was for sale? Was that the blue one I saw in the photos?

    Have you got any more details?

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    Nah,

    I don't have the details of the GS for sale. And yes, it was the blue one with the series II CX mirrors on it (I threatened to steal the mirrors for my car the owner didn't sound enormously impressed ).

    I didn't give the GS a good going over, but from my quick look it's without a doubt the best GS I have ever seen !!

    Maybe UFO might have some details
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    '85 Series II CX2500 GTi Turbo I
    '63 ID19 http://www.aussiefrogs.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90325
    '72 DS21 ie 5spd pallas (last looked at ... about 15years ago)
    '78 GS1220 pallas
    '92 Range Rover Classic ... 5spd manual.

    Yay ... No Slugomatics


    Modern Junk:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Z
    Well guys the GS is finally home after 7 months at Citromet and wasn't it worth the wait and what a great job they did on her...!
    Jack that's great news. But why did it take 7 months?

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    Well Graham it's like this...

    Tom and Andrew (Citromet) tend to prioritise their work two ways:-
    1) Daily driver = in and out ASAP
    2) "Projects" = when we don't have any daily drivers to work on we will work on projects.

    The rest is not rocket science ... they are always busy workng on Xantias, BX's, CX's that people rely on so they take ages to get to the "project cars"

    When they do finally get to to them they find a part that needs to be sourced... (add a few weeks) then when they start doing the work.. they find something else that needs doing... (add a few more weeks) and so it goes on...

    The upsides?? .. there are many...

    Free dry, secure storage (great when you have more cars than room)
    They charge a reduced labour rate when you work this way (easier on the hip pocket
    When you need specific parts sourced that are hard to find or no longer avialble new they will rebuild rather then go 2nd hand (ie have suspension components rebushed for example rather than go 2nd hand) or wait for the best available to be sourced
    You have time to save to pay the bill without upsetting SWMBO!
    And you sure as hell look forward to getting it back after waiting all that time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by macquered
    that GS was for sale? Was that the blue one I saw in the photos?

    Have you got any more details?
    Correct, that GS WAS for sale. It now resides in the Wollongong area.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO
    Correct, that GS WAS for sale. It now resides in the Wollongong area.
    Mrs UFO bought a ***REAL*** car to replace the Magna

    seeya,
    Shane L.
    'Cit' homepage:
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    Proper cars--
    '85 Series II CX2500 GTi Turbo I
    '63 ID19 http://www.aussiefrogs.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90325
    '72 DS21 ie 5spd pallas (last looked at ... about 15years ago)
    '78 GS1220 pallas
    '92 Range Rover Classic ... 5spd manual.

    Yay ... No Slugomatics


    Modern Junk:
    '07 Poogoe 407 HDi 6spd manual

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    Quote Originally Posted by UFO
    Correct, that GS WAS for sale. It now resides in the Wollongong area.
    Just as well eh I'm afraid I probably would have bought it sight unseen going by Shanes description.

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    This is the car that **was** for sale. Like I said, someone got themselves a bargain !!!





    And here with the GS birotor (it looked even better than the birotor !!)



    seeya,
    Shane L.
    'Cit' homepage:
    Citroen Workshop
    Proper cars--
    '85 Series II CX2500 GTi Turbo I
    '63 ID19 http://www.aussiefrogs.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90325
    '72 DS21 ie 5spd pallas (last looked at ... about 15years ago)
    '78 GS1220 pallas
    '92 Range Rover Classic ... 5spd manual.

    Yay ... No Slugomatics


    Modern Junk:
    '07 Poogoe 407 HDi 6spd manual

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