Canadian 404C restoration

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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 25 maart 2017, 10:11

March 24th, left front fender is welded on; other side will be done next week, and then some final welding and metal trimming will be done before paint preparation begins.
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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 01 apr 2017, 06:15

March 31st: major welding is all done. Next week it will be a full coating in epoxy primer, then a few weeks of blocking and priming, followed by a topcoat in Dark Blue 1057. Exciting times! Oh yeah that's me in photo 1, a bit older than the car ;)

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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 15 apr 2017, 05:34

In late April 2017 I reassembled the struts, with new grease seals, new roller bearings for the steering swivels, new rubber boot and new upper cups.  That factory spring compressor is fantastic! New Peugeot (NOS) dampers were installed.

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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 27 apr 2017, 21:20

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Work continues. Wow does the blue ever look dark when the car is in the shop! It's the same paint that you see in the engine compartment photo from a few weeks ago!
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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 21 mei 2017, 08:12

19 May, she is in "high-build" primer, with the final paint perhaps as little as two weeks away.

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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 03 jun 2017, 08:41

June 2nd: the trim is being test fitted and the final body blocking is underway. Paint should be applied by the end of the next week: dark blue.

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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 03 jun 2017, 22:43

This week, Harry Kalsbeek sent me a most appreciated gift - exact replicas of the Kalsbeek Motors dealer sticker that were on all cars they sold from their Ontario dealership in the sixties. This will again be worn with pride on the back of my 404 Coupé - delivered to its first owner in BC by Harry's parents themselves, all the way from the Greater Toronto Area - once the car is delivered back to me. He also sent some Castrol oil change door jamb stickers printed with the dealership name.

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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 05 jun 2017, 05:42

This afternoon I decided to have a look inside the lever end of the Italian-made Nardi floor shifter that my 404C had from new. The last two I opened up had plastic bushings that had disintegrated over time and I thought that this one had a plastic bushing too, but intact, because the lever action was perfect.

After removing the 4 screws below the shifter, there was some very old, dirty oil in there. This end of the shifter cannot get any lubrication from the gearbox proper even though it's attached to it. The other two 404 Nardi shifters I had in the past were dry in there, with just some grease on the moving parts....
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After removing two circlips, the mechanism comes apart. I could have removed the lever but decided against it because the bolt inside the mechanism is tied shut with a wire and it seemed very serene - I could clean around the lever, with it still somewhat attached.....
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The bushing in this version of the Nardi is definitely not plastic, it's bronze or brass! It's in great condition!
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View of the bronze bushing, which when the lever is actuated, moves up and down inside the sleeve attached to the shifter rod that transmits the action to the gearbox shifting forks.
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The sump has been drained and cleaned out, and the bronze bushing is again circlipsed into place.
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The sealing faces and threading of the little sump were carefully cleaned and then sealed with Hylomar Blue, to prevent any oil leaks.
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Sump screw on the Nardi, accessible from inside the car, 24 mm.
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...and refilled with Yacco vegetable based differential oil!
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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mockenrue » 08 jun 2017, 02:25

Nardi shifter has its pros and cons, but great to see the effort you spend on such details. Bravo !
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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Maarten Deen » 08 jun 2017, 07:01

I also have a nardi shifter, probably the same one and at some point the lever action got bad also. When it's in gear you can move it around almost like it is in neutral. So you can only get to it from below and for that you need to completely remove it? It goes through the driveshaft tunnel where it has been sealed in with some kind of bondo so I guess that will be a big operation. Not to mention that it seems to be bolted to the top of the gearbox which means dropping that too?
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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 08 jun 2017, 16:17

Hi Maarten,

You can probably just remove the fibreglass tunnel shrouds that are under the carpet, and the noise insulation and then if you're lucky it won't be bondo around the hole in the tunnel but rather some rubber gasket (old inner tubes) and a small remain of the original gearbox inspection plate that is screwed into place.

It is possible to remove the shifter without lowering the gearbox at all - in fact the shifter MUST be removed towards the inside of the car before the gearbox is taken from the car! The six bolts that hold it to the top can be undone with some care. If necessary, the transmission mount can be loosened to give more clearance, but in that case, first remove the clutch actuation shaft that is connected to the bell housing, because excess movement can crack the actuation rod.

The excess movement you describe is likely the result of a failed bushing, maybe plastic. Perhaps a brass one can be retrofitted. Good luck!
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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor pauldevries » 09 jun 2017, 09:19

Dear Mike

Thanks for your very nice photo,s.
I'm loving the work you are doing on your 404C,
Keep up the good work :D :D

With Friendly regards Paul
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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 16 jul 2017, 20:47

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4 road wheels were powder coated in black recently, and I got two new aluminium plates for the door jambs.

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The pedal assembly was rebuilt with new bushings for the brake pedal.

Now, you're probably thinking: "Mike, when - for criminy sake - will your 404 be painted?"  Well, I was asked to bring the grille surround back to the shop on Bastille Day to Coachwerks, as the bodyshell is virtually ready to paint.  A final fitting of the grill surround to the shell will confirm that it's ready.  Meanwhile, two of the three taillight bezels I have as well as the door handles are still at the chrome shop, as well as both bumpers, the latter for dent repair and polishing only.

You've read this before, but it's possible that the car will be painted in a week's time, and almost certainly by the end of July.

So, Peter Gallagher of Automotion, 1390 Pemberton Avenue North Vancouver, did the mounting and balancing when I was at his shop on Tuesday (11 July) morning.  When I arrived he was nearly done, but I managed to catch the last bit of work.  The wheels were "too pretty", Peter said, to hammer rim weights onto, so he used stick-on weights that will be invisible behind the large hubcaps. 

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I think I will keep the two 30 year old Michelin MXL and two 28 year old XM+S 100 tires on rims, so when the car sits in the garage it can be on those tires, saving the XAS from flat-spotting during storage.
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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 16 aug 2017, 02:43

The car has been in the booth since Friday and today was to be paint day but Andy, the painter, required a final fettling, being a perfectionist. So....paint goes on Wednesday 16 August.

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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 17 aug 2017, 04:29

The deep blue paint has been applied today!

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Reminder: This engine bay photo was taken in sunlight and it looks much brighter in this type of light.

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There are a few more on the restoration page, under "paint": http://www.coachwerks.com/MT1966Peugeot404C/paint.html
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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Gilletti » 17 aug 2017, 10:01

Nice work, nice colour, nice car. Compliments! :!:
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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 08 sep 2017, 05:21

Thanks!

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.

I loaded the photos at a different site this time, so click on the image to see it in full size.

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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 29 sep 2017, 04:20

She came home to me today:

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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Johan_309GTI16 » 29 sep 2017, 11:16

That looks really great. The result must be great, keep on the good work. Nice topic to follow.
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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 13 okt 2017, 03:52

I got these parts back recently too.

Front snow shield / spoiler
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grille for hood air intake, front bumper filler panel
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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Gilletti » 13 okt 2017, 09:36

This car looks so nice. Keep up the good work!
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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor tomtom » 16 okt 2017, 20:45

Prachtig Mike! Ik ben zeer benieuwd naar het vervolg :-)
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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 22 okt 2017, 05:53

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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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor tomtom » 22 okt 2017, 10:16

That's going to be the most beautiful 404 coupe in the world :mrgreen: !
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Re: Canadian 404C restoration

Berichtdoor Mike Tippett » 05 nov 2017, 22:22

Thanks!

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 shock absorber cap nuts.  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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