Crash Course in Brain Surgery, or
2CV Frame Replacement Being several states away, Noel could have easily overstated
things and claimed that I needed parts and repairs that were
by Ben Boyle necessary but the only extras offered were shocks and brake
lines, which I had already figured on replacing. In these times of
This spring in the days leading up to Easter I began to notice hearing of people being ripped off by unscrupulous scams it is
something very wrong with my 2CV. The steering began to get refreshing to experience honesty.
stiff and heavy and the car simply did not drive like its old self.
At first some of the warning signs that I had read about concern-
ing frame collapse did not seem to be appearing. The Haynes
manual suggested that possibly my king pins were seized.
Not knowing how to proceed I contacted Noel Slade in New
Jersey for advice. He expressed concern that the frame was
collapsing and requested some underbody pictures. Judging
from the pictures he was of the strong opinion that the frame was
beginning to fail and was worried about the safety of the car.
Over the next couple of days the
frame sagged some more and
it was becoming obvious that
something must be done. After
evaluating my financial situation, Initial disassembly. Front end bodywork
I contacted Noel and loaded the removed. Ready for chassis separation.
2CV on the trailer and drove from
my home in Michigan to New At the end of four weeks, I was told
Jersey to have the frame replaced. that the car was ready for pick-up. I
jumped into a rental car and planned
to drive the car almost 800 miles
back home. This may seem crazy to
do with a car that has just been put
back together but I was confident,
and rightfully so. The car performed
Front footwell of body was patched flawlessly and I am very satisfied
as necessary. with the quality of the work that was
performed. I am writing this article
so that perhaps some of you who are not aware of this relatively
new addition to the US 2CV community can get some of the
good service that I received. Information concerning Noel can
be found at the Eurocar Imports website at www.eurocar.ca.
Original suspension and gas tank affixed to new galvanized chassis.
While we are glad that Ben had good experience dealing with
Upon arriving at Noel’s shop I could see that it was bursting Eurocar, we would be remiss if we did not point out to our
with activity and that I was not alone in needing a new frame. I readers that we will no longer feature Eurocar advertising in the
was immediately at ease and had a good feeling about choosing Citroënthusiast newsletter. This is because Eurocar has an
Noel to do the work that would be necessary to save my car from outstanding account with the Club for two years of unpaid
the scrapheap. Noel commented that my car was not all that bad full-page advertising. While we have given the past and
and that he had seen worse. present owners of Eurocar every opportunity to settle their ac-
count with us, Eurocar has informed us that they will not pay for
Over the course of the next four weeks, Noel kept in constant the advertising they committed to. This is not due to any pub-
contact with me concerning my car and regularly sent me e- lishing deficiency on the Club’s part. Eurocar has simply chosen
mails of the progress. He did the relevant repairs to the body not to pay their bills in a timely manner, and now refuses to pay
that were necessary in the bulkhead area and readied the galva- at all. We did not want to censor or suppress this article in any
nized chassis to have my car body placed upon it. An engine way, but feel that as Club members you should be apprised of the
tune up was also performed which made the 2CV run better than current relationship between Eurocar and this publication.
it had ever run in the time that I had owned the old girl.
Citroënthusiast 10 Fall 2006