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2CVGB News article – SPOG August 2017

What on earth is Taffy doing sat in an old wellington boot? Perhaps he’s just trying to be part of the boot scenario relevant to this month’s SPOG Article.

To begin may I announce that a new panel has been manufactured in relation to the Dyane’s rear end. SPOG, having successfully produced rear inner wings plus the boot floor and rear valance for these cars, is now able to supply the vertical panel ahead of the boot floor. Yellow crosses in Nigel’s Dyane denote where this particular new part fits.

Indeed this item is a direct copy of a new old stock Citroen original panel with all the strengthening ripples duly replicated. However going beyond Citroen’s original design SPOG has added various lips, folds, extra metal etc. so that individual panels that make up the rear end of a Dyane can be replaced separately if so desired.

With finished restorations of A Series vehicles (including Dyanes) currently attracting ever higher agreed values for insurance purposes, SPOG’s aim is to assist with such work thereby helping to ensure that the outward appearance of repair mimics all the features seen when these cars came off the production line. However there is no harm with adding a little strength by use of thicker metal in the manufacturing process.

Just like the previous panels produced by SPOG for the rear of a Dyane, this vertical panel is pressed in Yorkshire from English sheet steel 0.9 mm thick (Citroen used 0.6 mm which some find difficult to work with) finished in black primer. This protective coating is easily cleaned away with cellulose thinners for welding purposes and priming etc. Our new item, SPOG Part Number 715433 is priced at £144 to include VAT with the usual SPOG discount terms applying if you have invested in the scheme.

Maintaining the boot theme, my 1986 Acadiane recently struggled with its annual MOT, the Tester having discovered a split in one of the outer drive shaft gaiters. This flaw was difficult to spot with my tendency to smother everything in grease underneath this van in order to prevent corrosion/decay including the outer drive shaft boots … daft as it may seem! Indeed there was no “tell-tale” splatter of grease either around the inside of the corresponding front wing. Therefore I think that such a split had just occurred, my reasoning for not having seen the problem during my routine MOT pre-examination. Excuses eh?? Whatever, this boot needed changing asap.

So up went the Acadiane on jacks, front wheel removed, likewise the split pin (destroyed in the process) from the hub nut. This nut then slackened off and removed using the “chain locking” procedure I’ve described in a previous SPOG Article. The outer drive shaft I then gently tapped inwards to be pulled clear from the hub and its internal bearing. Disconnecting this outer shaft from the inner mechanism at the sliding joint, I then moved the offending part to a clean surface. The damaged gaiter was cut away to be replaced with a new one plus fresh grease.

Reassembly was the reverse of the above with the hub nut tightened to its required torque fitting a new split pin to secure. But need I have bothered with this method of repair remembering that one runs the risk of introducing “muck” into the hub bearing thereby procuring its early demise? Indeed a long-standing friend within 2cv circles, who has owned and maintained various A Series vehicles over the years, advised me of an alternative he uses.

Why not buy a “Stickyboot Kit” (Bailcast CVS18) for the job? Here the gaiter is split along its length and comes supplied with suitable adhesive (superglue variation) to stick the rubber edges together. This after the new boot has been popped over the drive shaft in order to replace the old one. Obviously the edges of the new boot must be kept free of grease for the adhesive to succeed. However there is now no need to disconnect the drive shaft from the hub one end, or the inner shaft at the other. Easier work or what?

Also included in the kit are protective disposable gloves for use whilst gluing, a sachet of grease plus metal straps to secure the gaiter once it is firmly in position. Although here I prefer to use standard black plastic zip ties for this task as can be seen in the picture “gaiter replaced”. But clearly this Stickyboot concept (available on-line and elsewhere) would seem a less invasive procedure with diminished likelihood of causing collateral damage. An emergency solution perhaps to repair a split drive shaft gaiter whilst on a 2cv World Meeting jaunt? Or simply a matter of routine use as per my friend?? As ever … your choice.

And finally, although not a boot in sight except the Doc Martens of the photographer, three A Series cars lined up recently to represent 2cvGB at the Hope Motor Show in North Derbyshire. Thanks Terry for the invitation.

David Eden