I have no idea where to start with this one. The French giant of Peugeot is somewhat of a mystery to me. I’m looking through website after website trying to track down and translate brochures and literature to find the exact model of this bike. From the small amounts of research I have done, the one thing I can say is it’s not going to be easy. Peugeot seem to have used their own specific sizing for threading and tubes and duplicated very similar transfer patterns between models. I’ve found many a page showing frustration at trying to track down the correct seat post or bottom bracket. Wonderful.
Anywho. Here it is.
The price I paid? 99p. I saw it listed on eBay and expected it to go for much more but on the morning of the auction ending it still had no bids. I took a chance and won it. The seller had described how the fixed cup was, well, fixed but apart from that it was ok. It looked in good condition and I’d spotted the Simplex dropouts so I figured it was worth the money.
Date wise I expected it to be a 1970’s model and after trawling through a few web pages I’ve managed to narrow it down to between ’75 and ’79. That’s all down to the head badge. The original listing stated the seller had removed the badge to sell separately. He did actually offer me the badge when I went to pick up the frame but I turned it down, only to buy it off him a week later after seeing it on a listing. It’s a nice two piece design. Luckily this is one of the things that actually helped out with the research as this is the only raised head badge Peugeot seems to have used.
The frame didn’t come with the handlebars or stem. Those, again, were additional buys off the same gent I got the frame off. It was only after I started researching that I realised the French frames used odd sizes. Off the top of my head, they use a 22mm stem instead of the British 22.2mm. You’d think the .2mm wouldn’t make much of a difference but it does! When I saw the listing for the Atax stem and bars from the same seller (stating they were from the Peugeout) I thought it would be best to buy them! That’s £12.50 into the bike so far.
This is where I started to look into the models a bit more. One of my Instagram followers saw my post and suggested it could be a PX10, the rare and pricey top model. I’m not so sure and think it could be a slightly lower PR10 but with the amount of cross contamination between model lines it’s quite difficult to pinpoint. I think this catalogue HERE shows the differences the best (and why I think it is the PR10). The frame only has chrome dipped forks, rather than the chrome dipped forks AND rear dropouts of the PX10. It has Reynolds tubing but the badge doesn’t seem to quite match the Reynolds badges in the catalogues I have found. The higher spec’d models also seem to have been given the wrap around vertical banding on the tubes, over the horizontal lines.
That being said, if it is the PR10, and I’m 95% sure it is I have found the specific component list I need.
Brakes: Mafac S Centre Pull w/ Mafac Levers
Crankset: Stronglight TS 52/42 – 170mm – Cotterless
Derailleurs & Shifters: Simplex LJA302 / SX810T
Pedals: Lyotard 136 Race w/ Reflectors & Christophe Straps
Freewheel: Maillard 14/17/19/21/24
Hubs: Normandy High Flange Q/R W/Simplex skewers
Rims: Mavic Module E tubular.
To me, that seems like a rather expensive list. Fortunately I’ve found most of the parts already and it seems like buying direct from France is the best bet! Unfortunately I’m slightly out of cash at the moment so those specific parts will have to wait. In the mean time I did find this bargain. I saw them listed as “Vintage Mavic Monthlery Route Wheels”. Looking closer I saw they were tubular and had a set of Normandy high flange hubs. They seemed perfect for this build so I stuck them on my watch list and expected them to shoot up in price. In fact, they didn’t move in price at all and I got them for £25. I might need to replace the spokes and the rims definitely need a good polish but I couldn’t be more happy with them.
Total build spend so far £37.50
More to come soon hopefully.
Well. Here’s wishing anyway!
So the majority of my memory when it comes to my Dads car history involves two cars (if I exclude the new ones). The first was an old VW Polo. Unfortunately, that car got written off when someone forgot to look both ways before pulling out. The Polo’s replacement was a Peugeot 106. A tiny 1995 1.1 litre ‘Ski’ variant. It’s been with him ever since. I learnt to drive in it and that was almost 9 years ago so I’d say its been in his ownership for over half it’s life.
Alas. The time has come and he’s decided to part ways. Years ago it was replaced by a newer car but it was kept on the road for a run around and for a first car for my step sister who now has her own car. At the end of last year it ran out of MOT and has sat on his drive since. That was until last week when he decided to get it back on the road.
Unfortunately he found the brake fluid drained yet no sign of a leak. I diagnosed a faulty master cylinder and that was that the tough choice was made to say; enough is enough. I can’t afford to keep a spare car running. It has to go. I know how much time he’s given this car and how well it’s been looked after so it’ll be such a shame to see it go.
And that’s where my brain wave began. The 106 would make an awesome track car. As standard they’re light as anything and with a few choice mods they’re pretty nippy! I had no idea where to start though so naturally I asked a bunch of Honda owners for advice. It turns out quite a few offered some brilliant advice.
The 106 is as basic as you can get. The engine is tiny. It has tiny brakes and sloppy suspension. There’s no anti roll bars and it only has 3 stud hubs. To get it track worthy I’d need to pretty much buy a wrecked GTi and transfer the whole running gear onto the basic shell. A big job but its something I’d love to do before the car ends up in the scrapyard.
There’s only one problem though. As with everything, money is stopping me so here it is. So here’s my plea. Someone help me. Help me turn this car into a track demon. Keep it alive for a little while longer. A track day only car.
Note: The features image car is just an example. Not the actual car.