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Mike T

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  1. No actual work has been done on the 404C for a couple of days but today I ordered: a new old stock camshaft (specific to the KF2 Injection engine) from Loewendoctor in Germany; a set of 8 new lifters from Alvéas in France; a timing chain tensioner also from Alvéas. The cam was very expensive but I think a new old stock cam will be better than any regrind. A few weeks earlier I ordered new navy blue lap belts for the car, which should be here really soon. And a bit after that, some SEV Marchal spark plugs in NOS for the KF2 Injection engine is on its way from Italy. I hope that's the last of the new parts I will need to get the engine back in shape. I expect to get both in the next few weeks.
  2. After I had finished assembling the pump that will go on the car - and cleaning the fuel line banjo unions that are now on it - I had a closer look at the seized pinion. I got a brass punch and gave it some gentle taps and it began to move. Sprayed some WD-40 and it moved some more...then I was able to get it out. Cleaning the shaft and inside of the pinion made it work again when I reinserted it. It was not rust that caused it to seize. So I think it could be made to work. Although the driven shaft seemed a bit graunchy compared to the one I used, maybe graunchy isn't the right word, but at least less smooth. That too could be cleaned up with a full disassembly. The seized valve adjuster is a bit more of an issue. I suppose it could come out if I had the perfect screwdriver for it. I soaked it in WD40. The commutator is shot as seen in an earlier post in this thread but a kind soul in Hungary is sending me a spare new one he had made locally, for free no less! So perhaps one day I could put together a second well functioning pump with what's left. I also found another nearly new set of brushes inside the second motor....
  3. Today I reassembled the hydraulic part of the AEG/KF PLF5A fuel lift pump. Bad surprise: despite the excellent condition of the electrical part of the original pump that equipped my car, the same could not be said of the hydraulic part. The idler pinion inside the pump chamber was seized to its shaft! The last time I ran the engine was about 2005 so the seizure occurred after that....I presume after I disassembled the car in 2016. Also, the lower plate that covers the pump chamber has a regulation valve that is supposed to be removed and checked during a rebuild like this and it too was seized! Anyway, all was not lost... ...because I have a spare lift pump from a car I used to own in 1981-1985 and its hydraulic portion was perfect. All it needed was a thorough cleaning. Cleaning nearly done and the last bits about to go back together.... And it's together. I did another dry run test with it all assembled and it sounded good. I should try a pump test, I suppose, though I have no reason to think it won't pump.
  4. Today I pressed the new bearings onto the motor shaft with a vise and then the pinion gear after it was inserted into and through the grease seal in the underside of the motor mounting plate. Checked the length of the original brushes: 6 mm and 9 mm....too short, so I looked in my spare parts stock and found two new or nearly new ones, both 12 mm long. Then the motor was tested and it was SO smooth! Next task: the hydraulic part of the pump, which sits below the electrical part.
  5. Thanks, I think I will have this done.
  6. What treatment would you recommend for a cast iron exhaust manifold? Approximate cost? Recommended shop?
  7. Dismantling of the AEG/KF fuel lift pump. A little bit of electrical tape over the motor's drive pinion facilitated the armature's extraction from the pump body without in any way damaging the original grease seal, which is still supple. So I will leave it in place and use the same technique to re-insert the pinion through this seal. The freed armature. Making up some different sized slotted washers in the garage made short work of extracting the tiny drive pinion and nearly as tiny bearings. Armature mounted on a drill in a vise so I could polish the commutator/slip ring with fine emery cloth. Comparison between the armature of my car (4598609) on the right and that of a scrapped Canadian Cabriolet (6800519) on the left. 4598609 has done 83,000 miles. I bought the entire drivetrain from 6800519 in 1982, and at least the electric motor seems to show the traces of more like 200.000 miles...
  8. It should be sold in Nigeria for max. cash.
  9. Great, I hope you get fair value for it, whatever that ends up being. For my part, I've spread the news among my Peugeot buddies worldwide. Most hardcore US and Canadian Peugeot guys figure Peugeots should just about be free, with a few exceptions. I have never wanted a 504 even though they're cool. I drove two in the seventies, but with gas engines. My 1966 404 Coupé with Kugelfischer injection keeps me busy. It's had a rotisserie/nut and bolt restoration. It's a wee bit prettier and faster than the 504 wagon.
  10. I think that's the key - have an accurate assessment of the condition and PLEASE wash and wax the car! As is, it'll probably be worth a grand or two, tops.
  11. Name: Peugeot 404 Coupé Category: North America Date Added: 2020-05-15 Submitter: Mike T   Peugeot 404 Coupé  
  12. That's fair....but to get the car running properly and safely again will cost thousands. A few things to consider: brakes will be totally shot, new hoses, cylinders, calipers new Michelin tires required (Longstone Tyres) - these cars used XZX Reinforced to meet the wagon's load rating all rubber hoses will need replacement engine may be seized and even if it's not, it probably needs to be partially torn down to verify its condition injection pump may need a rebuild suspension bushings may be bad too (hopefully, not) wiring may be eaten by rodents So in doing all that work it ups the ante on the return from a sale considerably, although there is a chance that the eventual selling price could begin to approach German values if sold to a European. Selling it as is will be far, far easier and lower risk to the seller but the return will be much, much lower, due to the uncertainty of the costs of putting it in "like new" condition.
  13. Interesting about the fire maybe getting rid of the older records at ICBC. A mint condition show car 504 wagon in Germany would be worth close to 15K Euros according to Classic-Data GmbH; however this is not Germany and the car, though technically sort of new, is not mint, at least until it's deep cleaned, polished and running perfectly, like a new car, on new tires. Here in North America, it's hard to say, it would not be anything like $21K CAD - most Peugeot owners over here have been used to buying them cheap....so....it might actually get more interest from Europeans even though the cost of bringing it over there is a couple grand. Hagerty only lists the Cabriolets, which were of course never sold here. If it's sold as is, there are lots of unknowns so it'd be hard to assign a value. Anyway, maybe that helps you a little.
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