R E N O V A T I N G
K A R E N ' S
A B R I G H T
F U T U R E F O R
T H I S P E U G E O T ( I )
30 YEARS OF USE, Karen's PEUGEOT 404 was begining
to show its age: Surface rust on the front panel, around the headlamps
and indicators - quite common on 404s. The rest of the
body needed some attention to keep rust at bay. But: No holes,
no need for welding-gear!
THE CAR WAS OTHERWISE in an exceptional good original condition,
we decided to do only renovation work (no complete restauration!).
The paintwork was carefully polished after all trim had been removed,
and we mounted brand new sill panels.
The rims were shotblasted and painted in the correct shade
of silver (inner side black), along with the brakedrums which
where finished in heat-resistant black.
ALL SURFACE RUST HAD BEEN REMOVED, the car received new paint
below the headlights, on the front panel and under the rear bumper.
The colour was matched with the help of a spectral analyser.
Then Stephan Sontag
did a great job with the spray gun. For the reassembly we used
new stainless steel nuts & bolts, new headlights, door
seals, various bushes and plenty of other smaller items which
where sourced through local 404-guru Jörn Haarmann.
RADIO, which had been crudely installed in the dashboard found
a new place under the dash, without(!) drilling new installation
holes. Also the clock is now working again. The engine
runs beautifully after the timing was set correctly. New plugs,
air filter, contacts and distributor cap & arm did help
anyway. A bit of work on the mechanical
side - and Karen's PEUGEOT 404 is ready for the next
is NOT how we did it...
this is a 404 in the first picture! Taken
from: Olive et Marcus, A.Sol95, AUTORETRO No. 204