Firstly, many thanks to xxnick1975 who karma'd me the frame and forks, including u-brake and bottom bracket, from this ebay listing:
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll? ... true&rt=nc
I was pretty certain it was a Peugeot, and my initial guess
of a 1989 model wasn't too far off.
After months of trying to find time to collect it (sorry Nick!) I finally picked it up last week and set about trying to get a definitive identity on it.
After a little work removing some of the lovely rattle-can job, it was clear it was definitely a Peugeot:
And there was even a little of the original Reynolds tubing sticker remaining underneath:
I didn't take the greatest care when removing the paint over the top, as the original paint was obviously in a poor state so it will have to be repainted anyway.
The frame number and year code on the u-brake both confirmed it as a 1988 model. The next step was to try to work out which model, based on the colour scheme of the paint.
Peugeot produced a lot of different models!
After trawling through every catalogue I could find online (not just the 1988 ones, but surrounding years as well) I hadn't found anything that matched. It's very similar to the Montana, but definitely has a different paint scheme.
So onto trawling though individual images on the Internet. For a long time, the only Peugeots I could find with the blue/white/red fade were Roberts ones and it's obviously not one of them (I wish!) but finally, I found this:
Which after a little work I managed to decipher as being a Dakar XT Pro.
I haven't managed to find out anything more about the Dakar XT Pro, so if anyone has any information at all it would be gratefully received.
So, what now? Well the plan, given the horizontal drop-outs, is to use it to replace my Zaskar as my single speed bike. It will need repainting and I would really love to restore it to it's original paint scheme, but I can't justify the cost involved, so instead it will probably be powdercoated a single colour.
Any suggestions? (most the components going on it will be black).
I really am tempted to try to have the original blue-white-red fade restored, but if I did that then I would start going down the route of re-equiping it with the original XT etc and that really isn't the idea, as the funds for doing that are required for my many other (unfinished) projects.