Well both 309s have now gone to pastures new. The spares one is still here though as the guy never showed up to collect it... off to the weighbridge soon.
I have had the 405 for a month so about time I stuck up some pics of it.
It drove back from Doncaster to Suffolk beautifully. With Mi leather seats and armrest it was like sitting on a sofa. The exhaust developed a hole on the way back but that was the only incident.
I have been making a few minor improvements which have somehow added up to around £300 so far! Including...
New headlights and fog lights as originals were past it
Fogs of course have been fitted with obligatory yellow covers
The spares 309 yielded a pair of the correct side repeaters, so from this shite
Spares 309 also gave some Peugeot floor mats. Not the type 405s had though but will do for now...
Some chavvy wind deflectors
This car has been so well loved the chrome on the badges had been polished away. Reproduction Pug badge fitted
Along with NOS GLX badge
Sadly 405 badges are no longer available but reproductions will be available shortly...
Original radio/cassette was knackered so fitted a CD player from a 306. Plugged straight in, did need to change the stalk control though for a 306 one
I also added a 6 disc multichanger for ultimate 90s cool
NOS genuine flappage was also sourced, I have NOS badges waiting to go on
I also replaced the centre exhaust, it had been stuffed with putty along one seam.
I really do love this car. It feels so much more 'together' than the 309s did and it drives even better as well. Handling is incredible. It would be nice if it was a 2 litre though...
It has been a well pampered car with tons of history. Goes back to December 1996 when it was sold by a Pug dealership to somebody in Birmingham when it was a year old. It then passed to a Peugeot employee in the early 2000s who spent a fortune on it, before it went to somebody in Buckinghamshire a couple of years ago who had the head gasket done along with a new heater matrix and cambelt. The guy I bought it off then got it, he is a 405 addict but never got round to doing anything with it.
Still a few jobs to do....
Heated seats aren't working
Air-con needs regassing- taking it this afternoon
The Mi16 wheels had poor tyres so the guy I got it off included a set of GTX alloys (with centre caps!). I'll get some tyres for the Mi wheels after next payday hopefully...
The speedo stops working if it's a particularly hot day or if you accelerate too hard, haven't investigated yet...
Those hideous modern font number plates need to go. Anybody around Coventry got any pics of a 90s Peugeot dealer plate so I can get a replica set made up?
Battery needs replacing- one in it works fine but it's too tall so the battery clamp won't fit
Passenger sill needs a small patch at the back
I was also visited by this the other day. It was up on eBay a while ago, I even had a bid on it. Somebody posted an appeal on a FB group looking for a spare 309 wheel locally. The couple who now own it are driving it to Norway as I type. Import taxes are much cheaper on cars over 30 years old out there. They have had all sorts of other old French cars. It's one of the earliest 309s left and is a real honey. Base model 1.1 in beige with a brown interior. My spares car yielded two wheels with good tyres only a couple of years old and a parcel shelf as theirs was missing.