MikeT

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  1. I drove a Bolt yesterday, pretty nice....
  2. I was away in Prince George last weekend with Sandy but on the way we managed to squeeze some 404 action in: I stopped by John Coltman's house in Barriere BC and he gave me a bunch of NOS 404 parts, plus some old KF2 injection parts and lots of spare fasteners and hardware. On the way back home I bought a huge sheet of rubber for making the pedal box gasket and inner fender rubber seals. Tonight I took 15 minutes to make a new gasket, took about 15 minutes. It's on the car already, on the studs in the footwell waiting for the pedal box to be mounted (months from now, I don't want the pedals in the way early on in the reassembly process). Old one on right, my replica on the left.
  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. It'd be cheaper to get a good running engine from a wrecker.
  5. Now that I am on the outside, I could chirp in and say that this belongs in community chatter! Keith altered the description of this forum some years back, but originally it was intended to house only smart-based discussions. My thought for the day: I'd rather have a bottle in front of me than a frontal lobotomy (Tom Waits)
  6. 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
  7. Thanks to Alfonso Castro Padin for this beautiful example: 6800532, Carrosserie 13304, Cabriolet Injection 1967, Blanc Arosa 1132, Cuir Noir 2000, Hard top, MEXICO CITY MEXICO Total: 2130 !
  8. The body rebuild and (immaculate) paintwork have been completed by the best shop on Vancouver Island at the cost of two new Canada 1s (taxes included), and the reassembly is underway. Should be on the road in two years at the latest. See the "My 404 Coupé Injection" thread for details.
  9. I heard about a couple of Canada Concept 1 BRABUS cabriolets that had come off lease in Toronto late last year and slowly it dawned on me that I should consider looking into one to supplement my green cabriolet, which is racking up the km at an amazing rate now that the kids are driving it. So there were two: a red one and a white one. Dilemma. Both had under 1000 km on the odometer! One under 850, the other under 350. We had some private message communication between me and BRABUS451 in Toronto and it became apparent that the price, although over the odds for a "regular" 2006 smart cabrio, was reasonable considering the condition of the car and the free two year factory warranty extension, taking it through October 2012. Not to mention that no more than three or perhaps four of these were ever made for Canada. OK so I bought the white one. It will be driven back to BC in the depth of winter on the snow tires and steelies that were part of the deal. Either towards the end of January or early February. I will have to put some protective coatings on some of the painted surfaces for the trip, some Stongard. And front mudflaps. When in Toronto it would be nice to have a little get together with me and Sandy T plus whomever else might be available for one evening when we're there. I already told Iain and Glenn that we'd probably be coming. Looking forward to that! The car was modified to BRABUS spec - white or red painted tridion, full leather/alcantara interior trim, all options. 15 inch BRABUS rims with skinny tires (the tires will be the first thing I change). I like the black look on the rims and look forward to not having to worry about brake dust any more OK I am pretty excited, this one will be a keeper and one of my kids will probably end up owning the green car several years from now.
  10. I would think that would be the best, ban member, erase posts all in one action and then reinstate editing rights. But it's not for me to decide!
  11. One member (and I use this in the most pejorative sense of the word) whose name starts with c and ends with n and has addilacma in the middle decided to delete all his posts in a snit and left a trail of insults in their place. I think Keith decided that this was not a good scenario and made the change in response to it. But I have been demoted to Regular Member now - at my own request - so you will have to go to Keith for the official word.
  12. Good to know. I have my car's original SAM with a dead fuel pump circuit in a sealed bag in the garage....
  13. The MGB was a design assisted by Pininfarina so there is a resemblance there. It's funny, when my car was debadged and in the restoration shop, some thought it was a Lancia or Ferrari. No-one guessed MG. It's quite a bit larger than an MG midget, like a metre longer.
  14. Two more so far this month: 4590733, Coupé Injection 1963, Buying parts in 2017: clips for sill trim, road springs front, brake springs, etc., FRANCE 4597116, Cabriolet Injection 1965, Blanc Arosa 1132, Cuir Noir 2000, For parts only, deemed too corroded to be restored, BOULIAC FRANCE Total: 2129 cars! Buying parts from Peter end of 2017: clips for sill trim, road springs front, brake springs, etc. F FRANCE
  15. Drove to Nanaimo and back in the sun and cold weather. For our trouble, we received a nice rock chip on the upper right windshield, and now I will have to get it filled sometime.
  16. Round two of plated hardware: Replated taillights that I got a couple of weeks ago, this time reassembled. One of the turn signal bulb bases had to be replated due to corrosion and all of the lens screws were replated too. 6 months ago I was desperate to find one of these. Instead I found an earlier version with the same threading that had to be turned down on a lathe to make it fit. Then a couple weeks ago, I found this.....in the same box where I found the others. So I had it replated for future considerations.....
  17. This is going to be the worst ever sales year for smart in Canada.....and the USA.
  18. October 2017 Canada: 46 USA: 140
  19. Must have been free
  20. Winter is hitting us now, so the smart stays in the garage.
  21. Some turbocharger whistle is normal.
  22. for a city driven cdi, probably 250,000 km is the most you can hope for before suffering major problems. For one used mostly on the highway, it could be over 300,000 km. So that car is most likely very near the end of its service life.
  23. IIRC compression ratio is 18.5:1 so multiply that by 14.7 to get the nominal compression: 270 PSI or thereabouts.