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    Quote Originally Posted by Budge View Post
    Great to see your progress. very inspiring. Having viewed several days posts in one evening it all makes it look so quick and easy!
    Im glad youre enjoying it, so stay put there is more to come!!

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    Default 1975 Dspecial resto

    Just one picture today my second steering wheel has finally arrived it took two and a half month. will need to decide which of the two I will use....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Parisian View Post
    Just one picture today my second steering wheel has finally arrived it took two and a half month. will need to decide which of the two I will use....

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    these repo steering wheels look really good, how close are they to the feel of an original. ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Parisian View Post
    Well!! I would say the rubber flap kit is not too bad I bought it from Citro Services and I must say the smell is tolerable youíre right some years back it really smelled.
    Correct!! Most fuel filters that I have seen have been fitted pass the pump the location is really irrelevant the pressure of the mechanical pump is actually quite good and the filter is passive with very little drag. You will know quickly if any issues.
    Right or wrong this is my 2 cents worth.
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    My comment re the position of the fuel filter has nothing to do with its efficiency as has been posted.
    My concern is if the filter springs a leak it will be under pressure and will spray over the hot engine.
    Despite comments that this is the usual place to install the filter my experience is the opposite. Thinking mechanics will realise that the filter mounted on high and under pressure is not a good thing. The engine heat is not a good environment for the plastic.
    As to efficiency it will be the same if on the suction [tank] side of the pump.

    Personal experience. I had a plastic low mounted filter [not Ryco] leak from a crack in the hose spout. Fortunately it was just that,a leak, the petrol smell giving safe warning.

    My remark re the little Solex was meant in jest and no I couldn't see anything else wrong. Nice work.
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    I'm with Wildebeeste. Always on the suction side. Always.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lamoor View Post
    these repo steering wheels look really good, how close are they to the feel of an original. ??
    Hi lamoor no quite as good as a new one they rebuild them using the returned units and the imperfections stays....

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    Received yet again more parts this time the flexi, windscreen rubber ect.....
    I juggle between citroworld and citroservices to buy my parts sometimes one as the item and the other doesnt...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildebeest View Post
    LeParisian,
    My comment re the position of the fuel filter has nothing to do with its efficiency as has been posted.
    My concern is if the filter springs a leak it will be under pressure and will spray over the hot engine.
    Despite comments that this is the usual place to install the filter my experience is the opposite. Thinking mechanics will realise that the filter mounted on high and under pressure is not a good thing. The engine heat is not a good environment for the plastic.
    As to efficiency it will be the same if on the suction [tank] side of the pump.

    Personal experience. I had a plastic low mounted filter [not Ryco] leak from a crack in the hose spout. Fortunately it was just that,a leak, the petrol smell giving safe warning.

    My remark re the little Solex was meant in jest and no I couldn't see anything else wrong. Nice work.

    Good point wildebeest! this a good constructive comment thank you, years ago I had an engine fire at a petrol station in the middle of the city with my 1963 ID, the copper tube from the Webber popped off and sprayed the spark plug on a near 40 degree day, yeah that wasn’t fun!!!!!!! My first Citroen it happened around 1971 I managed to return it on the road, this car only had hydraulic suspension so easier to fix, bad memories!!!!.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Parisian View Post
    Received yet again more parts this time the flexi, windscreen rubber ect.....
    I juggle between citroworld and citroservices to buy my parts sometimes one as the item and the other doesnt...

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    which parts supplier supplied the french cakes ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lamoor View Post
    which parts supplier supplied the french cakes ?
    No cake just lovely biscuits from Costco

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    This weekend I remove the roof to investigate the rest of the rail for rust, it still had the original factory rubber seal the one with the wire in the center


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    I've started the engine and it runs really well on the Solex carby. I have some issues with flexi the problem is the muffler is 1975 and the engine pipe is 1969 so the flexy needs modification. I have a small movie clip but cannot upload.



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    The search for an old school panel beater has finally stopped I've found someone experienced in that field willing to do the job there is lot of rust cutting and plating to do. So every panels have been stripped and thursday they will go the the beauty shop. its been a very very busy weekend and as you can see I'm working in a very comfined area..

    It will be done into 4 stages
    1 Soda blasting all panels inside and out
    2 Rust cutting some new patches provided
    3 Spray painting
    4 Realignment of panels on chassis
    Roughly around 3 months

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    Pic 6 of 9 where you're blocking the old rear vision mirror holes out - the original hole sometimes tears to the front of the door. I've seen some with extra strengthening welded behind. Our drivers door has torn. It's worth doing while your painting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasya View Post
    Pic 6 of 9 where you're blocking the old rear vision mirror holes out - the original hole sometimes tears to the front of the door. I've seen some with extra strengthening welded behind. Our drivers door has torn. It's worth doing while your painting.
    Thanks! will pass it on to the panel beater

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    Panels packed and on their way to the beauty shop


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    Soda blasting seems to be the current fad. Have walnut shells come and gone? Have you used soda blasting previously? Any issues with paint adhesion, surface quality or post-blast prep? There are many stories about surface micro-polishing and residues. Also it supposedly doesn't remove rust and that requires re-blasting with abrasive media.

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    the best way to go is electrolysis bath with zinc phosphate coat after, gets through the metal and everywhere. I've got panels unpainted now for over 3 months just sitting and barely any surface rust appearing. Just have to find the time to put in the bottom panels and proceed to paint. No abrasion and chemically treated!
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    Quote Originally Posted by David S View Post
    Soda blasting seems to be the current fad. Have walnut shells come and gone? Have you used soda blasting previously? Any issues with paint adhesion, surface quality or post-blast prep? There are many stories about surface micro-polishing and residues. Also it supposedly doesn't remove rust and that requires re-blasting with abrasive media.
    Never done this process before but the panel beater insisted on having the sodablasting process done prior rust repairs. he will cut the rust section out and plate the area

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    Quote Originally Posted by David S View Post
    Soda blasting seems to be the current fad. Have walnut shells come and gone? Have you used soda blasting previously? Any issues with paint adhesion, surface quality or post-blast prep? There are many stories about surface micro-polishing and residues. Also it supposedly doesn't remove rust and that requires re-blasting with abrasive media.
    A year back I had my Renault 4CV soda-blasted and repainted, back to metal for the first time since December 1950. It was a very good process and the painting went well. My painter uses soda-blasting regularly and speaks highly of the process.

    The original Renault primer was tenacious and came off in the end with a phosphoric acid wipe. There was practically no rust to consider, no spidery trails of rust under the primer, so I can't comment on soda blasting on rusty metal. It did take chrome plating off pitted/grotty old diecasting that with hindsight we should have masked. I have new ones so it didn't matter.

    The photos show before during and after for the bonnet, the body after soda blasting and the final result. I'm well pleased!

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    A year back I had my Renault 4CV soda-blasted and repainted, back to metal for the first time since December 1950. It was a very good process and the painting went well. My painter uses soda-blasting regularly and speaks highly of the process.

    The original Renault primer was tenacious and came off in the end with a phosphoric acid wipe. There was practically no rust to consider, no spidery trails of rust under the primer, so I can't comment on soda blasting on rusty metal. It did take chrome plating off pitted/grotty old diecasting that with hindsight we should have masked. I have new ones so it didn't matter.

    The photos show before during and after for the bonnet, the body after soda blasting and the final result. I'm well pleased!

    Cheers
    The results looks quite stunning and the colour suits the car

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Parisian View Post
    The results looks quite stunning and the colour suits the car

    The judges at Saturday's French Car Day in Perth agreed with you. It took off a Michelin / Bonjour Perth trophy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wildebeest View Post
    The judges at Saturday's French Car Day in Perth agreed with you. It took off a Michelin / Bonjour Perth trophy.
    Thanks John - after all that we didn't get a decent chat all day! Next time. I was blown away - never won anything like that before!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Parisian View Post
    The results looks quite stunning and the colour suits the car
    Thank you so much. We had a big family debate about the colour. I wanted to go to her original grey (they look lovely in grey) but she'd been blue since 1966 (yes, I've owned the car for 50 years now) and I was outvoted. I'm not unhappy with the results though! The surprise was just how good the metal was under the awful paint.

    And to repeat, the soda blasting really was very satisfactory.

    Cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    Thank you so much. We had a big family debate about the colour. I wanted to go to her original grey (they look lovely in grey) but she'd been blue since 1966 (yes, I've owned the car for 50 years now) and I was outvoted. I'm not unhappy with the results though! The surprise was just how good the metal was under the awful paint.

    And to repeat, the soda blasting really was very satisfactory.

    There would be no need for disappointment there John as it looks sensational in blue and sits up nicely on the suspension, the wheels look a treat as well.

    Cheers
    There would be no need for disappointment there John as it looks sensational in blue and sits up nicely on the suspension, the wheels look a treat as well.

    Noice!


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