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      10-09-2012 08:21 AM #76
      The 2CV is a cool car. But I wouldn't cut my teeth on it. If your mechanical skills are very minimal, I would stick to something easier and with more available parts, like an old Mustang or simlar.

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      10-09-2012 08:25 AM #77
      Quote Originally Posted by leaftye View Post
      Early in the thread someone question why this car isn't desirable. To me it looks like a craptastic kit car and doesn't make up for it with performance. Sure, maybe this car has an important place in history, but that's in the past. That doesn't make me want one in the present, not unless I open a museum.
      Translation: "I just don't get it."
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      10-09-2012 12:00 PM #78
      Quote Originally Posted by Egz View Post
      The 2CV is a cool car. But I wouldn't cut my teeth on it. If your mechanical skills are very minimal, I would stick to something easier and with more available parts, like an old Mustang or simlar.
      I did a little bit of searching, and it turns out that you can get basically anything you need for these cars. Parts seem to be a non-issue. Also, I'm not sure why you think a Mustang would be easier to work on?
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      10-09-2012 12:11 PM #79
      Quote Originally Posted by Crimping Is Easy View Post
      I did a little bit of searching, and it turns out that you can get basically anything you need for these cars. Parts seem to be a non-issue. Also, I'm not sure why you think a Mustang would be easier to work on?
      I was going on experience on 60s Mustangs, and lack of 2CV. I know you can buy just about every part reproduction for a Mustang, no unusual tools, engines readily available. I just figured the sourcing of parts for a 2CV might be a little harder, and since its a 40s era car, might have some unique engineering/construction techniques that wouldn't translate well to other cars.

      Not to mention the knowledge base for the Mustang is huge. It might take me a while to find anyone near me who knows anything on a 2CV.

      If he is up for the challage, the 2CV would be fine. I'm just approaching it from the angle of "when I get stuck, what do I do?"

      *Mustang can be interchanged with most popular 60s-70s American classic

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      10-09-2012 12:21 PM #80
      Quote Originally Posted by atomicalex View Post
      The name is a pun in French.
      It is?

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      10-09-2012 12:40 PM #81
      If you buy a 2cv, do yourself a favor, buy one of these

      Electronic ignition / Points replacement

      and parts availability is pretty good

      I use French Parts Service http://www.2cvsource.com/

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      10-09-2012 12:45 PM #82
      Quote Originally Posted by strapontin View Post
      It is?
      2 = Deux = two
      Cv = Chevaux = horses

      Two horses. (It's a two-cylinder engine).

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      10-09-2012 01:50 PM #83
      Quote Originally Posted by OOOO-A3 View Post
      2 = Deux = two
      Cv = Chevaux = horses

      Two horses. (It's a two-cylinder engine).
      The 2 horsepower part means "2 fiscal horsepower". It has nothing to do with the number of cylinders.

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      10-09-2012 02:03 PM #84
      Quote Originally Posted by Egz View Post
      I was going on experience on 60s Mustangs, and lack of 2CV. I know you can buy just about every part reproduction for a Mustang, no unusual tools, engines readily available. I just figured the sourcing of parts for a 2CV might be a little harder, and since its a 40s era car, might have some unique engineering/construction techniques that wouldn't translate well to other cars.

      Not to mention the knowledge base for the Mustang is huge. It might take me a while to find anyone near me who knows anything on a 2CV.

      If he is up for the challage, the 2CV would be fine. I'm just approaching it from the angle of "when I get stuck, what do I do?"

      *Mustang can be interchanged with most popular 60s-70s American classic
      I see what you mean, but finding a 2CV forum with menbers that speak english should be no problem at all. Parts are plenty, you can actually build one from scratch with new spare parts (except the engines maybe) and it's so simple any mechanic should be able to elp you out if you get stuck. Just get yourself a decent workshop manual.

      Quote Originally Posted by gambit420s View Post
      If you buy a 2cv, do yourself a favor, buy one of these

      Electronic ignition / Points replacement

      and parts availability is pretty good

      I use French Parts Service http://www.2cvsource.com/
      Are the 123's good in 2CVs? In Fiat 500/126 they are teh suck apparently.
      Fiat 126 bis build thread here. Error 404: 0-60 not found.
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      10-09-2012 02:15 PM #85
      Quote Originally Posted by leaftye View Post
      Early in the thread someone question why this car isn't desirable. To me it looks like a craptastic kit car and doesn't make up for it with performance. Sure, maybe this car has an important place in history, but that's in the past. That doesn't make me want one in the present, not unless I open a museum.
      F*** history. I like simple, mechanical machinery. The 2CV fits snugly into that category.

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      10-09-2012 02:43 PM #86
      I've seen a lot of 2CVs this summer in Chicago (but never that Charleston on the 1st page).

      I even saw one merging off of I-90 onto Washington street downtown. The owner must have modified its engine.

      2CVs were considered "artsy" by Europeans and Europhiles back in the 70's and 80's, but I wouldn't own one in 2012. You're relegated to driving on Sunday evenings (mornings are now too hectic) with the Model A crowd.

      I did want one as a kid, mainly because Snoopy drove one:


    12. 10-09-2012 05:04 PM #87
      Quote Originally Posted by Maggiolone View Post
      I did want one as a kid, mainly because Snoopy drove one:



      How are we on page 3 and nobody has posted up this yet? (Not too different from that nuns thing on the first page though...just a drive in the country!)

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      10-09-2012 05:21 PM #88
      Quote Originally Posted by gti_matt View Post


      How are we on page 3 and nobody has posted up this yet? (Not too different from that nuns thing on the first page though...just a drive in the country!)
      I used to imitate the sounds of the gearbox when Snoopy shifted gears the 2CV in my own pedal car...."errrr rrrr...er errrrrrrrrr."

      Sounds I recognize 20 years-later as an unsynchronized gearbox with grinding gears

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      10-09-2012 05:52 PM #89
      Quote Originally Posted by Maggiolone View Post
      I've seen a lot of 2CVs this summer in Chicago (but never that Charleston on the 1st page).

      I even saw one merging off of I-90 onto Washington street downtown. The owner must have modified its engine.

      2CVs were considered "artsy" by Europeans and Europhiles back in the 70's and 80's, but I wouldn't own one in 2012. You're relegated to driving on Sunday evenings (mornings are now too hectic) with the Model A crowd.

      I did want one as a kid, mainly because Snoopy drove one:


      That Peanuts movie is pretty much the reason I want one.

      I first saw it when I was 8 or 9 and I remember watching that movie just to see the 2CV. I didn't know what it was called then, so I just referred to it as a "Beetle".
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      10-09-2012 06:29 PM #90
      Quote Originally Posted by Gepi View Post
      The 2 horsepower part means "2 fiscal horsepower". It has nothing to do with the number of cylinders.
      This.
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    16. 10-09-2012 06:45 PM #91
      Do it. As far as DD'ing it, why not. I do it with fiat 500 since i get up to 50 mph. It has almost twice the hp as my 500 (18hp when new).
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      10-09-2012 06:53 PM #92
      i think these are really neat cars, and from what ive been led to beleive are fairly straightforward mechanically as theyre early enough in the citroen years to not have many of the hydraulic doo-dads that the later cars did... even with the hydraulic parts id love to have one of these just for its weirdness factor



      too expensive over here though...

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      10-09-2012 07:09 PM #93
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post
      i think these are really neat cars, and from what ive been led to beleive are fairly straightforward mechanically as theyre early enough in the citroen years to not have many of the hydraulic doo-dads that the later cars did... even with the hydraulic parts id love to have one of these just for its weirdness factor



      too expensive over here though...
      DSes are getting expensive everywhere. That blue example looks perfect to me. Plenty of decent project DSes are on fleabay and don't seem to go for much. They are very complicated, kinda like an old Rolls....

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      10-09-2012 07:14 PM #94
      Quote Originally Posted by ValveCoverGasket View Post



      too expensive over here though...
      These will get terminal rust in weird places. Poor drainage all over.

      And Romney crashed on in '68 and blamed it on a "drunk priest."
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      10-10-2012 12:21 AM #95
      I haven't watched this in nearly 20 years. I love it even more. Charles Schultz was a genius (and fyi, the chateau they go to actually exists)


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      10-10-2012 12:59 AM #96
      Quote Originally Posted by Air and water do mix View Post
      Translation: "I just don't get it."
      How many people in this thread got one?
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      10-10-2012 02:30 AM #97
      Quote Originally Posted by Maggiolone View Post
      These will get terminal rust in weird places. Poor drainage all over.

      And Romney crashed on in '68 and blamed it on a "drunk priest."
      heh... well, for good reason:

      "We were all talking about how dangerous how the French highways were,’' Romney was to tell the Boston Globe almost 20 years later. .

      “Literally as we were having that conversation, boom, we were hit. It happened so quickly ... there was no braking and no honking.’’

      The other car - driven by a Catholic priest - had missed a curve and crashed into theirs , knocking Romney unconscious
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      so basically the OP has no clue about anything and just posts out of his ass?

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      10-10-2012 11:49 AM #98
      Quote Originally Posted by leaftye View Post
      How many people in this thread got one?


      But to be fair, I've been lurking and haven't posted yet as I don't have enough time to write. OP, PM me if you have any questions.

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      10-10-2012 11:58 AM #99
      Quote Originally Posted by leaftye View Post
      Early in the thread someone question why this car isn't desirable. To me it looks like a craptastic kit car and doesn't make up for it with performance. Sure, maybe this car has an important place in history, but that's in the past. That doesn't make me want one in the present, not unless I open a museum.
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      Translation: "I just don't get it."
      Quote Originally Posted by leaftye View Post
      How many people in this thread got one?
      I should have elaborated in my initial post. To say that you "don't get it" isn't a knock on you and I hope it didn't come across as insulting. It's a weird low-horsepower car and it's a simple fact that not everyone is going to "get it". I happen to like weird low-hp cars and though I've never driven a 2CV, I'd have no problems with having one. Some folks like muscle, some open-top sports cars and some like things that are simply "different". Different strokes for different folks.

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      10-10-2012 01:20 PM #100
      Quote Originally Posted by atomicalex View Post

      The name is a pun in French.
      That would be the DS -> déesse (goddess).

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