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    PS. The clock IS nice but I think they are cheap. I spent $250 to get one repaired. When I eventually got it back after more than 6 months waiting and many, many phone calls it was gaining 5 minutes a day and couldnt be adjusted.
    The new one is cheaper and keeps perfect time.
    I have had it going for 2 months and still spot on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caisson View Post
    PS. The clock IS nice but I think they are cheap. I spent $250 to get one repaired. When I eventually got it back after more than 6 months waiting and many, many phone calls it was gaining 5 minutes a day and couldnt be adjusted.
    The new one is cheaper and keeps perfect time.
    I have had it going for 2 months and still spot on.
    Hi David
    I like this clock very much its so much easier to set up, just touch the button and the ends starts spinning around electrically, too easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsowner84 View Post
    Well done Philippe. Marvelous work as per usual.

    Regards, Syd
    Cant wait to see pictures of your new acquisition
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caisson View Post
    All beautiful philippe. Those rose brown parts. Nice nice original detail. Must be getting close now.
    I am thinking of going to the french car day in July, will you be there? David
    Absolutely, i will be looking forward to see you at the french car day make sure to bring the DS23, Im quite close to finish this project now and cant wait to drive it

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    Fantastic. I'm sure it great to drive and look amazing.
    Maybe see it at Silverwater. The Lady in Red too perchance

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caisson View Post
    Fantastic. I'm sure it great to drive and look amazing.
    Maybe see it at Silverwater. The Lady in Red too perchance
    Pushing hard to have the restoration completed in time for the Silverwater car show will definitely bring the lady in red
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    Default Dspecial restoration 1975

    Could not resist just bought a restored dash cluster see pictures below with LED lights, speedo in kilometres with temp gauge and nice chrome so my old dash cluster is for sale still in great condition in miles and no broken corners $240 fully functional (can provide pictures if interested}

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    Default D Special restoration 1975

    One done and one to go



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    Nice dash! Did you get this from Fabrice?
    DS23 Pallas BVM Vert Argente - in ground up restoration, soon to be BVH.
    DSpecial 4speed Beige Vanneau, previous ; XM 2.0, maroon, my first.
    And a variety of the usual crapboxes before seeing the light. Except my Mini Cooper with the 3.4 cam and twin webers - that wasn't a POS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vincenzo View Post
    Nice dash! Did you get this from Fabrice?
    Sure did! nice guy he speaks both French and English this dash cluster has a very rare heater gauge loggo , cant wait to fit it in Fabrice can also recondition your own cluster
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    Wow! amazing instruments!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caisson View Post
    Wow! amazing instruments!
    Just love it... apparently the logo on the temp gauge is very rare so I was told

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    Philippe - that instrument panel is wonderful. This car is going to be very very special.


    PS - just awaiting for my D Special to obtain its RWC and registration and then let the photos commence ;-)
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    (Previously owned Frenchies - 1976 Citroen GS 1220, 1997 Peugeot 306 XSi)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsowner84 View Post
    Philippe - that instrument panel is wonderful. This car is going to be very very special.


    PS - just awaiting for my D Special to obtain its RWC and registration and then let the photos commence ;-)
    Thank you and looking forward to see your pictures, are you going to restore it at all???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Le Parisian View Post
    Thank you and looking forward to see your pictures, are you going to restore it at all???
    I have bought a pretty original 1974 D Special. I would like to maintain that as much as possible. I definitely will be looking at getting new seat covers, re-paint the left side wing and rear door (so it blends in with the rest of the car) and just enjoy driving it. I would also want to install a new steering wheel at some point.

    The car will be used for my sister's wedding in October (along with the 2CV) so I just want to make sure it is ready by then.

    I do like many of the upgrades that you have put into your various projects so maybe down the line, I can think about doing that (LED Dash Lights, KM/H Speedo etc).

    Regards, Syd
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    Default DSpecial restoration 1975

    Very busy the last few weeks unfortunately not on the Dspecial, here is a quick update the last guard has now been reassembled and all electrical are spot on I had to replace all connectors under the Dash cluster due to bad oxidized contacts, the new dash cluster has been fitted looks really beautiful and the next job is to refit and adjust the bonnet locking devices and refit the light steel cables ect ect.... Just another day or two to complete and Club rego will be organized. one of the front rebuild sphere is RS never stops does it

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsowner84 View Post
    I have bought a pretty original 1974 D Special. I would like to maintain that as much as possible. I definitely will be looking at getting new seat covers, re-paint the left side wing and rear door (so it blends in with the rest of the car) and just enjoy driving it. I would also want to install a new steering wheel at some point.

    The car will be used for my sister's wedding in October (along with the 2CV) so I just want to make sure it is ready by then.

    I do like many of the upgrades that you have put into your various projects so maybe down the line, I can think about doing that (LED Dash Lights, KM/H Speedo etc).

    Regards, Syd
    Syd, there is 1/2 a tin of matching paint in one of the boxes I foisted on to you. That should be enough (if it hasn't dried up) to 'blow' over those blemishes. Failing that the correct formula for the paint is contained in the file of expenditure that was also foisted on to you.

    Geez, I seem to have a lot more room in my 'dog house' now you have most of the spare 'stuff'.

    La Parisian, your efforts are fantastic.

    Cheers. Kev
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    Default DSpecial restoration 1975

    Well yesterday was a very productive day a fair amount of work has been completed, all done except the rubber under the boot lid needs to be fitted, the plate and aluminium trays received from italie also needs fitting and now waiting for the stainless steel plates which covers the lower section of the chassis .

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    Default Dspecial restoration 1975

    That's not all that happened yesterday the best was to drive it for the first time on the road been club registered now, unbelievable the car drive sooo nice no vibrations and very smooth as a DS should be, the steering very direct with the new retro tires not balanced as yet but no vibrations at all, the brakes very responsive the seats sooo comfortable, the little solex carburetor also very responsive, the motor pulls so well and there is no winnings sounds in forth gear and the gear synchro is perfect. Simply love this car, Many thanks to my son for helping me in completing this beauty now named Mr Grey. the car will be displayed at silverwater park on the 16th of july.
    13 months to complete the restoration from the day we picked up this car in a farm shed in Mudgee to this day.

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    Truly wonderful job - congratulations - another one saved

    Quote Originally Posted by Le Parisian View Post
    That's not all that happened yesterday the best was to drive it for the first time on the road been club registered now, unbelievable the car drive sooo nice no vibrations and very smooth as a DS should be, the steering very direct with the new retro tires not balanced as yet but no vibrations at all, the brakes very responsive the seats sooo comfortable, the little solex carburetor also very responsive, the motor pulls so well and there is no winnings sounds in forth gear and the gear synchro is perfect. Simply love this car, Many thanks to my son for helping me in completing this beauty now named Mr Grey. the car will be displayed at silverwater park on the 16th of july.
    13 months to complete the restoration from the day we picked up this car in a farm shed in Mudgee to this day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterMol View Post
    Truly wonderful job - congratulations - another one saved
    Thank you Peter
    Nothing more rewarding then to get to the finish line and finally get to test DRIVE, that's a wonderful feeling....

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    Marvellous Phillipe, the car looks excellent. 13 months of toiling is hard work. Took me about the same time to turn the Blue Danube into the nice looking and driving "Soufflé " it is now. Well worth it...
    Just did a trip from Brisbane to Byron Bay last week without a hitch and without a complaint from the cheap seats!!! Comfortable no doubt!

    well done, looks really good. As Peter said: Another one saved. Enjoy.

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    Hi P
    A++++
    superb
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    Quote Originally Posted by lamoor View Post
    Hi P
    A++++
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    Cheers!! see you and the GS at Silverwater

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    Quote Originally Posted by bleudanube View Post
    Marvellous Phillipe, the car looks excellent. 13 months of toiling is hard work. Took me about the same time to turn the Blue Danube into the nice looking and driving "Soufflé " it is now. Well worth it...
    Just did a trip from Brisbane to Byron Bay last week without a hitch and without a complaint from the cheap seats!!! Comfortable no doubt!

    well done, looks really good. As Peter said: Another one saved. Enjoy.

    Sven
    Thank you Sven, I'm glad to see that you're enjoying the blue Danube by taking it on long trips, that’s what there are best for; once they are restored to that standard they are actually quite reliable and as I said before the Dspecial/Super won’t give too much hassles especially once the 123 has been fitted and the carby overhauled. I would take Mr. Grey anywhere in Australia that’s how confident I am.
    I won’t be doing any more restos; having 2 DS, one being the top of the range and the other being the bottom of the range I feel quite satisfied.
    I will be looking forward to your next resto hopefully another D.



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