Mike T

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  1. That's nuts, you were supposed to have it a month ago. It will be a used car in terms of model year when you get it. Why not "pull the plug" on that order and get an electric that is for sale now? I seriously think there are high level talks in Daimler about never introducing the 453 ED to the USA and Canada.
  2. The next Chevy electric should be called the Jolt: twice the price and three times the power!
  3. Good Car2Go! No fast charging is just crazy.....
  4. New Michelin XAS tires from Longstone Tyres in the UK. No extra charge for shipping, no tax, no duty. Cost was £900 including 5 inner tubes. Not cheap but it's a heritage tire design from the sixties in limited production. Size: 165HR15, i.e. rated to 210 km/h (the car will do 170+).
  5. 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.
  6. In another thread it's said to be October...!
  7. Maybe never?
  8. Welcome! Soon it will only be the ED model, if you will be selling smarts.
  9. Met up with Barry, Graham, Bob, Tina, Lyn and Leonie. All the way from Australia, they have shipped their 1960 Peugeot 403 to North America for another big overland adventure! California-Alaska-eastern Canada-southern USA via Route 66. This car has driven all over the world, 400,000+ km.
  10. Contact the member 1960NSU here, see this thread:
  11. What is a clutch basket? You mean clutch assembly?
  12. May 2017 Canada: 34 USA: 331
  13. Hmmm, it might be worth bailing and getting a different EV.
  14. 3 months later, I have confirmed that the red Cabriolet has been registered by serial number since 2013 - submitted on the registry site with minimal information and now reappeared as a project at Ronin Autowerks in Fullerton CA. The same car! https://www.facebook.com/roninautowerks/videos/1730337603648629/
  15. 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
  16. It looks like the fuel got too hot and melted the element. Were you running the tank really low?
  17. This one was sent in today to the Registry website: 4590369, Carrosserie 1052, Cabriolet Injection, 27 septembre 1962, Blanc Saratoga 1031, Cuir Noir 2000, LA FARE DES OLIVIERS FRANCE Total: 2089 !
  18. Sounds like a bad SAM unit.
  19. This afternoon I decided to have a look inside the lever end of the Italian-made Nardi floor shifter that my 404C had from new. The last two I opened up had plastic bushings that had disintegrated over time and I thought that this one had a plastic bushing too, but intact, because the lever action was perfect. After removing the 4 screws below the shifter, there was some very old, dirty oil in there. This end of the shifter cannot get any lubrication from the gearbox proper even though it's attached to it. The other two 404 Nardi shifters I had in the past were dry in there, with just some grease on the moving parts.... After removing two circlips, the mechanism comes apart. I could have removed the lever but decided against it because the bolt inside the mechanism is tied shut with a wire and it seemed very serene - I could clean around the lever, with it still somewhat attached..... The bushing in this version of the Nardi is definitely not plastic, it's bronze or brass! It's in great condition! View of the bronze bushing, which when the lever is actuated, moves up and down inside the sleeve attached to the shifter rod that transmits the action to the gearbox shifting forks. The sump has been drained and cleaned out, and the bronze bushing is again circlipsed into place. The sealing faces and threading of the little sump were carefully cleaned and then sealed with Hylomar Blue, to prevent any oil leaks. Sump screw on the Nardi, accessible from inside the car, 24 mm. ...and refilled with Yacco vegetable based differential oil!
  20. Submitted on the registry website, so far without a photo: 4599759, Cabriolet Injection, 03 mai 1967, Blanc Arosa 1132, Cuir Noir 2000, DEN BOSCH NETHERLANDS Total: 2088 !
  21. The present one with 114,000 km has a remap but I don't know if the EGR is disabled. The first one that went 247,274 km before being written off was not remapped.
  22. I have been fortunate enough to have never had EGR trouble in my cdis in more than 360,000 km of driving.
  23. Late July production and after would be 2018.