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A New Adventure 

Last post I shared the news that I had done the unthinkable- bought a French car. Not just any French car, a 69.5 Citroen DS21. And in spite of appearances it does run and drive.  And best yet- the fellow Paul who I bought it from found it in a barn!

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Somewhere in New Hampshire

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Just a little bat guano

Looking tall in a high suspension setting

My friend Peter has one that he’s been working on since I’ve known him and I’ve always been fascinated by it. Everything is controlled through a centralized hydraulic system. No springs or shocks- pressurized spheres provide cushion for the adjustable olio pneumatic suspension.

 It needs full restoration. Lots of rust to contend with.  Wiring issues galore under the hood.

Beyond the complete lack of trunk, note the buckled side panels from being rear-ended. 

 

Time to strip it down and see what we have. the answer: lots of rust.

First big push with the new porta-power.

A very gratifying Sunday evening activity.

Moving to the sides to push. One side was a little more stuffed in.

Here’s the other side. With the ram and some hammer tapping it’s beginning to look pretty good.

Turns out that the top on this side was crunched in as well.

There, much better.

I just ordered a bunch of repair panels and picked up some sheet metal fabrication equipment so stay tuned for some reconstruction.

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One of these cars is not like the others

hit the Portsmouth Abbey show this morning. Intermittent showers kept most folks away but some cool cars showed up.  

all so round except

Came Across an Alfa GTV

What a surprise to find this in a parking garage in Providence. At first I thought it was a GTA but a reader corrected me- it’s actually a stepnose GTV. 



I never realized how small they were. It looks sad but very salvageable. I hope to wave to it going by this summer. 



Jenny Not Allowing the Winter to Get Us Down

Jenny and Mellis, neither of them down.

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Louvers for a c900

I got a good deal on some louvers for my ’84 900T winter warrior but there was one catch: they were missing the lower mounting hardware. How hard could it be to fabricate that?

I found this photo on one of the SAAB forums. Mine needed the lower ones.

I found this photo on one of the SAAB forums. Mine needed the lower ones.

Good use for a Guinness box and a 1950's ice cube tray.

Good use for a Guinness box and a 1950’s ice cube tray.

 

Well that kinda fits

Well that kinda fits

These allen bolts fit the receivers perfectly. Deep socket over the top- a few taps with a hammer.

These allen bolts fit the receivers perfectly. Deep socket over the top- a few taps with a hammer.

Unfortunately the aluminum split a little but it gave me a great idea- fill the recesses with epoxy. This also served to shield the glass from the bolt head.

Unfortunately the aluminum split a little but it gave me a great idea- fill the recesses with epoxy. This also served to shield the glass from the bolt head.

Mounted with a liberal amount of 3M weatherstrip adhesive. Looking very Nordic after a light snow.

Mounted with a liberal amount of 3M weatherstrip adhesive. Looking very Nordic after a light snow.

Look what Ryan bought

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'65 Barracuda

So I know, I know. It’s not a Volvo.  But it’s very cool.

A house that would have been nice

Last year I was considering selling my house in favor of something with more garage space. I went to look at a property down in East Greenwich. It was really nice- funky little ancient place that had adapted over time. Unfortunately the real estate market was the way it was and it would have been hard to sell my current home. Anyway, while I was there I took a couple of shots of the Amazon in the driveway.

She did look really sweet.

The carriage house would have been just perfect. I’d have been able to store three inside and still have a workshop (in the second bay, preserving the Japanese maple).