New to this forum and the former owner of farmerpug's 305 S5 estate. Previously owned a 306 GLX TD (still on the road) and currently own a Citroen C4 HDi among a motley pile of other rubbish (1966 Volvo Amazon, 1984 Daihatsu Charade, 1987 Isuzu Piazza and a 1990 Volvo 460 Turbo).
Circumstances meant that I had to let the 305 estate go, but it appears to be living happily in Northern Ireland, which is great.
Anyway - this, erm...thing.
Yes, it has a block of wood for a gearknob and a naturally aspirated XUD9 for an engine:
That gearknob again:
An initial drive back to Peterborough from Chatteris (via Bourne and Stamford) suggests that none of the wheels are straight, and there may be a dead wheel-bearing at the back. It also needs a new rear tail light cluster (anyone got one? French eBay and Leboncoin haven't) and a bloody good clean.
To be honest, I don't like the side stripes and I may get a cheap spray place to tone down the dazzle-camouflage MoT tidemark.
Friends on another forum found out some more history about the van today. It was a recovery vehicle for a local garage called Alda Motors in Huntingdon. I found the garage's public liability insurance in the sunvisor while doing a basic clean, which consisted of filling a local garage's vacuum bag with detritus.
Got as far as Ely where I took this cheeky picture in the grounds the cathedral:
The main problem at the moment is the rubbing caused by the wrongly offset steel wheels, which I think came from a 206. On the hunt for another set of Rallye steels or a set of early GTX alloys.
Its still in good nick, that gearknob is a great way to sort out a broken original, and being an XUD it shouldn't give any trouble as long as the coolant system is kept in good condition,
I don't have any lenses spare, my cousins van also has a broken one at the top, and the spares van has a broken lens at the bottom, one good thing about them is that they will split apart with a bit of time and a dremel and can be glued back together with some clear araldite.
Ian Kirkwood is worth asking for spare parts, but dean hunter at peugeot parts specialists is also worth ringing for parts.