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Peugeot 404 Coupé restoration

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In 2017, Coachwerks in Victoria BC restored the bodyshell of my 1966 Peugeot 404C Injection, number 4598609. The Coupé and Cabriolet models had their bodies and interiors done at Pininfarina's shop in Grugliasco, but the mechanical bits were done at Sochaux France. I have owned one of these since February 1981, and this one since February 1989.

In December 2016 the shell was delivered to Coachwerks.


Note the KF2 Injection engine, now on the stand in the photo


The new old stock body panels being dropped off at the blasting shop in November 2016


The car was placed onto its cart at Coachwerks December 10, 2016


In good company: a P1800 under plastic, a 914/6, an Austin Healey 3000, a 911 and a 300 SL


On the flatbed, taking a ride to the quick strip facility in Sidney BC, December 10th, 2016.
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On January 6, 2017 I dropped a payment off at the shop and had a look. Progress was restricted by the slowness of the paint stripper blasting the replacement panels, specifically those for the the floor and chassis bits. Now they're all there and the work has begun, the first step being a cutting away of the floor elements. In about three weeks the lower portions should be done.


NOS panels on the shop floor - the other half of the new floor is behind the photo field of view.



Cut away floors



The original floors on their way to recycling!



404C on its cart....300 SL behind.
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I stopped by the shop January 14, 2017 to drop off a new front crossmember and rear jack mount I just got this week from Joern Haarmann....


Left front floor partially reconstructed, rocker panel/sill on this side is being made in the shop because I only have one in new old stock for the other side of the car.


Front left detail of floor under reconstruction


The car seen from the front


Reconstruction of the left floor (work in progress) seen from inside the car.
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January 21, 2017: Front suspension arms and Panhard rod mount are ready to go. All new hardware is available and new bushings are in as well.
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January 25, 2017: Excellent progress has been made: the floors and rocker panels are complete, the rear fender skins have been drilled off and the new ones readied, with work underneath in progress!











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These photos were taken Friday February 18, 2017 around 5 PM.

Major front end surgery was underway!

Front fenders are cut off!



Detail of cowl panel, not rusty at all inside.



Inner fender panel was not in that bad a condition, some repair was required near the bottom.



Dashboard with three rectangular holes gone and one round hole for the new - original type - wiper/washer switch!



Taillights fit, good!



Drilled out spot welds and removed outer McPherson strut tower skin.



Repair panels welded into the nose panel on both sides.



Interesting perspective!
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February 25, 2017:

Strut towers have been rebuilt with new OEM reinforcements and repaired skin, detailed finish to come...





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March 4, 2017:



The new front crossmember is on, some significant repairs were needed on the driver's side inner fender and that fender is now tacked in place, with fine-tuning and possible future adjustments to follow. Next week I have to take the rubber seals down for panel alignment purposes, as well as the grille.





The old front crossmember didn't look all that bad but when it was off; Pat, the the bodyman in the photo above, showed it to me and shook it, and it sounded just like a Maraca

They will be painting the front brake drum backing plates, the Hydrovac vacuum tank and the air inlet grille. I will repaint the brake drums myself in manifold paint. I had them blasted at Blast-it in Victoria today and I even did the vacuum tank blasting myself!
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March 24, 2017:

Left front fender is welded on; other side will be done next week, and then some final welding and metal trimming will be done before paint preparation begins.





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March 31, 2017:

Major welding is all done. Next week it will be a full coating in epoxy primer, then the blocking and priming begins, followed by a topcoat in Dark Blue.




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