Right then, nearly that time of year again where a man pokes his tool around the 2CV (oo er) trying to find out how he can decide whether or not it should be on the road. This sort of spurred me on to start sorting some odd bits with it, as there's only really one place I know it's going to fail, which I will demonstrate at the end of the post.
First up, it's about due a service. Don't overlook your air filter kids. This was well due for changing.
Recently I'd noticed that while the linkage bushes looked OK, the gear selection was sometimes getting a bit iffy, especially reverse. For the massive sum of 5 quid, I changed the linkage to a spanking new one which has made a massive difference, lovely snicky gearchange now.
The other job I looked at doing is one I'd had the parts for for a while and expected to be a faff on, so had been putting it off. The keen eyed amongst you will notice the red rubber washers on the wipers from the top of Grolsch bottles. These went some way to stemming the flow of water you got into the car when the wipers were on, owing to the play in the wiper spindles.
This was the good side! The issue has been there for years as far as I can tell, with most of the inner mechanism frame fairly crusty.
Fortunately after a ton of wire brushing, rust converter and clean this came back up alright, with some new spindle units installed with no play.
The final bit, the obvious MOT failure, is something I can't do myself as I can't weld (yet). The drivers door is held onto the car by erm, well held is probably a strong word. Have a look at this video. Apologies for the portrait filiming but there ain't much room down here in a 2CV.
That all really needs cleaning up properly, and I'm going to try and get a few other places done at the same time where there's more filler than metal currently.