View Full Version : Peugeot P53 P54 and P55 mix

09-02-2009, 8:54 AM
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Hi this is my first contribution, and I apologize for my writting, english is not my first language !

I just got this bike which is sure not a great chopper but a popular bike from the WWII period. it's a rigid frame with a springer front fork and a powerfull 125 cc engine !!

this bike has been customized during years the frame seems to be 1939-1943, the handlebar is from the "sport" type, the engine is from the post 1946 period and is a 125cc instead of the 100cc. This is a 3 speed box with a tank shift control. A lot of work to do on this WWII custom bike...

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09-03-2009, 1:25 AM
thats so fucking cool man!!!

09-03-2009, 11:23 PM
thats really awesome! are there many of those around still chuck?

09-08-2009, 2:04 AM
I don't really know but you can find some old motorcycles like this if you're lucky in barns or during meetings, sales. the main problem is to find engine components, the ignition device is missing and I can't find one, still looking on ebay...

09-22-2009, 6:13 AM
Work in progress !

the bike is disasembled, the frame and the fork have been both cleaned and primer coating painted (long and boring work ! the 70 years paint is not the cheap paint of the 21st century !!). the black gloss paint will come this week.

the final bike is now almost clear in my mind, I want to respect a cheap budget (I want to try to put this 70 years old lady on wheels with a clean look for 500 € max). My main concern is not to make a full restoration but I don't want to do a bad work with anachronic elements. I love what Falcon Motorcycles do with Triumph so I want to work that line, but I'm not a mechanic or a car painter so it will be far more modest. The other thing is to keep the scars of the bike, if they are not too ugly (it will help me to keep my low budget too !), it had a long life and must keep proof of this.

09-22-2009, 7:27 AM
Super neat. Please keep us posted, the goal sounds perfect.

09-27-2009, 3:29 PM
this build is interesting as hell! i had no idea peugot even made mc's!

09-28-2009, 5:23 AM

Yes they did and they still build small cycles up to 125 or 250 cc. the production stopped with the japanese cycles like everywhere in the world.

they made a very nice 350 cc (image) , a rare piece today and expensive (about 14000 $).

09-28-2009, 5:31 AM
That thing kicks ass!!

09-30-2009, 8:57 AM
Very sick ride..

10-19-2009, 6:42 AM
The frame and the fork are now painted black. I've finished this work last week end. I guess I'll have to give a gloss coating (I don't now the english word for "vernis") in order to protect from oil or fuel leaking but the weather is getting too cold I think, for painting, only 12 ° C in the afternoon.
Anyway the next step will be to treat the front spring that I have to clean from old paint and rust the I'll be able to re-assemble the fork. After this little, but boring, work I will take care of the tank.

10-21-2009, 5:19 PM
so cool man. cant wait to see more pics of the progress. this should be the raddest bike on CC when your done. I love the WWII bikes, they just look so cool.

10-22-2009, 6:02 AM
so cool man. cant wait to see more pics of the progress. this should be the raddest bike on CC when your done. I love the WWII bikes, they just look so cool.

thank you for sustaining my poor work. I should take and publish new pics this week end.

10-22-2009, 6:04 AM
once again sorry for the mistakes in my writting, I'm still not American nor English...

11-24-2009, 8:19 AM
ok the frame is now finished with the gloss coating I did last WE. stil no new pics but may be this evening. As I'm not very patient I hang down the fork, which was drying after coating, a bit too soon I put some m...f...k...g finger prints on it !!!! I will have to do it again (or not, if I'm too lazy !).

I found a generator for the bike, the only motor part which was missing, in a swap meet for 18 € (25 $ I guess).

As I still don't know what to do wwith the tank - let it rough steel with coating or paint it - I think the next step will be the wheels that I have to disasemble, clean, fix, paint re-wire....perfect for winter hobbies.

What about the 500 € lowbrow budget for the whole bike ?

the bike 150 € nearly complete
black gloss paint three spray cans pro grade 54 €
primer coating two spray cans pro grade 30 €
gloss finish coating pro grade 30 €
generator 18 €

I reach 282 € right now....

11-24-2009, 10:50 AM
no denying those fingerprints if (god forbid)you ever had to identify the bike,hehe.
sounds like your on schedule with the budget so far,good job keep us posted.
i can see a dispatch rider all crouched down buzzing down some country lane!

leon holmes

11-30-2009, 7:04 AM
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the frame after painting and coating.

12-08-2009, 7:27 PM
That things gonna be cool!!!

12-11-2009, 3:38 AM
That things gonna be cool!!!

I hope so, I'll do my best !

12-31-2009, 3:31 AM
I should ge"t my parcel today with with the new steel wires for the wheels and some small parts.

I'll put some primer paint on the front wheel this week end and clean the front hub and disasemble the rear one.

If everything goes the way I want I'll paint and gloss it next week.

01-04-2010, 4:35 PM
makin good progress man, keep up the good work!

01-18-2010, 8:27 AM
just some news, work in progress : I did some drill brushing last WE on the front rim and hub and applied some coating. I guess I'll have to drill the hub holes because wires seem to be a bit too fat....I took the size despite the many paint layers on the wires !!! they sould be 2.5 mm instead of the 3.00 mm I bought !

03-04-2010, 4:37 AM
weather is getting warmer and work can start again ! I drilled the front rim and cleaned the rear one. some primer coating last evening and I guess I'll be able to paint next week (go to an alpine ski session this week end !).

then next step will be to re-wire them, I've never done this.....

04-22-2010, 1:24 AM
first wheel done !

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04-22-2010, 1:28 AM
you can see our model wearing a nice ChopCult tshirt ! So Glamour !

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04-22-2010, 1:34 AM
here is the frame with a first mount of the tool box and the engine/footpegs.

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08-02-2010, 2:02 AM
new work has been done since the last post (good and bad !).

the frame has recieved the fork and handle bar.

I experienced a very bad surprise this week end. after sanding my tank, I patiently paint it with primer coating (3 layers) and paint (2 layers), the work was not that bad. so I applied the decals and some gloss polish (carlack) and the decals didn't like that, they started to crinkle and ruined my work !!!!! ok it gives a vintage touch to the pain ..................