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    Hey Froggers!

    Some progress shots of the old girl. Reconditioned radiator with new core. Spare crank now cleaned and ready to go in, measures perfectly:

    Mains:
    1). 44.95 2). 50.91 3). 49.93
    Con-rod: 44.97

    Body has been reconstructed. Structurally good. New brakes, master cylinder, lines etc. New sleeves also.

    Paint work will remain as is (for now). Feel the patina will add to its character and give it that ratty look. Some may not agree, but I love it! No structural rust so all is sound.

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    The paintwork looks great, dude !

    ..... except those red wheel rims !
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    ...don't listen to him, I like the retro red wheels, adds attitude.

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    In 1950 all 203's had burgundy wheels. It was also a car colour. Critics called the tone "wine dregs".
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    Beauty , Russell.......I have a whole burgundy car. I can't get it wrong can I? BUT.......is bright red burgundy?

    Just wondering!
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    The official burgundy colour for 1950 was rouge moyen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beano View Post
    The paintwork looks great, dude !

    ..... except those red wheel rims !
    Thanks Beano! Not a fan of the rims? Reminds me of Christmas! Green, red and white all year round in the form of a 203, haha

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    Quote Originally Posted by 59 Floride View Post
    ...don't listen to him, I like the retro red wheels, adds attitude.

    Thanks mate, I agree. I love it and think it makes it look bad ass! Unique in its own way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Hall View Post
    In 1950 all 203's had burgundy wheels. It was also a car colour. Critics called the tone "wine dregs".
    Interesting stuff!

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    Cleaned out the bell housing and polished the manufacturers plate. 'HARDEN AND JOHNSTON LTD, SYDNEY - J203 - 002' .

    Boys, any idea if '002' is indicative of the 2nd off the production line, or, just something else entirely? (would be an awesome story if it was but I doubt it would be)

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    There is a person who has done a lot of research into Harden & Johnston plates but my computer problems have temporarily lost me my contacts. Your car would have been assembled in the Harden & Johnston plant in Roseberry.
    Depending on year. From mid 1952 to beginning of 1954 the Harden & Johnston 203's were assembled by Chrysler in the old T.J. Richards plant at Keswick in Adelaide.
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