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Although Peugeot and Australia fulfilled its desired role of being a definitive history of Peugeot here there is more material to be discovered and published. Before the war there are the advertising pamphlets which were multi-paged to be found and reproduced. There will be material including photos in family archives that are found only by luck. I am pursuing a photo of the Peugeot stand at the 1952 Adelaide motor show. Postwar we are short of photos of the assembly works. There are manuals and order books stored in corners of sheds but they all too often go to the tip. Personal accounts of the early days are so valuable and rare now but material turns up all the time. I've collected some interesting tales of the 203 ambulance at Horsham. Australian motor histories tend to be either very detailed or rather broad lacking detail.
Really most people are only interested in the cars they grew up with so interest in older cars is becoming increasingly specialised. I'm hoping the Motor Heritage Foundation is able to pull off its ambitious plans. The Birdwood museum has a good library too.
 

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has anybody ever put an electric motor in a 203 or 403 ???
it would be great to drive but l would miss the peugeot motor noise...
there is a Rolls Royce in Coffs Harbour that was being converted to an electric motor about 3 years ago price $20,000 it was in the coffs harbour news paper...
 

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People have put rotaries in them. Technically you can re-power anything. Like a Hollywood stunt car. Kalashnikov repowered an Izsh Kombi as an electric design exercise. But then you end up with something like the replica MG TD that nobody saw the point of.
 

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does this work & would you put it in your 203 gear box???
Liqui Moly Pro-Line Manual Transmission Gear Oil Additive...
& does anybody have the size of the o ring for the 1951 203 speedo drive???
 

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O.D. 19.6 x I.D. 16.9 x Thick 2.7)
This is the size from the parts book -also fits 403 and 404. However, unless I am missing something about O-ring sizing it doesn't add up. A thickness of 2.7mm should result in an ID of 14.2mm. Perhaps they mean a thickness of 1.35mm X2 which gives an ID of 16.5? As 1.35mm seems a bit small perhaps that's the compressed size?
 

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l drained the oil out of the motor on Monday & today l took the oil drain plug out again, some water came out not mix with oil, l hadn’t fully drained the block of water yet & the head is off...
 

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Most probably got in when the head came off. A block can become porous or corrode through but I've never seen it in an old Peugeot.
 

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This is the size from the parts book -also fits 403 and 404. However, unless I am missing something about O-ring sizing it doesn't add up. A thickness of 2.7mm should result in an ID of 14.2mm. Perhaps they mean a thickness of 1.35mm X2 which gives an ID of 16.5? As 1.35mm seems a bit small perhaps that's the compressed size?
l email the size (16.9x19.6x2.7) of the o ring to a on line shop & they sent me the o ring, its to small,
l will just have to go to coffs harbour & find a shop that sells o rings & take the speedo drive with me...
thanks Commerciale for you help...
 

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A good ag hydraulics place will have a stock of 0 rings. Let's hope Peugeot weren't as bloody minded as John Deere is specifying unique 0 ring sizes.
 

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Do my eyes make out Michelin X? Someone loved it then.
Put a set on Michelin X on a 403 wagon. Car was twenty years old and had 200,000 miles on it. Took it to a garage to check the wheel alignment and the mechanics were amused at expensive tyres on an old car. Thought me optimistic. But unlike the modern cars they were aligning the settings were perfect. At that stage I was driving that car 1000k a week. Car outlasted the tyres.
Eventually put my 203 on Michelin X and they really suit it.
 
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Do my eyes make out Michelin X? Someone loved it then.
Put a set on Michelin X on a 403 wagon. Car was twenty years old and had 200,000 miles on it. Took it to a garage to check the wheel alignment and the mechanics were amused at expensive tyres on an old car. Thought me optimistic. But unlike the modern cars they were aligning the settings were perfect. At that stage I was driving that car 1000k a week. Car outlasted the tyres.
Eventually put my 203 on Michelin X and they really suit it.
Good to hear, better than the Excelsiors.
 

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Q fit in Marrickville Sydney have always been able to supply me any size I have needed and are easy to talk to Peter
 

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When borders were open I used to use the 203 a lot on minor roads and a few quiet highways. An easy shopping trip to Mount Gambier 70 k's away. The car with its X's was always rock solid in the wet at 60 mph even when water was lying in the tracks. Since restrictions crossing the border is difficult to arrange and largely abandoned so the 203 doesn't get out much.
 

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1948 Peugeot 203 SLOPE Saloon


* AUCTION UNLESS SOLD PRIOR



* SUPER RARE SLOPEBACK 40s MODEL

* Australian delivered with its AUSSIE MOTOR DEALER Plate in place

* FRENCH BUILT , Factory Right hand Drive for the Australian market.

* PLEASE NOTE THESE SLOPEBACK MODELS WERE A LIMITED 1 YEAR PRODUCTION RUN and are a different shape to the standard 203 sedan.

* The rear small Opera windscreen and overall design was based on the USA OLDSMOBILE of its era

* FACTORY Steel Moon Roof (sunroof)

* Its 1.6 Litre 4 Cylinder engine has had its head upgraded from a 403 for better performance

* Column shift Manual
How many mistakes can you find!!
 
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