They are new old stock springs and needed a coat of paint. Nothing wrong with them. I have another full set of NOS springs too but they too would be painted before installation. Replicas are available in Europe but they're not as good as the originals, tending to snap.
Autopsy on the old oil pump - trashed inside. The new one is perfect but of a slightly different form. I will have to use a later type oil strainer with it. Luckily I have one, but I would rather use a new one if I can find one.
It seems I may have lost or at least misplaced the brass connections between the front brake hoses and the forward brake cylinder. The hose can be screwed straight in but that's not correct. I'll find two of them somewhere.
My new camshaft from Germany should arrive soon as well as my new oil strainer from France. I'll post photos when they arrive. I have to contact an engine shop near Victoria to arrange for the valve seats, crank grind, engine block hot tank and balancing. I hope to have that stuff in the shop by late August.
The valve cover, timing cover, sump and one wheel are in the powder coating shop right now, all being done in gloss black.
I also ordered a set of 0.5 mm oversized main bearings from Peugeot so I will have all sizes available. I have three cranks so one should be good to go.
This arrived from Sochaux France (Peugeot Classic) this morning. I have another shipment of stuff arriving from the same source in the middle of next week. The long-awaited camshaft will be bailed out of the post office by me tomorrow morning (some duties are payable on that because it was expensive). I'll post a photo when it is here.
I ordered some 0.5 mm oversized main bearings sent from Peugeot but they sent the wrong ones - three main bearing lead-Indium 404 Injection mains 0.3 mm oversized (visible in the photo). So the correct ones have been sent today, and it seems they don't want the incorrect ones back.
Also in the shipment were the things in the photo. New stainless steel instrument panel trim for when I eventually build the Jaeger sports instrument panel, plus a spare oil pressure sending unit.
In the bag are some original type small diameter hose clamps for the heater hoses.
I also got some English language owners manuals of cars I've had (404C) or wanted (504C).
The latest bit (504 C owners manual, La Production Peugeot 1963 and a first edition 404 Cabriolet French language owners manual should be here soon.
I will work on extracting the sludge trap plugs from the crankshaft this weekend. Likely have to drill all 4 out.
A set of the missing brass banjo fittings for the front drums has been sent by a kind soul in France, a 404 Club member - free! I'll send him something as a thank you.
Here are the powdercoated valve cover, timing cover and sump. Plus the spare wheel and coil holder. Looking good - despite the photo being taken in the light rain.
In the cardboard box is an 0.5 mm oversize set of mains from l'Aventure Peugeot, but two of them have chattering marks on them from bad storage so I have just ordered another set of NOS from a guy in Israel, who has good photos of the bearing surfaces.
Unrelated to the restoration but I got these today. English language 504 C manual (my Dad wanted to buy one when we lived in the Netherlands in 1971 but he was told it would be illegal to import to Canada, which I think was wrong because he was in the armed forces and could have brought a non-conforming car back). French language 404 cabriolet manual, first edition I think. 1963 catalogue of all the various vehicles Peugeot made in 1963.
If anyone has tips for how to non-destructively clean cast aluminum - specifically, the throttle body, and two parts of the huge intake manifold - I'm all ears. They're a little stained and dirty-looking. It's raw cast aluminum. I suppose silver paint could help but I'm not sure I want to go there.
Apart from cleaning, the throttle body needs to be disassembled and cleaned out, just as a precaution. I have new bearings for the throttle plate axle, if needed. I probably want to plate some of the associated hardware as well.
But I'm going on holiday for two weeks so not much is going to happen, I expect, but if it does, I'll post it here.