Way back in 2006, when the club participated in the opening event at the then-new Calabogie Motorsport Park, I came back into contact with Ted R., an old friend from my racing days. Seeing our Citroëns, Ted shared with me that he also had a 2CV, although it was not a runner. I told him I would like to see it some day. Fast forward to 2012, and Ted contacts me to ask if I would be interested in taking the 2CV off his hands. I asked a few questions, and then agreed to drop over to his house to assess the car. I already was aware that we were dealing with a car that, in Ted’s words was “slowly returning to the earth”. Here is what I found.

A little research pointed me to the fact that this probably is a 1964 2CV AZ. Interesting characteristics include: suicide doors, the absence of rear quarter windows, an 18 hp version of the 425cc motor, a 5-rib engine hood, and 6-volt electrics. Ted obtained the car many years ago in a package deal, rescuing it from a restoration shop where it had been claimed for unpaid bills. Ted’s wife had a desire to own a 2CV, and Ted’s plan was to put this classic older-style body onto a more modern and useable 602cc-based chassis. Unfortunately, other projects kept getting higher priority, and the 2CV languished outdoors. Having had a good look, I immediately thought of Terry H, who is building a 2CV-based coupe (check out Terry’s stories in “Terry’s Blog” elsewhere on this site). I shared my photos with Terry, and he saw potential. We agreed to mount a recovery effort, simultaneously helping Ted get rid of an unwanted car, and possibly giving new life to at least some elements of this once-noble creation. So, on a bright but chilly Saturday morning in late November, with flurries in the forecast, Terry and I arrived, armed with weapons of mass destruction. Before anyone criticizes us for cutting up a classic Citroën, trust me that there was no saving the patient. Doors, door pillars, and sills were absent. The only thing holding the front of the shell to the rear was the roof rails. There was no chassis remaining. If we had tried to hook up and pull the car out, it would have been like pulling the wishbone on a Christmas turkey. Nonetheless, Terry and I sized up every salvageable piece, and worked carefully to minimize waste. We started by removing the windshield, to ensure it was not stressed later in proceedings. After lubricating the rusted hinge, we were able to slide off the engine hood. Each and every bolt securing the rear fenders came out as if they had been assembled yesterday. Eventually, we did resort to the cutting disks and sawzalls, to remove the entire roof, intact, as well as to let us get the engine and gearbox out. I was impressed that the engine still turns over, albeit with no discernible compression. After more hours than either of us had expected, and with the sun dipping below the horizon, we loaded an entire 2CV’s worth of parts and scrap into the trailer, and headed out.

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