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    The other week a friend linked me to an ad for a 404 that had been sitting in a shed for 20 years, that was local. At first I told myself I wasn't interested, but ended up contacting the poster of the ad to have a look at the car. As it turned out, the car was last registered in 1983 and has been in the shed since. The body is straight and fairly rust free, bar some surface rust.
    The motor is seized, but that means I can put in a 2ltr motor I have. The rest of the drive train is an unknown and the brakes need doing.
    The interior is good, with some of the seat stitching rotting, some door trims are marked and there is a hole in the headlining at the drivers spot. You can see where rats have been squatting, but good for an original fifty year old car.
    So today the I got car to my place and after a wash of the outside, I'm pretty happy.

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    It is amazing what turns up when your not looking.
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    A good find and I see a 504 lurking in the background waiting for something.

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    Peter,

    The 1st under bonnet shot looks like someone has been replacing the head welch plugs ?
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    Lovely!

    Can you consider sending me the VIN by private message, so I can add the car to the 404 Club's Registry?
    1966 Peugeot 404 Coupé Injection post-restoration reassembly underway!
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    Patina central. With a careful repair to the NSF guard and a light buff it should be a $4K car all day long.

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    How wonderful! You'll have fun with that one

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    Beautiful find.
    My Grandma had a dark grey 404, and before that a light grey 403. Probably long gone to scrap unfortunately, as they were very well looked after cars.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIGRR View Post
    Peter,

    The 1st under bonnet shot looks like someone has been replacing the head welch plugs ?
    You could be right!

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    I like that blue!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Chisholm View Post
    You could be right!
    I think the holes are missing grommets for heater hoses and the speedo cable.

    The speedo cable is the middle hole and has a special grommet with a flexible centre, that allows the cable to follow a natural arc on it's way from dash to gearbox and still seal, hence the oversize hole.

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    You know you've now spoiled the illusion?
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    Robmac
    I'm sure you're on the money regarding the holes. That was my first thought.
    Interesting carbie & air cleaner set up as well
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    You will need a late gearbox, pedals, steering column to fit the 2 litre. Otherwise you can redrill the early flywheel from 6 to 7 holes or fit an Austin 1800 throwout pad to a diaphragm pressure plate so you can use the original clutch fork. I have a few of these early 404 clutches in good condition.

    [QUOTE=MR604;1403442]The other week a friend linked me to an ad for a 404 that had been sitting in a shed for 20 years, that was local. At first I told myself I wasn't interested, but ended up contacting the poster of the ad to have a look at the car. As it turned out, the car was last registered in 1983 and has been in the shed since. The body is straight and fairly rust free, bar some surface rust.
    The motor is seized, but that means I can put in a 2ltr motor I have. The rest of the drive train is an unknown and the brakes need doing.
    The interior is good, with some of the seat stitching rotting, some door trims are marked and there is a hole in the headlining at the drivers spot. You can see where rats have been squatting, but good for an original fifty year old car.
    So today the I got car to my place and after a wash of the outside, I'm pretty happy.

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    Cheers, there is also a later model parts car that's sitting in a paddock that's part of the deal. When I get a spare day, the FiL and I are going out to pick it of parts. There's the drive train, glass, and a few bits of bright work to get from it.
    If it comes to it I can use the box out of the 504 and I'm sure the FiL would have a spare box somewhere too.
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    Spent some time on the car yesterday and today. The motor is cactus and will need replacing, as expected. Not a great problem as we have a two litre that will go in.
    Checked sill panels under the doors and it's all good there except on hole about the size of a fiddy cent piece on the left hand side. Next is to go over the brakes and check them out.



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    Oh aren't you lucky! Have a good time!

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