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  1. Hi guys Well I thought I should post a link here to the 404 registry that I am doing with Le Club 404 in France. It has been going quite well so far, especially with the 404 C models, of which we have accounted for 8.4% of the total production. The basic statistics on the cars are visible here (slightly out of date, my webmaster is too busy to update it): basic statistics Cars already in the database can be queried here: search on a VIN The formats of 404 C VINs, for example are: 4495xxx, 459xxxx, 467xxxx and 680xxxx. The data can be entered here: enter a new VIN in the registry Thanks for helping out in this project, in the 404's 50th year!
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    Peugeot 404 VIN registry

    Thanks to the new Club 404 member Pascal : 4498050, Cabriolet Carburateur, 28 décembre 1964, Blanc Saratoga 1031, Cuir Noir 2000, Enjoliveurs Robergel, ex-(F) 9108 PV 69, ST-JEAN CAP FERRAT FRANCE Total: 2204 !
  3. New rubber parts for the wiper motor: Instrument panel connected - the wiring as built in my car is very different than the wiring diagram: The instrument panel installed. Ventilator switch is now mounted on the dashboard rather than the SOFICA heater box:
  4. In the better late than never category....for nearly 28 years I have owned my 1966 404 Coupé Injection. Finally the restoration is about to begin. The first step is to strip the shell bare. As of the 28th of November 2016, all that is left to do is the dashboard, heater and a bit of stainless steel trim on the driver's side door. The engine and gearbox are out, the brake lines, fuel lines, wiring and everything else but the basic suspension. Because the 404 has a torque tube, I had to bolt it up to the transmission mount (normally it's bolted into the gearbox) to keep the car on its wheels. It is going to be flat bedded down to Victoria by Top Notch Towing, to Coachwerks on Ellice Street. Coachwerks does rare car restorations - they are choosy about the projects they will take. I guess my pitch worked because it's a go! Mike Grams is my contact there. This shop has done some amazing work on various show cars, dozens of 300 SLs, Pebble Beach show cars for Rudi and Company (Rudi Koniczek - they do all his bodywork). The work is going to be very expensive, but worth it to me! This photo shows the 404C just after the engine had been pulled. It's a KF2 unit with 96 HP. When it is rebuilt, I am hoping for 100. This should be accomplished by using a Reinz head gasket instead of the metal/asbestos one that they usually had. I have a new head for the engine, which will have hardened valve seats installed before I use it. I will tear down the engine when the car is in the shop, to assess its condition. A new piston/liner kit will go in, for sure, as well as the new head. Today we dropped off the NOS body panels I have collected for the car over the years at Island Quick Strip in Sidney BC. We managed to get them all into and on the Mercedes B 200! In a couple of weeks, the whole bodyshell will be there, and thereafter at Coachwerks.
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    Peugeot 404 VIN registry

    Perusing the oldest bulletins of Le Club 404, two more "known" 404 Cabriolets were discovered. The information is from 1982/83, so it's a bit stale, and there is no assurance that the cars still exist. I expect the stolen one was broken up for parts shortly after. 6803140, Cabriolet Injection, 04 juin 1968, stolen in May 1982, Brown Metallic, Black Leather 2000, Hard top in golden colour, stolen 23 June 1982, BECON-LES-BRUYERES FRANCE 6800465, Cabriolet Injection, 20 février 1967, NORD FRANCE Total: 2203 !
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    Peugeot 404 VIN registry

    4592513, Cabriolet Injection 1964, scrapped - someone has the VIN plate and Carrosserie Peugeot plate, BERLIN GERMANY 4599692, Carrosserie 12271, Coupé Injection, 09 novembre 1966, Rouge, Cuir Noir 2000, No corrosion, CABRIES FRANCE 4499099, Carrosserie 10520, Cabriolet Carburateur 1966, Blanc Arosa 1132, Cuir Noir 2000, On eBay January 2019, poor condition, READING PA USA Total: 2201 !
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    Peugeot Festival 2019

    Shame I'm leaving Britain about 6 weeks before then
  8. No I left the clock alone. Unlike the two other ones I have, the face of this one is not corroded and IIRC it works. These clocks were mechanical and had electric winders, which wind them all at once.
  9. When the 404C goes back on the road, it will be with this - its original instrument panel. I tidied it up yesterday - took it apart, cleaned it, repainted the fuel tank and temperature gauge needles. The car was sold when new in Canada, hence the MPH speedometer. The 120 MPH scale was particular to the Injection version. The car came with an alternator so the "battery" gauge is a thermal voltmeter. The sports instrument panel I have the equipment for will go in once the car has been on the road for a while.
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    Peugeot 404 VIN registry

    Two more - the total is getting close to 2200 in total, but I probably won't make it this year....my guess is there are at least 800 more to find. Like Pokémon, I've got to catch them all.... 6800559, Cabriolet Injection 1967, Submitted without information on Register website, guess it's a Cabriolet, FRANCE 4598948, Cabriolet Injection 1966, Rouge China 1135, Cuir Noir 2000, For sale December 2018, 42.500 Euros, Robergel wire wheels, restored, Hard top, stainless steel exhaust, CRULAI FRANCE Total : 2198 !
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    Peugeot 404 VIN registry

    One more: 4671007, Cabriolet Carburateur 1968, Vert Foncé, Int. Noir, For sale at 30.000 Euros, AMIENS FRANCE Total: 2196 !
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    Peugeot 404 VIN registry

    A few new ones came in recently: 4497274, Cabriolet Carburateur 1964, in restoration 2018-2019, FOURILLES FRANCE (no photo) 4598633, Coupé Injection 1966, Rouge, toit Noir, Unused since 1982, originally Blanc Arosa 1132, restoration planned, FRANCE 4597113, Cabriolet Injection 1965, Rouge Bordeaux, For restoration, VAL D'OISE FRANCE 6802714, Cabriolet Injection, 25 mars 1968, For restoration in Portugal, SARTROUVILLE FRANCE (no photo) 6801358, Cabriolet Injection 1967, Gris Clair Métallisé 1162, Cuir Noir 2000, New paint, PAYS BAS Total: 2195 !
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    505 12hr drive

    Good job. The wipers could well need the axles lubricated. On my 404C they were ridiculously dry and super SLOW. I got new ones.
  14. Not the same at all: the Peugeot rad has hard sides and it twice as thick. 404 was introduced 15 years before the Niva. Which in turn got its core from a Fiat 124.
  15. Voilà! Wiper nozzles mounted. Tough to get those on a C after the heater unit is in. On a sedan it's no problem
  16. Together at last: 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.
  17. The entire wiper mechanism and heater is exactly like that of the 404 sedan, so they're not locally sourced. The wiper shafts are longer though, but still made by SEV Marchal. The heater is by SOFICA.
  18. Some recent work on the 404C, last weekend and just today: Clearcoat on the Carrosserie Peugeot plate. 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. Heater core with the ancestor of modern "set and forget" heat level - thermostatically controlled water valve. Heater core box is mounted in the car with new foam to seal between the air intake in the bodyshell and the bakelite box. Wiper mechanism mounted - both spindle assemblies are brand new.
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    Peugeots in Video Games

    I've driven lots in GT5 or whatever it's called. Practised in a modified RCZ before driving a real one for 5400 km in 2014!
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    Peugeot 404 VIN registry

    My deep appreciation goes to John Waller for having taken a photo of the ID plates of this unique and historically important 404: 638033, Carrosserie 34, Monoposte, Diesel, 1962 (modified in 1965), Blue, experimental prototype 404 Diesel record, identified on manufacturer's plate as "404D 638033", Bodyshell No. 34 - meaning this car was built up in 1965 from a carbureted 1962 Cabriolet, Nardi floor shifter, in the collection of l'Aventure Peugeot, SOCHAUX FRANCE Total: 2190 !
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    Peugeot 404 VIN registry

    Thanks to John Waller for this new list of previously unknown cars: Thanks to John Waller for this new list of previously unknown cars: 4596781, Carrosserie 8790, Cabriolet Injection 1965, Rouge Métallisé Cuir, Noir 2000, Official RHD conversion (1 of 79) by Distributors Peugeot Ltd., Marshall House, Waddon (Croydon) in 1965; spotted by J.W. in 1990 when it was owned by a Peugeot dealer in Cornwall who had owned it for some time; sold to a fellow in Backwell near Bristol who partially restored it then sold it on before completed. Original colour was Ivoire Safari. Sold in 2008, now restored in white, BACKWELL ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN 4593174, Carrosserie 4796, Cabriolet Injection, 03 juin 1964, Noir 1000, Cuir Noir 2000, Spotted by J.W in 1994 in England at a CPUK event, LONDON GREAT BRITAIN 6802060, Carrosserie 15263, Coupé Injection, novembre 1967, Blanc Arosa 1132, Skai Noir 3000, Official RHD conversion (1 of 79) by Distributors Peugeot Ltd., Marshall House, Waddon (Croydon), owned by J.W. Nov. 1983-Nov. 1985, then apparently exported to South Africa in the late 1980s, SOUTH AFRICA 4596803, Carrosserie 8780, Cabriolet Injection 1965, Bleu Ciel 1041, Cuir Noir 2000, LHD, imported from France; exported to New Zealand circa 1998, had been restored to a very high standard at the time of exportation, NEW ZEALAND 4591311, Carrosserie 2399, Cabriolet Injection 1963, Bleu Ciel 1041, Cuir Noir 2000, SAN FRANCISCO CA USA 4592601, Cabriolet Injection 1964, Bleu Ciel 1041, Cuir Noir 2000, ex-(GB) MYR 135L, LHD, ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN 4498347, Carrosserie 6803, Cabriolet Carburateur 1965, Noir 1000, Cuir Rouge 2043, Last spotted by J.W. in London around 2000, LONDON ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN 6800090, Cabriolet Injection 1967, Blanc Arosa 1132, Cuir Noir 2000, Last spotted by J.W. around 2000 in London, LONDON ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN 4590453, Cabriolet Injection 1963, Noir 1000, Cuir Rouge, LHD, last seen around 2000, IRELAND 4596723, Carrosserie 8581, Cabriolet Injection 1965, Blanc Saratoga 1031, Cuir Noir 2000, Official RHD conversion (1 of 79) by Distributors Peugeot Ltd., Marshall House, Waddon (Croydon) in 1965; last seen by J.W. in 1994 when it was reaching the end of a very good restoration, ENGLAND, GREAT BRITAIN Total: 2189 ! Total: 2189 !
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    Peugeot 404 VIN registry

    Update. Thanks to Simo Veharanta, John Waller and the other two owners who used the registry website to add their cars: 6801035, Cabriolet Injection, 07 juin 1967, Gris Clair Métallisé 1162, Cuir Noir 2000, Hard top, ST-VITH BELGIUM 6802223, Carrosserie 15454, Cabriolet Injection 1968, Rouge China 1135, Cuir Noir 2000, Imported to Brighton from Frankfurt/Main in 1969, LHD, Hard top, XC6 engine, front disc brakes, some plates welded on, sold in London in 1983 and not seen since, ENGLAND GREAT BRITAIN no photo is available yet 4590701, Cabriolet Injection 1963, Blanc Saratoga 1031, Cuir Noir 2000, Bought in France by U.S. serviceman who owned it until October 2018, original paint, will be restored by SV Auto (svauto.com), Hard top, European model, ONTARIO CA USA 4599423, Carrosserie 11929, Cabriolet Injection, 17 octobre 1966, Blanc Saratoga 1031, Simili Noir 3000, Nardi floor shifter, Hard top, NEDON FRANCE Total: 2181 !
  23. Hi all, I just got very accurate estimates of the total number of Peugeots produced at the SoMA (Société de Montage Automobile) factory shared with Renault in St-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec, Canada. Sue Fader, an archivist at the University of Windsor Ontario, and James Mays, a Canadian automotive writer, have been very helpful. All Peugeots built there were 404s and I believe that they were all sedans too. Injection and carbureted only. The 404 production data is as follows, and - I believe - the station wagon and for sure the Coupé and Cabriolet models were all imported fully assembled: 1966: 919 cars (one of which was my Dad's brown metallic KF2 Injection sedan) 1967: 1541 cars 1968: 1499 cars 1969: 1891 cars 1970: 1428 cars (this was the last year). 7278 total. Not many, but around 12,000 404s were sold in Canada. The non-Injection sedans from 1967 onward had "Alouette" badges affixed to the rear panel ("skylark" in French - take THAT, Buick!) Peugeot decided not to assemble the 504 in Canada and so as the 404 was phased out in the 1970 model year, so that was it for Canarian Peugeot assembly (unless you count bicycles :D). Renaults were built at SoMA through 1973, but terrible sales in the USA and labour strife ended SoMA in 1974 - the last Renault 16 rolled off the line in '73. In total, 46,791 Renaults were built there (R-8, R-10, R-12 and R-16).
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    Peugeot 404 VIN registry

    An update of four more: 4670901, Cabriolet Carburetor 1968, Nardi floorshift, LYON FRANCE (no photo) 4565481, Cabriolet 1964, Noir 1000, Cuir Rouge, Registered in Finland under a 404 Injection Sedan serial number, license plate (FIN) RRE-748, LAHTI FINLAND 4595218, Carrosserie 6770, Coupé Injection 1965, Blanc Saratoga 1031, Simili Noir 3000, Carbureted engine, for sale October 2018, 22,000 Euros, HENDAYE FRANCE 4499941, Cabriolet Carburetor 1967, Bleu Ciel 1041, Cuir Noir 2000, Car is being restored in 2018/2019, SARTROUVILLE FRANCE Total: 2177 !
  25. 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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