1. RHFabrications

    RHFabrications Loyal Comrade

    Still 600cc with two air cooled cylinders....

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    And this one (which is up for sale) is 425cc. It will still pull 60mph+ but you really know you're doing it!

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    Although appearances would suggest otherwise, the grey 65 car is in much better condition than my 79 yellow one. It's had a really detailed resto but externally left exactly how it was found, it has so much character and charm although other road users would probably chose different terminology for it when they're following it up hills.
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  2. Keri

    Keri Leader

    Cool! A Deux Chevaux! Two, even. or maybe 2x2CV?
    Not "a" french car but "The" French Car! :D

    Although it's hopelessly outclassed by our Trabis Soviet technology, when compared to enormous, wallowing wasteful bourgeois monuments to ego* it's still a great car with a sensibly-sized motor.

    Aren't you going to show us the two horses within?







    * "enormous wallowing wasteful bourgeois monument to ego" is Komrade Keri's standard description of a car with either: a motor size of over 1 liter or power-assisted ANYTHING including the hated automatic shifting.
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  3. RHFabrications

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    Thanks! Bourgeois really doesn't come into it with a 2cv. Door mirrors and sun visors were special extras, the 65 car is started by pulling a bit of string out of the dashboard, none of them ever had carpet fitted and the adverts Citroen ran for them claimed they had central locking because 'you can reach all the door locks from the drivers seat'.

    Sme of you may have spotted a brief appearance of my yellow car in the recent Top Gear bond car special...

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6oT8he1I_g

    (I'm quite proud of this!)

    A couple of pics of their engines...

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    I fitted a new engine to my 79 car on Saturday.

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    I work for a team who race them too, we have an annual 24hr race. Whilst not 'mine', this is our teams car.

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    And a couple I built from scrap. The green one was a £50 front-end write off and the red one had sat in a yard for 10 years untouched an abandoned.

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    Hope you like! After years of mucking abouts with these I can't wait to be stuck in to the trabi. It's a challenge rebuilding a car I have no experience of.
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  4. Keri

    Keri Leader

    You're going to love Trabis... I just know it! :D

    The lack of English-language documentation doesn't matter so much on a straightforward and simple car like Trabant.
    THere isn't any of that extra useless junk like oil pumps, camshafts or valves and a lot of stuff is Obvious with a capital "O".
    Like the 2CV, nearly anything can be improvised or figured out.
    The most useful things are torque specifications and a wiring schematic (schaltplan) both of which transcend language.



    Now, how am I going to make a recoil (rope pull) starter fit the Trabi.... :eek:
  5. Andrew

    Andrew Most Powerful Leader Moderator Forum Donor

    I saw your photo and thought that looked similar to the bond special, but while it looked similar, it failed to click in my head, and the dead give away was staring me right in the face, both the 747 (used in casino royal I might add) in the background (ergo clearly Dunsford) and the fact that your 007 plates matched what was in the show.

    Did they let you do some laps around the the track?
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  6. RHFabrications

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    Sadly not, although we were given free reign to wander about their production office which is full of odds and ends from their previous adventures. The whole BBC crew were brilliant, very welcoming. Hammond is a nice bloke and very personable. I had assumed I'd turn up with the car, they'd mock it and not bother using it, but I was quite wrong.
  7. Justin

    Justin Founder Moderator

    Nice, I have a thing for Citroens.
  8. paulymx

    paulymx Leader

    Gotta love the Citroen! 2CVs are great but I always wanted an early DS. So French, so chic
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  9. John Keane

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    I rode in one of these in Ireland back in early 1990s......was pretty cool!
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  10. Justin

    Justin Founder Moderator

    Several years ago a couple came over here from Germany, and while they were here, they came by to look at a 1959 MGA my mother had for sale to see if they wanted to bring it back to Germany with them. They were going to spend several months in the U.S. and brought their Citroen with them, it was like the one above but red. I was probably only 13 or 14 then.

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