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    If my eyesight is not failing and your license plate starts with WTF, then that is entirely appropriate meme for ownership of a D.

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    That photo of you and the car so reminds me of driving a D Special from Naracoorte down to Struan in about 1975, my first ever experience behind the wheel of a "D". I was smiling so much my head nearly fell off.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajaxvte View Post
    If my eyesight is not failing and your license plate starts with WTF, then that is entirely appropriate meme for ownership of a D.
    It would be, but it's WFF, and going to be replaced when she gets pretty red H-plates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    That photo of you and the car so reminds me of driving a D Special from Naracoorte down to Struan in about 1975, my first ever experience behind the wheel of a "D". I was smiling so much my head nearly fell off.
    What a wonderful way to go! Great imagery there. Funny, I was born in Naracoorte that year.

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    So Melanie, Easter? What are you doing then?
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    74 D Special, and now a 74 Pallas 23 5 speed with air(maybe). And now a Cactus!

    Oh, and a Holden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasya View Post
    So Melanie, Easter? What are you doing then?
    That's a bit too far off to know, why do you ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MelanieYlang View Post
    That's a bit too far off to know, why do you ask?
    Because a trip to Tassie so Daphne can be with her kin who are coming from ALL over Straya just to meet her at Cit in would be a good thing!
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    74 D Special, and now a 74 Pallas 23 5 speed with air(maybe). And now a Cactus!

    Oh, and a Holden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasya View Post
    Because a trip to Tassie so Daphne can be with her kin who are coming from ALL over Straya just to meet her at Cit in would be a good thing!
    Oh man, that would be a good thing! That sounds awesome. I'll have to see what pans out...

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    We're nearly there! Paul has installed a temperature gauge under the dash, for peace of mind:


    I, with a focus on the nonsensical, have installed a selection of cassette tapes, with music from the 1970s, '80s and '90s, complete with biro for winding when winding is necessary:


    Better yet, I received a portable record player for Christmas, so I'll be collecting some retro fun and/or French records for playing on all those picnics we'll soon be enjoying on our cruises.

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    ​The planets are finally aligning: this week Daphne is booked in for a roadworthy inspection so she can finally be registered in Victoria - please cross your fingers for us! Also, this wonderful world map printed linen arrived in the mail, with which I intend to re-cover the holey C pillars and rear head bumper pad (does anyone know what that bit is called?). Yes, I realise this is an outrageous departure from the original Citroen upholstery, and I am not sorry!
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    you do own a Citroen so no explanations needed!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MelanieYlang View Post
    ​The planets are finally aligning: this week Daphne is booked in for a roadworthy inspection so she can finally be registered in Victoria - please cross your fingers for us! Also, this wonderful world map printed linen arrived in the mail, with which I intend to re-cover the holey C pillars and rear head bumper pad (does anyone know what that bit is called?). Yes, I realise this is an outrageous departure from the original Citroen upholstery, and I am not sorry!
    lol

    Does your car have headrests, I haven't seen them in any of your pics? If not how lenient is Vic Roads in this regard? I guess it may depend on how switched on the inspector is. . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenBlood View Post
    lol

    Does your car have headrests, I haven't seen them in any of your pics? If not how lenient is Vic Roads in this regard? I guess it may depend on how switched on the inspector is. . .

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    Hi Chris, no headrests, but I'm feeling confident that our inspector will understand that it's a classic car to be registered under the club permit scheme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MelanieYlang View Post
    Hi Chris, no headrests, but I'm feeling confident that our inspector will understand that it's a classic car to be registered under the club permit scheme.

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    (Umberto Eco [Ed], The History of Beauty, Rizzoli, NY, 2004)

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    he reads this site you know.
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    Quote Originally Posted by forumnoreason View Post
    he reads this site you know.
    Then he will turn know to turn a blind eye.
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    I thought that if not originally fitted you didn't have to have them

    I have Austin Seven on full rego without brake lights, indicators, head restraints etc. nor any other safety devices ( have fitted seat belts though )

    Has this changed recently?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MelanieYlang View Post
    Hi Chris, no headrests, but I'm feeling confident that our inspector will understand that it's a classic car to be registered under the club permit scheme.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Watkins View Post
    I thought that if not originally fitted you didn't have to have them

    I have Austin Seven on full rego without brake lights, indicators, head restraints etc. nor any other safety devices ( have fitted seat belts though )

    Has this changed recently?

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    Australian delivered '74/75 DSpecial would have had seat belts and front headrests. . .

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    Daphne has inertia reel seatbelts in the front, old style in the back. No sign of head rests or attachment points, how would I know if they're missing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MelanieYlang View Post
    Daphne has inertia reel seatbelts in the front, old style in the back. No sign of head rests or attachment points, how would I know if they're missing?

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    If the seats are original to the car you should see/feel 3 anchor points for the headrest on each side. . .



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    buying a pair of headrests could be a challenge too, I think the repro ones are a tad EXPENSIVE, bur someone is bound to have some somewhere. Ours are export versions are they not?
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    Things have been quiet around here for the past couple of months. Since the epically-failed roadworthy (that I now call 'pre-roadworthy') inspection, we've been trying to sort out the blasted drive shafts (and various, less monumental things). After much enquiry, I was unable to source new ones in Australia, but the workshop in Horsham which specialises in European cars got me a price for getting the existing shafts rebuilt, which seemed like an excellent option. I chatted to my local mechanic about doing the removal and replacement work, and he was keen to have a go, so we set a date, I purchased another 28-day UVP, printed out the assembly diagram from the workshop manual for him to work with, and away we went.

    A few days later, my mechanic rang me: he had pored over the information and assessed the job, and reluctantly told me he couldn't do it. I got back on the phone to Rudolph Motors and made arrangements to get the car to Horsham (90km away). I drove her there the following Monday, and had a pow-wow with the manager. I left, feeling reassured that my car was in good hands.

    A week later (two weeks into the UVP period), the manager phoned to update me: the drive shafts had been removed and sent to Melbourne for rebuilding, and he'd get back to me when he knew more. Which he did, after the garage's closing time that evening, to tell me (apologetically) that the drive shafts were found to be so badly worn that they couldn't be rebuilt. He said he had a contact in WA he would try, and failing that...I told him I'd proceed with ordering new ones from overseas, as was largely recommended by a number of froggers on here a couple of months ago - doing so at the outset would have saved a good amount of hair loss!

    On the bright side, a new windscreen has been installed by the windscreen shop next to Rudolph's, so at least one job has been achieved, and no windscreens got dropped on my foot.

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    as I always say Melanie, onwards and acrosswards. Especially with ancien voitures. You'll like it again soon enough.
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    This just gets better and better. Today I heard the drive shafts are in and the tie rod end, but there's some new things to be done:

    -Replace l-shaped rubber intake pipe between carby and air cleaner
    -Replace headlight reflectors - anyone know where I can get these?
    -Rear RH reflector is cracked, does anyone have an undamaged one I could purchase?
    -Back seat upright not bolted in securely - should it? It wasn't bolted in when I got it.
    -Fix exhaust manifold leak

    I tell you, if I knew what a pain in the whatsit this all would be, I'd have run the other way!


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