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    Well! Here we go again about to embark on another restoration project this time a 1975 Dspecial in quite a reasonable condition some rust yes, but in moderation definitely will need a rear passenger door if any one has one. I picked up this car from Mudgee its been seating in a barn for some years. this mean the DS21 project has to go so if any one is interested please PM me.

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    Let's forget the CitroŽn for a moment. I want that blue thing now.

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    Daffy, those blue things are a dime a dozen out here. How many would you like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by daffyduck View Post
    Let's forget the CitroŽn for a moment. I want that blue thing now.
    You have a blue thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrypro View Post
    Daffy, those blue things are a dime a dozen out here. How many would you like?
    Two would probably do it. What I really need are lots of green things right now. Lack of green things precludes acquisition of new blue things.
    Don't get me wrong. I have a bosso bitchin blue thing here already but it is in a different league than the blue thing that started this conversation.
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    Better move fast Daffy if you want a blue thing 'cos the USA based manufacturer of blue things here in Aus plan to close the factory down very soon, then all you will be able to get will be Bosso Bitchin blue things or those Thai built things.

    PS Congratulations Le Parisian on the new project. Will you be able to straighten that roof rail or seeking a replacement?
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    Well? There isn't much I can do to acquire an Aussie blue thing. As to the bosso bitchin one that lives here, she will grace the pages of the September issue of Hemming's Sports and Exotics: if you folks can get ahold of that usually well compiled and written rag you can see her up close and personal.
    As long as we are stuck on blue, and this thread is for the newly acquired Special (woo-hoo), I respectfully suggest that blue camargue would be a good color choice when the time comes. I'll be watching with enthusiasm as stuff such as the topic of this thread really turns my crank.

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    Ah yes. Door handles indicate post 1972 production. Blue camargue was popular in 1972. Many of the D Specials sold in the USA were blue with a grey or white roof. Roof might even be spiffy in black over blue.
    Being a 72 or later, that car might be a good candidate for a Weber carb conversion as well. Very nice upgrade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
    PS Congratulations Le Parisian on the new project. Will you be able to straighten that roof rail or seeking a replacement?
    I think Le Parisian is offering the bent DS21 for sale. . .

    Quote Originally Posted by daffyduck View Post
    . . .that car might be a good candidate for a Weber carb conversion as well. Very nice upgrade.
    The car that is the subject of this thread is a late (1975) Aus spec DSpecial it should already sport a Weber. . .

    Looking forward to your progress Phillipe, I'm betting you'll finish well ahead of my never ending story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daffyduck View Post
    Let's forget the CitroŽn for a moment. I want that blue thing now.
    More on the blue thing, except this one is red. "HSV has given it a final send-off by installing the 6.2-litre supercharged V8 from the range-topping GTS."

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    Quote Originally Posted by gerrypro View Post
    Daffy, those blue things are a dime a dozen out here. How many would you like?
    Really!! well give me a dozen then for a dime!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
    Better move fast Daffy if you want a blue thing 'cos the USA based manufacturer of blue things here in Aus plan to close the factory down very soon, then all you will be able to get will be Bosso Bitchin blue things or those Thai built things.

    PS Congratulations Le Parisian on the new project. Will you be able to straighten that roof rail or seeking a replacement?
    I'm dropping the 1971 DS21 EFI 5 speed project and this car is on the market can't do 2 projects at the same time just too costly. anyone interested please call its a repairable project and looks worse then really is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by daffyduck View Post
    Let's forget the CitroŽn for a moment. I want that blue thing now.
    Sorry mate this is my work horse, the Ute you need when you own Citroens just in case of some Citroen failure
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBlood View Post
    I think Le Parisian is offering the bent DS21 for sale. . .



    The car that is the subject of this thread is a late (1975) Aus spec DSpecial it should already sport a Weber. . .

    Looking forward to your progress Phillipe, I'm betting you'll finish well ahead of my never ending story.

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    Hi Chris
    You're correct its a last of the 1975 Dspecial but unfortunately it come with a single barrel Solex carburetor I would definitely prefer a Weber so if anyone has a conversion kit that they want to part with let me know I'm also after a passenger read door.and its going to be another expensive project and hopefully will aim to complete by the end of the year. thank you for the encouragement

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    Just out of curiosity Phillipe why did you pick up the DSpecial and choose to ditch the 21? Would have thought the 21 was a more desirable restoration? I love the interior on that 21!

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    Quote Originally Posted by forumnoreason View Post
    Just out of curiosity Phillipe why did you pick up the DSpecial and choose to ditch the 21? Would have thought the 21 was a more desirable restoration? I love the interior on that 21!
    The 1975 Dspecial kind of a barn find was just too good to pass. Incidentally if the 21 does not sale I will put it in storage and perhaps restore it later.

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    OK the work has begin on the D special here are a couple of pics

    the chassis has been de-greased yeah the worst job is over, both brake calipers overhauled, timing chain replaced, fitted a new clutch assembly including bearings, new engine mounts, new starter motor fitted, waiting on new alternator. Engine has been tested and has good compression between 158 and 162 PSI between all pistons gearbox is also OK. waiting on 3 batch of goodies from overseas.



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    Looks like a good solid car. Cleaned up well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaelr View Post
    Looks like a good solid car. Cleaned up well.
    She did come up clean quite impressed actually very straight and very original no prior restoration

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