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How To Restore CitroŽn 2CV


Lindsay Porter


Veloce Publishing Ltd


33 Trinity Street










Tel : +44 1305 260068


Fax : +44 1305 268864




2004  UK




GBP29.99 UK


USD54.95 USA

Inevitably, any workshop manual is bound to be compared with those published by Haynes.  Unfortunately, my Haynes 2CV manual has long gone so I am going to have to rely on memory.
I do remember being frustrated by the Haynes manual when I drove 2CVs and Dyanes; to the extent that I assisted in the publication of the original 2CV GB manual.
I clearly remember how uninformative the Haynes manual was when trying to undertake routine maintenance like replacement of front brake shoes and replacement of the dynamo bushes on a 6 volt car so the first thing I did was turn to those tasks in this book.  Not only were these tasks explained in detail, there are colour photographs and lots of useful tips including advice on choosing and manufacturing tools.
It is rare to sit down and read a workshop manual from cover to cover but that is exactly what I did here.  The book is well written, in an informal and informative style and seems to cover pretty well every task likely to be encountered by a 2CV owner.
Despite stating on the cover “YOUR step-by-step illustrated guide to body, trim & mechanical restoration 1949-1990 models: includes Dyane & Van”, the manual concentrates on the 2CV 6 and its van derivatives.  There is some information about earlier models but not a lot.  Similarly, the Dyane gets fairly lightweight cover although there is some information in the bodywork restoration chapter.  Surprisingly, neither the Mťhari nor the Ami 6 or 8 are covered at all.
What is covered in some depth is a chassis replacement exercise which could prove invaluable since once again, there are lots of practical tips and suggestions.  However, I would have thought that the suppliers of replacement chassis would have provided the requisite instructions and, assuming that they don’t, then this chapter, useful as it is, falls into the Haynes trap of providing prodigious amounts of information about jobs that one is unlikely to undertake more than once (Haynes manuals tend to go overboard on stripping down engines and gearboxes while glossing over those tasks more likely to be encountered – like changing front brake shoes).
Overall, this is a well-written and well laid out book which is an essential addition to every 2CV owner’s library.
Veloce 10 : Haynes 5

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