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2CVGB News article – SPOG December 2016

Back in 1994 when SPOG was first created it was decided at Committee that 2cvGB should match pound for pound every contribution to the scheme following the purchase of discount units. Earlier this year on 1st April 2016 SPOG was split off from 2cvGB Ltd to become 2CVGB PARTS Ltd with the total of the SPOG Fund standing at £20,821.00. Therefore it was agreed that the working capital for our new company would become twice that amount in accordance with the previous Committee decision.

With such backing from 2cvGB Committees both past and present, it is simply a privilege for me to be your SPOG Co-ordinator. Indeed from Ist April a further £288 has been added to the kitty from Members’ contributions, such continuing support being very much appreciated.

But such help doesn’t stop there in that I am indebted to my local Group TROY for all the advice I’m given at our monthly Club Night. Likewise the frequent discussions with Members over the telephone or at camps etc. all provide me with material for my regular SPOG articles. In truth I am a fraud, although appearing to be a wealth of knowledge within the pages of 2cvGB News. Actually I have no engineering, electrical or mechanical background whatsoever. What you read is what I have learned over the years from you, the more knowledgeable people, within our Club.  I thank you all.

And there’s more. Recently Barry, who is often seen at 2cvGB Meetings sitting behind a little table in the flea market selling his individually manufactured wares (I have purchased several of his gear-slide locking devices as extra security for all my cars) gave me something else to consider. Barry kindly offered to pass on his tooling for the manufacture of 2cv front door rubber window buffers (which hold the window ajar) plus some rubber sheet for more to be made. Would SPOG like to sponsor this item in the future? We tested the tool, indeed it worked perfectly, likewise we were able to source more rubber sheet if needs be. So as per the attached photographs may I introduce you to SPOG part number 121029. Many thanks Barry.

I used such window buffers on both front doors of our 2cv during our adventure across Poland last year to brilliant effect in temperatures of 38 – 40C!  Yes, I have the “stay open” metal window clips too attached to the front window catch but these clips do rattle in the wind, can jump out of the slot on the window when hitting a bump in the road, plus need two hands to engage properly. Not the best then. However the buffers can be put on and removed single handedly thereby one is still able to keep a good grip of the steering wheel. And can be used on their own to give variable window opening by sliding them up and down the window frame or (as I’ve shown) in conjunction with the clips stabilizing the latter. Buffers are priced at £4.50 each to 2cvGB Members including vat (but not postage) with usual SPOG discount terms applying.

Now the eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that the trade already supplies such items and SPOG was never created to be competitive. That is all true, however I’m told Barry started promoting these parts many years ago and that trade sources have simply followed suit. Therefore to resist any criticism I have matched the standard retail price although SPOG’s window buffers are thicker being 15mm wide and will hopefully be more resistant to splitting (rubber always tears eventually) when stretched back and forth over the front door window frame.  And when not in use one can easily hang these buffers on the plastic dash-board.

And to finish a harsh lesson to learn which Leo told me about when we last met. I’ve always known that various replacement parts for the 2cv are not as accurately made as perhaps they should be, in particular front wings. Leo recently had his car beautifully restored with all the parts individually re-sprayed before final assemble. Upon fitting the new near-side front wing now magnificently finished in blue celeste, it wouldn’t go on properly not without a lot of pushing and heaving. Consequently the wing actually buckled and has since developed a significant crack. What a shame as the photographs sadly show.

Moral of the story is to securely fit all new bolt-on body parts before painting and adjust brackets accordingly, then remove and paint or  you might suffer Leo’s fate and potentially have to buy another new front wing etc. or repair/respray the damaged one so that this particular panel matches the rest of the quality restoration.

Before I finish another thank you must go to 2cv Ecosse for organising the recent concrete camp in Melrose. A great weekend, good company, well thought out scenic drives (wonderful Autumnal colours) and I even got chance to watch a bit of rugby. Merry Christmas everyone and hopefully I’ll be back in the New Year (have a good one) with instructions how to fit relays for the upgrade of Halogen bulbs to the front head-lights.

David Eden