MikeT

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  1. Today I reassembled the hydraulic part od the AEG/KF PLF5A fuel lift pump. Bad surprise: despite the excellent condition of the electrical part of the original pump that equipped my car, the same could not be said of the hydraulic part. The idler pinion inside the pump chamber was seized to its shaft! The last time I ran the engine was about 2005 so the seizure occurred after that....I presume after I disassembled the car in 2016. Also, the lower plate that covers the pump chamber has a regulation valve that is supposed to be removed and checked during a rebuild like this and it too was seized! Anyway, all was not lost... ...because I have a spare lift pump from a car I used to own in 1981-1985 and its hydraulic portion was perfect. All it needed was a thorough cleaning. Cleaning nearly done and the last bits about to go back together.... And it's together. I did another dry run test with it all assembled and it sounded good. I should try a pump test, I suppose, though I have no reason to think it won't pump.
  2. 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.
  3. Today I pressed the new bearings onto the motor shaft with a vise and then the pinion gear after it was inserted into and through the grease seal in the underside of the motor mounting plate. Checked the length of the original brushes: 6 mm and 9 mm....too short, so I looked in my spare parts stock and found two new or nearly new ones, both 12 mm long. Then the motor was tested and it was SO smooth! Next task: the hydraulic part of the pump, which sits below the electrical part.
  4. Hi! Almost local to us.....
  5. Dismantling of the AEG/KF fuel lift pump. A little bit of electrical tape over the motor's drive pinion facilitated the armature's extraction from the pump body without in any way damaging the original grease seal, which is still supple. So I will leave it in place and use the same technique to re-insert the pinion through this seal. The freed armature. Making up some different sized slotted washers in the garage made short work of extracting the tiny drive pinion and nearly as tiny bearings. Armature mounted on a drill in a vise so I could polish the commutator/slip ring with fine emery cloth. Comparison between the armature of my car (4598609) on the right and that of a scrapped Canadian Cabriolet (6800519) on the left. 4598609 has done 83,000 miles. I bought the entire drivetrain from 6800519 in 1982, and at least the electric motor seems to show the traces of more like 200.000 miles...
  6. gt300 body kit

    If you're going to get a kit for the 451, the BRABUS Ultimate kit is the best-looking: https://www.topspeed.com/cars/brabus/brabus-ultimate-112-smart-fortwo-ar43216.html Flying Tiger has these kits, but they're not cheap.
  7. Dashboard clips covered with vinyl. Passenger side: Driver's side. It was a pretty decent effort, I am pleased with the result.
  8. Saturday I'm going to rebuild the AEG/KF fuel lift pump with a kit supplied by my buddy Peter van Deukeren from the Netherlands. The tiny bearings: The shaft seal: The kit: My two AEG PLF 5 pumps: And today, because I couldn't find the original clips for the dash pad, I made these out of 1mm thick spare rocker panel/sill material. They now have to be covered with a thin layer of black vinyl. They join the top of the soft dashboard pad with the soft A-pillar trims. Each one has been shaped by hand to fit each side very well.
  9. Mounted the glovebox on Saturday. Sunday I cleaned and sorted all my nuts and bolts into the proper sizes.
  10. Drilled 3 holes in the panels to mount the new carpet in the front driver's side. The fourth hole was already there above the accelerator pedal. Also mounted the new speedometer cable and the accelerator cable. The driver's seat was a bit of a bear to install because the captive bolts in the bodyshell were not long enough to penetrate the new (thicker) seat runners and so I had to knock it out and put a bolt and (blind) nut inside one. The interior is now done apart from the transmission tunnel, which is still naked because I have to install the C3 gearbox and its Nardi floor shifter before final trimming. That'll be a while then.
  11. Won't be sold here.....but it's mildly interesting.
  12. The underlay for the rear transmission tunnel was installed along with the carpet, the rear floor carpets.... and then the passenger seat. My wife Sandy tried out the seat for height and comfort.
  13. The engine is totally apart now, as noted. The cam has bad wear so I am trying to source a new one from Le Club 404's stock. The new head and piston/sleeve kit are in the two cardboard boxes. Today, after cleaning off the engine block and moving it to where you see it above, I made 10 spacers for the carpet snaps. These space the carpet appropriately for the thickness of the undelay, so they're not puckered. Original Peugeot clips used for the visible ones. The rest are virtually the same.
  14. And today, the naughty....err....dirty bits.... Removal of crankshaft, camshaft, pistons, liners... Summary: - Crankshaft journals looks more or less OK: 0.3 mm should do. - The upper (compression, I presume) rings were broken on all 4 pistons (!!) - Lifters and peak of the cams on cylinder 4 were heavily worn (oddly, the other were OK) - Sleeves were not too rusty in the water jacket area and the block where the seals mate is perfect. - There was a lot of very thick sediment deposited in the lower sides of cylinders 1 and 2, especially by the block drain hole on #1. I have new pistons, sleeves etc; however I could use a new cam or maybe get a regrind. Need new lifters of course.
  15. We found the A&W one in particular to be cheesy to the point of irritation - it was our daughter who pointed this out first. Yup, marketers milking the emotions of people. Better to donate the money spent on the ads to medical serivces.
  16. Still working...from home. Waiting for the golden handshake that will never come Rear parcel shelf and leather rear bench installed. For the moment there will be no speakers, because my 1981 Blaupunkts are dead.
  17. Today, with the able help of my two daughters I remounted the rear window of the 404 Coupé with no problem at all, and the modified clips are working perfectly. Took 5 minutes to install and this time I started from the bottom of the seal and finished at the top. I used a smaller gauge nylon cord to do the lip service (!) this time and it worked beautifully. YES!!
  18. As you may recall, before Christmas I put the rear window in but there were a couple of issues: the lower stainless steel trim piece was perfectly straight and the class is slightly curved, so it was constantly trying to pop the clips out. And so it did, once the glass was in. After pulling the trim off I realized that the problem was also that the replica clips were about 2mm shorter than the originals and so didn't penetrate far enough inside the seal's rubber slot to engage with the small channel at the end where the hooked bit goes. So each of the 30 clips had to be adjusted carefully by hand to match the depth of the 16 remaining originals, which were cadmium plated a couple of years ago. In doing this - they're made of spring steel - 5 of the 30 snapped but 25 survived. I then mounted them to the SS trim along with the 16 originals and so far it's holding well enough. Actually the rubber seal relies upon the window aperture to keep it tight. So during installation I'm going to have to ensure the helpers push hard on each clip as I pull the rubber seal through to the inside of the car to make sure the seal clamps the clip in the right position (fully inserted).
  19. Pollen filters were optional and I bet that car was delivered without one. The air intake unit is the same either way. I wonder why the guy removed the filter......not good, it's reassuring to have a water separator in these cars. If lockdown is ever lifted and you are visiting Richmond, Eddy offers remps and OE cruise activation at (sometimes) special prices. The former inactivates EGR which makes a blanking plate unnecessary. The latter is a godsend on long highway drives. Ask me how I know....
  20. This may help. Click on the thread title, I don't know why the stupid image appeared.
  21. You are correct, in all likelihood.
  22. It's frikkin 1.129 around here! Rip off! On the other hand, I am not driving anywhere.....
  23. Good, it's preferable that this site not become a vector for dumbassery.