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My 404 Coupé Injection

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The third batch of cadmium plating has been done, and about half of the stainless steel trim polished:

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I snapped the window frame SS trim back on both doors, and provisionally put the beltline trim on as well.  The rear quarter window trims will be next. 

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Well I have slowed down a bit but a short while ago I mounted the Pininfarina door jamb wedges with the new clear plastic gaskets I got from Peugeot in France:

 

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Tomorrow a few more parts go in for cadmium plating: hood latch, a few bolts etc and the clips that hold the rear quarter windows in.  The front fender stainless steel strips will also be polished by the same shop.

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Yesterday I put the headlight wiring harnesses in:

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Today I drilled three new holes in each new front fender: two for the stainless steel trim and one for the rubber hood support blocks.

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Today I installed the rubber flaps (which I had to remake) for the front inner fenders, which are intended to keep the mud out of the back of the front fenders.

I also derusted three of the rear brake lines and painted them.  May remake one or all of them, but I wanted to inspect them carefully first.

 

In just over two weeks, we will be in Japan for our son's wedding so work will stop until mid-May. 

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Latest batch of plating, including engine hood latch, support mount for SEV wiper motor, three of the four decent used front suspension bolts (spare, but with better plating than the new Peugeot-supplied ones I have installed), and of course the 10 rear side window trim clips.

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Today I finally resumed work on the 404C after about two months! 

 

The passenger door side window winder cable went in beautifully, and after winding the handle back and forth several times, the cable settled and the winder did about 8.5 complete revolutions. OK, good! 

 

So then the driver's door, with the winder given to me by Nick Angiuli from Florida went in. It seems that it was sort of wound improperly on the drum because I could only get 5 turns in. So I removed it again and wound it back and forth with the cable tensioned over a round metal part of my vise. 

 

Eventually I got 8.5 turns and then carefully held the cables near the drum while reinstalling. Mounted in the car, it had 8.5 turns to the handle! Woo-hoo! 

 

The next stage is to get new tracking for the window glass and then to attach the window carriers to the cables. That should be a bit of work, but I am not dreading it like I was today's job.

 

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The photo above is of a Jaeger sports instrument panel for the 404C that was sold as an accessory in the 1960s.  I have wanted one for a long time, but they are rarely for sale and when they are, the cost is very high, 1000+ Euros.

 

So I have been looking to make one myself, using Canadian versions of these same gauges from the same era (or just afterwards, late 1960s).  In this case I have put together five of the six necessary gauges, as shown below:

 

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The speedometer with trip odometer is from a Renault 8 Gordini, Canadian version, as are the battery and temperature *F gauges.  The rev counter is from a Renault 8S from Canada, which has a redline at 6200 RPM which is about correct for a 404 Injection.  The fuel gauge is also from the 8S, but identical to that fitted to the Gordini.

 

Now all I need is an oil pressure gauge to match, and them to make a plate to receive all the gauges.

 

However, when the 404C is first assembled I will be using the original instruments.  This one will be added a few years later.

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I had a visitor from the 404 Club today, Guillaume from the Toulouse area, who has a 404 sedan from 1962.  I spent about three hours tuning up my French with him, great guy, great visit!

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What a fun day! OK not really. I managed to get the passenger door lock installed and working, something that eluded me last time. Then I put the side glass in and tried rolling it up, and the cables were binding on the winding drum so it would not go up more than halfway.

 

Recognizing that the previous installation was not done properly 1f641.png:( I had to take it out. The drum that has the cable windings on it was a total mess, a rat's nest of tangles. I spent about 90 minutes doing random stuff to it like un-looping cable, not fully knowing what I was doing. But in the end I got the drum wound properly - one end of the cable on one side of the drum and the other end on the other, with five windings of cable over the drum in between. Holding it carefully I reinstalled it in the door and then installed the glass again (1 hour's work there) and it works!

 

Driver's door next.....

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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!

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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).

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I was dreading removing for the second time the driver's side window winder cables to reseat them properly.  It went reasonably well.  As did the installation of the window tracking.  The nightmare was installing the interior door opener - getting the clip on to the door latch, blind and inside the door was "fun".  I also installed the door lock.  Installing the glass is a pain too.  Ugh, glad it's over. 

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Installed passenger side vent window with the new gasket....

 

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Record rear dampers installed.  Wish I could get Peugeot rears but I can't...

 

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Driver's side vent window installed with new gasket

 

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Lower rear 1/4 window trim installed - had to drill my new panels to make that happen :eek: 

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Thanks to Harm (that's his nickname!) in the Netherlands for finding these original Jaeger sports instrument panel warning lights!  I just got them today.  L to R: 

- low fuel pressure (KF/KF2 engine)
- low brake vacuum / low brake fluid level
- low oil pressure
- main/high beam warning light
- turn indicator warning light

 

Now all I have to do is make a panel to hold the 6 gauges and these lights, paint it....oh and rebuild all the instruments, which likely need a refresh.

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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!

 

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Some recent work on the 404C, last weekend and just today:

 

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Clearcoat on the Carrosserie Peugeot plate.

 

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For reassembly, I used the original insulation as a template to cut Dynamat Xtreme panels, mounted the Dynamat and then glued the original insulation to it.

 

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Heater core with the ancestor of modern "set and forget" heat level - thermostatically controlled water valve.

 

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Heater core box is mounted in the car with new foam to seal between the air intake in the bodyshell and the bakelite box.

 

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Wiper mechanism mounted - both spindle assemblies are brand new.

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6 Jaeger France gauges in MPH and degrees F ( but the oil pressure is in bar - luckily I am bilingual ;) ) plus the 5 original warning lights that make up part of the sports instrument panel for the 404 Coupé and Cabriolet.

 

Now I have to get two or three of these gauges refurbished and have a metal plate to hold them made up.

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The spray nozzles also were added.  Trivia about the 404C is that you really have to take the heater box out to get these puppies screwed into the panel at the base of the windshield.  So I took the heater box that I had just bolted in back out again (3 minutes work), installed the jets and then reinstalled the heater box.

 

You can imagine that it's not a fun job if the car is all together!

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