Looking for Peugeot 504 in good condition

I am currently looking to purchase a Peugeot 504.  Any model in good condition considered.

Edmund McWilliams <>


[This information came from the F.O.M.C.]

In addition to the forecast threat to fossil fuel supplies in the emerging age of electric cars, finding the replacement parts to keep our prized classics roadworthy is becoming increasingly onerous.
Tracking down the bits needed to complete a restoration or pass a mechanical inspection can be part of pleasure for some heritage vehicle owners. But for others the failure to find needed spares or services can result in frustration and sometimes even the long term abandonment of a still viable project.
Of course the problems finding the parts needed to restore or repair classic or vintage vehicles are not confined just to New Zealand but are shared right around the world.
So late last year FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) entered into a global partnership with an online platform to provide members with access to highquality historic vehicle parts, tyres and wheels on an international scale.
The agreement between FIVA and classicparts4you was signed on 18 November 2017 and it is planned for the site to go live just a few months from now, with its usefulness and reach increasing over time. A worldwide federation of historic vehicle owners, FIVA’s members include New Zealand through the Vintage Car Club. As well as offering access to high-quality appropriate parts for older vehicles, the classicparts4you website is also planning to assist enthusiasts by providing a database of specialised workshops and garages, as well as producers, experts and assessors
Senior Vice President of FIVA, Dr Mario Theissen said: “This ambitious and exciting project will have far-reaching benefits for a huge number of classic vehicle enthusiasts around the globe. Our key aim is to ensure that high-quality components are readily available for the widest possible range of classic cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles.”
To directly address the same problems here in New Zealand the executive of FOMC has been developing a project to compile a similar national database of parts suppliers and repair service providers.
We propose to work with member clubs to accumulate the details of reliable individuals or firms known to undertake work needed to preserve or restore historic and heritage vehicles in their areas. This information will be included in a national register of firms and tradespeople involved in the repair or restoration of historic and heritage vehicles and made available to member clubs for the benefit of their members.
Similar research in the United Kingdom by our sister organisation the FBHVC found the heritage motor industry contributed $10 billion a year to the national economy and was a significant earner of overseas funds. With the help of our member clubs, the FOMC hopes to demonstrate heritage motoring in New Zealand is not just a hobby but a major generator of jobs and economic activity which justifies appropriate Government support and exemption from or further reductions in the various costs and fees inflicted on classic motorists.


[To the tune of ‘KANSAS CITY’]

We picked up our new Peugeot on a Friday,
By Saturday we’d learned a thing or two.
‘Cause up to then we didn’t have an idee
Of what the modern car was coming to.
Seatbelts we were used to, but airbags were new,
The windscreen wipers started on their own.
Somewhere a computer is hidden out of view
And it’s even got its own car telephone.

Ev’rything’s up to date on our new Peugeot,
They’ve gone about as far as they can go.
You can turn the radiator on whenever you want some heat
With ev’ry kind of comfort this new car is quite complete
You can open boot & bonnet now and never leave your seat
They’ve gone about as far as they can go
Yes sir
They’ve gone about as far as they can go.

Ev’rything’s like a dream in my new Peugeot
It’s fast and smooth and quiet don’t you know.
The doors have central locking for the front and for the back
The agents will supply you fast with any parts you lack
You can drive it in a hillclimb or around a racing track
And push it just as fast as it will go
Yes sir
We’ll push it just as fast as it will go!

Driving is a dream in my new Peugeot
I pushed it just as fast as it would go.
The rev counter’s before me but I don’t know what it means
The tyres are fairly howling as the whole car sideways leans
I wonder if those flashing lights are real or in my dreams?
I think the cops may want me to go slow
Yes sir!
I’ve gone too fast in public don’t you know.



I was recently reminded of an occasion when I had a problem with water in the sump of a 203. I feared it was a blown head gasket but it turned out to be a leaky liner seal.
I fixed it with the aid of RISLONE BLOCK SEAL which is available from Repco and I thought it might well be worth telling others that this can save stripping an engine down.
John Grant


Not many people these days get personally involved in overhauling engines, which may make these ‘Ten Commandments’ even more useful for the novice at his first attempt.

1. Thou shalt remove the ring ridge before pulling the piston lest thou render thy pistons unfit to hold oil or compression.

2. Thou shalt remove with hot soapy water every last trace of dirt or abrasive material before assembly, or verily the owner shall later return and beat thee with rods in anger that his new rings so rapidly wore out.

3. Thou shalt make sure that the piston ring gaps are spaced an equal distance apart and arranged so that there is no gap over the piston ring boss and all the drain holes in the pistons are clear lest the job haunt the owner with a pillar of smoke all the days of his life.

4. Thou shalt follow closely the manufacturer’s instructions concerning ring and bearing fits, piston clearances and the like, for this is indeed the only true gospel and the way to real peace of mind.

5. Thou shalt not fit piston pins too loosely or too tightly, lest it causeth the motor to make the sound of many hammers, requiring the job to be done again without the benefit of shekels.
6. Thou shalt not stretch the rings over the piston without a ring installer, nor fling thy pistons into the bores without a ring compressor, or verily will both the rings and thy reputation be damaged.

7. Thou shalt NOT reuse the old head gasket. Cast it from thee as though it were a pestilence – drape it not upon the top of thy locker, but drop it into a container for rubbish.

8. Thou shalt use a torque wrench to tighten thy bearing caps and head bolts all the days of your life for this is the only true path to substantial reward.

9. Thou shalt not start the engine that is so stiff the starter will not turn it. Verily does this mean that thou hast sinned in thy fittings and clearances therefore I say “retrace thy steps in order to discover in what manner thou hast sinned.”

10. Thou shalt use a light oil until the rings are seated in or they may NEVER seat in, then the cylinder head shall be anointed with oil for evermore and the owner shall bring down curses and the wrath of the Department of Consumer Affairs upon thy head.