St Tropez restoration blog

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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Tim Leech » Tue Dec 01, 2015 3:23 pm

My 14RE with the suitcase engine was awful! stirring a pudding, but my St Tropez was quite sweet, as the boys say it may be just a worn linkage etc
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Des Smith » Sun Dec 06, 2015 2:59 pm

MULLEY wrote:Strange that the BX gearbox is wobbly, perhaps there is wear & tear on the linkages, get chevronics to have a looksey, it should be quite a nice shifting gearbox.
The linkages were all replaced in 2012. It's not a drama and totally predictable.

Quoted unladen weight of the 1.4i Xsara model is 1005kg against 921kgs for the BX 14TE, so 1.5 passengers difference, but that's not the point really. The engine characteristics are different; it feels strangled (by the injection system or the cat?) at low revs and needs enthusiastic application of the loud pedal to make life interesting. Once the motor is spinning, it's quite perky.

Kitch's comments have challenged me to extract more from the engine and that changes your mindset. Watch this space.
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Kitch » Sun Dec 06, 2015 3:57 pm

Des Smith wrote:
MULLEY wrote:
Kitch's comments have challenged me to extract more from the engine and that changes your mindset. Watch this space.
The gear ratios and final drive will probably make the biggest difference. If you rolling roaded them, you'd probably find the Xsara has a wider spread of torque, and is making better use of the fuel/air.
But I do know what you mean. I had that engine in two ZXs and they both felt flat, unless you were razzing the arse off them, and if you did that, they responded better, but sounded bloody awful. My BX 14RE always felt much more sprightly than the ZX.
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Des Smith » Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:47 pm

My St Tropez is not at all sprightly today. Tried to fire her up for a spin to blow out the cobwebs and the battery chugged a few times and gave up. Now out and on the charger. Tsk.
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Tinkley » Tue Dec 15, 2015 8:22 am

Shouldn't have left the radio on..... :wink:
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Re: St Tropez restoration blog

Post by Des Smith » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:21 am

Bump! After 7 years, I may be looking to move the St Tropez on to someone who can store her indoors. :?

£1500 is my bottom line, and if that seems a little steep for a 1.4, read the blog and figure out what she owes me! PM me if you are interested...
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Kawasaki GPz550A4 1987