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  • Gearshift Support With the steering wheel moved back to allow the driver to sit lower, the gear lever was too short, unless you are built like a chimp.  It also needed something to locate it in space but still let you change gear. No problem for lengthening the lever because I had two of them, the original and ...
  • Latches and interlocks for suicide doors With suicide doors, my biggest fear is driving off with a door ajar.  I have this mental picture of rocketing (hyperbole in a 2cv) along the Queensway only to have a door open with a loud spang, bend into a pretzel, and act like a huge rudder forcing me into the path of an oncoming ...
  • You want suicide doors? Along the way I got some parts from an older 2cv with suicide doors. I thought I kinda liked them. And that thought sparked a conversation between my primitive impulsive brain and my risk-averse frontal lobes. Frontal lobes: “Are you out of your cerebellum! If one of those things pops open at speed you are going ...
  • Adding splash panels to the rear inner fenders So here we are, flooring in but with two gaping holes ahead of the rear wheels that allow the stuff flung off the rear wheels to enter the passenger compartment.  Yuck! These have to be filled. Not a problem.  I cut some trapezoidal cardboard templates for the bits that need to be added ahead of the ...
  • Putting the engine and gearbox in the car With the saga of the recalcitrant pilot bearing finally over, the engine and gearbox slid together smoothly. So Bob M drove over to fit the assembly into the car. A while ago, Bob wangled a 1-1/2 tonne chain hoist from Princess Auto at a scandalously low price. He’s good like that, able to sniff out a ...
  • So, how do you spell stupid? With the engine assembled, it was time to add the clutch and gearbox so  I could trial fit the engine/gearbox in the car. I originally separated the engine from the gearbox to check the state of the clutch linings. After all, there is no sense in putting an engine in a car with toasted clutch linings, ...
  • What do you do about rotted cylinder shrouds? My 2cv engine has, or should I say had, rubber cylinder shrouds.  The top ones are fine, but the bottom ones fell apart when I removed them.  From reading the internet, this is a very common problem.  So, what to do? Well, used metal shrouds for a 602 are hard to come by in Canada.  I ...
  • Installing the rear apron I folded up a rear apron and welded it into place.  You can see a bit of a line in the following picture where it warped a tiny bit from the heat worse than it is.  A bit of hammering and body filler will fix things up.  
  • Installing new apron extensions The bottom of the aprons at the rear of the deuche were hopelessly rotten where they meet the rear fenders and had to be excised.  So, I hammered out some new ones, and installed them. A little side note here about sheet metal tools.  Although you can really speed up metal shaping up with expensive tools ...
  • Lessons I learned the hard way about plug welding Oh, how I struggled to plug weld with a MIG welder!  I want to pass on what I learned so someone else can avoid my problems. You can plug weld with a MIG welder to hold 2 layers of sheet metal together.  It is a replacement for the spot welding done at the factory, and according ...