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My 404 Coupé Injection

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Three coats of colour, off-gassing at the moment.  Wet sanding to come next week, then three coats of clear and more wet sanding...

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Thursday I borrowed my friend Rob Conway's truck and brought the suspension down to Victoria.  The car was outside on its cart, looking mirror smooth everywhere.  The work is really impeccable.  Amazing, worth every dollar.

 

So I helped Pat Higgins, the metal worker who did the body reconstruction, mount the suspension under the 404C.  It was a bit of an operation and we used the car's original jack mounts to help us lift the body high enough to get the suspension underneath.  She looks good sitting on her wheels and XAS tires now.

 

Friday she gets a final polish and final touches and either Friday PM or Saturday she should be coming home on the flatbed.

 

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She came home to me today:

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Definitely not!  I have to get the engine rebuilt and pay for a reupholstery job first, but the piggy bank is empty when I attempt to rattle it.  But reassembly will begin.

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I got the last of the painted parts back from the restoration shop: under bumper spoiler/air deflector (semi-matt black), front bumper filler panel (dark blue), grille for fresh air intake (dark blue), body number (painted blue tag with stencil numbers)

 

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Plated parts (main batch) are back. Bumpers are not plated but rather are stainless steel. They are now straightened and polished beautifully. Door handles are rechromed pot metal, and perfect. Taillight bezels are also rechromed pot metal and although the plater was apologizing for their finish, it's very, very good - 9/10 - and excellent considering the bad starting condition. The grille surround was rechromed too because the chrome on the upper lip was getting grainy. 

 

All the silver-looking stuff is plated in cadmium as it was when it was new (silver, not the greenish version).

 

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Installed a few of the plated items.  Very bright!

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I decided to do the grille today.  The bars are anodized aluminium and have some patina from road debris over the years.  All other marks were polished off by hand, not damaging the anodizing.  I then reassembled the five bars and put the brand new Peugeot crest that I bought in Sochaux in 2014 on (it came attached to a mid-sixties 403 grille).  Then I reassembled it with the newly rechromed grille frame.

 

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My uncle had a 1968 404 convertible. We had a lot of fun riding in it when I was a kid.

Brings back memories! I loved thatr gun barrel gray colour

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Really?  Cool!  Do you know if his car still exists?  Please, tell me more!

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Uncle passed away 2 years ago, my aunt said he sold it for $65,000, that's all the info I got on it. Sorry!

 

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Where was he located?  Can she say where the owner is located and maybe his name?

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Round two of plated hardware:

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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. 

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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.....

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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.

 

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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).

 

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Old one on right, my replica on the left.

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