MikeT

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  1. That one has an i, not a y as the second letter ! Sidney
  2. A week ago I put the upper stainless steel trims (freshly polished) on the rear 1/4 windows. The clips that hold them on are not spring steel but rather have to be bent into shape. While doing this, the screwdriver slipped and I did some unintended surgery on my left index finger joint, grinding into the nerve. Getting better now but it was quite nasty, The car was uninjured, most importantly! Last week I got the matching 12V oil pressure gauge! Now they all need a cleaning and I have to make up a plate to mount them (and 5 warning lights too).
  3. 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.
  4. OK well maybe the hole in your intercooler is larger than mine was. It needs to be changed - whether this is the cause of the bad performance or not.
  5. If you don't have oil drips splashing on the rear panel when driving, the hole in the intercooler is not large enough to affect the boost level. This is my experience with two different cdis, both of which had holes in the intercooler, splashes on the rear panel at the end and both were still boosting to almost 1.2 bar even in that condition.
  6. True, so let's find out what year this Italian cdi is from!
  7. It's good for about 100 or 110 lbs-ft of torque.
  8. January 2018 Canada: 20 USA: 105 (of which 84 were electrics)
  9. Whoops, that link is for a 2011. I see Overseas has one, as you say. In any case, it's likely a negligible quantity of new gassers country-wide and I can't be arsed to check other dealers' inventory!
  10. All 31 in Canada were electric. It's fair to say that from now on, they all will be.
  11. Exhaust leak for sure, the exhaust in these cars is silent normally.
  12. The holder of the intercooler (plastic) vibrates and hen wears a hole through the aluminium radiator, which creates the leak. Big holes mean more oil leaking and lower turbo boost. I am not certain that it would explain your fuel consumption problem though.
  13. Update: 4597929, Coupé Injection, 20 janvier 1966, Rouge, Cuir Blanc, A vendre Juillet 2018, 26.900 Euros, CHATEAUNEUF-SUR-ISERE FRANCE 4496208, Cabriolet Carburateur 1963, Rouge Capanelle 1033, Possible parts car, originally Bleu Ciel 1041, post-1966 front turn signals, ATHENS GRÈCE 6802068, Cabriolet Injection 1968, Blanc Arosa 1132, Cuir Noir 2000, A vendre Juillet 2018, 33.000 €, Hard top, VION FRANCE 6800254, Coupé Injection 1967, Bleu Métallisé, Cuir Rouge, For sale at 28,950 Euros July 2018 GALLERY AALDERING, BRUMMEN PAYS BAS 4596044, Cabriolet Injection, 14 avril 1965, Rouge Capanelle 1033, Cuir Naturel 2034, Moteur carburateur, AV Août 2018, 44.900 Euros, pas de sigle Injection, compteur 190 km/h, clignotantes AV 1967-68, ex-(F) 1754 PS 41, LA BAULE FRANCE Total : 2157 !
  14. 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
  15. If the intercooler has a hole, oil will slowly drip out and cover the driver's side of the transmission, eventually dripping on the ground. Leaking fuel would be seen on the engine somewhere and you would smell it!
  16. Welcome! Italy is the spiritual home of smart, probably their best market.
  17. 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:
  18. Wow, 4500 miles! The most I have done in a year so far is 4600 km.
  19. Send me a private message with your email. I will send it to you.
  20. Thanks, the registry online that you would have used to register your new smart has not been maintained since 2014 I think...but I have an Excel file with 144 cars on it, which is 19 more than the registry. IF you want the Excel file, let me know, it has some other data there. Some of the cars listed below, especially the first ones, may not be G&K conversions! WME01MC01YH006094 WME4503321J020364 WME4503321J023434 WME4503321J028080 WME01MC01YH028601 WME4503321J040715 WME4503321J042681 WME4503321J043280 WME4503321J043357 WME01MC012H052061 WME01MC012H063232 WME01MC011H071494 WME01MC012H071947 WME01MC012H072010 WME01MC01YH072410 WME01MC012H080329 WME01MC012H082015 WME01MC012H101414 WME01MC012H103117 WME01MC012H103184 WME4504321J106341 WME4504321J106951 WME4504321H129700 WME4503321J154671 WME4503321J155527 WME4504321J171887 WME4504321J175367 WME4504321J175916 WME4504321J176018 WME4504321J179522 WME4503321J189725 WME4503321J198842 WME4503321J207092 WME4503321J208493 WME4503321J208529 WME4503321J211111 WME4504321J212152 WME4504321J215322 WME4503321J218784 WME4504321J219319 WME4504321J219345 WME4503321J219450 WME4503321J219460 WME4503321J219555 WME4504321J219691 WME4504321J219983 WME4503321J220081 WME4504321J221500 WME4503321J222082 WME4503321J224223 WME4504321J226196 WME4503321J227369 WME4504321J228739 WME4503321J233219 WME4503321J233372 WME4504321J235492 WME4504321J236013 WME4504321J236776 WME4503321J237224 WME4504321J239965 WME4503301J241590 WME4503321J242542 WME4504321J242705 WME4504321J242900 WME4503321J243110 WME4503321J243149 WME4503321J243179 WME4503321J243214 WME4503321J243333 WME4503321J243458 WME4503321J244138 WME4503321J244353 WME4503321J244384 WME4503321J245247 WME4503321J245838 WME4503321J245878 WME4503321J246038 WME4503321J246370 WME4503321J247113 WME4503321J247234 WME4503321J247269 WME4503321J247629 WME4503321J248354 WME4503321J248658 WME4503321J249624 WME4503321J249973 WME4503321J249978 WME4503321J250036 WME4503321J250320 WME2503321J250442 WME4503321J250454 WME4503321J250673 WME4503321J250976 WME4503321J251422 WME4503321J251434 WME4503321J251593 WME4503321J251807 WME4503321J252029 WME4503321J252566 WME4503321J253439 WME4503301J255549 WME4504321J255819 WME4503321J256863 WME4503321J257178 WME4503321J259016 WME4503321J259578 WME4503321J261233 WME4503321J261322 WME4503321J261903 WME4503321J262123 WME4503321J262925 WME4503321J263030 WME4503321J263290 WME4503321J263299 WME4503321J264052 WME4503321J264523 WME4503321J266416 WME4503321J273972 WME4503321J277058 WME4503321J277110 WME4503321J277258 WME4503321J278159 WME4503321J278957 WME4503321J279376 WME4503321J279420 WME4503321J279432 WME4503321J280786 WME4503321J282201 WME4503321J282374 WME4503321J284118 WME4503321J285667 WME4503321J285867 WME4504321J285914 WME4503321J285927 WME4503321J289386 WME4504321J295664 WME4504321J295767 WME4504321J299840 WME4504321J302957 WME4504321J303385 WME4504321J303881 WME4504321J304353 WME4504321J305350 WME4504321J226546 Parts should be possible to mail order, and I know for sure Three Point Motors in Victoria BC will send stuff south.
  21. Ah OK, only I'm not an admin so the info probably won't get to me
  22. 1283 is not enough to go on to place it in its context with the 150 other G&K cars we have registered.
  23. I saw your VIN in the other thread; the car was originally from Ontario but has been in the USA since at least 2011. Enjoy!