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Tail lights are mounted with 3M non-drying putty in behind the vinyl gasket to keep water out of the trunk/rear fenders.* I also put new cage nuts in the rear side bumper mounts, sealed them also with 3M putty so they won't leak and temporarily installed the trunk lid seal, which is perfect!
 

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Painted the steering column today. Looks pretty decent now. It was rusty in the lower engine compartment area (bottom of photos). A couple of my road bikes keep it company as it cures!
 

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The third batch of cadmium plating has been done, and about half of the stainless steel trim polished:





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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Really enjoyed seeing the thread coming back up for an update. The work looks really great, love the attention to some of the smaller details that some would gloss over. Keep up the great work!
 

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Thanks Donald!

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:



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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Update over the past 7 weeks:



Tail lights are mounted with 3M non-drying putty in behind the vinyl gasket to keep water out of the trunk/rear fenders.* I also put new cage nuts in the rear side bumper mounts, sealed them also with 3M putty so they won't leak and temporarily installed the trunk lid seal, which is perfect!



Several weeks ago I also painted the steering column. Looks pretty decent now. It was rusty in the lower engine compartment area.

I also managed 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.

The third batch of cadmium plating has been done, and about half of the stainless steel trim polished:




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.*




A while ago, I drilled 4 holes in the front fenders for the stainless steel trim - which was necessary because Peugeot's NOS fenders don't have holes pre-drilled and I forgot to ask the restorer to do it. After drilling, they were treated with ZINGA (99,9% Zn) and painted with body colour. I also mounted the front hood rubber buffers, which also required drilling!







Apart from that, a couple of weeks ago I mounted the Pininfarina door jamb wedges with the new clear plastic gaskets I got from Peugeot in France:



Then a couple days later, a few more parts went 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.






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. I 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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Updates from Feb 17 - March 10:



Tail lights are mounted with 3M non-drying putty in behind the vinyl gasket to keep water out of the trunk/rear fenders.* I also put new cage nuts in the rear side bumper mounts, sealed them also with 3M putty so they won't leak and temporarily installed the trunk lid seal, which is perfect!
 

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I am trying to post updates but they seem to not be working so maybe I will try again some other time.
 

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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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When you see an ad for a collectable car saying it's $10,000 and has $20,000 invested, they are most likely telling the truth. Usually it doesn't include any labor.
 

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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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I've worked on old English and German cars and the each have their own way of doing things. The British seem to make an old design work for decades past their usefulness, the Germans were so well engineered that they continue to impress and last, but the French seem to go by their own playbook, not innovative, just different. My hats off to you, keep up the good work.
 

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Thanks, Pinto!

The funny thing about this car is that although it's French, the body and a lot of the body fittings and interior were all made in Torino Italy at the Pininfarina factory, on the same lines as Fiat Spyders, Alfa Spider and Ferraris.

So the window winder mechanism is actually Italian, made by Fiat (!). 404 sedan and wagon window winders were more normal!

The engine is Peugeot design but it has the German Kugelfischer mechanical fuel injection system. Truly an international car, for its day.
 
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