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This week, Harry Kalsbeek sent me a most appreciated gift - exact replicas of the Kalsbeek Motors dealer sticker that were on all cars they sold from their Ontario dealership in the sixties. This will again be worn with pride on the back of my 404 Coupé - delivered to its first owner in BC by Harry's parents themselves, all the way from the Greater Toronto Area - once the car is delivered back to me. He also sent some Castrol oil change door jamb stickers printed with the dealership name.

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...that's some good news...the stickers are priceless....
...have you started on the interior parts yet???? ...it'll be cool to ride this summer...

Jetfuel...time's a ticking...
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BAT is currently auctioning a 404 convertible that was originally sourced from Canada.

Nice stickers!
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Yeah I saw that car on BAT and I had to add a comment about the true body condition. I knew Robert Drouin, the former owner, and although it's nice to look at from 20 paces, it's had some truly awful reconstruction work done to it.

Jetfuel, I think the car won't be anywhere near ready to drive this year. There is a lot of other work that will have to be done first. Possibly in 2018.....
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... although it's nice to look at from 20 paces, it's had some truly awful reconstruction work done to it.

Yeah, I could tell.

Interesting anecdote, yours.
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This afternoon I decided to have a look inside the lever end of the Italian-made Nardi floor shifter that my 404C had from new. The last two I opened up had plastic bushings that had disintegrated over time and I thought that this one had a plastic bushing too, but intact, because the lever action was perfect.

After removing the 4 screws below the shifter, there was some very old, dirty oil in there. This end of the shifter cannot get any lubrication from the gearbox proper even though it's attached to it. The other two 404 Nardi shifters I had in the past were dry in there, with just some grease on the moving parts....


After removing two circlips, the mechanism comes apart. I could have removed the lever but decided against it because the bolt inside the mechanism is tied shut with a wire and it seemed very serene - I could clean around the lever, with it still somewhat attached.....


The bushing in this version of the Nardi is definitely not plastic, it's bronze or brass! It's in great condition!


View of the bronze bushing, which when the lever is actuated, moves up and down inside the sleeve attached to the shifter rod that transmits the action to the gearbox shifting forks.


The sump has been drained and cleaned out, and the bronze bushing is again circlipsed into place.


The sealing faces and threading of the little sump were carefully cleaned and then sealed with Hylomar Blue, to prevent any oil leaks.


Sump screw on the NArdi, accessible from inside the car, 24 mm.


...and refilled with Yacco vegetable based differential oil!
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The finer points of bodywork preparation are still underway so to keep my interest in the project up (and bank balance in the red), I ordered these:



Michelin XAS 165HR15, the tires that came on my 404C when she was new. 5 tubes too. All from Longstone Tyres in GB, free shipping, no VAT, no Canadian tax either and they arrived in 4 days.
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Glad I came back to the forum, if only to watch the progress of your Peugeot. It's going to be beautiful, and thanks for sharing it with us.
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Bodyshell is inching closer to paint but it still may be a few weeks. Meanwhile:

Newly powder coated wheels, new door jamb sill plates, some minor parts:




Rebuilt pedal assembly:




Disassembled grille:

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You're probably thinking: "Mike, when - for criminy sake - will your 404 be painted?". Well, I was asked to bring the grille surround back to the shop on Bastille Day to Coachwerks, as the bodyshell is virtually ready to paint. A final fitting of the grill surround to the shell will confirm that it's ready. Meanwhile, two of the three taillight bezels I have as well as the door handles are still at the chrome shop, as well as both bumpers, the latter for dent repair and polishing only.

You've read this before, but it's possible that the car will be painted in a week's time, and almost certainly by the end of July.

So, Peter Gallagher of Automotion, 1390 Pemberton Avenue North Vancouver, did the mounting and balancing when I was at his shop on Tuesday (11 July) morning. When I arrived he was nearly done, but I managed to catch the last bit of work. The wheels were "too pretty", Peter said, to hammer rim weights onto, so he used stick-on weights that will be invisible behind the large hubcaps.





I think I will keep the two 30 year old Michelin MXL and two 28 year old XM+S 100 tires on rims, so when the car sits in the garage it can be on those tires, saving the XAS from flat-spotting during storage.
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