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    The GS Break so long on Car Sales heading south today. Leconte and I flew to Sydney this morning, met the vendor in the shadows Sydney Harbour Bridge, a few photo opportunities, bust out the TomTom and we're on our way.

    First GS drive for me, there's a certain pleasure in gear selection with the C Matic. Seats very comfy, a lot of leg room in the front seats. 4000rpm about 100km/hr, we've seen about 110 down hill. TomTom is a newer model with less battery life than earlier, more expensive ones. The car has a cigarette lighter but not knowing this prior have an Aldi 7400mah battery charger they had on sale a few weeks ago. There are 2 USB outlets on this, it sits very nicely on the parcel shelf under the glovebox.

    So lunch @ Bowral, tonight in Canberra. Then the rather longer drive back to Melb tomorrow.
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    Congratulations on buying that car!

    I've been eyeing it off for months. I feel a sense of immense relief that it is no longer available.

    Enjoy your trip home.
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    Bravo on the purchase. So much fun to be had driving that one around.
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    That's fabulous!!! That car would certainly be a keeper I wonder who's shed his CX ended up in That's one you would also keep under a cover in a carpeted garage !

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    it lives in tassie very a very careful owner

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    John,

    You have put me out of my misery too!! Very well done.

    That car is beautiful and I am sure you will look after it and love it to death.

    I cannot wait to see the pics of the journey. Sounds great.

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    Had I not bought Harriet last year, I'd have picked this beauty up and brought it back to its original spec. I would've taken great pleasure in throwing those GSA mag wheels into the deepest part of the Brisbane river.

    The GS is the perfect bridge between a DS and a 2CV.

    Well done and I'm glad it's going to a good home!

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    Thanks guys! 30km north Albury heading south, the sun is out, pretty much perfect road trip weather! "Von Bock" spent the night in Canberra in a garage where we stayed with Leconte's daughter for the night.

    So of course had to capture this mornings start and "the rise" on Iphone video. We had a laugh last night trying out the higher setting, while stationary of course. "The Great Race" is one of my favourite films, is it the dashing Tony Curtis, the glamorous Natalie Wood. Or Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk as Professor Fate and his sidekick Max and their Hannibal 8. The GS on the rise might be as close as Leconte and I get.

    VB has performed faultlessly so far, having said that its happier warm than cold. Perhaps a bit like a steam car GSs need to warm up first?

    First refuel @ Goulburn was 95 octane with about 25ml Valvemaster fuel treatment as s chaser. 2nd fuel stop @ Gundagai no 95 so used Optimax. 23l for 257km, about 8.95l/100km, 31.7mpg, not too shabby.

    Canberra to Melb possibly more a 2 day road trip to capture all thr photo opportunities, explore the highways and byways. Near Yass there's a section of the old Hume Highway now fenced off and part of someones farm. Did manage a stop at Gundagai, a walk up and down the main street, morning tea @ the Niagra Cafe. Who can pass through Gundy without calling there! And a trawl through the antique centre @ the 1929 Gundagai Theatre. Some very nice furniture, tables, antique tall boy chests of drawers and quite a few turn of the 20th century scales.

    Drive from Gundagai to Tarcutta although divided road still seems to have the character of the old road with some up grades and some low grades. So in
    this regard the GS can be doing 11* down some of the hills, 65 up the other side. Leconte and I differ on this, he's more inclined to use a little more gas/accelerator up the hills, me less so. Some other small cars I've owned where like this, Honda City and a Mazda 121 Bubble in up and down country. So in one section a station wagon and semi had passed us, until we got to a down hill section, VB would not be held back even with a trailing throttle and foot barely on pedal. 4500, 5000, 5500 without any strain.

    Well Albury gone while typing this, just past Chiltern, 2.5hrs to Melbourne airport to pickup my daily driver then home. Not sure where Von Bock will spend tonight, Sun night hopefully in an Auntys garage where it will have one of her neighbours cars for company. A few weeks ago a
    Mint austin A40 Countryman van which had
    Morphed into a Porsche carrera targa last time I visited. A weekday morning visit with measuring tape & GS dimensions to make sure there was roo
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    First GS job? An oil change and filter.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by donat View Post
    Had I not bought Harriet last year, I'd have picked this beauty up and brought it back to its original spec. I would've taken great pleasure in throwing those GSA mag wheels into the deepest part of the Brisbane river.


    The GS is the perfect bridge between a DS and a 2CV.

    Well done and I'm glad it's going to a good home!

    This sort of thing I have done, and lived to regret it... Fortunatley it was a 404 body shell and I got back down to tthe dump to cut the floor section I needed out of it before the dozer moved in...

    You never know when a GSA in need of original wheels might turn up...
    Anyway, I thought the Bijou was the bridge betweent he D and the tin snail??

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    So after a late lunch at the Holbrook Bakery, great salad rolls and doing a roaring trade, a stop at Benalla Lawn Cemetry to pay our respects to Lecontes mother-in-laws sister, yours truly took the wheel for the final leg home. Another stop for Optimax @ Euroa, Gundagai-Euroa averaged 8.28l/100km or 34.25mpg on the old scale.

    Treated to a very nice pink sunset around Avenel, the GS lights pierced the dark Victorian night, low beam is very penetrating, high beam strong. Although GS steering seems heavy when parking, once on the move it's very light. A lot of cars require a lot of small movements of the steering wheel, almost like theres slop in the box. Not so the GS. By now we're becoming familiar with all the sticks and stalks.

    The bloody TomTom! SWMBO always complains when I ignore it's instructions. Instead of continuing down the Hume and along to the Western Ring Road TT takes the Donnybrook Road turnoff and over dark, narrow roads to north of the airport. If you saw the shortcut Phil Silvers took in It's a Mad Mad World this was its bitumen equivalent from hell. Poorly lit, narrow.

    So the final tally 977.9km in 31hrs with an overnight stop, we arrived back home relaxed and in good spirits. The Road trip over time to return home to the "wives"

    Postscript : the car came with a Haynes Service Manual, Leconte opened the first page "GVB Jan '89" Roy Von Bock himself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Llewellyn View Post
    Anyway, I thought the Bijou was the bridge betweent he D and the tin snail??
    Ths Bijou was a 2CV with an English fibreglass body. It was a bridge too far, rather than a bridge between anything.

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    A selection of Road Trip snaps.....

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    Hi,

    You will learn to if you want to get up hills at a respectable speed in a GS, always keep the engine above 4000 rpm. At least that was how my GS 1220 Pallas seemed to like it. I can remember climbing up some amazing hills south of Coonabarabran on the Newell at 4000+rpm in fourth gear back in 1981.

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    John, great pcs and comments. Very well done, and the car looks so nice.

    I don't suppose you know what has become of the VB's themselves? I knew they were into other things too and had a nice Merc, and lived on Central Coast.

    That car was from Dee Why, so that person bought from VB.

    I hope you are able to preserve it.

    Are you going to do anything to it apart from oil service? I actually love the GSA wheels, and would leave them on. Z

    I notice another GS estate in same colour on aussiefrogs sale section for 8 grand. Looks like has had a lot of work, but yours is original.

    I dearly miss mine, and looks like it is dead. It was HFT189 NSW rego, last owed by a Mark Buran. I wish someone could tell me what has become of it.

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    Hi Chris
    Leconte & I arrived in Melbourne very relaxed, apart from the TomTom detour via Mickleham. Not good GS country!!

    Like going to a boot camp, sometimes you feel brilliant the next day. The stiffness comes the day after. Talking with Leconte I said maybe we could do Road Trips as a hobby for those not inclined. "Driveaways" in the USA seem common, perhaps that where old people are going to Florida for the winter and pay someone to drive the car there while they fly. A couple of road trips a year would be fun. There's something about being in a car, running well, heading for home as the sun sets and night falls.

    Did another trip like this years ago in an E38 Charger. Might have had 3 women on board, we'd been down on the Mornington Penisula for a lunch, dark on the way home. 2 in the back, one in the front (in my single days). This one was a real survivor. The interior was good, the outside had had a very hard life. Dark night, quiet passengers (one of the girls in the back was an "I dream of Jeannie" Barbara Eden look-a-like). Saturday nights final leg home was like this except just Leconte and I. You have to hand it to these 1970s designs.

    The GS Break does feel funny. Looking at the front, it's very CX, from the same designer and there's a lot of leg room in the front. We'll see how we go if there's ever any rear seat passengers. Have always had a bit of a soft spot for the look of CXs and CX wagons. It's hard to imagine how they feel to drive as even with the Break it feels like you have a lot of car behind you. They don't feel minature or fragile to drive. There was recently a beautiful 1984 blue CX wagon for sale in England.

    With the GSA "Chic" wheels I quite like them. It might make the car look "girly" who knows. But also like the slotted steel wheels. Leconte it seems likes to turn a wrench, I'm more inclined to pay someone to do the work. But who knows might learn something D-I-Y. VB has a luggage cover between the back seat and the tailgate which didn't seem to be sitting right. L had a play with this and the rear part was a 180 degrees out.

    So back to work, the impressions of "electronique" tachometers, Simplex ignition locks, someone Dubois keys, put the one side for a day or two! Peter from the CCOCA mentioned there's a Weber specialist down in High Street Thornbury. Might be "Thornbury Carburettors"

    Or perhaps a talk with Eddie in Europe on fuel injection

    http://www.eddinsmoto.com/id131.htm

    With the Von Bock's themselves I'm curious, might be another small project when time allows. Can see some VBs mentioned in the Kurangai Chase Historical Society (Sydney Northern Beaches area?). There was a General Von Bock in WW11. A German owning a french car hopefully bodes well. Germans are normally very precise people so hopefully some "germanity" has rubbed off!

    Plan is to get VB onto historic plates, change all the oils and fluids, gather together new plugs, points, basic spares, etc have a new windscreen washer bottle coming from Italy (thanks Lamoor for the lead), make sure all the maintenance is up to scratch. Hope to be at the Citroen concours in Melbourne in Oct. Not necessarily over the top serious, just as an exhibitor. Then maybe hunt around for some original Citroen keys and minor jewellery like that.

    In a busy life finding the time to go places will be a challenge. But with something like 45 days a year each, I'd like to think VB is out on the road most weekends. Certainly I look forward to a few weekends away, Daylesford, Mornington, places like that and a steam car rally if can find one. One thing the GS will not replace is my daily driver where you'd drive that 400m down the corner for milk. GS trips methinks have to be slightly longer than that. It feels like the first 2 to 3km are warmup mode. Really short trips don't feel like a good GS idea!


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    Roy von Bock is still going and sometimes comes to CCC events - although all to rarely these days. His lovely wife Di passed away early 2011 (I think) after living with an age related illness for some years.

    Roy and Di hosted a number of CCC events at their Brisbane Waters home over the years and were always generous and interesting hosts. Roy's garage and organisation of it was enviable.
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    Several times I parked next to that GS at CCCNSW events and thought if ever it is for sale, I hope I will be able to buy it. It was always very nice talking to them, Mrs von Bock always referred to the Prestige as a sportier CX because of the longer lines. Unfortunately I visited and drooled over the add in Carsales but could never justify it now.

    The C-matic gearbox suits the GS so well, looks like the economy is pretty good to on country runs. Hope you get a lot of fun out of it
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    Quote Originally Posted by qmusic View Post

    I dearly miss mine, and looks like it is dead. It was HFT189 NSW rego, last owed by a Mark Buran. I wish someone could tell me what has become of it.

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    Chris, I presume you are referring to Marc Beran. If so he is still listed on the Australasian Citroen SM Register. Unfortunately, there is no contact # for him, but if you ring Peter McLeod at SM Australia (who maintains the Register) 0413945789 he may be able to help.
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    Roger, thanks for that. Will give him a call soon. Chris

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    Cheers Greg, yes the GS is pretty economic on the open road. Around town short runs might be a killer with the choke and getting up to running temperature.

    Filling up yesterday after Euroa to Melbourne (about 150km) and a bit of short running around Melbourne (cruising the length of High Street Thornbury-Northcote, a photo opportunity outside the historic
    Westgarth Theatre ) 28.43 mpg over 278km. Say about 150km highway, 130km around town.

    Westgarth, Northcote, Thornbury, Clifton Hill, North Carlton, North Fitzroy are possiblly some of the areas where GSs and a lot of other Citroens would have lived in earlier lives. Bearded university students, alternative thinkers etc, etc . There was a GS sedan on Carpoint sometime ago in Northcote, a 1978 model for about $3500/4500.

    GSs seem to have 2 modes..... if you're a novice. in the wrong gear and a hill presents itself there might be a stream of traffic behind you as you chug up the hill. Approached the correct way, perhaps 3000-3500 rpm plus keeping up with the modern stuff is no problem. And once you get over the hill, modern day cars can be the ones in the way. Dr Jekkyl and Mr Hyde. Anticipating traffic, traffic lights helps. And great brakes and very good steering. One improvement we'll make is a decent horn. Perhaps a set of airhorns. As is the current horn seems feeble.

    This particular car has an AM/FM radio cassette in the console with a small on off toggle switch with a lock on the end of the switch which when lifted allows you to turn the power on. Not sure what radio stations it's tuned to, Sydney ones most likely. Stumbled across 98.1 FM here in Melbourne which is some sort of community radio with a lot of light jazz, swing, etc. Listening to this while driving the GS seems strangely in character!

    http://www.easternfm.com.au/program.php?SDAY=Tue

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    Quote Originally Posted by J'aime la vie View Post
    One improvement we'll make is a decent horn. Perhaps a set of airhorns. As is the current horn seems feeble.
    I'm sure getting a CX-like set-up where you get the GS horn as a town horn and when you leave it on, the FIAMM airhorns come on would give you the most enjoyment, or...

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    A couple clips from the road trip, hopefully on this link -

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