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Last updated 2 August 2009  

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    Talbot Van specifications

It is very important to note that the following parts fit across more than one model in the Talbot van range so please read the following carefully. I hope I can help you!

First all the models are made in Italy by PSA, a joint venture by Fiat, Citroën and Peugeot. The Talbot Express petrol first came out in about 1984 as an 1800cc and was very shortly bored out to 2000cc. It stayed that way till the end of the production of this model in 1994.

The petrol engine is the same unit as in the Fiat Ducato of the same years. The diesel units are a bit more complex: the Citroën C25 and Talbot Express 2500cc are the all the same apart from the badge. You may have seen some vans looking the same but with Peugeot badges on!

As Peugeot own Talbot, they call the European Version of the Talbot Express a Peugeot J5. The Fiat Ducatos are the same to look at as all the other vans, apart from the engine - an overhead cam engine made by Sofin (an Italian manufacturer). This engine is also fitted to Fiat Daily, Renault Traffic 2500cc, etc.

The 1900cc diesel engine fitted to the Talbot Express / Citroëns is an engine built and used by Peugeot and Citroën. The Fiat Ducato 1900cc is Fiat's own unit. Both 1900cc and 2500cc could be specially ordered with turbos. Many parts however on turbo-units are different. Call for more details.

Gear Boxes

The gearbox comes in 4 or 5 speed versions with different ratios to match 14" or 16" wheeled vans. The integral gearbox and bell housing casings mean the gearbox will couple to 5 different engines. I will leave you to work out how many versions there are!

The internals of the gearboxes can be changed over to suit many applications. In later years of manufacture the gearbox internal bearing types have been changed.

Running Gear

The 16" Maxi type vans being 3500kg gross vehicles have heavier drive train and brakes, bigger c/v joints, larger discs at the front and rear drum brakes, plus bigger wheel bearings all round. These models were more likely to have power steering but that is still rare!!

Mike Chubb, August 2005


© Mike J Chubb 2005