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    Default 203+505=708; a butchers tale

    So where were we before we were so rudely interrupted.........?
    Who cares?
    Anyway......

    Round our way we are woefully short of anywhere decent to buy clips for the chrome* strips and the door cards etc.. Not that being unable to buy door card clips is much of a hardship, because I always seem to break one or half a dozen whenever I go near them. Admittedly that isn't often, but a pain nevertheless.

    So I used self-adhesive velcro. One half stuck to the back of the card, and its mate stuck to the door. Piece of p!ss, and dead easy to remove the card, just use a paint scraper to split the join, don't just tug the card off. A self-tapper or two hidden behind the handle trims and bob's yer baby.

    Obviously the doors spend the vast majority of the time closed, and the door seals keep the cards pressed tight. Opening a door on a windy day might prove entertaining, I've yet to find out.
    Pretend that godawful thing on the drivers door that looks like a door pull cum armrest (which is exactly what it is) isn't there. It's on the ever growing list of things that look [email protected] but will be improved.

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    Not exactly the most elegant solution to electrifying the doors, but there isn't enough of a gap between the pillars and doors to hide the wires in the conventional way. I could've hidden them by altering a section of the door, but by the time I realised, the doors were already painted, and quite frankly I couldn't be @rsed. I'll try to disguise them as check-straps. They're more or less hidden by the seats anyway.








    *Yes. I know they're stainless, alright.



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    Quote Originally Posted by catshamlet View Post
    So I used self-adhesive velcro. One half stuck to the back of the card, and its mate stuck to the door. Piece of p!ss, and dead easy to remove the card, just use a paint scraper to split the join, don't just tug the card off. A self-tapper or two hidden behind the handle trims and bob's yer baby.
    You should be right with this stuff, my old man used some of this (he uses rolls of it in his business) to hang some pictures in the tea room. When he took them down because my Mum didn't like them the velcro took the wallpaint with it.
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    Icon7 Nice Christmas prezzie

    Not bad, it's only taken me since April '04, but I'm road-legal at last.

    Registering it was easier than I thought - get it insured on the chassis number, get it MOT'd again on the chassis number, take the relevant bits of paper to the local DVLA office, and 48 hours later the letter arrives advising of the registration number. Age-related registration number so no road tax to pay.

    No inspection of my "creation" required. But that could possibly have something to do with it being Christmas, when the minds of the office staff are focussed on the Christmas party, and how they're going to convince the new starter that it's traditional to sit on the photocopier.

    Whatever.



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    congratulations!!!!

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    Thanks Russell.
    Tis odd. Normally when either of my girls asks for a lift into town of an evening I'm a little grumpy. But tonight it's been me pestering them into going out, and would they like me to collect them instead of hiring a taxi home?
    But hell, this thing is a handful on the icy roads.



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    And it's not even shod with 16 inch cheesecutters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Hall View Post
    congratulations!!!!
    Yes! Congrats. Well done ol' chap
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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Hall View Post
    And it's not even shod with 16 inch cheesecutters.
    Much as I hate to do it, I'll have to ask. What on earth are cheesecutters?


    This, BTW, is what the back end of a 203 should look like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catshamlet View Post
    Much as I hate to do it, I'll have to ask. What on earth are cheesecutters?




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    Umm. devices used to cut cheese .



    Maybe the cheese cutter is actually a pizza cutter????

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    It's just an expression I've heard which is a comment on the extreme narrowness of the standard 16" tyre.

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    Default Unexpected, but very welcome bonus....

    Well, well, you 203 owners kept this little secret to yourselves, the ladies love these things!
    I've had cheeky little waves, been winked at, but the best was at the traffic lights when the woman in the car beside me told me it looked adorable. Her husband however, wasn't quite so generous with the compliments.
    I should've bought one years ago.



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    Well done Mike, this must have been a fair old mission and congratulations. In regards the ladies at the lights, just show them your avatar (and don't tell the rest of the family why you were delayed on the way home).

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    Lovely old square (picture 1).

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    so that's what I need, an avatar

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    Will this image do ?
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    Its just what I feel like at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    Will this image do ?
    I thought the idea was to woo the fairer sex with wine, choccies, and a nice bunch of flowers.

    That pic would just scare the pants off 'em. But it would save spending any cash, and may well be just as effective.



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    Quote Originally Posted by catshamlet View Post
    I thought the idea was to woo the fairer sex with wine, choccies, and a nice bunch of flowers.


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    What an original idea. So that's what I've been doing wrong all these years.

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    Default Just like a woman.....

    The lovely Mimi has been less than honest.
    First she led me to believe she was new to the world in '58, but that turned out to be '52.

    And now I find she's heavier than she should be. Persuaded her onto the weighbridge at the scrapyard today, and she weighs in at a portly 1380 kilos (3,036 lbs). Too much Christmas pudding!

    According to my little book a 203 should weigh 966 kilos (2125 lbs). And according to Mr. Haynes a 505 should weigh between 1265 and 1285 kg (2783 and 2827).

    But what the hell, she's got curves in all the right places.



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    The official list of a 1950 203 weight, en ordre de marche, sans conducteur, is 945 kg, and the maximum permissable fully laden is 1300 kg. By 1958 it was 950 kg. The Autocar test car of 1951 weighed in at 2,037 lb with 5 gallons of fuel.
    So Mimi has been a greedy little thing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by catshamlet View Post
    The lovely Mimi has been less than honest.
    First she led me to believe she was new to the world in '58, but that turned out to be '52.

    And now I find she's heavier than she should be. Persuaded her onto the weighbridge at the scrapyard today, and she weighs in at a portly 1380 kilos (3,036 lbs). Too much Christmas pudding!

    According to my little book a 203 should weigh 966 kilos (2125 lbs). And according to Mr. Haynes a 505 should weigh between 1265 and 1285 kg (2783 and 2827).

    But what the hell, she's got curves in all the right places.



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    Wouldn't be 52 surely , it would then have a small back window.
    Is it a 203C?
    You weren't sitting in the car were you?
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    Me thinks so, whilst eating black pudding.

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    Postwar, lightness was a virtue for economy and performance. The 203 was relatively heavy compared to say a Holden which was bigger but only 200lb heavier. That reflected the strength of the 203 construction. Nowadays crappy little cars made of plastic weigh in at 1300kg. I've no idea why but it's not because of solid construction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GRAHAM WALLIS View Post
    Wouldn't be 52 surely , it would then have a small back window.
    Is it a 203C?
    You weren't sitting in the car were you?
    Graham
    I'm sure it is a '58, but Peugeot say it's a '52 Two sets of chassis numbers.
    Yes, a 203C, big back window.
    And no, I wasn't sitting in it, I was in the office asking the woman if her weighbridge was accurate. She didn't like that.
    But scrapyard weighbridges (even though they're probably ckecked from time to time) don't need to be accurate provided they under or over-read consistently. You're usually not bothered about the actual weight of your vehicle, just the laden weight and empty weight.
    Anyway, wouldn't have made much difference if I had been sitting in it, I'm so skinny these days that next time I'm injured I won't need an X ray, they'll just hold me up to the light.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Russell Hall View Post
    Postwar, lightness was a virtue for economy and performance. The 203 was relatively heavy compared to say a Holden which was bigger but only 200lb heavier. That reflected the strength of the 203 construction. Nowadays crappy little cars made of plastic weigh in at 1300kg. I've no idea why but it's not because of solid construction.
    Except for the basic body shell, these are much stronger than they used to be, b pillars are now 300mm wide!
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