Any 2CV owners on here ?

Any 2CV owners on here ?

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chopper602

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1,717 posts

182 months

Tuesday 2nd July 2019
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Simes205 said:
We ( my dad) has a1958 ripple bonnet.
Just about to emerge from a full restoration....14 years after it started!
Lets see it then !!

Simes205

3,692 posts

187 months

Tuesday 2nd July 2019
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Here you go - when it arrived in 2005.
It's literally a nut and bolt resto - it's on a new chassis.
Work may have stopped for a couple of years every now and again.

above by Simes205, on Flickr

and these are more recently - the two front doors were irreparable. I think they bought 3 more and ended up finally having to buy a brand new one. Hence the doors are missing and at the paint shop.
Suspension is now sorted - just the trim to add.

4U6A4645 by Simes205, on Flickr



4U6A4653 by Simes205, on Flickr


4U6A4650 by Simes205, on Flickr

4U6A4647 by Simes205, on Flickr



Edited by Simes205 on Tuesday 2nd July 21:59

chopper602

Original Poster:

1,717 posts

182 months

Tuesday 2nd July 2019
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Simes205 said:
Suspension is now sorted - just the trim to add.

4U6A4647 by Simes205, on Flickr
Edited by Simes205 on Tuesday 2nd July 21:59
So is it still running the original size engine (435cc) ?

Simes205

3,692 posts

187 months

Tuesday 2nd July 2019
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Yes and centrifugal clutch.
The car was in quite a state initially. There has been an awful amount delicate welding. For example the B pillars didn’t connect to the pan! Plus a lot more !

chopper602

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1,717 posts

182 months

Tuesday 2nd July 2019
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Simes205 said:
Yes and centrifugal clutch.
The car was in quite a state initially. There has been an awful amount delicate welding. For example the B pillars didn’t connect to the pan! Plus a lot more !
When you first get it on the road, you should see how bloody dangerous they are with that little engine in . . . so, so slow

Simes205

3,692 posts

187 months

Tuesday 2nd July 2019
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Yep, my folks live in a valley so it’s up hill in any direction and 10km to any town. They have an older car which could possibly be a little faster but not by much!

chopper602

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1,717 posts

182 months

Tuesday 2nd July 2019
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Simes205 said:
Yep, my folks live in a valley so it’s up hill in any direction and 10km to any town. They have an older car which could possibly be a little faster but not by much!
It may be an idea to store away the original lump and fit a 602 to keep up with the other traffic . . .

s3c chris

285 posts

89 months

Wednesday 3rd July 2019
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[quote=chopper602]

Did you go the stripe styling on the side? Never seen one like that before (you do get a beachcomber with similar, but in blue).

I think 2CV helps you to drive better and look further up the road to avoid loss of momentum! 24 days until we set off for Croatia in ours![/quote


Hi.

I bought the car as it is.

It had a professional restoration about 9 years ago with a new chassis etc. and I assume the beachcomber style stripes were added then. I wasn’t sure about them at first but they have grown on me, especially with the deck chair roof......

I agree about the car making you a better driver. You do have to think ahead more, especially at islands and hills. It is so easy to lose momentum and a lot harder to pick it up again.

The restored ripple looks lovely by the way....

Regards Chris.

chopper602

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1,717 posts

182 months

Tuesday 13th August 2019
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Well the car made the trip to Croatia and back. An excellent world meeting and very well organised. Ended up doing over 2000 miles and saw visited some interesting places on the way there and back

Leaving home



In Samobor, Croatia


Simes205

3,692 posts

187 months

Tuesday 13th August 2019
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Fantastic and well done.
I’m catching up on hubnuts reports on his adventures.

With regards to our ripple (see above) , the doors and number plates are on.
Still a couple of things to do before it hits the road.........

chopper602

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1,717 posts

182 months

Tuesday 13th August 2019
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Simes205 said:
Fantastic and well done.
I’m catching up on hubnuts reports on his adventures.
Hubnut doesn't get the full experience, with his Air B&Bs and teetotal activities !

wobblyweb

121 posts

188 months

Friday 22nd May
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Does anyone know if it is possible to convert an early 2cv LHD drive to RHD drive?
Thank you

chopper602

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1,717 posts

182 months

Friday 22nd May
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wobblyweb said:
Does anyone know if it is possible to convert an early 2cv LHD drive to RHD drive?
Thank you
Anything is possible, bulkhead would need changing and probably steering rack but probably the hardest bit would be getting the interior to 'work'. It's pretty sparse in there but you'd have to get the speedo and mouldings correct. They were assembled in Slough in the 60s RHD but would be like hen's teeth to get one. 'Modern' ones are much easier.

Iwantafusca

555 posts

34 months

Saturday 23rd May
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My first car was a blue 2cv special. Wanted a beetle but couldn’t find a decent one , so this was the next best thing.

Once you mastered the gear stick it was great :-)

They have really shot up in price now though !!


chopper602

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182 months

Saturday 23rd May
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Iwantafusca said:
They have really shot up in price now though !!
Yes, there are a lot of bodgers out there who think they can tart them up and flog them on with rusty floors and dodgy chassis's

People are beginning to realise what a great car they are too!

James_N

2,226 posts

193 months

Saturday 23rd May
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I really want one. I was bought one when i was about 11 but it rusted away before i even thought about driving it. Had i known then, what i know now, i would have kept it. it was an '84 blue special, and living only 2 miles from ECAS is ideal biggrin

I have a father in law thats a mechanic and a handy welder, and i can't afford the prices they have shot up too nowadays, but if i could find a good project however, who knows.

chopper602

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182 months

Saturday 23rd May
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James_N said:
I really want one. I was bought one when i was about 11 but it rusted away before i even thought about driving it. Had i known then, what i know now, i would have kept it. it was an '84 blue special, and living only 2 miles from ECAS is ideal biggrin

I have a father in law thats a mechanic and a handy welder, and i can't afford the prices they have shot up too nowadays, but if i could find a good project however, who knows.
There are plenty of projects out there. Do you go on Facebook? There is a 2CV and Friends group where they come up frequently and 2cv And Derivatives Parts For Sale Wanted where they come up again quite frequently.

Be careful of what you take on . . . if they've had a shiny galvanised chassis they often haven't had the floors, or sills, or bulkhead or windscreen surround or rear sweeps replaced ! All the parts are available from your neighbours though.

James_N

2,226 posts

193 months

Sunday 24th May
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Hi Mate,

yeah i'm on all the groups, so keep an eye out.

I was just recently watching Paul Biggs video on youtube on what he had done to his 2CV. Looked good on top, not so good underneath but again for me, parts and possibly the labour aren't a problem really, its just finding something reasonably priced in the first place!

W124Bob

1,459 posts

134 months

Friday 5th June
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I only ran one 2CV but 5 Dyane's and an (ex BelgiumPO) Acadiane when they were just cheap used cars, the Acadiane is the one I regret selling. It came from a specialist near Ilkley with a substantial roof rack, pop up roof vent, glass sunroof and the lower rear interior ply lined. Sold to a couple from Leeds who were going travelling, I often wonder how far they went. My first Dyane was a '73 model with a centrifugal clutch, I still have the battered owners manual for that. I always felt the Dyane seemed more corrosion resistant than the 2CV.

Osinjak

3,226 posts

80 months

Saturday 6th June
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I’ve just bought one, they’re hilarious!