Mike T

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  1. Have shipments basically stopped now? I should think so.
  2. A few weeks ago at CT it was on sale at $24.99 for 4.4 L. I bought three jugs. Hasn't been that cheap for a long while (50% off).
  3. They can't give away ICE 453s and now it sounds like they will do their best not to sell any electrics either.
  4. This one was submitted today on the registry website: 4594555, Carrosserie 6208, Cabriolet Injection 1965, Blanc Saratoga 1031, Cuir Noir 2000, Hard Top, FRANCE Total: 2084 !
  5. Well now that I've cut my teeth for nearly five years (!) on a smart VIN registry, I thought it'd be time to reach back in time 39-49 years and try the same thing with my greatest love in cars (yes, smart included, I'm sorry to admit that here), the Peugeot 404 Coupé and Cabriolet (404 C). This poses some challenges: the serial numbers of these cars are not visible through the windshield even if they were, there are only about three or four of these cars near me and they rarely appear on the road so "spotting" à la smart is out nearly a half century has passed since these puppies were made On the other hand, the VINs were dead simple back then, being only a sequential 7 digit serial number. Peugeot assigned number ranges to the 404 C, quite different ones depending upon whether the car had fuel injection or a carburetor. Coupés and Cabriolets are not identifiable from the serial number. So the methodology is very different than the smart spotting: I get into contact with a 404 C owner and ask them to send me their VIN. You might think I'd get no response, but so far I have had people share over 50 of these numbers with me. When cars get to this age, I guess the owners are somehow closer....? I wonder if I did that with all club members here I'd be banned for spamming Best not to think of that, Finding the owners is interesting. In pre-Internet days, it was nearly impossible. If you saw one at a car show I guess you could ask to see the engine and then have a peek at the serial number. Now with the Internet, a lot of owners find it easy to share information and that includes the VINs. So......17,223 of these cars were assembled in Italy and then finished in France back in the day (1961-1968). With 55 in my records so far, the raw percentage is pretty poor, .03%. But I would hope that perhaps as many as 15 or 20% of these cars still exist, so my percentages are getting better, maybe 2% have been spotted already! Anyhow, I thought I would share my latest obsession and maybe also put out the word to all that if you know anyone with a 404 C (yeah, right), please let them know about my list! Cars found so far Carbureted: 4495784 4496096 4497320 4498184 4498203 4498223 4498412 4498457 4498736 4498738 4498879 4499232 4499371 4499847 4499883 4499956 4670032 4670938 4671036 Fuel Injected: 4590120 4590175 4590219 4590936 4591027 4593113 4595579 4596027 4598544 4598557 4598609 4598615 4598700 4598867 4599100 4599167 4599493 4599598 4599740 6800274 6800519 6800984 6801278 6801658 6801663 6801894 6801986 6802060 6802283 6802292 6802340 6802594 6803095 6803319 6803410 6803412 Mine is in the latter grouping, somewhere Cheers
  6. I was sorting some photos today and came across a couple of my 1966 Peugeot 404 C looking reasonably OK....it is, after all, a restoration project car for sometime in the future and so it's not all that nice right now, especially in its partially stripped condition. The Coupé and Cabriolet models were built on a 404 sedan floorpan shipped to Torino Italy from Sochaux France. There, Pininfarina fitted the body, assembled and painted the car, trimmed the interior and then shipped the cars back by train to Sochaux for fitting of the engines and suspensions. This assembly process was very expensive, and so was the car, as a result. In Canada, they cost close to $5000 in 1966, which would have got you into a very nice Mercedes at the time. Still, Peugeot did sell somewhere between 50 and 150 of these cars in Canada between 1966 and 1968. Worldwide, about 17,000 were sold. Most of the cars sold in Canada had the optional Kugelfischer-injected engine, which is one of the sweetest engines I've ever experienced. It's a 1618 cc four, slanted at 45 degrees to the passenger side, largely oversquare and therefore smooth as butter. The engine was brought to a new level with the fuel injection. MOTOR magazine in Great Britain tested one in 1965 and found it would do 0-60 MPH in 12.2 seconds (that with the 400 pound test equipment!) and it lapped the banked circuit at MIRA at an average speed of 105.2 MPH. They said it performed like a 2 or 2.5 litre car, with the fuel economy of a 1.6. The Canadian 404 C models all had the optional NARDI floor-mounted shifter fitted as standard, which was only a dealer-fitted accessory in Europe. The 404 sedan won the East African Safari Rally 4 times, in 1963, 1966, 1967 and 1968, the latter three times with the same Kugelfischer fuel injected engine as my car has. The suspension of these Peugeot 404 cars was extremely tough and many 404s are still in service in Africa as bush taxis. The entire lower front suspension is made of forged steel, and the front crossmember is cast iron. The sedans were strong, but the Coupé was even stronger, due to them having the same lower body reinforcements of the Cabriolet, but with a welded roof as well. Most 404 fans think the Coupé is the best-looking 404. Fewer than 7000 Coupés were built, the rest of the 17,000 being Cabriolets. My 404 C VIN registry sucks but I do have 25 cars in it *well that was a long time ago; now it doesn't suck and it has about 2000 of the 17000 cars that were made on it. I owned one of these from February 1981 through July 1985. It was silver and rustier than this white one, but still looked good outwardly and went like a bat out of hell. I swear it was faster than the MOTOR test figures, and I managed to outrun the West Vancouver cops one hight on the Upper Levels highway in this car (well I was going at an indicated 110 MPH when I passed the stationary radar trap and so had a head start!). The car was beautiful to drive and Sandy T almost passed her drivers test in it. Got to work on that one......it was a difficult car for a learner to drive! I have owned this white car - which cost me $500 - for nearly 20 years and it's been garaged all that time. It needs a fair bit of surgery to the body due to rust; the car has never been hit. To that end, I have been accumulating as many OEM body panels as I could find over the past 20 years. The ones common to the sedan aren't too hard to find if you scratch deeply for them, but the ones specific to the Coupé and Cabriolet are super-rare. Fortunately I have still managed to get: NOS front hood from Sochaux NOS front fenders, L and R, from a Peugeot collector in Cincinnati OH NOS rear fenders, L and R, plus L rocker panel and under bumper shield from a Peugeot repairman in eastern Ontario other NOS panels from a vendor in Germany replacement trunk lid for the (rusty) white one in the photo from a friend in Victoria - the very trunk lid from the silver 404 Coupé Injection I owned from 1981-1985! new floor panels and other undercarriage items from Peugeot Germany in 1989-90 The plan is to restore the car once we have stopped hemmoraging money form post-secondary educational expenses.....which should be in about 8 years.In any case, here are the photos. The rear window's chrome trim is in my possession and just wasn't on the car for the photos.
  7. @ OP: congrats! @John: How far can you go in your LEAF? Ours is good for maybe 120 km in ideal conditions.
  8. Hence drowning the u joint in liquid lubricant will similarly result in the liquid being drawn inside, giving credence to the testimonials.
  9. If it's sealed so well, how does the salty water get in there to destroy the needle bearings in the first place?
  10. No news visually worth recording. It may be a few weeks before there is. I would like to show the fully painted shell but that is not imminent. In just over a week, the son of the Brampton-area Peugeot dealer that sold this car when she was new to the Victoria lawyer will come to the shop from his Ontario home to see the car for the first time in 50 years! How cool is that?
  11. One more for the road: 6801524, Cabriolet Injection 1967, Blanc Arosa 1132, Cuir Noir 2000, For sale May 2017 at 49,950 Euros at E&R Classics, originally from Germany, missing Carrosserie number plate, WAALWIJK NETHERLANDS Total: 2083 !
  12. Buy a new battery. If the one in the car was discharged for any time, the battery is toast.
  13. Driving the C-1 down to California last October was fantastic. Left the crap weather here, enjoyed another couple weeks of summer. The car was a conversation piece for sure and fun to drive down there.
  14. I was reading today on SCoA that the USA only got 100 BRABUS coupes and 14 cabriolets before the plug was pulled on the gasoline cars. Does anyone know how many (if any) Canada got?
  15. No kidding. Complain to Transport Canada, it's a fire hazard.
  16. Low bidder engineering?
  17. I didn't mean they're cheap (though they should be with all the Car2Gos being dumped on the used market and the pullout), but there are 15,000+ 451s in Canada to choose from.
  18. Walk away, they're a dime a dozen and underserviced cars should be avoided like the plague.
  19. 4497470, Carrosserie 4689, Cabriolet Carburetor, 01 May 1964, Ivoire Safari 1083, Black Leather 2000, For sale May 2017, 50,000 Euros, ST-PRIEST FRANCE Total: 2082 !
  20. Never rebuild an engine with old rings!!
  21. So far BC is weak on this. And I do go into Alberta quite regularly. Eventually what I would like to do is give the Fiesta to one kid, maybe also give the smart to another, sell or scrap the Mercedes and then only have the Peugeot 404C and an electric. This is like 10 years from now.
  22. I would seriously consider a Bolt, especially if they put fast chargers along major highway routes.
  23. Thanks to Trachy of the 404 Club Forum: 6801266, Coupé Injection, 12 juin 1967, Bleu Clair, Tissu Beige, Submitted on the Registry website, HAUTE GARONNE FRANCE Total: 2081 !