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Ami 8 Service Vitrée 1973

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This car was advertised on www.marktplaats.nl a dutch market site, Sunday November 18th 2001. I myself didn't notice the advertisment but when it appeared, some of my friends pointed it out to me. On Monday contacted the vendor to visit it, on Thursday I phoned and bought the car without even seeing it. It was picked up on Saturday November 24th 2001.

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As found.

History
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The car is an original dutch car, sold Juli 6th 1973 from the Citroën dealer in Drachten to its first owner. It's one of only a handfull service vitree sold in the Netherlands. This 1st owner sold the car in 1976 to ??? who used the car for ? years after which it was put into storage for 10 years.
In 19?? the car was sold to the third owner, R. Bonhof.
In 19?? the car was sold to a glider flying school.
In 1996 R. Bonhof bought the car back, used it for 2 years after which is was put into storage again up to 2001.
I bought the car November 24th 2001.

At home the usual damage assesment is made. The car is pretty good but has some typical ami 8 rust problems.

Rebuild started June 2003:

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AM2 engine rebuild

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Floors don't look too bad, yet...

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Usual and unusual rust spots

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Service.

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Steel (remains) and glassfibre rear wings.

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Dismantling the business end

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The Donors: 1973 8 berline and 1973 8 break

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Trial fit of the new wings, quite good actually!

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Let the horror begin.

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Technical matters.

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Rear brakes.

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Rear brake lines, very fiddly.

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Rear brake lines, getting the trhreaded bolt through the axle body.

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Engine, ready to go in.

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Getting it all back together.

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11.00 PM test drive.

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Made it, first 100km, no problems.

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Made it, first 100km, no problems.

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Rust repair.

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After long consideration, decided to repair the floor, not replace it.

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Welding in the donor bit, too bad the bottom bit is missing.

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New rear sill section and repaired service panel.

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Completed, all new corner.

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Sill ready to be welded in, footwell is gone...

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Big machinery gives nice floor repair sections.

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And in goes the sill repair section.

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After looking at the rear for a week, it's time for a change of scenery.

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No change here though, even more rust / holes.

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Hmmm, roof is crispy.

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Remove rusty bits and start welding.

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Another section done.

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Second sill finished.

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Hmmm, the footwell, it LOOKED quite good, new section ready

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One big hole, nicely filled

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More holes

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Hole and replacing the suspension arm with seized kingpin, left turned out to be just as bad.

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Nearly ready, and DONE!

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Tested and passed, thanx to Jan!

I'd like to thank the following people who made this project possible and a succes, from wreck to well functioning car in under 3 weeks. First my dad, who did the last bits of welding and general stuff, dad you missed a spot! Then Jan, for helping me out when the car stopped on the way to the test station, and that was a blessing in disguise! To Ron, who offered to help me, but Jan beat you to it. And to Joke, my girlfriend, who did most of the mechanical work on the car. Now off to italy for the 2cv world meeting!

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Lowriding towards Italy

At home things were beginning to go worse. Turns out the right hand side sparkplug has worked loose, threads severly damaged, another head is called for.

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Getting at the head and the donor head.

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Not looking good, this engine stood still for only 2 years.

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Looking much better.

When winter arrived the nice draft coming from the dahs vents turned into a cold storm blowing through the car! Some work was called for.

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Taking out the dash and removing the old foam

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Fitting self adhesive P shaped hollow rubber.

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Fitting smooth top self adhesive square foam rubber between the outside and the moving bits of the outlet.

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All done

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Products used

After a year I wasn't satisified with the floors anymore. I had chosen to repair the floors earlier (not having any floors available when I needed them made this decision a lot easier). But I had dicovered other weak points on the original floors and now I wanted to do the job properly. New floors were bought and welded in:

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Original (repaired) floors and hole for the rear gearbox mount.

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Right floor comes out and a bit of sill repairing.

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Floor being welded in.

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Nearly done.

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Both floors repaired.

When one drives a car for 50.000km anually, LPG becomes and interesting option:

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It was clear from the beginning, when i bought the car, the roof was rusty! With a donor ami 8 break (good roof, very rusty body) a roof transplant was done.

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For more info on the Ami Service check out the Ami Service History


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