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Ken Nelson Details the Robustness of his DS Cabriolet.

Ken Nelson Details the Robustness of his DS Cabriolet.

We've had lots of interest about Ken Nelson's DS Chapron cabriolet and how he has made it to be, as he claims; 'the most robust DS cabrio in existence'.While it is not going to win any contest for pristine looks, what Ken has done underneath to keep this car on the road as his "driver" is quite rem ...
The Hardiness of a DS and Reusability of a 2CV

The Hardiness of a DS and Reusability of a 2CV

by Ken Nelson.....I recall two firsthand experiences on subject:DS RobsutnessI was driving my '67 rebuilt DS cabrio to Northfield Mountain meet in June '94, having installed a used engine bought from a friend in Detroit in 1989.  He said engine had about 70k miles on it.  ...
An Emergency Repair Tip to Clear Off the Road

An Emergency Repair Tip to Clear Off the Road

(Requires paid member status to access.....)If you get stuck in traffic with a locked generator, squealing fan belt or for some other reason your engine dies, it is possible to move the car out of traffic by putting the car in 1st or 2nd gear, and with the ignition off.You can get to the roadside ( ...
To Those That Think the 2CV is Just French Flivver…

To Those That Think the 2CV is Just French Flivver…

by Ken Nelson.....One has to understand the whole point of the 2CV in its history, to understand both its design and construction, and to appreciate its brilliance.  This car put France on wheels after WWII.  The french auto industry was trashed by the Germans, and France still didn't hav ...
Why There Are Large Panel Gaps on Citroën DS.

Why There Are Large Panel Gaps on Citroën DS.

by Ken Nelson…..Many people who judge the build quality of a car do so by examining the size of the gaps between the body panels.In looking at the DS in comparison, they might well gasp at the large door gaps.How could Citroën let the DS with such wide-gap workmanship leave the factory?The answe ...
Three Amazing (and True) Stories About André Garnier.

Three Amazing (and True) Stories About André Garnier.

by Ken Nelson.....We'll all miss André – he was a real visionary for Citroën.These remembrances are from André directly - told to me when I visited him sometime around year 2000: 1.  Seems André had only been in business in Buffalo for a short while, around probably the late '50s/ea ...
DS Brake Button Advantages

DS Brake Button Advantages

by Ken Nelson.....Regarding the brake button advantages, the hydraulic system (steering, brakes, suspension) is a high-pressure system – at 2500 psi (IIRC). Braking force is modulated by the foot pressure applied to the button, rather than how far the pedal travels.In a panic stop situation, brin ...
DS Steering Geometry & Steering Feel

DS Steering Geometry & Steering Feel

By Ken Nelson.....A lot of car people make the snide comment "I wouldn't be caught dead in a DS" due to its appearance, so I tell them this story:You're right, you wouldn't be caught dead in a DS in a head-on.You'd most likely live through it.  A friend of mine was driving his DS in France yea ...
Why was the DS steering wheel designed that way?

Why was the DS steering wheel designed that way?

 by Ken Nelson.....The French seldom do anything without having a very good reason. Imagine what happens in a head-on collision when your body slams into that steering wheel.Remember the DS was introduced in 1955, when no cars I can think of had belts, let alone shoulder belts.Granted, there's ...
Ken Nelson on Panhards, Citroëns and the Chrysler CCV

Ken Nelson on Panhards, Citroëns and the Chrysler CCV

Ken Nelson is a Citroënvie member who owns many Citroëns, including a 1963 DS 19 Cabriolet that he has put many miles on and modified structurally to minimize body flex.  His career has been to come up with ideas for Detroit automotive companies and his interest stems from his father buy ...
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