Citroen DS radio/instrument cluster update

This evening I was able to make good progress on the DS. First, I was able to fix a few of the issues with the instrument cluster, where the illumination wasn’t working for the gauges and the light for the heated rear window wasn’t working. (The heated rear window doesn’t work, but at least the light does!)

I also spent a bit more time on the radio. Instead of messing with the ignition switch, which has already been replaced with an aftermarket unit on my car, I wired the radio to the accessory point behind the dash. The accessory point […]

Mercedes W111 Coupe/Cabriolet in right hand drive

I’ve always regarded the Mercedes W111 Coupe and Cabriolet range as the pinnacle of the regular Mercedes-Benz models. True there were always Gullwings and 500K roadsters, but they are really in a class of their own. They were always rare cars, but the W111 Coupe/Cabriolet in right hand drive are that rarer again.

I’ve owned a 250SE coupe (LHD), and currently own a 250SE Cabriolet. I used to think about getting another Coupe to go with it, but the prices have shot up so much to make that less and less realistic. Given how comparatively rare the right hand drive […]

Installing the Retrosound Model 2 in a Citroen DS

I’ve been working on getting the Retrosound Model 2 radio installed in the Citroen DS. As this website points out, the DS does not provide a lot of options to install a decent radio. The little ‘cubby’ in the dashboard is too small for most radios, and the original ones are expensive and not particularly good. I’ve been a fan of the Retrosound units since I installed the Model 1 in my Jaguar, and was interested in some of the new features that the model 2 had to offer such as the bluetooth handsfree and the bluetooth audio.

I didn’t […]

Citroen Club Tech Day

Today I attended my first Citroen club tech Day. The event was at Schenk & Co Panel Beaters in Lidcombe. It was a great event. I got a lot of great advice on my car and was able to drive two manual Safaris (a 67 ID21 and 74 ID23). I also got my dash back in and tested a lot of the warning lights. For some reason the instrument cluster is no longer illuminating when the headlights are on, so I need to look at that. I also restocked on some LHM to prevent me from getting stranded!

On my […]

DS Instrument Cluster

The instrument cluster of my Citroen DS needed to be removed to fit the new Retrosound Model Two radio I had purchased for the car. While it was out, I had a few things I wanted to address:

My temperature gauge was disconnected The silver circles around the gauges were peeling off There was minimal speedometer illumination, a problem in our world full of speed cameras I wanted to move from MPH to KPH One of the corners of the housing was broken off due to the screws being tightened too much

Since the instrument cluster was not original (the […]

Retrosound Model One install

The one thing about my E-Type Jaguar that stuck out like a sore thumb after I bought it in 2010 was the 80’s cassette deck that has been installed in place of the original radio.

This looked like an easy thing to update. I first looked at Ebay to see if I could get an original radio but even broken radios were going for quite silly money (not as silly as what people want for Citroen DS radios as I would find later). I then looked at some of the radios that are advertised as modern radios that have a […]

Sydney Shannons Auction

Went to the Sydney Shannons auction last week. The Shannons auctions are a great way to see what classics area really selling for vs the tired 6 month old ads you see online with insane price expectations. The picks of the auction in my mind were the Blue XJ12C and the Red 230SL.

Somebody got a bargain on a massive Caddie, and there was a nice red Mercedes 280/8 that went for pretty big money for a W114. There was also a Ferrari Mondial that did not even get a starting bid, even though there was a man in attendance […]