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Old 16-07-2009, 10:20 PM   #1
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Smile 1950 Citroen Traction Avant 11BL restoration

Hi Guys!

After seeing those awsome restorating threads I think I have to show you what are we doing in our free time!

My family is a big Citroen fan, we restored a 2CV Charleston a year ago and as that project was finished we wanted an other challenge.

And a few months later they were here:


















two Citroen Traction Avant 11BL from 1950 and 1954. As you can see in the recent 40-50 years some not original equipment landed on the car... But they are great base for a restoration.

For first we started with the older, which doesn't have engine/hood/front panels on the picture.

It will be extensively restored front to bottom from the biggest parts to the smallest screws! It will need lot of work and enthusiasm (don't have to mention money I think...) but at the end it will be a fabulous oldtimer!

All the original chromed parts will be re-chromed, same applies to polished aluminium surfaces (will be repolished). All bolts and smaller/bigger metal parts will be cadmium plated. And all used or worn parts replaced!


So, here on these pages you'll able to follow the buildup and restoration of the Gangster-mobile!

After lot of thinkering and head scratching we set off and started to remove all parts form the genious Monocoque back in May!


(the following lines were posted on an other site and I'll mainly copy them so excuse some refering to today and yesterday, as I posted / I'm posting there daily)


Front:
Seats, carpets, door trim, glasses (and everything from the doors) removed:




Rear:





On the pictures it looks terrible, but thanks to the 1.5mm thick sheet metal it's only surface rust on 90% on the rusted areas. These need extensive cleaning back to bare metal, degreasing, and after 2 coats of Akzo-Nobel rust treatment is applied on the top. (this chemically converts rust, and also protects from further rusting).

The whole car will be covered in this (so you can imagine how much work will it involve to remove the surface rust from ALL the body!), and after special Epoxy-primer will be used.

All the rusty parts will be cleaned with BH Deox-C and Deox Gel, and after they'll be cadmium plated / pinted / sintered / powder coated.

After the whole car chassis is OK the hollow areas will be treated with BH Dynax S50.

But it's a long way until we get there, soooo :







And we started stripping down the glue/sealant from the rear-end:



and from other parts too:




(unfortunately I don't have pictures of the metal when it's sanded down and degreased because I'm always soo excited to apply the Akzo-Nobel rust converter as it's white, but after a shortwhile it turns into this:

test coat on the sheet above the tank:




front grill paint stripped, sanded, rust converted:






Father worked on the rear of the car:



















While I was busy removing everything from the chassis, and from the dashboard. :






And then my mother got out with the wheel brush! It's really a family job as you see.! :




After my father worked on the battery holder:













And the front of the chassis, as there were holes cut into the metal to place additional side lights. :




In the meantime I've removed the Panhard-rod, and wheel-brushed it back to the metal. After it was treated with two coats of Akzo-Nobel rust converter, and I painted it in red. It'll get new bushes, and the support of the bushes will be cadmium plated. Naturally before assembling I'll remove the paint from the thread, but until it's good to give a base coat.









Then we started on the left side of the tail, as the right was OK. :

tin worm on the left:



right is good:



the work process:







During the work you need to rest a bit, so I got up to the first floor of the rear garage, and made some piccies, as the sky looked ace!:








This is what we use to weld with! N2O




back to business:



it's only done to the point where you can see a hole, the upper part needs work aswell! :







(ignore the rusty boot lid):




still lot to do on the left side:



Katze:





And the Bilt-Hamber Deox-C and Deox-Gel arrived (in conjunction with a BH soft clay bar):



rusty bracket from the rear suspension:



first trial batch:




And the outcome:






While the bolts and stuff had a bath we turned on to the underside of the rear, as a friend offered his help as he wheel-brushed all the rust and dirt down from the floor panel (other mate helped with the roof and the inside):

From this:




To this:





Defect on the edges, but we've seen this and were expecting such things.


Did loads of work since, I'm going to upload my pictures and will continue soon!

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Great stuff! Now that makes me want to get my Normale back on the road.
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Holy crap, Tibi! I can't wait to see the end results of this one! Maybe I'll even come see it in the flesh one of these days !
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Father carried on working on the rear, welded the remaining part between the two sides, so the very end of the car is ready!








all of these metal parts are carefully covered in Akzo-Nobel rust converter to avoid further rust growth, and not just the outside, but the inside aswell - this guarantees that the car will not rust


Then he did an other part of the metalwork and as most of the rear underisde was done we covered it in that special epoxy which hardened as plastic! It's awsome!
Forgot to take a pic tho... will do it tomorrow!

Today we took all the cleaned metal parts to cadmium plating, and the old brake shoes were sent out for re-facing (or whatever it's called as ) - they'll be ready by tomorrow!





And the cleaned and rust converted rear axle will go powder coating tomorrow!











a good old shot to show their initial state when we started the project:


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Old 16-07-2009, 11:07 PM   #5
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AWESOME Tibi!

I have seen this guys work before, including the mentioned 2CV and he is a very talented man! Subscribed Tibi!
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Great work on what is somewhat a legendary car in Citroen's history!
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Wow, can't wait for more of this one.
Fantastic work....
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I am loving this, great work chap

Look forward to seeing this through to complete restoration
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Old 17-07-2009, 08:31 PM   #10
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Thank you very much guys!

I didn't have time to take the rear axle parts to powder coating, but the brake shoes arrived today! And I completed my next order from here: CTA Service Holland

We will work on her tomorrow, but now I have to go out and chill out a bit! It's soooo hot these days! On Wednesday at 7:00 pm it was 35.2 in the garage inside the car which I worked on!!!!!!!!! And the recent days were even worse!
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