everything was fine,
though. Despite the car's relative low mileage, 98.000
kms when I bought it, there was rust in the lower half
of the doors and surface corrosion in some other places,
the dampers were tired, all tires pretty worn and it looked a
bit neglected and sorry for itself.
The metallic paint had lost it's clear coat and was faded,
especially on the bonnet and front wings. Being a shopping car
for it's former Lady owner, it had made only short trips,
which was soon causing the usual faults:
In the first two years of my ownership my 504 had to earn
its living as an everyday car and was pressed in regular
service (100 km a day...), so first went the hydraulics, starting
with clutch master- and slave cylinders. These were
replaced or overhauled, using only original Peugeot spare parts.
Next both McPherson struts were so rotten that one spring
expanded while the car was on a lift, so new ones with new shocks
had to be fitted. But there was much more to come...
Over the years I replaced the radiator, rear dampers, exhaust,
rear bumper, fuel tank, entire brakesystem, handbrake cables,
headlamps, clutch, fitted a new factory gearbox, new front wings,
front mask, three new doors (along with fresh paint,
also on the bonnet), a brand-new SOLEX PBICSA carburetor,
did a full suspension overhaul, and renewed thousands
of small items like doorhandles, rubber door seals
Most nuts & bolts were replaced with stainless steel
ones. I also fitted the original sticker "Peugeot fait confiance
a Esso" on the rear window.