How many hoses fro a D special ?
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    Default How many hoses fro a D special ?

    Question 1 : Can anyone tell me how many separate hoses a D special has in its cooling system ?
    Question 2 : On a trip to France what hard to find part(s) to keep my D special running should I be looking for ?
    Thanks for any suggestions

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    Hello,


    I'd take the low pressure return hose from the regulator.
    LHM.
    Clutch cable.
    You will need two breathalisers, two yellow reflective jackets kept in the passenger compartment plus all the usual stuff the froggies want.
    One inner tube

    On my 2000km trip around France, one puncture (hence the inner tube) and one sagging door. The roads are perfect, no traffic, plenty of warning of radar traps. Motorways are dead (except August). The main problem was the locals, reminiscing in French about their misspent youth in the back of a DS with me just nodding and smiling.

    Restaurants only open 12 till 2 midday, even in theme parks. Evening meals are taken quite early. Motorways have regular picnic stops / rest areas but may have 101 squat type toilets as well as the usual type. Signposting is poor by UK standards.

    Have fun
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    Apologies. I put you wrong . I am not driving around France. I am visiting and will be calling in at least one spare parts place that specialises in Ds. What parts should I get that may be very hard to find in Aus.
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    I was getting carried away! I hope to be going this year in my DS. I had my hoses made in silicone, that is their catalogue picture. Expensive, but so much easier to fit. Classic Silicone Hoses - Homepage - Classic silicone hoses, Silicone hoses for classic cars, Silicone coolant hose, Silicone radiator hoses , Silicone heater hose, Silicon hose , high quality silicone hose, motorsport silicone hose, silicone rubber,

    Can you swerve past DerFranzose? Not far from Bremen airport

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    I replaced all water hoses ( save top and bottom radiator) on our DS23efi using generic hoses from Supercheap Auto. If you take the old hoses , you can match them up with what's on the rack (hoses from toranas and geminis etc.) They won't match up perfectly so will need to be cut to size ( length). Remember with a bendy hose you can twist a hose bend in any direction to fit . This won't decrease the hose diameter ( waterflow)... but, you cannot bend a hose. Much cheaper than silicone and probably will last longer than the original hoses.

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    It's really quite amazing how the original hoses do hold up. Experienced originals that remain supple can still be used. Cutting up generic hoses could give a better result than some repro items.

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    Hi,

    I don't think there is anything you need to buy overseas, that you can't get in readily to Australia.

    The only thing that is difficult to bring in here is large parts, but I don't think a front apron will pass as cabin baggage :-))

    Der Franzose can send thing like DS mufflers easily, so stocking up can often be futile. You'll find you'll never have what you need.

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    I have gone through the exercise of replacing all the cooling system hoses recently on 1971 d special.

    Specific to the cooling system all hoses are available locally with the exception of the hose into the heater and the hose from the back of the water pump to the inlet manifold.

    I had the attitude I would source as much locally as I could but you would have to weigh up cost and other factors for yourself.

    Enjoy your trip - France is great

    I could give you a wishlist of items to buy as I'm sure others could add to.....

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