MikeT

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  1. Himself being a TV star in the fifties, this was pretty good!
  2. Mine's been good for three years and still looks good too.
  3. I bought a fob shell for my third key from China. I just needed the bit with the buttons on it and it snapped beautifully into place on the OE other half. The only issue is that there's a pictogram of an open hatch on the third button instead of an opening top. As far as programming, when my SAM failed TPM had to reactivate all the TAN codes (including cruise control, but that's another discussion!) and I gave them the third fob from our written off first smart and now I have three working keys. The cost was high for SAM replacement but the extra key cost nothing.
  4. Yes, your fuel sending unit is gumming up. It will get worse, and ultimately totally random. Use something like Petrolabs additive at every fill to prevent it.
  5. Not quite as bad here in coastal BC but it truly has been a crappy spring. It's supposed to get better next week, about when we go to Japan for three weeks.
  6. Lower steering u-joint is binding, needs replacement or at least lube to slightly lengthen the lifespan.
  7. How much is it going to cost? I would think that the battery should have a diagnostic test at a smart dealer to make sure it's in decent condition. If anything less than optimal condition is found walk away. Also, consider that leasing an electric car might make more sense, given the rate of technological change in batteries and the high cost of replacement.
  8. In the previous couple of weeks, two were found (one without photos): 4598954, Coupé Injection 1966, For sale March 2018, NORMANDY FRANCE 6800855, Carrosserie 145xx, Coupé Injection 1967, Blanc Arosa 1132, Simili Noir 3000, For sale March 2018 at 19,800 Euros, carbureted engine, 33500 ARVEYRES FRANCE And this weekend, two more were registered: 6801694, Carrosserie 14664, Cabriolet Injection, 04 octobre 1967, Blanc Arosa 1132, Cuir Noir 2000, in restoration April 2018, SARTROUVILLE FRANCE 6802138, Carrosserie 15364, Coupé Injection 1968, Gris Clair Métallisé 1162, in restoration April 2018, SANNOIS FRANCE Total: 2146 !
  9. 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
  10. Regulator for sure, you may be able to milk it for some months but you had better budget for the replacement now and count on it being done by next fall.
  11. P0380 today. Will check wiring Sunday, but may have to go to dealer when we're back from Japan. Our green and black smart was less demanding.
  12. Everyone does. The gearbox is making two shifts. The gearbox is actually a 3 speed with two final drive ratios. So shifting from 3 to 4 means it shifts from 3 to 1 and then shifts from the first final drive ratio to the second. Super trivia for the smart nerd.
  13. Latest batch of plating, including engine hood latch, support mount for SEV wiper motor, three of the four decent used front suspension bolts (spare, but with better plating than the new Peugeot-supplied ones I have installed), and of course the 10 rear side window trim clips.
  14. 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.
  15. Welcome! We love driving the canyon, so much nicer than the Coq. The shop possibly was Flying Tiger Developments, on Westminster Highway in Richmond. Eddy Lai is the owner.
  16. January 2018 Canada: 20 USA: 105 (of which 84 were electrics)
  17. Nice, too bad you weren't able to make the event.
  18. Thanks Nigel, that's right, 67 for the year to date in Canada (Q1).
  19. March 2018: Canada: 35 USA: 110 (all electrics)
  20. Today I installed the rubber flaps (which I had to remake) for the front inner fenders, which are intended to keep the mud out of the back of the front fenders. I also derusted three of the rear brake lines and painted them. May remake one or all of them, but I wanted to inspect them carefully first. In just over two weeks, we will be in Japan for our son's wedding so work will stop until mid-May.
  21. We have a house where everything is run by electricity. So we're always into Tier 2 of the rate structure. Air/Air heat pump is nice but in the crap weather we have been having, it's expensive. So yeah it'd be more than the smart for sure.
  22. Oh man what a pain. Hope it works out.
  23. Oil and filter at 127,500 km in the Canada 1, plus a wash. The odometer rate should calm down through the summer (unless we drive it to Winnipeg in July!). Oil had 8500 km on it, with 1600 km until the required change. I dragged it out because the car was doing 200 km a day.
  24. I read that in BC at least, filling a large Tesla battery consumes as much juice as a house in 5 days. Dividing my bi-monthly electricity bill by 12 and knowing a Tesla's range, the cdi is cheaper, for us at least, just on fuel/electricity costs alone
  25. That's very encouraging if it's true, because the volume is likely going to plummet by 80% when they become electric only, so I had been skeptical that there would be enough volume on a low priced car to make a business case for a next generation.