I know a lot of people on the forum are familiar with my car, but I thought I would go back to day one, and consolidate all my 205 highs and lows in one place, to show how far I’ve come, and more importantly how much more I’ve still got to do!
I bought the car (a 1991 1.9 Laser Green) in February 2008. It was a fairly random purchase- I dropped out of a uni for a bit of a break, as architecture is incredibly stressful, and wanted a project I could put my mark on, and more importantly at the age of 20 I felt it was time to buy myself a 'proper car' my parents 1.1 106 was alright, but I wanted something a little different.
A 205 seemed the obvious choice; I’ve been surrounded by Peugeots my whole life, 405, 406, 106, 407, so I wanted something familiar but a bit better than the average. Obviously signing up on here and quietly reading a lot of projects and history helped to seal the deal.
Finally spotted a local car, so off I went to have a look. And I'll be honest.. I bought the first 205 I ever looked over in the flesh. (perhaps not a wise move ) but it was very straight, I couldn’t see any accident damage or rust at all, came with a fairly good condition set of green check half leathers and about 8 1.9 alloys.
I had a quick drive of it and I was hooked! It was like nothing Id driven before, so sharp and focused, so I overlooked the few rough edges and handed over the cash.
The main issues when I bought it were, missing driving lights, front valance held on with cable ties, shocking faux bucket seats, a few signs that she'd had the dealer body kit at some point, some bonding glued to the paint in places, and a cracked rear reflector plate. The paint was a bit suspect in places too- the drivers door was a different shade, and the boot looked like it had been rattle canned. Generally I was happy with it, and 'the plan' was smarten it up a bit, buy a few bits like driving lights and a standard airbox and then put it on the road.
Well.. things rarely go to plan
From Feb till about May I was quietly amassing bits for a bit of a tart up before putting it on the road
Then the thought dawned on me that I could sort out all the niggles and paint issues in one go, by doing a full stripdown and respray over the summer, as it would be a great opportunity before uni started, and I had a fair bit of cash burning a hole in my pocket.
Edited by cRaig, 12 July 2017 - 05:15 PM.