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Project Cars: 1994 Peugeot 405 Mi16 Phase II

Update 2 – The Michelin man's real name is Bibendum

After getting it safely to Melbourne, one of the main things separating my 1994 Peugeot 405 Mi16 from say, a roadworthy one, was tyres.

While the tread wear on the car seemed good, they were mismatched brands (Michelin on the front and Toyo down back) and had varying maturity as noted by the DOT code stamped on the sidewall.

This code gives you the age of your rubber and is usually a number denoted by the week (from 01 to 53) and year of manufacture. Generally, younger is better and with best practice suggesting you replace your tyres every five-to-seven years, mine haling from 2010 and 2014 respectively were unquestionably ready to go in the recycling bin.

A quick scan online yielded a rare benefit of owning an older car, and perhaps served as a reminder to those with 20-inch or larger wheels, as the 195/55 R15 boots required by the Peugeot were very sharply priced. Chalk up a win to small wheels!

With a set of manufacturer-recommended Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres sorted, I managed to fit all four in the boot and had the team at Bob Jane in Armadale fit them up for me.

The car was then whisked away to the workshop for a thorough roadworthy inspection ahead of the Club Permit registration process.

While it has been away though, I've reached out to the very friendly Peugeot community to source some of the missing parts, as well as a few period-correct accessories.

A lovely chap on the French car forum, Aussie Frogs, had a bunch of miscellaneous trim items for the 405 available and after purchase, generously dropped them into the CarAdvice / Drive Sydney office, where Justin is acting as custodian until the next Melbourne-bound care package is due to be sent.

This has lined up the correct Eurovox tape deck, a missing wheel centre-cap, the radio antenna, and a piece of trim for the rear window frame that is broken in my car.

Simultaneously, an Instagram user in Poland advertised the correct Silica key-blanks as supplied with the car back in the early 1990s, and again, very quickly arranged them to ship to Australia.

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I've found original Peugeot 405 owner books and leather wallet from an ex-owner in Tasmania, a 1990 Paris-Dakar Camel Racing Team and a 1988 European Car of the Year (the Peugeot 405 won) celebration sticker on eBay, and through a parts supplier in the UK, managed to source a set of original French foglamp colours in their signature yellow.

On top of all that, the Recal Decal team are creating the classic Peugeot-Talbot Sport tricolour grille stripe decal for me.

For a car I have barely driven, the Peugeot (like the Niva and the Mercedes) has once again shown me the single greatest benefit of owning a fun project car, is the community that supports them.

These people make the ownership experience so much more valuable and enjoyable, and is a big part of the reason I keep going back for more!

By the next update, I hope to see the Peugeot on the road, where I'll get its ride height and stance sorted out.

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Current Status – Final steps to registration..
Odometer – 320,761
Next up – On the road? Again?


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