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  • Progress review The deuche is now starting to look like a car.  Here are some pictures that show the car in temporary primer to prevent flash rusting.  This will be removed before applying body filler.  There are still quite a few rough spots that need to be dollied out, but you should now be able to get ...
  • Modifying the hood The original hood was quite banged up, had lots of fine cracks around the grille, buckles along the edges, and was choc-o-block full of  body filler. First step was to sand back to bare metal….that’s when I hit all the body filler which was up to 3/8″ thick in places. I found that whoever  fixed the ...
  • Seat belt mounts Although I have the original 2CV seat belts, they stick. One was also locked up solid.  Try as I might, I couldn’t unlock it without taking it apart.  Of course, when I opened it, I forgot all about  the stupid rewind spring which jumped out and promptly threw itself all over the garage. While it ...
  • Skinning the front doors Before skinning the doors, I had some rework to do on the frames. When I took a close look, there  was way too large and uneven gap around the edges of the door frames and it looked shoddy. The more I looked the worse it appeared. So, I swallowed twice, screwed up my courage, did ...
  • Méchoui at Fitzback Garage Saturday, May 20, was a perfect day for a celebration at Fitzback Garage in St. Hyacinth. There were clear blue skies for once  (ordered specially by our generous hosts André and Patricia) and the temperature rose to a comfortable 19 degrees. It was great to see so many familiar faces plus sone new ones. One of ...
  • Rear fender Seems to me I should have anticipated a problem with the rear fender. But no, so it was a case of déja vu all over again. I lowered the car right? And part of the front fender rubbed on the tire, right? So what would you expect to happen with the rear fender? The rear ...
  • Front fenders are us So, on to the front fenders. The fenders were stress-cracked where they had been bumped a few times and we wanted to add headlight pods Barbot style. Also, because   we lowered the car, a bulkhead inside the fender kissed the tire at full steering lock.  I knew I was in for a treat, not! This first ...
  • 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 ...