Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Cleaning! Grrrrrrrrr........

The Citroen DS 5 speed gearbox, retained for EV conversion

This is the part I love least in my passion of restoring and recreating cars, cleaning!

What do I mean by recreating? Well, while restoring is about bringing back the original in the vehicle, recreating goes beyond restoring and includes looking at what new technologies can be adapted and adopted to take the original concept further towards that design brief that originally created that vehicle being restored.

Case in point, the Goddess (DS or in French Desse), is a statement of class, comfort, design leadership, industrial design breakthroughs and another long list of attributes bestowed on this very unique vehicle. However, there are areas the design suffered, and specifically in the engine effort-induced noise and heat generation, for which this vehicle is also infamous.

Well, whilst not truly new technology (electric vehicles have existed as far back as the late 1800's) I believe that Goddess will certainly get awfully close to truly achieving the ultimate drive experience. We're certainly committed to this.

So, back to cleaning, last Saturday, while Mark was busily slimming down the vehicle from the, now, unnecessary weight of such superfluous things as exhaust and fuel systems, I was cleaning! Yes cleaning the various gearbox parts that will be reassembled once the offending shaft arrives and is replaced. The photo above shows the resplendent parts within the gearbox. The following pics relate to the now clean exterior casing and related parts, including inboard brake calipers and bell housing.

Oh, and while here, I wanted to show you the 2 cent component that caused the breakdown in the first place, yes.......... A simple circlip!

Moral of the story? Well, not sure what the moral of the story is. But certainly, it was an undesired push to get going on my electric vehicle conversion!

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