MikeT

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  1. What year is the car? If it's just over 4 years old, this is atrocious!
  2. Tell your dealer that you would appreciate the dealer going to bat for you on a courtesy repair, or at least a cost share. Especially if you bought the car there, at M-B, they should be responsive if their customer service is worth anything. Also, do not hesitate to take it up with head office if your dealer is unresponsive.
  3. Edge might give you a good shave at the same time!
  4. It's the circle of life. In 20 years there will be 1000 left in all of Canada. At that point they may start to be worth something. As far as keeping them on the road, your local M-B dealer is an option because they can get anything, if you don't want your property looking like a hoarder's reality TV show. The problem with the third+ owners is that they don't want to spend real money maintaining the car.
  5. Photographed outside Steamworks Pub in Gastown, 2010: 1908 Peugeot 40 HP Labourdette Double Phaeton. Chassis DDD1170. Registered in BC. When this car was delivered in 1908, Peugeot had been making cars for 19 years already. Photo by Beachhead Photography.
  6. It's possible, my dealer did it for me for free when the SAM was replaced. Now I have three keys.
  7. Yeah I've been thinking about it for a while. I don't want 4 cars! Hell, 2 is enough. And I have my dream car already! But I said I'd never sell the Canada 1 and I won't.
  8. It's nice out. I will drive the smart on Tuesday and Friday but ride the bicycle Monday and Wednesday. I'm also seriously thinking of giving the Canada 1 to one of the kids in the not too distant future......
  9. I just saw an ad on tV for Skechers shoes where some guy is in a white 451 in a car showroom and he says that he doesn't like his shoes tight and uncomfortable. The wipers are on in the dry showroom (SAM gitch? ;)) So he gets into another vehicle, a huge Chevrolet SUV, to make the point about how comfortable they are. smart is the new Yugo, just you watch!
  10. OK sounds about right. I don't follow US football!
  11. EU versions of the 450 had one reversing light and one fog light on the back. Canadian ones had dumbed down lights and also lost the orange indicators.
  12. ...and yes the two on the rails are for front fog lights and connect the harness by the ciggy lighter.
  13. The one on the stalk is for the REAR fog light.
  14. both my smarts had the tach from the factory so I don't know. spare harness near the ciggy lighter is for the fog light switch. both headlight circuits should have an external relay mounted with the lights powered by a new line (inline fused) from the battery. This saves the SAM. same for the fuel pump circuit. Even if one headlight circuit is dead, you can power both off the remaining good cone IF you mount a external relay.....
  15. An update of four more: 4670901, Cabriolet Carburetor 1968, Nardi floorshift, LYON FRANCE (no photo) 4565481, Cabriolet 1964, Noir 1000, Cuir Rouge, Registered in Finland under a 404 Injection Sedan serial number, license plate (FIN) RRE-748, LAHTI FINLAND 4595218, Carrosserie 6770, Coupé Injection 1965, Blanc Saratoga 1031, Simili Noir 3000, Carbureted engine, for sale October 2018, 22,000 Euros, HENDAYE FRANCE 4499941, Cabriolet Carburetor 1967, Bleu Ciel 1041, Cuir Noir 2000, Car is being restored in 2018/2019, SARTROUVILLE FRANCE Total: 2177 !
  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. I can just smell the turkey with bacon - turbacon? - now. Thanks!
  18. I've been cycling a fair bit since the last thread, but frankly the 2018 total to date is dismal at just under 700 km. I have the eighth annual Granfondo Axel Merckx coming up in just under 4 weeks! Ack! I should be able to get another 500+ done by then.... In 2011, the first year I did the Granfondo, I rode 4540 km. (boo yeah!) In 2012, 3693 km. (not half bad) In 2013, it dropped to 1944 km. (can't remember the excuse!) In 2014 it was better, at 3000 km! (we went to Europe that summer) 2015 was my best year in recent memory: 4600 km!! (yes!) 2016 was not half bad, and got 4111 km in. (good!) 2017 was quite poor, at 2071 km. (went to Japan in September so lost the late riding season). Despite the poor showing to date, I hope to get well over 3000 km this year. I have work to do! Gratuitous photo of the best cyclist of all time signing my jersey in 2011:
  19. Nice, I hope to ride the bike to work twice this week!
  20. https://eveurope.eu/en/projects/smart-e-roadster/
  21. Today I got the beltline trim installed on the driver's side. With some help: my youngest daughter put the nut that holds the rearward part of the front fender trim on - that is only accessible with the front door opened about 45 degrees, because even like that, there is about 3 mm of space to play with to get the sucker spinning on the captive bolt that's attached to the stainless steel trim. All other connections are easy. My other daughter did the passenger side a couple of months ago. My fingers are too big to get in there properly!
  22. 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.
  23. Parts are easy to get, that's not a problem.
  24. Ask yourself whether fuel consumption will be better going up a 5% grade in 6th or 5th. We're not dealing with one variable here! I've lived with both a bone stock smart cdi and a remapped one for over 370,000 km and believe me, unless you drive like an idiot, the consumption is identical and even a bit better in some cases with the remap.
  25. If it's a Canadian sourced car, it is probably a failed headlight adjustment motor. Try the adjuster on the left of the steering column, but it's likely a stripped gear inside the light.