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post #41 of 46 (permalink) Old 02-26-2019, 10:32 PM Thread Starter
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Together at last: 6 Jaeger France gauges in MPH and degrees F ( but the oil pressure is in bar - luckily I am bilingual ) plus the 5 original warning lights that make up part of the sports instrument panel for the 404 Coupé and Cabriolet.

Now I have to get two or three of these gauges refurbished and have a metal plate to hold them made up.


When the 404C goes back on the road, it will be with this - its original instrument panel.* I tidied it up yesterday - took it apart, cleaned it, repainted the fuel tank and temperature gauge needles.* The car was sold when new in Canada, hence the MPH speedometer.* The 120 MPH scale was particular to the Injection version.* The car came with an alternator so the "battery" gauge is a thermal voltmeter.

The sports instrument panel I have the equipment for will go in once the car has been on the road for a while.
New rubber parts for the wiper motor:


Instrument panel connected - the wiring as built in my car is very different than the wiring diagram:


The instrument panel installed. Ventilator switch is now mounted on the dashboard rather than the SOFICA heater box:



The Dynamat installation is done.*Onto the electric washer pump (mounted under the dashboard) next and then the steering column + pedal box will be installed in a week or so.


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Last bit of work done at Victoria Plating Ltd:

The 4 holes that a previous owner had punched into the sill/rocker panel embellishment strips when the captive bolts rusted off decades ago were welded shut and the outside was polished so this patching work became invisible; the two upper rear fender trims were de-dented and then polished; cadmium plating on the headliner trim panels which are covered with soft headliner material. This was done because they could rust as the originals did and that distorts the fabric as the iron oxide builds up; and finally the hardware for the handbrake components under the car were replated in yellow cadmium.

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The seats went to the upholsterer 11 days ago, to be redone in dyed-through light grey leather with natural grain (not embossed) and they will be fitted with heating elements.....which will necessitate a better alternator than the standard 400W SEV-Motorola unit the car came with.

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I bought a different set of rubber isolators for the wiper motor and drive, because it's in a colour that more closely matches the latex rubber original. *The pale red ones in the photo will be used in the 404C and the others will be spare parts. *All the red ones are in what seems to be silicone rubber so should handily outlive the originals.
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I finally got the steering column mounted. Instead of the flector I used a Paulstra Septor for the pinion link.
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The handbrake cable and control were assembled and mounted today, along with the pedal box.

The worst part of the whole operation was discovering that the buttress under the driver's side, which is a Peugeot original, has a captive stud that is about 6 mm too short to hold the metal handbrake sheath under the driver's floor. So I had to remove the brass clamp and reduce its thickness by about 3 mm on both sides using a Dremel and files (good old engineering on this part, with massive redundancy) in order to get it on.

The pedal box was dead easy of course and the stuff under the car was as well.





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The front seats have been reupholstered by Geoff Chrysler.

Very nice: natural grain dyed through light grey "Hyde" brand leather, with heating elements (I'll need a better alternator than it came with to power that!). Parts of the headliner (also redone by Geoff) are visible in the foreground.

His next task is redoing the rear bench, which has a fold-down armrest. I may get the parts in the photo this coming Monday.

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