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    Actually, I think a 604 could be the answer to my search for an occasional long distance tourer. Comfortable quiet with good handling and a great ride. Also has air.

    Big question is can they be reliable. I've heard of problems with the vacum operated accessories and motors?

    Why are there so few around?

    Any information or advise would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards

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    Large French car were probably even less successful in Australia.
    I would have thought that the 404-504 were the bread n butter ones and their developments there on.
    Like all old cars the rubber bits are the weak link.
    A unique twin track distributor and triple throat carburettor system were basically what separated the Peugeot from the Volvo version of the engine.
    If looked after youíll never wear the engine out.
    A beautiful cruising car but by modern standards not all that economical.


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    I want a classic so matching modern fuel economy is not important. If its better than a Series 3 Jaguar 4.2 that plenty good.

    How is the spare parts situation?

    Is there a good place to look for one?

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    Many 604s in Australia ended up with a LPG carby and Volvo ignition systems.

    And, based on the 604s I drove the LPG conversion was an improvement, both in performance and economy.
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    Big question will LPG converted cars be eligible for Conditional rego?

    Where do I look for a good 604?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 120L View Post
    Big question will LPG converted cars be eligible for Conditional rego?

    Where do I look for a good 604?

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    You need to ask the Historic reg department of the car club of which you are a member.

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    My old 604 had a Gas Research LPG carby and the Volvo ignition thus eliminating the achilles heel of the conversion.
    My son basically abandoned it but it popped up here not that long ago.....they are tough.
    My lasting memory of old Jags is worn ball joints.


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    Donít forget they have the Holden Strasbourg Trimatic ....oil leaks aside, common.

    A tip from an LA wrecker: a cap of brake fluid is a quick leak fix for power steering rack......not sure about the tranny though.

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    My lasting memory of old Jags is worn ball joints.
    And failed tachometer drives off the back of the camshaft. In their wisdom, Jag, had a drive gear facing vertically down, only retained by press fit cover.

    Periodically, you had to scour the greased up surfaces to find the parts and reassemble with a centre punch.

    Or go to Bryson and pay the price of a new drive assembly.

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    Reading about oil leaks and the consequences for getting a RWC, Iím thinking the authorities are out to rid the roads of old polluters.
    Best of luck eliminating them all.


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    There are some RWC blokes who are used to old cars and who take a saner approach - failing it if likely to be a hazard in any way, but accepting of small normal leaks, in the same way as one doesn't have to have indicators, brake lights etc if they were not originally fitted.

    Oil leaks were original factory fitment on a lot of cars and all British bikes.

    If you were to walk into an RWC place at random you would get reamed, but a bit of asking around can pay off, without having to ask anybody to do anything dodgy ( some garages depend on their RWC licence to maintain viability, so we owe it to them to accept a degree of strictness )

    Good luck and best wishes

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    Reading about oil leaks and the consequences for getting a RWC, I’m thinking the authorities are out to rid the roads of old polluters.
    Best of luck eliminating them all.


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    Agree Andrew, itís just a matter of finding him I guess......someone whoís also an auto enthusiast.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 120L View Post
    Big question will LPG converted cars be eligible for Conditional rego?

    Where do I look for a good 604?

    Regards

    Alan
    When I can sort out how to get mine to start plus a couple of other minor issues it will be for sale. It has an injected engine and 5 speed manual trans and performs well.

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    It has an injected engine and 5 speed manual trans and performs well.
    Both non OEM options for an Australian delivered 604. I'm sure it is a pleasant car to drive.

    However if the car was going to put on Club Rego and I were the owner, I'd do some research with Club who hosts the rego to ensure it complies with their interpretation of the club reg rules.
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    They have a very noisy ride, riding in one you wonder how it is possible that Peugeot is famed for good riding qualities. Also no headroom.

    Quote Originally Posted by 120L View Post
    Actually, I think a 604 could be the answer to my search for an occasional long distance tourer. Comfortable quiet with good handling and a great ride. Also has air.

    Big question is can they be reliable. I've heard of problems with the vacum operated accessories and motors?

    Why are there so few around?

    Any information or advise would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards

    Alan

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