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  1. I have closeups of the Canada1 stripe on my car if that helps. What are the last 6 digits of your car's VIN? And the dash plaque number? We have a nightrun registry here (go to the last page):
  2. I doubt lack of maintenance has anything to do with turbo failure (unless the oil was never changed, which I know not to be the case with this car). More likely it's turbo abuse, like shutting the engine off right after doing an intense high boost hillclimb. Perhaps the 2nd previous owner was not careful.
  3. After last month's immense harvest of 109 cars, the months that follow will be a lot slower, but all the same here are two new ones for June: 4670663, Cabriolet Carburateur, 29 août 1968, Bleu Clair Métallisé 1158, Cuir Noir 2000, For sale as restoration object June 2019, 6950 Euros, VEENDAM NETHERLANDS 4498004, Carrosserie 5380, Coupé Carburateur 1964, Bleu Foncé 1057, Tissu Gris, For sale June 2019, 15,800 Euros, front crossmember has been replaced, NEUFCHEF FRANCE Total: 2333!
  4. 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
  5. How many km are on that car? That's really bad luck.....
  6. Yes: I was in Europe so had better things to do April 2019: Canada: 19 USA: 85
  7. So the engine has valve overlap! Interesting.....
  8. Nope. 160K would be a disastrous short life for a cdi. 5000 hours would be the minimum to expect before having problems, and for most people that will be 250K km.
  9. For sure. Two weeks, so like the 26th or thereabouts?
  10. The Pela is even better on the Mercedes - the oil filter is accessed from above through the open hood, long extension 27 mm. All done while standing up, business attire or otherwise.
  11. Messy? I can do the oil change with a Pela in business clothing. I wouldn't try that with a drain.
  12. May 2019: Canada: 82 USA: 106 Now that they've bailed, sales have slightly picked up
  13. ...oh and of course we visited Pilot Officer Ferguson's grave at St-Martin-des-Entrées, which is in a civilian graveyard. He died in early 1943 while on a D-Day preparation scouting reconnaissance mission. The locals buried him with honours at the local cemetery and the Nazis were disturbed by the amount of respect so they sent ten people involved in the burial to concentration camp. Only 6 got out.....
  14. We were there two weeks ago: Juno, Bény-sur-Mer cemetery, plus the US site (which was totally inaccessible due to preparations for the events today).
  15. Top speed was electronically limited to an indicated 192 km/h - the car would have done 210 on the flats I guess had that not been the case. The tires were 17" Michelin Pilot Sports, V-rated, so tires were not the reason for the speed limiter. Mildly frustrating.....Anyway.... Quick summary: this was the run-out model of the car introduced in 2012, and the new version is about to be introduced. The basic specs are above. The model version is the "GT-Line". Here are my comments: Positives: much larger inside than it looks - we have four large adults and luggage in the car during our tour or Ireland and it was not a problem. Well we did leave the largest suitcases elsewhere.... Suspension is the usual Peugeot genius. Beautiful damping, spring rates that at the same time give a controlled drive and comfort, despite the huge 17 inch ultra low profile sports tires. The high perched instrument panel and tiny steering wheel are unusual but after a while I found myself wondering why other cars aren't set up like this. The electric power steering has good feel considering that most EPS systems don't. 4 disc brakes (vented on the front) were excellent. Tires were excellent too but I'd prefer a less sporting tire with more sidewall for enhanced comfort. Seats were good, though they looked a bit odd, being a combination of black vinyl and a strange shiny fabric in the middle. The car didn't have seat heaters, but they are available as an option. Tons of torque, good gearbox and shifter. good styling. nice panoramic glass roof. Passenger front airbag is roof mounted so the glovebox is ENORMOUS. Beautiful dark metallic blue colour. Negatives: this is a cheap car at its core, and it shows even in this loaded version, with hard plastic door panels front and rear, and acres of hard plastic around the dashboard (though there is a substantial upholstered portion close to the driver and passenger). the 3 cylinder engine sounds a bit buzzy from outside the car when idling. the auto-stop system has a knack for shutting the engine off at the exact moment that the clutch is engaged when trying to move off from rest, so this led to four or five occasions where it stalled and I had to restart manually. This function can be disabled with a dashboard mounted switch but you would have to do it each time the car is started. Official fuel economy estimates led me to hope for about 5 L/100 but in the mixed and high speed driving we ended up averaging 6.2 over 7300 km. Not terrible but not great either. Conclusion: It's a fine little car, much better than the contemporary Ford Fiesta we bought in Canada in 2012, and the new 208 is apparently even better. Would I buy one of these? Sure would.
  16. Sandy and I are heading off to Europe Tuesday. On Thursday AM we will pick up a new Peugeot 208 hatchback at Porte St-Cloud in Paris and be off on the latest ride around Europe and GB. Although this is a smaller and much cheaper car than the sporty RCZ we had in 2014, it should be fun. The car will be taken to GB and IRL as well. So watch for a 208 on red French plates, if you're over there! I'll report in more depth on the car in June when we're home.
  17. Yup I know, but a Scangauge with a CAN bus type cable can do this (°C to °F) and also make odometer readings change. Hence why I asked.
  18. @fartman, are you running a Scangauge or similar, perchance?
  19. During my visit this past week with my friend in France, he passed me a small metal box full of recipe cards with old membership records of Le Club 404 from the span 1984-1987. On the cards were owner names, location and in most cases the VIN data of the car(s) owned by the members. After reviewing them, it turned out that there were 106 new ones. Whether these cars exist today or not is not known, because the data is so stale. But even if they're not around now, they are at least recorded with their last known owners. Hervé Marthon deserves the credit for saving these cards, so thanks to him and also Michel Verdier. 4495249, Cabriolet Carburateur, 24 mai 1962, PARIS FRANCE 4495895, Coupé Carburateur, 09 avril 1963, NEUVILLE FRANCE 4497135, Cabriolet Carburateur, 22 novembre 1963, ANCENIS FRANCE 4497501, Cabriolet Carburateur, 26 mai 1964, Noir 1000, TOULOUSE FRANCE 4497543, Coupé Carburateur, 23 juillet 1964, NEUFCHATEAU FRANCE 4497590, Cabriolet Carburateur, 09 juillet 1964, CARIGNAN FRANCE 4498128, Coupé Carburateur, 21 février 1966, CUISE-LA-MOTTE FRANCE 4498291, Coupé Carburateur, 26 février 1965, WATTIGNIES FRANCE 4498359, Coupé Carburateur, 03 mai 1965, SAINT-MAUR FRANCE 4498910, C Carburateur, 21 janvier 1966, PARIS FRANCE 4499025, Coupé Carburateur, 16 juin 1966, ANCENIS FRANCE 4499101, Cabriolet Carburateur, 04 avril 1966, TOULOUSE FRANCE 4499187, Cabriolet Carburateur, 01 juillet 1986, AJACCIO FRANCE 4499294, Cabriolet Carburateur, 10 juillet 1966, RASTEAU FRANCE 4499315, Cabriolet Carburateur, 07 juillet 1966, SAINT-JEAN-DE-LA-RUELLE FRANCE 4499567, Coupé Carburateur, 03 novembre 1967, < 65.000 km en 1986, BESANCON FRANCE 4499690, Coupé Carburateur, 17 mars 1967, TAGOLSHEIM FRANCE 4499709, Coupé Carburateur, 22 mars 1967, LE PERRAY FRANCE 4499853, Cabriolet Carburateur, 13 avril 1967, LYON FRANCE 4499899, Coupé Carburateur, 02 mai 1967, LA GENETOUZE FRANCE 4499989, Coupé Carburateur, 01 juin 1967, VELAINE-EN-HAYE FRANCE 4590817, Cabriolet Injection, 20 décembre 1962, MOFFANS FRANCE 4590984, Cabriolet Injection, 09 février 1963, LYON FRANCE 4591251, Cabriolet Injection, janvier 1963, FLÜH SWITZERLAND 4591323, Coupé Injection, 21 juin 1963, ex-agent Peugeot en retraite, BOURGUEIL FRANCE 4591331, Cabriolet Injection, 1963, CASTETS DES LANDES FRANCE 4592356, Cabriolet Injection, 17 mars 1964, IS-SUR-TILLE FRANCE 4592461, Cabriolet Injection, 20 décembre 1963, CHEMILLE FRANCE 4592602, Cabriolet Injection, 23 janvier 1964, VIVONNE FRANCE 4593263, Coupé Injection, 04 juin 1964, VEIGY-FONCENEY FRANCE 4593411, Cabriolet Injection, 18 juillet 1964, LE-MEE-SUR-SEINE FRANCE 4594054, Cabriolet Injection, 10 août 1964, NANTERRE FRANCE 4594085, Coupé Injection, 29 septembre 1964, VIENNE FRANCE 4594587, Cabriolet Injection, 23 octobre 1964, CERGY FRANCE 4594955, Coupé Injection, 08 décembre 1964, GUYANCOURT FRANCE 4595184, Coupé Injection, 01 décembre 1965, POITIERS FRANCE 4595651, Coupé Injection, 14 avril 1965, LA MILESSE FRANCE 4595751, Cabriolet Injection, 22 mars 1965, PARIS FRANCE 4595845, Cabriolet Injection, mars 1965, SAINT-CLOUD FRANCE 4596263, Coupé Injection 1965, BOUCLANS FRANCE 4596634, Cabriolet Injection, 01 juillet 1965, SAINT-CLOUD FRANCE 4596687, Cabriolet Injection, 20 juillet 1965, WASQUEHAL FRANCE 4597241, Carrosserie 9261, Coupé Injection, 01 octobre 1965, Gris Graphite 1055, Tissu Gris, ARMENTIERES-SUR-AVRE FRANCE 4597289, Cabriolet Injection, 11 mars 1966, DRAVEIL FRANCE 4597297, Cabriolet Injection, 22 mars 1966, PARIS FRANCE 4597444, Cabriolet Injection, 29 novembre 1965, ORLEANS FRANCE 4597816, Cabriolet Injection, 30 mars 1966, SAINT-GERMAIN-EN-LAYE FRANCE 4597996, Coupé Injection, 18 février 1966, BAGNEUX FRANCE 4598042, Coupé Injection, 25 janvier 1966, VENDEUVRE DU POITOU FRANCE 4598117, Cabriolet Injection, 16 mars 1966, LAVAL FRANCE 4598128, Coupé Injection, 21 février 1966, CUISE-LA-MOTTE FRANCE 4598197, Cabriolet Injection, 24 mai 1966, LYON FRANCE 4598421, Coupé Injection, 05 avril 1966, MARCQ-EN-BAROEUL FRANCE 4598455, Coupé Injection, 21 avril 1966, SAINTES FRANCE 4598493, Cabriolet Injection, 05 avril 1966, TOURS FRANCE 4598584, Cabriolet Injection, 09 mai 1966, BORDEAUX FRANCE 4598600, Cabriolet Injection, 02 juin 1966, Roues Robergel, antibrouillard Marchal sur calandre, volant bois clouté, POITIERS FRANCE 4598801, Cabriolet Injection, 17 mai 1966, LYON FRANCE 4599035, Coupé Injection, 23 juin 1966, SAINT-GAUDENS FRANCE 4599137, Coupé Injection, 13 août 1966, PARIS FRANCE 4599282, Cabriolet Injection, 03 octobre 1966, PORT BAIL FRANCE 4599318, Coupé Injection, 28 septembre 1966, LE GUILVINEC FRANCE 4599427, Cabriolet Injection, 01 décembre 1966, POITIERS FRANCE 4599490, Coupé Injection, 20 octobre 1966, DIEPPE FRANCE 4599747, Coupé Injection 1967, PARIS FRANCE 4599881, Cabriolet Injection, 04 janvier 1967, Bordeaux, Hard top couleur crème, NANTES FRANCE 4670053, Cabriolet Carburateur, 29 juin 1967, LE HAVRE FRANCE 4670090, Coupé Carburateur, 19 juillet 1967, Noir 1000, CHATILLON FRANCE 4670321, Coupé Carburateur, 23 octobre 1967, SAINT-TROPEZ FRANCE 4670382, Cabriolet Carburateur, 21 novembre 1967, PARIS FRANCE 4670451, Coupé Carburateur, 04 décembre 1967, BEAUSOLEIL FRANCE 4670609, Cabriolet Carburateur, 26 avril 1968, VEZENOBRES FRANCE 4670686, Coupé Carburateur, 23 mars 1968, PARIS FRANCE 4670734, Cabriolet Carburateur, 24 avril 1968, MAZAMET FRANCE 6800037, Coupé Injection, 24 janvier 1967, BREUILLET FRANCE 6800234, C Injection, 15 février 1967, LA-CHAPELLE-SUR-ERDRE FRANCE 6800694, Cabriolet Injection, 30 mars 1967, ex-49800 TRELAZE, Moteur 504 TI, levier Nardi, SAINT-BARTHELEMY FRANCE 6800804, Coupé Injection, 11 avril 1967, PALAISEAU FRANCE 6800836, Coupé Injection, 12 mai 1967, DOLE FRANCE 6801138, Cabriolet Injection, 28 juin 1986, MARGINE FRANCE 6801142, Cabriolet Injection, 17 juillet 1967, VINEUIL FRANCE 6801203, Coupé Injection 04 janvier 1968, PUTEAUX FRANCE 6801256, Cabriolet Injection, 17 août 1967, CHATOU FRANCE 6801312, Cabriolet Injection, 16 février 1968, SAINT-OUEN FRANCE 6801315, Cabriolet Injection, 02 septembre 1967 CHENNEVIERES FRANCE 6801518, Cabriolet Injection, 11 septembre 1967, AUDENGE FRANCE 6801549, Coupé Injection, 07 septembre 1967, NIORT FRANCE 6801799, Cabriolet Injection, 28 décembre 1967, TOULOUSE FRANCE 6802083, Cabriolet Injection 1968, Fondateur du Club, ex-Président, FONTAINEBLEAU FRANCE 6802094, Coupé Injection, 12 décembre 1967, CLERMONT-FERRAND FRANCE 6802106, Coupé Injection, 04 mai 1968, Bleu Clair Métallisé 1158, Levier Nardi, BV C3, Tableau de bord en bois, COURBEVOIE FRANCE 6802122, Cabriolet Injection, 29 mars 1968, PESSAC FRANCE 6802249, Cabriolet Injection, 22 décembre 1967, MORSANG FRANCE 6802284, Coupé Injection, 03 janvier 1968, PARIS FRANCE 6802325, Coupé Injection, 09 avril 1968 JUVISY FRANCE 6802408, Coupé Injection, 29 février 1968, BEYNES FRANCE 6802600, Cabriolet Injection, 08 avril 1968, PARIS FRANCE 6802840, Cabriolet Injection, 04 avril 1968, TOULOUSE FRANCE 6802913, Cabriolet Injection, 07 avril 1968, AURILLAC FRANCE 6802929, Cabriolet Injection, 06 mai 1968, BASSE GOULAINE FRANCE 6802934, Cabriolet Injection, 27 août 1968, DANNEMARIE-LES-LYS FRANCE 6803145, Coupé Injection 1968, Blanc Arosa 1132, NANTES FRANCE 6803187, Cabriolet Injection, 03 septembre 1968, PARIS FRANCE 6803217, Coupé Injection, 01 juillet 1967, PARIS FRANCE 6803312, Cabriolet Injection, 16 août 1968, LA COURONNE FRANCE 6803394, Coupé Injection, 01 août 1968, TOURS FRANCE 6803451, Coupé Injection, 04 septembre 1968, PARIS FRANCE Also, thanks to Fernando Goncalves for this one: 4594485, Coupé Injection 1965, Gris Graphite 1055, Tissu Beige, SARTROUVILLE FRANCE Total: 2331 !
  20. correction: top speed is about 50 km/h
  21. Ended the weekend at my friend Michel Verdier's home in Eure et Loir, and he let me drive his 1911 Berliet sedan several km. WOW! 4 speed crashbox, top speed about 30 km/h and peak RPM about 1550. Wonderful!
  22. Berliet was indeed made in Lyon France. Their main business was railway locomotives and later, heavy trucks. Renault bought them out about 30 years ago.
  23. My first one had 250,000 km on original bearings....
  24. I have got a bit of an early start this year and now have 104 km on the road - 52 km this weekend and 52 the week before. We're heading to Europe, Britain and Eire for the entire month of May, so I had to start early! Over to you....