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Mike T

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    G. O. Canadien Le Club 404

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  1. Monday at about 5 PM I put the 400W alternator on. 404 Injection cars, the alternators are buried down low on the exhaust side, so the well used appearance of this one won't be visually jarring when looking at the engine from above... Eventually a more powerful new or rebuilt alternator will be installed in its place, to power the heated seats (which right now are not connected).
  2. Today the manifolds and injection stuff was installed, along with the factory cold air intake. Actually this car originally came with a huge oil bath air filter but it used to drip oil all over the engine despite multiple attempts to seal it and so I traded it to a guy in France for this French market one.
  3. Ouch, that sucks. I sent 18 Kugelfischer injectors to England for cleaning and testing via Canada Post in late 2019 in two separate shipments, and I was worried because each one sells for $500 if used but within operational spec and $800 if new old stock and OE spec. I got all 18 back and 16 are within spec, 6 of which are NOS so I shudder to think what the cost of replacement would have been. Each shipment was insured for $1000. It would have covered $2000 if all were lost and that would have bought me one set of 4 used ones.
  4. I'll see what I can di but first the engine has to be started! Next hurdle (I hope a minor one).
  5. The engine went in today just after noon, very smoothly. The long part of the grey Peugeot-Fenwick lifting bar was reversed before final installation, because it would have tagged the firewall! Since the last photo, the starter motor and its sheet metal plate and intake support rod and the two other metal plates that seal the bell housing, fuel lift pump and fuel filter assembly plus a few other bits and pieces.
  6. Tonight I made room in the garage by moving the smart out and transferred the engine from the stand to the hoist. The clutch assembly was then added - the closeup photo of the pressure plate shows it before it was tightened and with the centring tool in position. The Peugeot factory hooks work on the KF2 engine with the injection manifold off so I was able to not use chains as I did when removing it with the manifold in position back in December 2016. Monday it goes in the car - that is the plan! Should be quick, but you never know...
  7. The hood has been removed in anticipation of the upcoming engine installation. Ready to go except for me moving the unlicensed smart out of the garage, moving the engine from its stand to the hydraulic crane, mounting the clutch driven disc and pressure plate, then mounting it. I'l have to wait for a day when my eldest daughter is available. Maybe the next couple of days, maybe a bit later. The green tape and padding are some of the precautions I have employed to protect the paint from damage when removing the hood and installing the engine.
  8. When my 405 was nearly new it gave wonky oil level readings (I'm talking about 30,000 km under warranty) and I was told at the dealer that the sensors/gauges were crappy and not accurate at all. As the car aged it got worse but it's not worth wasting any further thought about it IMO.
  9. Those oil level gauges were next to useless when the car was nearly new so I'd simply ignore it and enjoy the temp. gauge.
  10. In between a major bathroom renovation and other home plumbing tasks, I managed to install the new distributor (M50 curve, KF2 spec of course), plug wires, water pump and its famous 1280.01 unadjustable Ventiflex belt.
  11. There may be an oil/coolant intercooler on the MI16 (like there is on my smart cdi which also oil sprays the piston undersides) and if so, check that it's in good order.
  12. Oil jets cool the pistons in the MI16 so high oil temperature in comparison to coolant is perfectly normal. Just make sure you use really good oils.
  13. It's basically ready to go in the car. I will not put the intake manifold on now because the chains from the factory hoist bar chafe it so I'll put them on once it's in the car. The distributor/oil pump drive has to be properly oriented before assembly (and retained by the distributor collar or it will fall out when the engine's upside down).
  14. Easy to find now from Peugeot Classic.
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