"Two Generations of 404 Father-Son Bonding!" Mac Worley's 1966 Cabriolet Legacy

My Dad purchased his new 1966 Peugeot 404C Cabriolet from European Automotive Distributors in Norfok, VA. I was born in 1962, so what I know of it's origin depends on what I can remember of his recollections in my youth, as he died in 2000.

Mac with his paternal grandfather in 1969 in front of parked 1966 Peugeot 404 Convertible

Maternal grandfather in 1969 inspecting Cabriolet in rare Georgia snow

I do know that he sold the 404C to his best friend Carl around 1969, who kept it through the 1970s, eventually leaving it parked outside long enough for the convertible top to begin leaking. The erosive snowball of time then began to roll, until we saw it on a visit to Carl's place in 1978, complete with weeds growing tall and proud through the floorboards. I was a high school sophomore at the time. Seeing a restoration as a worthwhile father-son project, my Dad persuaded Carl to sell it to me for the promise that we'd keep him updated on our progress. We loaded it onto a trailer and brought it into my Dad's basement shop.

We spent the next 2 years restoring the car -- or at least the best we could do on a fairly modest budget. Lots of fun and more than a few MacGyver Moments. My Dad must have recently become enamored with the myriad applications for acrylic & fiberglass resin (after repairing our ski boat perhaps), as he decided we would use that to close the floor boards.

1981 Receipt for Peugeot restoration supplies from Eastern Auto Distributors, Inc.

The engine, doors/trunk/hood/top were removed, all trim and interior stripped off. We managed to hoist the car up on it's side beneath my parents' screened porch, and after creating a tent out of numerous bedsheets, I proceeded to sandblast the rust away (albeit the rust I could find). Countless layers of fiberglass resin were used to replace the floorboards (and other voids), which where then sprayed with several coats of soundproofing material.