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Post by raggamuffin » Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:45 pm

Guy at work knows all sorts of people and he's hooked me up with a contact in the next town who does bodywork repairs.

Next on the agenda will have to be the bodywork. If this is going to be a long term project I need to ensure the rust and any potential rot is cut out ASAP.

30 quid to give the car a full going over and inspection which I'll do as soon as I get the car back. Then I'll know how much money I need to save up to get the car sorted.

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Post by DAN@ADRIAN FLUX » Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:34 pm

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If you need any help with insurance at all then please feel free to drop me a line.
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Post by raggamuffin » Sun Mar 10, 2019 5:16 pm

I did a quote with Adrian Flux before the Puma was modified and for some reason they quoted me nearly £1500.

If I can feasibly get cheaper than this latest quote I might give them a call.

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Post by raggamuffin » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:41 am

13 days until the insurance runs out on the Focus.

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Post by YOG » Fri Mar 15, 2019 9:59 pm

Changed mine to black, back in 2010:
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Haynes Fiesta Manual (3397) answers a lot of your questions: http://www.projectpuma.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5259"

S/Steel BlueFlame Catback Exhaust. Denso Iridium Spark Plugs. ST150 Front Brakes. S/Steel Braided Brake Lines. Eibach Springs/KYB Shock Absorbers. Heated Washer Jets. Internal Boot Release. Glove Box Light. 2nd Boot Light. Diadem Side Repeaters. LED Front Indicator, Front Side, Stop/Tail and Number Plate Lights. Bilt-Hamber Rust Treatment/Corrosion Protection.

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Post by YOG » Fri Mar 15, 2019 10:13 pm

raggamuffin wrote:
Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:18 am
It's personal preference, but I have to admit that I've never been that keen on the silver panels in the Puma interior:


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Once again, I hadn't even intended to buy any more parts at the moment, but I noticed an(other) eBay bargain which will help go with the all black millennium door panels I won:


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I'll replace the head unit with a black fascia and aftermarket head unit that has USB so I can have all my music on a flash drive. I'm also thinking of buying a spare speedo surround/trim and getting it carbon dipped:


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Although I'm not sure if that last one would look a bit tacky.

Finally, I want to get the dashboard flocked. My only grievance would be the plastic covers on the door covers and the usual light coloured roof colouring not matching with the rest of the car. Come to think of it, my ST180 was the only car that had a dark roof lining.


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Changed mine to black, back in 2010:
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Haynes Fiesta Manual (3397) answers a lot of your questions: http://www.projectpuma.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5259"

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Post by raggamuffin » Sat Mar 16, 2019 12:00 am

Yeah, that looks much nicer imo.

What's the textured bit on the dash inbetween the top of the head unit and beneath the clock?

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Post by YOG » Sat Mar 16, 2019 8:38 am

The "textured bit" was Velcro, to hold my mobile and use it's satnav, before the days of magnetic mounts (which it now has). I've also replaced the 6000 radio with the 6006e, which looks the same style as the original Thunder radio, but in black.
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Haynes Fiesta Manual (3397) answers a lot of your questions: http://www.projectpuma.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5259"

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Post by raggamuffin » Wed Mar 20, 2019 2:03 pm

Spoke to J yesterday asking when I can collect the Puma. he said before the 28th. Hopefully this weekend then.

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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Wed Mar 20, 2019 6:53 pm

Jeeez, this is like Waiting for Godot..... :cry:
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Post by raggamuffin » Wed Mar 20, 2019 9:25 pm

It's certainly been a long road. Knowing it's near completion hasn't really filled me with excitement at this point. I was feeling positive and energised a while ago, but the peaks and troughs of this project have been massive. The length of time waiting without updates or progress has dampened my spirits to the point of indifference many a time. I've gone through a range of positive and negative emotions whilst I've been waiting all this time.

There is genuine relief knowing I won't have to sink money into the Focus or get another car to tide me over. I'm sure I'll be extremely excited when I get the call to say that the car is ready. I've questioned if I wanted to continue any further with the project once I get the car back. I'm going to wait and see how I feel once I'm back in the car, but I don't think I'll want to quit.

Will it live up to expectations? It's been such a long time since I've driven the car, I don't think I'll recognise the different in power or performance. I do remember how it felt driving the car home after I collected it. There was a smile on my face the whole way home and I felt elated inside. I can only imagine similar feelings when I go to collect the car the end of this week or the beginning of next.

With the expectations having changed so many times since the project began, I'm not sure where I will go with the project next. Knowing how few Pumas are now on the road, and how much time and money has been sunk into the project I feel like wanting to quit would be foolhardy at this point. With the MOT and bodywork required, the next few months won't be much cheaper. At the end of the day though, I wouldn't have bought a 3rd Puma, or gone down the road of a project car if I didn't want to see this through. The rebuild was to be the foundation of the project - there's still a long way to go, and whilst I've had no end of doubts over the months, I think I know deep down that I'm not going to quit.

It's nice to feel relief at this point, knowing I'm closing in on the date of completion. There's still apprehension, but I guess after all that's happened that's only natural.

Anyways, I'll be back when I get the Puma back.

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Post by red » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:20 pm

8) looking forward to hearing about it!
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Post by raggamuffin » Tue Mar 26, 2019 12:16 pm

J said it'd be ready Thursday evening. So i'll collect it after work. That's only a couple of hours before the insurance expires on the Focus. I thought I'd be excited, but I'm not. I'm genuinely nervous, because if anything goes wrong, I have no car, no backup and no financial means to fix and MOT the Focus or get another cheap runabout.

Anyway, I told J I can pick it up after I finish work at 10pm. If not I said the insurance will have expired on the Focus and that he'd need to collect it and drop off the Puma to my house Friday morning before midday.

I just done the new insurance, with breakdown and other extras it wound up £15 more a month than expected. But it's still cheaper than forking out for x2 insurances and x2 road tax per month on both cars.

Valued the car at 2k. Bought for £550 and the project total costing around £3500.

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Post by red » Tue Mar 26, 2019 2:48 pm

Ohh the anticipation! I hope it's a dream when you get behind the wheel!
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Post by raggamuffin » Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:47 am

Don't you hate it when you have a vivid dream and wake up thinking it really happened?

Well, I dreamed that I was at work and J called me to say the car was ready.

Then I woke up and realised it wasn't real

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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Thu Mar 28, 2019 12:19 pm

There is a an Ephraim Kishon short story about them ordering a dining table and waiting for it over two years..... :roll:

I hope it Works out this time, they eventually got the table as well :wink:
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Post by raggamuffin » Thu Mar 28, 2019 1:05 pm

I text him asking if it's still OK to pick up the car at 22.30 tonight after work. He text back "hopefully, I'll call you this evening." "Hopefully" has got me worried. This has gone on for 10 months and now he's got 10 hours left and doesn't know if it will be finished when I need it to be.

I'll be honest, I'm feeling sick with worry at this point.

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Post by raggamuffin » Thu Mar 28, 2019 3:51 pm

Update due at 5pm
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Post by raggamuffin » Thu Mar 28, 2019 6:27 pm

No reply. No signal in the workshop I imagine

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Post by raggamuffin » Thu Mar 28, 2019 7:16 pm

7pm for a callback now.

I'll keep you posted. I'm not sure where this is headed by its driving my anxiety nuts.

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Post by raggamuffin » Thu Mar 28, 2019 8:16 pm

Spoke to J he said cams need adjusting and then the engine is good to go back in. He'll be able to drop it off tomorrow morning before I have to leave at midday. He'll fit the door cards and strut braces for free.

I can breath a sigh of relief now I think.

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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:44 am

Oh man....

If I may offer a suggestion regarding the door cards. I would do it myself if I were you. Most likely half of the clips are broken: get a set of Ford original ones to prevent rattling later on....

Just my 2p...

And I do hope this deal sticks for today!
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Post by Simonavis » Fri Mar 29, 2019 8:31 am

EastEnders has nothing on you!!! :grin: l really do hope you get it back today. I can’t believe the patience you have shown throughout, I would have been camped out at his workshop months ago.
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Post by raggamuffin » Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:18 am

Where in the engine is a thrust washer? He found one spare, text me after 6am saying he'd been up all night, stripped the engine out again, found them all in place and is going to need the car for a couple more days. He apologised and said it'll be ready on Sunday. I've asked where the engine rebuild is now at, I'm should to get a reply in a few hours after he's woke up. Not angry though, no point in that. I was thankful in all honesty - for the update and the dedication for staying up as long as he did.

I'm hoping it's a part that isn't deep in the bowels of the engine. I had to arrange with work to have today off as emergency holiday. Thankfully I was able to do so, but I can't be without a car come Monday. I'm also having to cover the weekend shift from home, and next weekends too and then a 3rd weekend, 3 weeks from now. So I'll probably be a little frazzled by the end of next month.

Can you send a link for the clips and I'll sort them out at a later date?

At least the weather is nice today and I've got a 3 day weekend, even if I am now working it from home. As for patience - can't be anything else as there's no money to get it done elsewhere. Besides, I knew he would come through for me in the end.

Insurance has run out so I can't drive the car now, but the MOT runs out tonight at midnight. Is the car illegal to have parked out on the road at that point? I know he won't be able to drive it back to the workshop to break it for parts. But if I can't park it on the street then I've no idea what to do.

UPDATE: I'm pretty sure it's fine to be parked and not moved, I checked on the Gov website:

"If the MOT has run out
You cannot drive your vehicle on the road if the MOT has run out. You can be prosecuted if caught.

The only exceptions are to drive it:

  • To or from somewhere to be repaired
  • To a pre-arranged MOT test"
I imagine he'll need to get his recovery truck to collect it on Sunday when he drops the Puma off. I'll keep you posted on Sunday.

Anyways, I'm off out to do some staffing in the park in the sunshine.



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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Fri Mar 29, 2019 9:45 am

raggamuffin wrote:
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Can you send a link for the clips and I'll sort them out at a later date?
FINIS is 1044866. You look them up either on eBay, or at local Ford dealership. I would recommend to go for original Ford product; it is MILES better than eBay cheapos that break down all to easily
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