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Citroën C35

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Length5960mm
Width1990mm
Height2645mm
Wheelbase4200mm
Load area length4005mm
Load area width1785mm
Load area height1920mm
Load area capacity14.3m3 (effective)
Weight (empty)2750kg
Weight (max load)3500kg
 

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History
The van was bought in 1977 to be used as a mobile command centre by the dutch police In 19?? it was sold to the ... security company to be used as a mobile security / surveleance unit for public events such as concerts and sport matches. The security company then changed it's name to Falck ... At some point it ended up at a auction hosted by the dutch state service that sells government (and confiscated) property (Domeinen). A Citroën enthusiast put a bid down and to his suprise he actually got it. Several people tried to buy the van for parts for their campers but it survived and ended up here.

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Starting the work
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Getting the BIG clark antenna out.

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Stripping the interior.

The donor: a Fiat 242 camper van (short wheel base) 77.000km.
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Lets get some work done.
The passenger side sill needs repair from the rear wheel forward, that's over 4 meters of sill that needs repairs.
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The section covering the side door slide rails needs to be partially replaced.
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Passenger side sill and front wing.
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Door bottom repair.
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Bumpers after blasting and zinc plating.
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New driver side sill sections.
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Our next victim, 5 speed gearbox donor.
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A less rusty corner on the victim, compare with our own car.
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The result of 4 hours work.

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Finishing the left side sill work.
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rebuilding the front wings:
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Engine and gearboxes. Engine was taken out and steam cleaned, the 5 speed box was also steam cleaned:
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Engine and gearboxes. Lots of fun, finding out the differences between citroen/fiat, petrol/diesel, 4/5 speed gearboxes proved interesting. But we got it running in the end with the 5 speed gearbox from a diesel mated to a petrol engine, replaced head gasket in the process (and engine went out 3 times!)
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Jeroen’s original idea was to make a combination of camper/car transporter of this C35. A design was made so that a 2CV could be driven into the rear end. Once at the camping site, the 2CV could be used for driving around while the C35 would stay on the camping with all necessary accommodation like kitchen, double bed, etc.

This idea however would never be executed…

The car was given to one of Jeroen’s friends, Joris. Together with him and his friends,we started working on the car. All the bodywork and mechanical overhaul was completed. Finaly the car was painted matt black. Also a new GPL installation was fitted. This required an examination by the dutch authorities RDW.

Here is what happened:

The examination took 4 hours !!. The examinator required some wires to be fastened 3 fold, the exhaust was concluded to be leaking somewhere bevause he didn’t get a proper CO test reading, the brackets with which the tank was mounted to the floor had no certificate (although bought together with the rest of the GPL installation as one set) and he started to question of the floor was strong enough…(Citroen allows this car to load 3500 kg)

Joris involved the company from which he bought the GPL installation, but still the examinator rejected the GPL.

He worked during two weekends on the car, welded-up the exhaust, placed iron profiles between the brackets and the floor to reinforce the floor and contacted the manufacturer of the GPL installation and obtained a strength calculation for the brackets.

Back to the RDW.

Different examinator this time. He checked the car within 5 minutes and went away to prepare the paperwork. After more than 2 hours (!!) the verdict: rejected.

Reason was that the strength calculation was not clear if it concerned a full or empty tank…..

Faxed the calculation to a special office of the RDW , who decided after 5 minutes reading through the papers that it was OK. They called the examinator and instructed him to approve the installation. But the car was already booked as “rejected” in the computer system and that could not be reversed anymore.

Two hours later the examinator phoned and told that the GPL installation was approved.

5 days later the new papers came by mail.

So now the car has left the collection. Good luck with it, Joris.

Here some pictures:

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