• Instead of making a Volvette like the other hipsters you could make a Peuvette by installing an LS1 and auto trans. Then every time you saw a guy with a hipster beard in downtown Portlandia you could yell Merde! and do a big burnout…

  • Instead of making a Volvette like the other hipsters you could make a Peuvette by installing an LS1 and auto trans. Then every time you saw a guy with a hipster beard in downtown Portlandia you could yell Merde! and do a big burnout…

    • My recollection is that the engine compartment of the 505 seems to have a lot of ancillary stuff placed in positions that'd make a V8 swap difficult. There's room, but you'd have to move/reengineer a lot of electricals, HVAC, etc.

  • The last of the 'bush taxi' Peugeot wagons.

    The 505s were very comfortable cars, and the Turbos were surprisingly successful showroom-stock racers.

    As for this one's transmission troubles – well, 156K miles is a pretty good life for a ZF 4HP18. Many of them blew up quite early, as they'd tend to croak sometime shortly after being run at 2500RPM in neutral for a prolonged period.

    You know, the way smog tests were done in the days before the dyno.

    Our Saab 9000 was still on its original 4HP18 when we parted with it at 210K or so and had survived ten or so such tests, but the Saab transverse-FWD case was unique and mounted the transmission guts upside-down. I surmise that having the valve-body and hydraulics on top might have provided enough drainback to help with lubrication in that situation.

    • Very insightful, mrkwong!! I remember seeing this issue all the time on e28s and other 4HP equipped cars when I was working at a BMW garage. This was a direct result of the NC emissions testing.

    • These Pugs are of some interest. The wagons are stick-axle, the N9T turbos crack heads, there's lots of good and bad throughout the line, and in the end an E34 or E39 BMW is physically an easier LS swap though the electronics and – in the E39 case – OBD fecal matter more troublesome.

  • Whatever dudes. Just stop at any friendly shop with a green cross and this Peugeot is going to look even awesomer.

    I would love to have a 404 Wagon. I had one eons ago and mechanically it was superb but rust wise it was Brie.

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