Citröen AX – Update

Last year was about gathering all of the bits together to return the Citröen AX known as the ‘Turkey B’ into a working car. Most of the works are done, the car starts, runs, drives, stops and just about all of the electrical items within the car work too.

The AX had a pair of old but not original door speakers, missing the front grills. I have found a pair of replacement grills, speakers work perfectly well. I have fitted a Aigoss Car Stereo with Bluetooth, Car Radio with USB/SD/AUX Port from Amazon, works really quite well, including iPhone hands free.

In a nod to the special edition Citröen AX 11 K-Way I have found a 1980s K-Way sticker direct from France, placed on the boot lid and looking great, picture in the black and white section below…

There are a few more bits to sort out before the MOT, the clutch cable return spring and the windscreen washer switch need some attention, the interior needs a really good clean, I may remove the seats and carpet to see what is what there.

I have recently come across some original Citröen AX advertising material online, some at www.citroenet.com and some from general searching for information. The black and white publicity shot of the AX 11 shows the 5 door model at the time of launch. My black and white attempts show my AX exactly as it is now at it’s time of relaunch.

Here are a few pictures taken with a 1980s camera and some expired black and white film that I developed at home.

#citroen #citröenax #voiturefrancaise

Renault 4 Suffolk Lanes

A short Sunday morning video playing with a few cameras and the Renault 4 on a drive over to West Suffolk.

GoPro – Inside Windscreen

DJI Spark – Drone Overhead

iPhone 6s / Rode VideoMicro – Low Level

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#Renault4 #VoitureFrancaise #RetroRide

Amsterdam By Bike – October 2019

In October 2019 we set off for Amsterdam, choosing bicycles we made our way along the cycle routes of South Holland. Travelling slowly, cycling is meditation, a way of life and a way to reconnect.

From the early morning ride through the dunes towards Scheveningen with the lycra-clad speed freaks on carbon machines. Onwards to Den Haag and the cycle-shoppers with their baskets. Along the long straight roads that lead towards and past Schiphol airport and the deafening noise of planes from who knows where, into Amsterdam and Vondelpark and the chaos of cycling inner-city style.

A day to explore, the Jordaan of course, walking the streets and talking, making pictures and plans.

Leaving Amsterdam as the sun comes up, the wind is a mighty 45km/h full on headwind, 100km to go. Onwards towards Leiden, Den Haag and through the carefully constructed urban wilderness of the Haagsee Bos with commuters and prams. Approaching Hoek van Holland as the sun goes down, exhausted from the relentless wind. Satisfied.

This short film was made from the handlebars, conceived as a memory but so much more. Riding fills our heads with thought and mine with music, I remembered Seasons, this is Autumn but there are always thought of Spring and Summer. The serendipitous juxtaposition of the visuals with the early 70’s soundtrack is magical, at every musical juncture there is an extraordinary synchronicity with the hypnotic visuals, press stop at any point for a still, a silent moment in time on the journey.

Soundtrack – Seasons / Magna Carta

#BikeRide #Cycle #Meditation

Citröen AX 11 RE – The Work Continues

Citroen AX | Phase One | Citröen AX | AX11 RE | Cambridge | Suffolk

The ‘Turkey B’ project continues. Over the past few weeks I have managed to install the repaired Citröen AX GT dashboard in the AX 11, all cabling, switched and other associated plastics have been located, cleaned and installed. EVERYTHING works!

The dashboard speedo unit is now refitted complete with speedo cable and all electrics, all lights work as they should. There is a little more cleanup and tidying work to do but for now it is looking really good and great to have it all functional.

Citroen AX | Phase One | Citröen AX | AX11 RE | Cambridge | Suffolk

The outside is coming on too, the bumpers have been cleaned and treated to some boiled linseed oil to bring them back to the correct colour. I think that the front bumper is missing one of the hidden steel supports towards the right hand side of the car, will need to see if I can find any reference to one being there, if there is a reference then my one is missing.

All exterior lights now work, the front has later model indicators with orange bulbs. The two rear light clusters have been refitted with new bulbs and all work. The rear wiper even works.

Citroen AX | Phase One | Citröen AX | AX11 RE | Cambridge | Suffolk
Citroen AX | Phase One | Citröen AX | AX11 RE | Cambridge | Suffolk

I managed to find a set of four genuine Citröen ZX 13″ wheel trims that almost identical to the original AX trims. The wheels have been cleaned and painted inside and out.

The front right hand wing had to be wrapped as the damage was such that it would have been impossible to repair and not that easy to find, if one comes along it will be swapped out.

Next job is the interior, the seats need to come out, carpet up and a thorough clean. Next time I am in France I will pick up some seat covers from the supermarket, I am sure I can find something there that will be fine.

Citroen AX | Phase One | Citröen AX | AX11 RE | Cambridge | Suffolk

Look out, the ‘Turkey B’ is coming.

#CitröenAX #VoitureFrancaise #RetroRide #FrenchCar

Long Time Coming

This update has been a long time coming but I have had so much to do over the spring and summer I have had no time for updates, everything of interest has been on Instagram and Twitter, videos have been a bit slow to appear but as the nights draw in towards the closing of the year time becomes available to sit down and review things.

The first video update is from a trip we took to The Haut Languedoc at Easter this year. We took the VW T5 and spent 8 days travelling across France and back.

This is not a Van Life Video though, this is a document of a road trip. I like to see VanLife videos on YouTube and stuff on Instagram with people doing things and travelling with their chosen vans though these have become something of a cliché these days, the pained expressions of those who are catastrophizing about the worst case scenario of the predicament they find themselves in, the ‘big deal’ about travelling Europe in an old vehicle, perhaps even 30 years old, well I have a couple of those and it doesn’t phase me, I have probably been doing it too long, once upon a time we were called ‘New Age Travellers’ I suppose. How to ‘make the most of a small space’, simple, get rid of your stuff. The worst is probably the ‘chavs in vans’ type thing, no interest to me, I like to travel and see stuff, no supermarket Park4Night for me.

It has been a long spring and summer and most of it has been spent travelling around France, Belgium, Holland and Germany in the VW T5, the Mercedes Benz 608D Fire Engine Camper and the Renault 4, some work on the Citroen AX and a cycle around Benelux.

This is the first of a number of films made while travelling.

In this short film I document the main points of a road trip we took to the Haut Languedoc in April.

Leaving Cambridge and travelling through the Channel Tunnel onwards to Amiens for La Grande Réderie d’Amiens, on around Paris to Orleans, driving through the centre of France to Clermont-Ferrand and finally to the Haut Languedoc and Sète and the Mediterranean. Heading back we spent another day in Amiens and then the final afternoon and evening in the citadel of Montreuil-Sur-Mer.

This film has no talking, no explaining or how to information, it is just a document of 8 days spent travelling and being in France, April 2019.

#roadtrip #vwt5 #vwcamper #campervan

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Mercedes Benz 608D Fire Truck Camper | Suffolk Drive

Early April 2019, the Mercedes Benz 608D Fire Truck has been parked up for most of the winter months in Suffolk. We decided to take a drive around the Suffolk countryside to test everything.

A cloudy day but dry and ideal for a short shake down drive towards the fuel station to get a full tank of fresh fuel.

There have been a number of modifications over the winter, most significant is the new storage in the bedroom area, the main unit has been adapted from the original Fire Truck hose reel holders using the original 1980s hardwood marine ply with the addition of some other pieces of pine as trim. Here is a picture of the unit before it was adapted.

Fire Truck Camper | Campervan | DIY | Vanlife | 608D | Hose Reel Storage

There is quite a lot of this plywood left over, the truck had two of these hose reel boxes so I have disassembled them both and now need to find useful homes for it all, more to come on the bedroom area and additional storage and lighting.

Check out the video of the short drive, some good engine sounds too.

MOT Day for the Fire Truck Campervan

It is only the second time I have done this, last year for the first MOT we had a very snowy day, no such luck this year.

Fire Truck Camper | Conversion | Fire Engine Campervan | Vanlife | MOT Day

We set of early so we could get to the MOT station as soon as it opened, we had an 8am appointment. I knew there was nothing to worry about but with all MOT visits I am always reminded of the past and the very poor vehicles I have take in the past.

The MOT tested required some assistance with the basic controls of the converted fire truck, ‘Where are the lights?’ and ‘How do I start it?’ shortly followed by ‘How do I stop it?’ This year though there didn’t seem to be any need to test the flashing lights and siren, shame.

The MOT tested had several comments such as ‘Its like new isn’t it.’ and ‘It is in fantastic condition.’ Then, after a swift exchange of the fee and I now have another years MOT. It will only require 4 more then it will qualify for exemption as it will be 40 years old. Still only showing 24,000kms on the speedo.

German Fire Truck Camper Conversion | DIY Camper | DIY Campervan

Looe Beach – Exploring with Cameras

So, here is the thing, February is in the winter, Looe is in Cornwall, I go on holiday to Looe in February, why is the weather always so good?

Last month I spent the warmest February days on record in Looe walking on the beach and The South Coast Path.

I took a section of my cameras to document things, my iPhone 6 128GB camera with the Rode Micro attached, the DJI Spark drone and an old GoPro Hero3. I have hours of material from the week, this video is from a short section of a walk along the rock pools to Millendreath and the Black Rock beach café.

Look out for more or watch more stuff on the YouTube channel.

Here Comes….The Velosolex 2200

Spring is in the air, well at least it has been, perhaps it still is. Time for the Velosolex 2200 autocycle to get its registration plate and take a road trip.

Last weekend in the sunshine I spent a few hours fixing the small problems, it runs very nicely now and I can’t wait for the registration number to arrive.

In order to get the UK registration I need to have a dating certificate, thankfully the DVLA have an arrangement with a local owners club that can issue the certificate, thanks to my friend Alan Course I am now a member of the EACC ‘East Anglian Cyclemotor Club’. I have submitted all of the required information and paid the small fee, just waiting to see what happens next.

Insurance is already in place, Bikesure have insured the Velosolex on its frame number. They don’t have frame numbers but 5 minutes with a set of number metal punches and a hammer produced a reasonable frame number to be going on with.

This is not a restoration of a Velosolex 2200, it is simply a registration and repair process to get the bike fit for a few trips around wherever I might be, will look great on the back of the fire engine.

Of course there is a video of the thing that have been going on…

Enjoy, there is more to come….

Collecting the German Fire Truck Camper

The work to convert and refine the fittings on the German Fire Truck, regularly posting updates on my progress and then a couple of videos about the trips last summer has meant that I had yet to finish the first video, the film I made when I collected the Mercedes Benz 608D Fire Truck from Kempen in Germany.

The video takes me from Cambridge via EuroStar to Brussels and then on to Aachen and finally Kempen. Each day was an early start. Travelling back through The Netherlands loaded with enough German beer to see me through the conversion and a few clips of the first night camping in Alblasserdam.

I took the ferry from Hook of Holland and arrived in Harwich in the early morning sunshine in late September 2017.

There are many more videos in this story, all on my YouTube channel.