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    Default Love old citroens but hesitant about owning a GS?

    Don't be!

    Just completed a round trip to Tennant Creek, Northern Territory without a hitch.

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    New Continental 145/15 tyres provided noticeable improvement in responsiveness and road noise levels.

    Car sat on 4000rpm all day long with ease. Never missed a beat.

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    The last pic gives you an idea of the lovely whirring note of that superb air-cooled flat four fully wound out.

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    Looks like a great trip. I rarely see any French cars out of Perth. A real shame as they used to be such good country cars. Then again I now use at Nissan Patrol.

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    Unsung heroes of the Citroen line up. Never the star but always doing a great job in the chorus at the back of the stage. If ever a car was greater than the sum of all it's parts then these are it. It's as if someone had look at every car Citroen had ever made, taken the best bit of every model and then stuck them all together to make a car.

    I've had a few over the years of various types and they were all terrific in their own way. People around you look at what seems to be a 'plain Jane' but owners and drivers can sit there and enjoy them, knowing just what a great little package they are.
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    110Kmh Road sign in Qld on a road other than motorway ? Since when?
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    Quote Originally Posted by harrisson_citroen View Post
    110Kmh Road sign in Qld on a road other than motorway ? Since when?
    Sssssshhh they will be there tomorrow to replace it with a 100Km/h or even less.
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    Funny, I just started a thread about touring in a D, then I see you did this in a GS! thanks for the inspiration 😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrisson_citroen View Post
    110Kmh Road sign in Qld on a road other than motorway ? Since when?

    I see them when I head West and no I wouldn't call them roads Motorways
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    Well done. The old lady who had it before me and owned it since 1975 said she rarely ever drove it outside of town and here/there you are! I don't think I took it more than 200km out of Bris in the years I had it


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    Melanie,

    Irrespective of the vehicle, it has to be prepared / checked that all is OK. It does not matter if you are going down the street or around Australia notwithstanding that degree of checking depends on the length of the journey.

    How many times have you seen trailers on the side of the road broken down?

    A few years ago, I accompanied a friend to pick up a non going Lancia in Adelaide (from Melbourne)/ Prior to agreeing to help him, I had asked him to ensure that the trailer he was going to use be check out (as it sat dormant for a few years). Unbeknown to me (not sure whether that he lied that he had) he did not. We did not get far out of Adelaide before the suspension failed and stuffed up a tyre. Result - an extra 24 hour on the road plus accomodation, plus a new tyre plus new "U bolts" plus running around, All because he did not check that all is OK before we left. I reckon we were lucky to get to Adelaide in the first place.

    Our first D was driven home (Essendon) fron Brisbane. Condition of sale was that the D was to checked by Lance of DS Motors before the trip home.

    We had a pleasant drive to Essendon.

    I can assure you that graham66 checked out his GS prior to departure and not leave it to chance.

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    PS: Prior to departure for Essendon.



    Quote Originally Posted by MelanieYlang View Post
    Funny, I just started a thread about touring in a D, then I see you did this in a GS! thanks for the inspiration 

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    Quote Originally Posted by JAJEA View Post
    Melanie,

    Irrespective of the vehicle, it has to be prepared / checked that all is OK. It does not matter if you are going down the street or around Australia notwithstanding that degree of checking depends on the length of the journey.

    How many times have you seen trailers on the side of the road broken down?

    A few years ago, I accompanied a friend to pick up a non going Lancia in Adelaide (from Melbourne)/ Prior to agreeing to help him, I had asked him to ensure that the trailer he was going to use be check out (as it sat dormant for a few years). Unbeknown to me (not sure whether that he lied that he had) he did not. We did not get far out of Adelaide before the suspension failed and stuffed up a tyre. Result - an extra 24 hour on the road plus accomodation, plus a new tyre plus new "U bolts" plus running around, All because he did not check that all is OK before we left. I reckon we were lucky to get to Adelaide in the first place.

    Our first D was driven home (Essendon) fron Brisbane. Condition of sale was that the D was to checked by Lance of DS Motors before the trip home.

    We had a pleasant drive to Essendon.

    I can assure you that graham66 checked out his GS prior to departure and not leave it to chance.

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    PS: Prior to departure for Essendon.

    Hey John,

    More times than I care to recall, my partner was broken down with a trailer! That probably doesn't bode well, where trailers are concerned... We did just buy a Big Boot one-wheeled trailer to tow behind Daphne duLittle, speaking of trailers.

    My first drive of Daphne was 400km, and she turned out to be definitely not roadworthy (though had been checked out and okayed by a D specialist mechanic, so I guess we were lucky, or else there's lots of tolerance where functionality is concerned).

    The rate we're going with ironing out the old girl's wrinkles and preparing to tour, my planned trip through mid north SA might be further off than hoped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by graham66 View Post
    Don't be!

    Just completed a round trip to Tennant Creek, Northern Territory without a hitch.

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    New Continental 145/15 tyres provided noticeable improvement in responsiveness and road noise levels.

    Car sat on 4000rpm all day long with ease. Never missed a beat.

    The last pic gives you an idea of the lovely whirring note of that superb air-cooled flat four fully wound out.
    Good show! I had worried that, as the Contis are 145/65-15 (not 145/80-15 like the usual XZX or Nankang CX-668), there was risk of pinching the shorter sidewall in a pothole. Glad things went smoothly :-)

    I've always liked the GS (although I prefer the AlfaSud).

    cheers! Peter
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    The GS was laden with extra weight like camping gear, food, water, LHM, extra spare wheel, spare spheres, fan, belts, tools etc..

    Usually I would got high 7s to low 8s, unladen, highway cycle.

    I calculate my Odo induced an error of 0.911 due to the lower aspect ratio of the tyre.

    Brand Place Type Litres Odo (miles) Actual miles (odo error) Kms litres per 100
    Woolworths Toowoomba Vortex 98 10.32 91 82.97 133.53 7.73
    Caltex Miles Vortex 98 14.79 113 103.03 165.81 8.92
    Woolworths Roma Vortex 95 10.5 94.6 86.25 138.81 7.56
    No Name Augethella PULP 95 22.38 182.2 166.12 267.35 8.37
    Metro Petroleum Blackall ULP 91 15.68 147.1 134.12 215.85 7.26
    Caltex Longreach Vortex 98 15.951 144.7 131.93 212.32 7.51
    Caltex Kynuna Vortex 95 27.01 233 212.44 341.89 7.90
    Puma Cloncurry PULP 95 12.80 123.1 112.24 180.63 7.09
    Puma Camooweal PULP 95 25.67 214.1 195.21 314.16 8.17
    No Name Barkly Homestead PULP 95 19.04 175.5 160.01 257.52 7.39
    BP Tennant Creek BP Ultimate 18.01 146.4 133.48 214.82 8.38
    No Name Barkly Homestead ULP 95 16.07 142.3 129.74 208.80 7.70
    Puma Camooweal PULP 95 22.45 179.5 163.66 263.39 8.52
    Woolworths Mt Isa Vortex 95 15.41 127.8 116.52 187.53 8.22
    Puma Cloncurry PULP 98 9.42 81.7 74.49 119.88 7.86
    Caltex Kynuna Vortex 95 15.31 127.1 115.89 186.50 8.21
    Caltex Winton Vortex 98 13.15 111.6 101.75 163.76 8.03
    Puma Barcaldine PULP 95 22.09 192 175.06 281.73 7.84
    No Name Augethella PULP 95 27.7 218.8 199.49 321.05 8.63
    Caltex Roma Vortex 98 19.85 179.8 163.94 263.83 7.52
    Caltex Dalby Vortex 98 20.22 183.1 166.94 268.67 7.53













    worst Toowoomba to Miles 8.92





    best Kynuna to Cloncurry 7.09





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    A special thank you to Lance Collins from DS Motors who has provided excellent care and maintenance of this car.

    As a result, little work needed to be done in preparation for this journey as everything has been fixed and well maintained since I took ownership.

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    Perhaps you need to call other Aussiefroggers who might do a similar trip in convoy.

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    did you pass any roadtrains or caravan haulers? : )

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    Hi Graham
    Good show !! Well recorded too You might have had the best ride on those awful back roads. I often think as i go along in my big camper that a hydraulic Citroen would be heaven out there.

    We had a Orange GS wagon years ago. A great looking car and one of the most reliable cars we had. Just had to double shuffle into 2nd as the syncro did not work. But other than that it never let us down and my wife loved it to drive. I never got round to doing the box as it was easy to change. Best looking model Citroen made IMHO.
    A couple of years back another Citroen owner came to our place and said he remembered coming here to buy our GS Had a good run out of it for some years too. He remembered the double shuffling into 2nd also
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    Not sure about owning a GS? Citroens are like cats - they own humans, not the other way about!

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    Good to see you taking it on a bit of adventure.


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    graham66 - thanks for posting your story. Great trip in a great little car

    This is an interesting link that relates to potential GS tyre options:

    https://tyres.supercheapauto.com.au/...45&diameter=15
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4cvg View Post
    Good show! I had worried that, as the Contis are 145/65-15 (not 145/80-15 like the usual XZX or Nankang CX-668), there was risk of pinching the shorter sidewall in a pothole. Glad things went smoothly :-)

    I've always liked the GS (although I prefer the AlfaSud).

    cheers! Peter
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    ^ Not a Pallas. It's an early 1015.

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    my fault - didn't see detail when looking at pics on phone. No full wheel hubs and no protective strip over door. So it's a 70/71 or 72 - nice to see something that was quite rust prone to survive that long...

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdvreede View Post
    rust prone ..
    Maybe in Europe. Not so much here.

    Certainly no more prone than a D, or any number of other cars of that era.

    Yes it's a '72

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    Quote Originally Posted by graham66 View Post
    Maybe in Europe. Not so much here.

    Certainly no more prone than a D, or any number of other cars of that era.

    Yes it's a '72
    And much better than an alfa sud salt on the roads doesn't help - mine had serious rusting of the chassis - after 4 years and 80k on the clock...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4cvg View Post
    Good show! I had worried that, as the Contis are 145/65-15 (not 145/80-15 like the usual XZX or Nankang CX-668), there was risk of pinching the shorter sidewall in a pothole. Glad things went smoothly :-)

    I've always liked the GS (although I prefer the AlfaSud).

    cheers! Peter
    Me too, just so long as they didn't rust though.
    The GS must have had better rust prevention, I guess.


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