Restoration of a Canadian 404C

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Mike T
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Re: Restoration of a Canadian 404C

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This set of five XAS tires and inner tubes cost me £900 from Longstone Tyres, including shipping to Canada!Image

Fuel tank cleaned out in a hot tank and refinished inside and out:
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August 2017: ready for paint:
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A short while later I brought the rear and front suspension down and helped the shop mount it:
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Back home, late September 2017, after we returned from a trip to Japan.
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Restoring ID:
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A few other items the shop painted: bumper filler panel, Carrosserie Peugeot tag (mine was the 10758th 404C ever made, of 17,223), under bumper steel spoiler, interior air intake grille.
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First batch of plating is back, including chromed steel grille surround, repaired and chromed zinc diecast taillight bezels and cadmium plated hardware: Image

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Hood (bonnet) stay and suspension bolts and lockwashers replated and looking very shiny:
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Assembled grille:
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The badge is new and the anodized grille bars were not refinished.
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More stuff replated.
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Dashboard assembly begun:
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Water pump pulleys: white one is original but I'll use the red one from a 504.Image
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Fantastic job Mike, and I'm talking about the postings not the restoration which speaks for itself!! :) :)
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Re: Restoration of a Canadian 404C

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Details like trial fitting trims and bumpers before the final coat of paint are useful reminders to anyone working on cars. Detail and Prep like these are rarely covered - you usually only get a before and after set of photos.
A tip for anyone working on a car - take as many pictures nowadays as you can, at all stages. Don't rely on memory to reassemble things weeks/months/years later. And don't rely on diagrams from manuals - they often aren't for your particular car/model or year. 50 years of painting and restoring cars taught me that. Write notes, draw diagrams, and, nowadays, take pictures/videos even if it means using a secondhand phone/camera instead of your pristine Smart phone.
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New old stock fuel tank sending unit
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Rear badges and lights on
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Steering column
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More plating and stainless steel trim polishing
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Installing cable operated window winder mechanisms
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Mounting window trims and seals, new Record brand rear dampers...
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Stainless steel side trims mounted
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Carrosserie Peugeot tag mounted

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Dynamat self-adhering sound insulation is used throughout

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New thermostatic heater tap control

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Heater core mounted

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Wiper mechanism mounted

The trim above the doors and windscreen, next to the headliner, were raw steel and surface rusted, causing bubbling of the vinyl covering. I had them replated and so this will no longer be a problem.
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Sill trims welded where they were drilled through and then polished
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More assembly
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