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  1. ofArc

    Fixing my 1987 505 STI

    I did spend some time on Craigslist, but none of the listings were the right size. Bill, I'll have to see if there's any vocational programs like that near me. Something like that may be helpful in the future if I ever decide to get winter tires. Sanding the rust off the rotors is a good idea. Since the rotors themselves have a decent bit of life left, I'll hit them with a coat of paint when I have them off. That should keep rust off the rotor hat, and make the whole thing a little more presentable. Talking about brakes, I've tracked down the source of my brake fluid leak. The seal between the fluid reservoir and the master cylinder isn't water (fluid?) tight, causing a slow trickle. I'm not sure if it's an issue with the rubber washer/o-ring, or if it's a master cylinder problem. I could hit the ring with a coat of RTV and see what happens, but we'll save the homebrew fixes for things that won't kill me if they fail! Looks like the Kiekert fobs take 2x CR1/3N batteries. With the batteries in, I can see the fob working, but the car doesn't pick up the signal. A little disappointing, but not too big of an issue. I'll fix it when I have nothing better to correct. So it may be a while... I also got a set of new shifter bushings off of eBay. They're 3D printed from some combination of wonderplastic, so they shouldn't fall out like (I think) the old ones did. I've still got to get underneath the car to check out the actual situation with the shift rods, but the bushings were cheap enough that I figured I may as well hope for the best. If anyone else is looking for better bushings, they were sold by seller pyramidpeugeot. I don't know if there's any left, but I'd imagine more will eventually be made. I can't speak to their quality as they're not in the car yet, but they've got a leg up on the old ones as they exist while the current ones, well, don't. I've ordered the new water pump, too. Since the current one seems to be working for the time being, I may delay that project until things warm up a bit outside. I'll be learning soon if my heater works or not...
  2. ofArc

    505 12hr drive

    I think most old french cars (505s included) came with a recessed 8mm square hole for the oil plug. They're pretty cheap on eBay (free shipping!), but I doubt Jiffy Lube would have one on hand.
  3. ofArc

    505 12hr drive

    Depending on how bad the tires are, I'd recommend checking the air pressure every now and then. One of my old dry-rotted ones would lose 10 psi every 3 days or so. But, as long as rubber isn't already coming off in chunks, they should be OK to drive on. Good luck on the trip!
  4. ofArc

    Fixing my 1987 505 STI

    I took apart the fob, and it's definitely a Kiekert! You can see the markings on the circuit board in the second picture. Here are some pictures of the inside, if anyone is curious:
  5. ofArc

    Fixing my 1987 505 STI

    I put on a set of BFG Advantage T/A Sports, a pretty middle-of-the-road tire. They're rated to go 130 mph/209 kph, which I don't intend on testing. For a car that made 120 hp from the factory 31 years ago, they should be more than enough. Thank you for the pressure advice everyone, I'll keep them at 35 psi for now. Good call on checking out the caliper! I took a sharpie and scribbled on the rotor before I went for a short drive. It was gone when I came back, so the caliper is clasping the rotor. The car had sat for a while before I bought it, and I haven't been driving it too much, so I think it's just residual rust. Here's a picture of the fob. It might be the later Kiekert kind, but I don't see any markings either inside or outside the casing.
  6. ofArc

    Fixing my 1987 505 STI

    Oddly enough, the water pump has stopped leaking. I checked, and there's still coolant in both the radiator and the expansion tank. The temperature gauge holds steady during the short trips I take it on, so it seems like coolant is still circulating through the pump. I'm still going replace the pump to fix the leak that I saw earlier, but it's nice to have a car that fixes itself! While I sort out the details of the pump, I've gotten some other work done. To commemorate my plates coming in, I repainted the rear fascia I got off of the junkyard 505. It definitely beats the old one. I also took the car to get a new set of tires installed. The old tires were three different brands and two different sizes. Driving it home, I was surprised at how much better the handling has become. Before, I was slightly disappointing in the steering. After reading so many vintage articles the beamed about the 505's handling, I was wondering what was different about mine. Now, I'm looking for excuses to take the car out for a drive. I also noticed that I need new rear brake pads, as right now, I don't seem to have any. What tire pressure is everyone running? Right now, I'm at 35 psi all around like most other modern cars. However, I looked later and saw that Peugeot recommended 29 psi front and 31 psi rear. I'm wondering if I should switch. Also, the car came with the original remote entry fob. However, it doesn't have any batteries in it. I read online that it takes three batteries. I've tried several different types of watch batteries, but none fit. Does anyone know what kind of battery is required? Thanks!
  7. ofArc

    Fixing my 1987 505 STI

    Thanks for the help and the greetings! I'm not sure how I missed the expansion tank before, but I re-filled the system with coolant today. The low coolant light went out when I took the car for a drive, but I still need to check if the coolant in the tank is closer to the 'mini' or 'maxi' level. With the weather outside getting colder by the day and the car primarily being used for short trips, I'm not too concerned about the engine cooking itself. I ordered a bunch of Peugeot technical manuals off of eBay today, which should help me with the water pump project. Until that's done, I'll top-off the coolant as needed.
  8. Hi all, I’d like to introduce myself and my new project, a 1987 505 5-speed STi. I’ve had two prior experiences with the Peugeot 505. A few months back at a local cars & coffee event (Katie’s, if anyone is from NoVA), a kind owner let me sit in his gray 505 and told me something to the effect of “it’s a neat car, but parts are hard to find and ownership is not for amateurs.” The second experience was at Radwood Philadelphia, where two 505s were in attendance. I took a brief look, and thought that you’d have to be crazy to own a 30-year-old French car with no manufacturer support. I must have lost my mind then, as when this 505 appeared on Craigslist I couldn’t resist its siren call. Following an amateurish pre-purchase inspection and test drive, I crossed my fingers and prepared to drive the car two hours home. Courtesy of a beautiful maroon V6 in a local junkyard, I picked up a few precautionary parts for the trip home. Expectations admittedly weren’t high, but the car made it home without any issues. I took it up to about 70 mph or so without issue, and it didn’t stutter in stop-and-go city traffic. Despite its encouraging debut performance, the car does have a few issues: -Sunroof that won’t fully shut. I just fixed the cable before making this post, and I’ll write it up later. -Incredibly dry rotted tires. See picture. -Sloppy shifter. First gear is up-and-left neutral, second is down-and-left neutral, etc. I almost stalled the car several times starting in third instead of first. -Both the heater and A/C don’t work. The A/C belt itself is missing from underhood, and I’m going to assume that’s for a reason. The heater issue might be electric, as the temp slider will only go halfway up before quitting. -Broken gauge cluster. Only two needles actually move, the tachometer and the temp gauge. I purchased a new speedo cable and cluster off of the junkyard car, so hopefully that will fix it. -The exhaust has quite a few holes in it. Above 2.5K revs, the car is loud. Admittedly, it is fun driving around and making a bunch of noise. I’ll fix it when it annoys me. -It’s fortunate that the temp gauge works, as I’ve got a coolant leak. Coolant is dripping from the bottom of the water pump, so I’ll probably have to replace it. -I’ve also got a slow brake fluid leak. The master cylinder looks wet, so likely end up replacing that too. -Finally, the car has some cosmetic issues. The paint is faded, there’s some surface rust on the front left fender, the dash buttons are sticky, and the headlights are foggy. There’s also a few problems that I probably forgot. Not too bad, right? I’ve fixed the sunroof issue, so the next problem I’ll tackle will be the water pump. Does anyone have info on the ZDJL water pump? I’ll probably get a new one off of eBay, unless there’s a way I can get it cheaper. Are there any specific steps I should take, or tools I should use? Any info at all would help, as I don’t want to go in taking things apart at random. In the meantime, and this is going to sound dumb, where do I put new coolant in? I’m used to working on more modern cars. The car didn’t come with any manuals or other resources. The car is leaking green coolant. The big plastic tank holds blue fluid, which I’m guessing is for the wipers. I found a manual online that says to fill the radiator through the expansion tank, but the expansion tank is filled with red fluid. I checked under the radiator cap, and it’s filled with the green coolant. Do I just directly fill the radiator with coolant, or do I do something else? As you can probably tell, I’m going into Peugeot ownership somewhat blind. You’ve got to start somewhere though, and I’m eager to get my 505 back to it’s Gallic grand-touring glory.
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