Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV
  • Register
  • Help
Page 1 of 2 12 Last
Results 1 to 25 of 44
Like Tree4Likes

Thread: Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV

  1. #1
    1000+ Posts pottsy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Melbourne, Northern Suburbs
    Posts
    1,018

    Default Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV

    Obviously the restoration of this car will take a long time, not because I want it to, but more because I need to do it a bit at a time due to space issues.

    As I discover new things, or make any progress I'll post here for the delectation, delight and edification of those who seek the same goals.

    First up I've got some questions for the Brains Trust, questions I'll also field on the 2CV forum as well.

    The roof. It seems to be in good condition, no rips or tears. It's certainly very dusty. What should I be using to clean it? Is there some kind of vinyl restorer like Dissol I can use on it or are there products I should stay away from?

    Below are a couple of photos inside and out. As you will see the inside is quite intact as well and probably only needs a clean also. I deliberately haven't un-clipped it yet because I'd like to clean it first under tension.

    The other cleaning question refers to the rather quaint patterned lining in the parcel shelf. Gricy reckoned he'd never seen one as intact, which is great, but once again, any recommendations as to cleaners for this stuff? I'm not even sure if it's vinyl or cardboard.

    Advertisement


    All feedback wil be accepted, considered and probably not discarded. Thanks in advance for the help I hope to glean from you all who know 2CV's way better than me.

    Oh, and I've added the pictures of the car at the start of the project, just so we can all watch progress!

    Cheers, Pottsy
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-drivers-side-parcel-tray.jpg   Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-interior-roof.jpg   Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-roof-1.jpg   Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-alphonse.jpg   Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-alphonse-2.jpg  
    Last edited by pottsy; 12th January 2011 at 05:53 PM.
    Buvito Ergo Sum!

    The Fleet:

    2018 C3 Shine ("Oscar" Mrs P's)
    1974 D Special Manual Sedan ("Moby Dick")
    2006 C5 HDI Wagon Auto ("Mephistopheles")
    1982 2CV6 ("Gaston") On the road! (Woohoo!)
    1957 Slough 2CV ("Alphonse") Has made it to the Hoist!
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Also waiting in the wings
    And for Fun, 1968 Mini Deluxe ("The R & D'luxe" 1078cc, Grin Factor 100!)

  2. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    Sunny Melbourne
    Posts
    79

    Default Alphonse

    Hi Pottsy

    Prompted by your call for feedback, i couldnt restist putting down in writing my thoughts since i saw the your first photo of Alphonse. What i see is a solid car in genuine condition with some rare and unusual aspects such as the folding rear windows and the old rego sticker.

    While it needs some serious mechanical work in my mind the most important aspect is the preservation of the body and interior where its lovely patina is maintained.

    Blemishes and flaws in the paintwork, the seats and interior are part of the cars history and charm and it would be a shame to paint them away, over-restoration or loose them.

    I imagine youve already been considering how to best sypathetically restore it to good working condition with loosing its best asset and would produce a far more satisfying result than a car in concours winning condition.

    Can i leave you with one closing thought - those front indicators are purely awful - please replace them

    cheers

    Ian

  3. #3
    1000+ Posts pottsy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Melbourne, Northern Suburbs
    Posts
    1,018

    Default

    I'm doing the research to find out what sort of lights were used on Slough cars. This car doesn't seem to have had the semaphore uinits at all, so when I replace those godawful trailer lights it'll be with something suitable such as Lucas flush mount units like those on Austins of the period or similar.

    Comments on the bodywork are topical. Having tested the paint for shine with some polish today, I'm leaning very much towards conservation of the body as is, warts, bumps and all, while doing a complete refresh of the mechanicals. I need to either tidy up the original bonnet (with the Front Drive badge on it or carefully install the Slough badge and trim on the current (replacement) bonnet. And of course I have to source a front bumper and bonnet catch assembly eventually.

    My main desire is to bring the car back to driveable condition as well as being a representative example of the rare Slough cars.

    The only major modification I'm considering at present is a safety (and peace of mind) one. I'm contemplating installing a tasteful but strong roll hoop and associated struts back to the rear of the car. Not because I think I might roll it, but to provide a strong mount for the upper end of the new seatbelts it'll have before I drive it.

    I reckon I can do it carefully enough that it'll be sympathetic with the rest of the car. But that's along way in the future yet.

    And speaking of seats, does anyone know a good source of suitable rubber to replace the stretchy bits in the seats? The fabric appears to be in good condition, but all the "rubber bands" are perished to the extent that I'm not game to sit on them. The current plan is to dismantle the seats, resurrect the frames by de-rusting and maybe powder coating them, then rebuilding the seat cushions/backs as described. Here's a shot of the underside of the front seats showing the perished rubber bands.

    Cheers, Pottsy
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-seats-underside.jpg  
    Buvito Ergo Sum!

    The Fleet:

    2018 C3 Shine ("Oscar" Mrs P's)
    1974 D Special Manual Sedan ("Moby Dick")
    2006 C5 HDI Wagon Auto ("Mephistopheles")
    1982 2CV6 ("Gaston") On the road! (Woohoo!)
    1957 Slough 2CV ("Alphonse") Has made it to the Hoist!
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Also waiting in the wings
    And for Fun, 1968 Mini Deluxe ("The R & D'luxe" 1078cc, Grin Factor 100!)

  4. #4
    Fellow Frogger!
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    melbourne
    Posts
    182

    Default Alphonse

    Hi Pottsy,
    I think you will find that the Slough 2Cv had a different seat rubber system than the French ones shown on Vikings site. I am investigating this also for both of my Ripples. Maybe we can help each other as we go along.
    cheers
    Hawk

  5. #5
    1000+ Posts pottsy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Melbourne, Northern Suburbs
    Posts
    1,018

    Default

    Sounds like a plan Hawk.

    Here's a closer view of the underside of my front seat. I reckon we should be able to source some rubber locally to replace the original stuff. It looks like it just threads through and hooks into those dinky wire loops in the frame.

    I'm also thinking maybe powder coating of the frames could be worthwhile. I assume the colour is that sort of off white or should they be body colour?

    As you know, I'm not an absolute purist in these matters. As long as the car is preserved in the same basic condition I'm not going to obsess over exact matching shades etc.

    Cheers, Pottsy
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-seats-underside-2.jpg  
    Buvito Ergo Sum!

    The Fleet:

    2018 C3 Shine ("Oscar" Mrs P's)
    1974 D Special Manual Sedan ("Moby Dick")
    2006 C5 HDI Wagon Auto ("Mephistopheles")
    1982 2CV6 ("Gaston") On the road! (Woohoo!)
    1957 Slough 2CV ("Alphonse") Has made it to the Hoist!
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Also waiting in the wings
    And for Fun, 1968 Mini Deluxe ("The R & D'luxe" 1078cc, Grin Factor 100!)

  6. #6
    1000+ Posts pottsy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Melbourne, Northern Suburbs
    Posts
    1,018

    Default

    Had the opportunity to try some Magic Stuff on the roof of Alphonse today.

    A friend who knows about these things (he cleans cars often, unlike myself. (My cars get washed when it rains) He's also a retailer who's tried many different products on his fleet of Classics.

    His recommendation was to try "AutoGlym" Vinyl & Rubber Care. It's not cheap, but Crikey is it good!

    Have a look at these shots showing the area I've cleaned next to the "as found" roof.

    Compare them with the previous shots of the roof in post 1.

    I'm impressed!

    I can't help wondering if a 2010 soft top will still come up like this in 2053?

    Cheers, Pottsy

    (Oh and the reason I've only done the Driver's side so far is because I can't get to the other side without rolling the car out of the garage.)
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-roof-cleaned-1.jpg   Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-roof-cleaned-2.jpg   Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-roof-cleaned-3.jpg   Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-magic-potion.jpg  
    Buvito Ergo Sum!

    The Fleet:

    2018 C3 Shine ("Oscar" Mrs P's)
    1974 D Special Manual Sedan ("Moby Dick")
    2006 C5 HDI Wagon Auto ("Mephistopheles")
    1982 2CV6 ("Gaston") On the road! (Woohoo!)
    1957 Slough 2CV ("Alphonse") Has made it to the Hoist!
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Also waiting in the wings
    And for Fun, 1968 Mini Deluxe ("The R & D'luxe" 1078cc, Grin Factor 100!)

  7. #7
    VIP Sponsor
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Posts
    9,178

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pottsy View Post
    Had the opportunity to try some Magic Stuff on the roof of Alphonse today.

    A friend who knows about these things (he cleans cars often, unlike myself. (My cars get washed when it rains) He's also a retailer who's tried many different products on his fleet of Classics.

    His recommendation was to try "AutoGlym" Vinyl & Rubber Care. It's not cheap, but Crikey is it good!

    Have a look at these shots showing the area I've cleaned next to the "as found" roof.

    Compare them with the previous shots of the roof in post 1.

    I'm impressed!

    I can't help wondering if a 2010 soft top will still come up like this in 2053?

    Cheers, Pottsy

    (Oh and the reason I've only done the Driver's side so far is because I can't get to the other side without rolling the car out of the garage.)
    You mean 2063?

  8. #8
    1000+ Posts pottsy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Melbourne, Northern Suburbs
    Posts
    1,018

    Default

    Well spotted Graeme. As a Mathematician I'd make a great amateur mechanic.

    Give or take ten years, I still think it's unlikely any current crop of convertible roof material will be usable by then, but you and I probably won't be around to find out anyway.

    The problem is that I don't think of a 1957 car as being old. Given that I was already around then, it's hard to think of a car that's younger than yourself as being over 50 years old.

    Maybe I'm just in denial!

    Cheers, And have a great day,

    Pottsy.
    Buvito Ergo Sum!

    The Fleet:

    2018 C3 Shine ("Oscar" Mrs P's)
    1974 D Special Manual Sedan ("Moby Dick")
    2006 C5 HDI Wagon Auto ("Mephistopheles")
    1982 2CV6 ("Gaston") On the road! (Woohoo!)
    1957 Slough 2CV ("Alphonse") Has made it to the Hoist!
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Also waiting in the wings
    And for Fun, 1968 Mini Deluxe ("The R & D'luxe" 1078cc, Grin Factor 100!)

  9. #9
    Too many posts! JohnW's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    Perth, WA, Australia
    Posts
    10,747

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pottsy View Post
    I'm doing the research to find out what sort of lights were used on Slough cars. This car doesn't seem to have had the semaphore uinits at all, so when I replace those godawful trailer lights it'll be with something suitable such as Lucas flush mount units like those on Austins of the period or similar.

    Comments on the bodywork are topical. Having tested the paint for shine with some polish today, I'm leaning very much towards conservation of the body as is, warts, bumps and all, while doing a complete refresh of the mechanicals. I need to either tidy up the original bonnet (with the Front Drive badge on it or carefully install the Slough badge and trim on the current (replacement) bonnet. And of course I have to source a front bumper and bonnet catch assembly eventually.

    My main desire is to bring the car back to driveable condition as well as being a representative example of the rare Slough cars.

    Cheers, Pottsy
    That is just the perfect approach Pottsy, for my money at least. I'm a great believer in enjoying our cars and part of it is really "automotive heritage" territory. Really sympathetic maintenance, retaining as much originality as possibly, rather that comprehensive "restoration" can produce a great car.

    Lovely 2CV too. I look forward to seeing it sometime (God knows when of course, unless you drive it to the next Perth Cit-in).
    JohnW

    Renault 4CV 1951
    Renault R8 1965
    Renault Scenic 2005 (wife's)
    Renault Scenic 2007 (mine)
    Renault Scenic 2006 (daughter's)
    Citroën CX Pallas 1980

    National Co-ordinator, Renault 4CV Register of Australia

  10. #10
    1000+ Posts pottsy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Melbourne, Northern Suburbs
    Posts
    1,018

    Default

    Greetings all, and Happy New Year.

    I finally had a chance to have a bit of a poke around in Alphonse today. Amongst other things I found a canvas bag with some tools in it. Given the basic spec of these tools, no markings of any kind and just stamped steel, I wonder if this is in fact an original? (Photo below)

    I've removed and stored all the panels so that I can get a clearer view of the floor and chassis condition. At this stage it looks as though the chassis is spot on. The floor on both sides has rusted a bit and had patches roughly made and riveted over the manky bits. I suspect I'm going to have to fabricate a couple of floor sections, but I'll do the searching and see if there's relevant parts available anyway. The boot floor at least appears to be perfect at this stage.

    Any suggestions as to what was mounted in the bracket at the top right? I've found a large, Australian made electric fuel pump amongts the bits which may be a candidate, but any other ideas will be welcome.

    This was also a good chance to get a photo of the other half of the dashboard trim. I can't believe the rather twee pattern on a car that was so basic at the time.

    Onwards and upwards!

    Pottsy
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-tool-kit.jpg   Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-boot-floor.jpg   Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-dash-trim-2.jpg  
    Buvito Ergo Sum!

    The Fleet:

    2018 C3 Shine ("Oscar" Mrs P's)
    1974 D Special Manual Sedan ("Moby Dick")
    2006 C5 HDI Wagon Auto ("Mephistopheles")
    1982 2CV6 ("Gaston") On the road! (Woohoo!)
    1957 Slough 2CV ("Alphonse") Has made it to the Hoist!
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Also waiting in the wings
    And for Fun, 1968 Mini Deluxe ("The R & D'luxe" 1078cc, Grin Factor 100!)

  11. #11
    UFO
    UFO is offline
    Citroën Tragic UFO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Gerringong, NSW, Australia
    Posts
    9,695

    Default

    The blue clamp tool looks like a tube patch clamp thingy for use with glued patches.
    Craig K
    2009 C5 HDi Exclusive

  12. #12
    Fellow Frogger! Trading Estate's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    melbourne
    Posts
    543

    Default

    Used to be able to buy Pirelli webbing for furniture in Melb which looks similar to yours.
    '04 Megane
    Gone but not forgotten
    '71 16 TS, '72 16 TL, '74 15TS,'82 20TS Series 2, '85 25 GTX. '49 L15,

  13. #13
    UFO
    UFO is offline
    Citroën Tragic UFO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Gerringong, NSW, Australia
    Posts
    9,695

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mudguard View Post
    Hi pottsy
    Car looks good, not sure what the bracket in the boot is, doesn't look very citroen.
    BTW what is the thing sticking out of the floor with the rubber boot on the bottom and the u shaped bracket on the top?
    Steve
    I was wondering that too.
    Craig K
    2009 C5 HDi Exclusive

  14. #14
    Fellow Frogger!
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    castlemaine
    Posts
    503

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pottsy View Post
    Sounds like a plan Hawk.

    Here's a closer view of the underside of my front seat. I reckon we should be able to source some rubber locally to replace the original stuff. It looks like it just threads through and hooks into those dinky wire loops in the frame.

    I'm also thinking maybe powder coating of the frames could be worthwhile. I assume the colour is that sort of off white or should they be body colour?

    As you know, I'm not an absolute purist in these matters. As long as the car is preserved in the same basic condition I'm not going to obsess over exact matching shades etc.

    Cheers, Pottsy
    IIRC Pirelli webbing was also used on the seats of the early Berkeley cars - suggest you try the Berkeley Enthusiasts Club in the UK.
    roger

  15. #15
    1000+ Posts
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    tweed heads
    Posts
    1,484

    Default clamp thing

    the clamp thing in the pic is used to hold a vulcanizing patch in position ,when you set fire to it the heat bonds the patch to the inner tube ,PUGS

  16. #16
    UFO
    UFO is offline
    Citroën Tragic UFO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2001
    Location
    Gerringong, NSW, Australia
    Posts
    9,695

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pugwash View Post
    the clamp thing in the pic is used to hold a vulcanizing patch in position ,when you set fire to it the heat bonds the patch to the inner tube ,PUGS
    I knew I had the wrong one. I have vague recollections of Dad using one of these when he worked for Firestone many years ago.
    Craig K
    2009 C5 HDi Exclusive

  17. #17
    1000+ Posts pottsy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Melbourne, Northern Suburbs
    Posts
    1,018

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by mudguard View Post
    BTW what is the thing sticking out of the floor with the rubber boot on the bottom and the u shaped bracket on the top?
    Steve
    Would you believe one of the spare gearboxes strategically placed to confuse people viewing the photo? That's the gearstick that is normally on the other side of the dash. (A different view attached below.)

    Thanks for the thoughts so far chaps.

    Cheers, Pottsy
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-some-spares.jpg  
    Buvito Ergo Sum!

    The Fleet:

    2018 C3 Shine ("Oscar" Mrs P's)
    1974 D Special Manual Sedan ("Moby Dick")
    2006 C5 HDI Wagon Auto ("Mephistopheles")
    1982 2CV6 ("Gaston") On the road! (Woohoo!)
    1957 Slough 2CV ("Alphonse") Has made it to the Hoist!
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Also waiting in the wings
    And for Fun, 1968 Mini Deluxe ("The R & D'luxe" 1078cc, Grin Factor 100!)

  18. #18
    Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2004
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    59

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pottsy View Post
    And speaking of seats, does anyone know a good source of suitable rubber to replace the stretchy bits in the seats? The fabric appears to be in good condition, but all the "rubber bands" are perished to the extent that I'm not game to sit on them. The current plan is to dismantle the seats, resurrect the frames by de-rusting and maybe powder coating them, then rebuilding the seat cushions/backs as described. Here's a shot of the underside of the front seats showing the perished rubber bands.

    Cheers, Pottsy
    This link might help out with the webbing. In Melbourne, too.

    http://www.padghamupholstery.com.au/...in.asp?FType=8

    Col

  19. #19
    Fellow Frogger! John P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Somerville, Victoria
    Posts
    153

    Default

    Congratulations, Pottsy, on both the car and your approach to it. Good luck with the work. You're off to a flying start. For your rubber and any other Slough 2CV bits, if 2CViking can't help, try ECAS in the UK. They are about the most comprehensive source of stuff. You might also think about joining the 2CV club of Great Britain (2CVGB.co.uk) as a source of expertise specific to Slough cars.
    2006 C5 2.0 HDI estate - daily driver
    1981 2CV - The Amelie project is complete.
    1930 C6F torpedo - My Great Folly! Project under way.

  20. #20
    1000+ Posts pottsy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Melbourne, Northern Suburbs
    Posts
    1,018

    Default

    Went to the big Swap Meet at Korumburra today. Oh my aching knees!

    The primary purpose of the sojourn was to suss out some suitable 50s/60s period indicator lights for Alphonse and I think I've achieved that aim. I'd sort of decided to go with something akin to the Lucas lights used on the front of Minis and the rear of Austins of the period. They're a round unit with a rubber mounting and a chrome trim that locks the glass lens in position.

    Found a purveyor of the required items new. OK, they're not glass lenses and don't have a patina of age, but the design is the same and as a bonus these ones are surface mount so I don't have to cut a large hole such as the original Lucas units require.

    I've also got the choice at the front of maybe using a clear lens as I picked up a pair of them as well. (and these are glass ones),

    If all else fails they are good spares for the Mini, so I reckon a win all round!

    Also found a cute little hat badge. Interesting that the badge shows lights of some sort atop the front guards. Did some of the ripple bonnet cars have clearance or parking lamps there? Alphonse has some holes at the top of the mudguard which makes me wonder if maybe some Slough cars had them too.

    Piccies below.

    Second purpose was to take Moby Dick for a much needed cruise which we also achieved. There's something about tootling along the highway with the sound system belting out the good vibes, the engine breathing some cool dense air and the suspension doing the voodoo that it does so well. Good for the soul!

    We slowly progress!

    Cheers, Pottsy
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-indicator.jpg   Alphonse the 1957 Slough 2CV-2cv-badge.jpg  
    Buvito Ergo Sum!

    The Fleet:

    2018 C3 Shine ("Oscar" Mrs P's)
    1974 D Special Manual Sedan ("Moby Dick")
    2006 C5 HDI Wagon Auto ("Mephistopheles")
    1982 2CV6 ("Gaston") On the road! (Woohoo!)
    1957 Slough 2CV ("Alphonse") Has made it to the Hoist!
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Also waiting in the wings
    And for Fun, 1968 Mini Deluxe ("The R & D'luxe" 1078cc, Grin Factor 100!)

  21. #21
    Tadpole Chris Howe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    4

    Default Alphonse

    Hi Pottsy

    Alphonse looks superb. Looking forward to watching progress, already seems to be cleaning up nicely!

    A couple of things that might help?

    The Citroen UK 2CV 'Instruction Book' 1954, says that the car comes with the following tool kit:-

    - 1 flat Spanner 8-10mm
    - 1 Spanner 12-14mm
    - 1 Tubular Box Spanner for Spark Plugs and headlamp adjustment
    - 1 pair of Universal Pliers
    - 1 Screwdriver

    Looks like you have most of these in their original tool roll?

    You also mentioned holes in the top of the wings - I believe they are for wing mirrors, unique to the Slough built 2CV.


    Regards

    Chris




    -

  22. #22
    Fellow Frogger! petitepoupée's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    Adelaide (Eden Hills)
    Posts
    855

    Default

    Would not there have been a crank handle/jack handle in the original tool kit, and could the mysterious bracket in the wheel well perhaps be for stowing the jack?

  23. #23
    Tadpole Chris Howe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Sydney
    Posts
    4

    Default Tools

    Hiya

    Yes, indeed the handbook says:-

    -----------------------------------

    'Tools supplied with car:

    1 Jack
    1 Wheel Brace
    1 Wooden Block
    1 Radiator Grille Muff
    1 Grease Gun
    1 Starting Handle
    1 Petrol Dipstick



    1 Tool Kit containing { 1 flat Spanner 8-10mm
    { 1 Spanner 12-14mm
    { 1 Tubular Box Spanner for Spark Plugs and headlamp adjustment
    { 1 pair of Universal Pliers
    { 1 Screwdriver '
    -----------------------------

    I think the Wheel brace and starting handle are one thing with a spanner one end and a T bar the other - this is certainly the case for all other 2CVs.

    Not sure why there is a bracket - again Ive not seen it on other 2CVs.

    Cheers

    Chris

  24. #24
    1000+ Posts pottsy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Melbourne, Northern Suburbs
    Posts
    1,018

    Default

    Thanks for all the input so far people.

    It seems that every Slough car I see in a photo has slightly different fittings.

    I've found a source of the wing mirrors that are of the right type and period design, just haven't bought them yet. These are new reproductions of the 50/60s panel mount mirrors. They may not be exactly right, but they'll be suitable I reckon. (And I don't want to drive the car without mirrors both sides!)

    The main thing that confuses me a bit at the moment, and I'm sure I'll get an explanation one day, is that as I've said before, I suspect that Alphonse wasn't fitted with semaphore indicators at any stage. There are no signs of repair or previous holes in the A pillars where most photos show them to have been fitted.

    Equally, Al has signs of having had lights of some kind high on the C pillars, not unlike the clearance lights on some of the French cars. I suspect these may have been flashing indicators, along with the trailer lamps on the front.

    At the end of the day, I'm leaning towards getting the mechanicals all sorted and just running witn the body "as is" initially.

    And as far as getting every little detail right, well that's just not me. I'll strive to retain the car's history and character, but ultimately it'll be the car I want it to be.

    Keep the info coming people, it's all appreciated.

    Cheers, Pottsy
    Last edited by pottsy; 25th January 2011 at 10:38 PM.
    Buvito Ergo Sum!

    The Fleet:

    2018 C3 Shine ("Oscar" Mrs P's)
    1974 D Special Manual Sedan ("Moby Dick")
    2006 C5 HDI Wagon Auto ("Mephistopheles")
    1982 2CV6 ("Gaston") On the road! (Woohoo!)
    1957 Slough 2CV ("Alphonse") Has made it to the Hoist!
    1975 GS Pallas ("GiSelle") Also waiting in the wings
    And for Fun, 1968 Mini Deluxe ("The R & D'luxe" 1078cc, Grin Factor 100!)

  25. #25
    Now go make me a sandwich Hotrodelectric's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Location
    San Diego, California, USA
    Posts
    3,520

    Default

    Hi Pottsy-

    If you suspect that your car had the high-mounted turn lamps on the c post, they should be a kind of ovoid shape, with lenses that show red except to the very front, where they're I think white. The bezel should be aluminum, with a kind of shade that fits over the top of the lens. There were no front lamps as originally fitted to the LHD cars, maybe they were a requirement on the UK-market cars. The turn switch is a kind of egg-timer type, mounted to the center of the dash, just below the windshield. It'll have a rather large flip lever, and turning it one way or the other sets the clockwork for the timer and turns on the turn lamp for about 30 seconds.
    The measure of your character isn't what you do when people are watching- it's what you do when they aren't watching.

Page 1 of 2 12 Last

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •