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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Protofuria, Apr 3, 2019.

  1. Vics stuff
    Joined: May 24, 2014
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    neat old cars. Good start .
    Vic
     
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  2. Good luck with your project and have fun with it.
     
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  3. oldbanger71
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    looks like you are going to have a lot of fun and live your ideas, I'll follow your build.
    Greetings from central Switzerland.
     
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  4. classiccarjack
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    I love the grill. The truck conversion appears to have been done well, back in the day...

    I can't wait to see it when you are done.

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  5. Cool. Different.
     
  6. panheadguy
    Joined: Jan 8, 2005
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    from S.E. WI

    The front end is weirdly similar to Sidney Allard's early independent front end. He cut the I beam and hinged it in the middle too. Gives some wild camber changes.
     
  7. GeeRam
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    Nice.
    Like the idea of using the old V4......I presume its a Cologne V4 rather than an Essex V4?
    At least you can easily get performance parts for the V4, with the popularity of Saab 96's in historic rallying.
     
  8. David Gersic
    Joined: Feb 15, 2015
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    from DeKalb, IL

    There have been a few French builds on here. All have been interesting to watch. This one looks like a good start on a cool build. I like the front end on this car. And this is the second thread in 12 hours with a split beam front end.


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  9. AmishMike
    Joined: Mar 27, 2014
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    Nice project - vote to keep the fenders. Like the woody version MGTSTUMPY posted. Guess will depend on step side set up you can fit. Be watch’en have fun
     
  10. It´s not the same as that. The split beam is the lower arm and the spring acts as the upper control arm, like a Corvette rear end.
     
  11. chrisp
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    Exactly : early IFS not split beam.
     
  12. Protofuria
    Joined: May 31, 2011
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    from France

    At the time, there was probably a company doing those conversions, I've seen several cars with the exact same bed on them. It was well made, but my particular car was a short body, they had to cut a lot of it to make a longer bed, the seats don't even have a backrest anymore! the cab is very short!


    Seing all the comments on this thread, I'm genuinely surprised you guys like it. I've received a way colder welcome on some french boards!

    I'm curently doing my best to source parts to rebuild the front end. I'm missing two short axles and four bronze bushings, I'll probably have to go to a machinist to have them made new. I'm trying to have the plans for those partsso I can show them to a machinist.
     
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  13. David Gersic
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    Post more pics as you progress. Guys here like interesting builds where somebody makes something cool from what they have to work with.


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  14. nunattax
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    subscribed looking forward to seeing more,
     
  15. classiccarjack
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    Your hot rodding a car from your Homeland. It's no different than what we do here. We have American cars to build, you have French cars to build. It all the same when you step back and look at it....

    Please keep up the good work!

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  16. chrisp
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    Ca te surprend? C'est a chaque fois la meme chose.
    Everytime somebody makes a cool car out of a French car people in France seems genuinely surprised that it's possible and usually the build is from England /Australia /South America /Japan. But French rarely see the possibility of our national brands. A bunch of them have poor taste and try to make them look like what they are not
    I wouldn't have use the v4 but a Peugeot 203 /403 L4 engine it can be made to perform very well and it's a Hemi!
     
  17. classiccarjack
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    Hemi? I like Hemi's....

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  18. What are the tuning possibilites for these motors? Do you have any more info about thta Chris?
    I'm not a fan of the V4 either, but it fits the small hole I guess.
     
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  19. pumpman
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    Cool build, I really that little pickup. Keep us tuned in on your progress.
     
  20. chrisp
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    A buddy of mine has a 203 pickup with a 8cv 403 block, 203 head, everything else is stock, even the carb he does 100mph with it, an other friend of mine has a 203 sedan for over 30 years, 8cv 403 block, 203 head, constantin blower he was smoking the Peugeot 205 GTI when they were new : so over 130mph with the gas milage of a V8... All this with a 1.5L (barely 90CI) engine.
     
  21. That sounds like a whole lot of fun. There´s really something to be said for the hemi head, even a 1.5 litre version.
     
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  22. JackdaRabbit
    Joined: Jul 15, 2008
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    from WNC

    Protofuria, I like your little truck project a lot. A modified survivor from time past and now you'll "put your stink" on it as the saying goes That's the essence of hot rodding.
    I have spent years watching european films and looking at potential rodding material from european vehicles. I have a Jag Mk7 custom project in the works as well as a 3 wheel cycle car build with a Morgan/Darmont, or d`Yrsan flavor.

    Maybe you have seen mika112 2cv or Mateusz from Poland 1934 Peugeot 301builds postings here on the HAMB?

    I'm subscribing to yours now. Love to see the progress
     
  23. Sandgroper
    Joined: Jan 20, 2019
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    Protofuria, going to be a great build, looking forward to following this one. I'm sharing your pain with parts hunting. Love those French cars.
     
  24. classiccarjack
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  25. nunattax
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    suspension would look great painted up
     
  26. Protofuria
    Joined: May 31, 2011
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    from France

    I'm de-rusting and painting all the suspension parts black, I'll do the same with the chassis.

    not much of a progress these days, I've changed a couple rubber and bronze bushings, I'm still waiting on some other parts I ordered
     
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  27. Deuce Lover
    Joined: Feb 15, 2009
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    Dans quelle department est tu? 57 ?
     
  28. Baumi
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    Cool build, I´ll be watching!
     
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  29. Protofuria
    Joined: May 31, 2011
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    from France

    Oui, je suis de Moselle
     
  30. Deuce Lover
    Joined: Feb 15, 2009
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    Merci.To bad you are very far from me.Bon courage avec ton projet.
     

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