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2cv AZS 1961

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This car was found in an old Citroën garage and belonged to the garage owner's daughter (who was also the first owner). The garage owner being in his 80's, the daughter was in her 60's. The car had been standing for about 30 years after not wanting to start at the annual technical test.

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Because the car has been stored in a cellar (among other cars such as a rare 1954 2cv AL) under a leaking roof, the right hand rear corner of the car has completely disappeared. The rest of the body isn't in much better shape. Although everything is repairable, for this car it makes much more sense to find a different body. Through 2cv.nl a early 1960s french 2cv az is found and bought.

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Typical belgian parts:

  • Hubcaps
  • Additional mudguards on the front wings
  • Steering wheel
  • Roof securing clips
  • Rubber mounted rear door windows
  • Indicator stalk
  • Door covers
The car last ran in 1972, last service was at 59807km, the car has done 60123km now.

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The 1960 AZ donor.

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Shotblasted and repaired body.

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Undercoating

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Panel fitting before painting

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Frotteur problems, the new ones DO NOT FIT! Rebuild the old ones using the friction plates from the new ones.

The difference between the restoration of this car and the 1955 AZU couldn't be bigger.

This car was to be restored to a level better than new. It is very fortunate that the car had only covered approx 60,000km since new. The interior is still in very good shape, with as new seats hidden under the seat covers. All the typical features of a 2CV produced in the Belgian facory in Forest were carefully respected. And there are quite a few differences between Belgian and French production as I found out during the restoration. At the moment the car is being rewired. The aluminium bumpers and hubcaps (I still miss one !) need to be polished, but then the car should be ready to take the road again.

Here are a few pictures of when the car was discovered:

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… made in Belgium.
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Once at home body and chassis were separated; the chassis collapsed…
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Starting the work. Here the gearbox and front brakes after rebuild.
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Engine rebuilding.
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The body was resprayed in the original color.
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…after which the assembly could start
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Still some work has to be done; for the front windshield I need to find a new rubber (Belgium version!) and the bumpers need to be straightened and polished Click for full screen
TO BE CONTINUED….

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