MikeT

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  1. The left fender peak trim is also on and now the rear roof trim as well. The clips that hold the trim on have teeth that bite into the body seam so all were treated with a thick goop of Waxoyl before installing, to protect the metal.
  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. Is there a space to plug it in if the car has a subwoofer AND an iPod player? I haven't had mine out for ever....
  4. Better there than the glass roof!
  5. Just lots of what seems like the rear springs bottoming out on bumps but I figure it can't be.
  6. I think I need to do this....
  7. stickman would like to buy your dual exhaust!
  8. Ah thanks. I know my Mercedes has one of them too - noisy as hell.
  9. ....and add about 20 HP and 30 Nm of torque..... There were only 54 BRABUS diesels made for Canada. 4 Canada 1 cars (three all red - two cabrios, one coupe; and one all white cabrio), and 50 nightruns (all black coupes with blue-grey leather). The engines were 100% stock, with 40 HP. I think all the Canada 1s have been remapped by now, and probably several nightruns. Any other diesel smart with BRABUS gear on it is an accessorized regular diesel. Not that they're mechanically different anyway, but for the purists, provenance is a factor.
  10. Diesel BRABUS? nightrun? A remap by Flying Tiger in Richmond will disable the EGR electronically.
  11. Bad joke. Why is it that some smart owners think that it's cool to make the car do things it's clearly not suited for?
  12. That's good. I always get my best FE on the Icefield Parkway Hwy 93. Even my Mercedes B 200 5 speed will do in the low 5s on that highway, like 5.1 or 5.2.
  13. That may be possible to patch.
  14. The 0W40 is only 0W at zero degrees C. It's 40W at 100 degrees C and that's where the oil temperature is much closer to when the engine is warm. Mobil 1 0W40 is MB approved for this engine.
  15. 4592556, Cabriolet Injection, 19 mars 1964, Blanc Saratoga 1031, Cuir Noir 2000, AIX-LES-BAINS FRANCE 4670554, Coupé Carburateur 1968, Rouge, Velours Gris, sans CG, TONNERRE FRANCE 4598571, Cabriolet Injection 1966, Rouge China 1135, Cuir Beige, Sold by Automobiles Gaité, BRAINE-L'ALLEUD BELGIUM 4596202, Carrosserie 7889, Cabriolet Injection 1965, Blanc Saratoga 1031 Cuir Noir 2000, RHENEN NETHERLANDS 4596122, aucun plaque Carrosserie Peugeot, Cabriolet Injection 1965, Noir 1000, Cuir Rouge, For sale August 2019 at J. BARQUINHA, PORTO PORTUGAL 4599879, Cabriolet Injection 1967, Scrapped, FRANCE Total: 2342 !
  16. 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
  17. Use Mobil 1 0W40. The 40W is the hot rating and should be fine even in southern Italy. I don't think the Castrol would explain the change in fuel consumption. Your English is good!
  18. All grandstyle coupes have the electric sunroof.
  19. Summer 2020.
  20. need photos...
  21. I had to drill two new holes in my brand new rear fender to mount the stainless steel trim at the peak of the rear fender. Stressful! I broke a small drill bit but didn't damage any visible part of the fender. So it worked well and now only the left side remains to be done.