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1966 404 Coupé Injection Restoration

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Non-drying putty? Here whe call it... "Mastic Américain". Perfect stuff for this job.

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Painted the steering column today.  Looks pretty decent now.  It was rusty in the lower engine compartment area.

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Today I didn't do much for the car, but I did manage to take the steering shaft out of the column for a thorough cleaning and lubrication.  Between the shaft and the column in the photo, you can see the upper rubber coated bronze bushing that provides location for the shaft.  All parts are in great condition so after a coating of thick grease, it's all back together.  

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Refitted the Carrosserie Peugeot plate with new copper rivets from Hong Kong.  Amazing how hard it was to find rivets that approximate the look of the originals!  I will clearcoat the plate now that it's mounted, to give it a smoother finish.

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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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This looks very italian, it's specific to the 404 C right?
Lada had (has?) allmost exactly the same system:

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Might be a good supply if the parts match, they looks like ugly knock off of 70' Fiat parts but they must withstand the russian winter and so some may even be better engineered.

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Looks similar and in the 404C it even says FIAT on the mechanism.  But the cable length is different.  That’s Pininfarina for you!

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That sure looks like fiat parts, i have the same setup in my zastava 750, Fiat 600 clone, i've also have come across it in lada sedans, the gears are important, cable length is easy to change, they use only one crimp and the cable gets stored over one another so it grips itself, i may have couple mechanisms from fiat and lada in my spare parts if you ever need measurements.

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Hi Goce,  3.53 metres is the length of the cable in the 404C door, so if that happens to be the same as a Lada or Fiat of any type, I would be interested (as a spare part)!

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Here is the back side of the mechanisms that are now in my door.

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