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    Icon9 what do I look for buying a TA

    Like every normal person I would like to own a Traction Avant. Not sure what the hidden problems are, rusty floor?

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    Main rust points are the base of the doors and the sills. A good panelbeater can sort you new door panels and sills fairly easily.

    Cats CitroŽn Net Buyers Guide is a good start.

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    The really vulnerable point is where the pillar between the doors meets the sills. My Traction broke in two there going over a hump because of corrosion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by de launay View Post
    Like every normal person I would like to own a Traction Avant. Not sure what the hidden problems are, rusty floor?
    Hi de launay,
    Well there may be two questionable sentences here.

    Normal persons usually do not like to own a Traction Avant. Be thankful for that as it means you will probably find one you like

    There are probably no hidden problems to do with rust and floors. They will be there for you to see quite easily if you look a bit. Just pull out the 'mats' if any and the dead animals etc and poke away everywhere. No complex body engineering just old age to worry about. Cracks as well as holes !

    We thought we were lucky when we found one with a floor Most others we looked at seemed to be lacking in that department. Still needed a lot of rust removed after the blasting found quite a few holes we did not have initially. My suggestion is to look for the most solid metal body you can find. The mechanicals are rebuildable anyway.

    Cheers jaahn

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    For them, CitroŽn produced the 11 Normale.

    Normality is the strait jacket of the conservative classes.
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    Thanks for the info, jaahn. Once I find one, I will try to keep a record of the path through the repair process. I hope to keep the vehicle for some time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerry freed View Post

    Normality is the strait jacket of the conservative classes.
    Of course I have heard others dance around the same point.

    But that is just beautiful .

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    In 1967 I test drove a 1955 model at Regans. No rust I could find, about 60,000 miles, went like a train. Asking price $500. Took it to my mechanic who said no, you can't get front drive joints, stick with Peugeots, so I did. Otherwise my motoring history could have been quite different.

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    You can get drive joints recond now and there are alternatives. What is getting hard are gear box components.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerry freed View Post
    What is getting hard are gear box components.
    Most of them are fairly easy to get now, as well. The probelm with the newly made parts is quality control. We have dicovered you can't just slot them into an exisiting situation, you have to measure them first (and in the case of brand new brake drums, get them skimmed)

    Big castings are the difficulty, especially gearbox cases. We are investigating getting one printed in titanium alloy but the costs are even greater then buying a good condition second hand original. Maybe I should try crowdsourcing the funds for a developmental model

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