Puma from Malta

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Puma from Malta

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So my mechanic was about to start the conversion when I stumbled across a local 1.7 car for sale on the marketplace. Only a few Puma's were sold new here in Malta and to my knowledge they were mostly 1.4's. In fact this was originally owned by Ford's importers in Malta (Gasan). So it seemed a logical thing to just buy a running local 1.7 (which also has a very cheap road tax compared to my other UK import ones) rather than convert/restore the 1.4.

It's a 2000 model, panther black, no third light and according to its previous owner it had the earlier fan blade alloys. 60k on the clock, super clean arches, sills and underside (waxoyled from new), some minor surface rust on the rear valance when you open the tailgate (I suspect water was seeping in from the perished screen seal). It sat outside without being used for some time recently so the scorching Maltese sun wasn't kind to the black paint. The 1.7 pulls as it should and other than a knock from the front suspension, it looks to be in good shape mechanically. I also got a spare 1.7 engine of unknown condition as part of the deal.

Plan is to put her back on fan blades (current wheels are hideous) and see what other trim/other bits I can take from the others if they're in a better condition and then sell the other Pumas as spares/repair. It will probably need a full respray but I don't see it happening in the near future.

Here are some pictures from yesterday's first wash :-)
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1969 Escort Mk1 1300 Super
1975 Escort Mk2 1.7 X/flow - Project
1983 Fiesta Mk1 957 GL 'Series-X'
1985 Sierra 2.0 Ghia
1992 Peugeot 405 GLD
1997 Puma 1.7 Lux - RIP
1998 Puma 1.4
2000 Puma 1.7
1999 Renault Megane Karmann 1.6 16v - Sold
2003 BMW Compact 316ti - Daily
2002 BMW 318ci Msport Convertible
2009 Honda Civic Type-S - Sold
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Post by red »

8-) it sounds like a good one
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Post by mmc757 »

:whistle: I like those wheels better than fanblades.

Congrats on the great find!
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Fanblades on! I know some are not a fan (pun intended :lol:) but for me a Puma just has to be on fanblades :grin: Also nicked some other bits and bobs from the donors like parcel shelf (was full of disconnected speakers), digital clock etc.

My old 1.7 now sitting on some compomotive turbos I had lying around for my mk2 escort and still somehow looking good
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1969 Escort Mk1 1300 Super
1975 Escort Mk2 1.7 X/flow - Project
1983 Fiesta Mk1 957 GL 'Series-X'
1985 Sierra 2.0 Ghia
1992 Peugeot 405 GLD
1997 Puma 1.7 Lux - RIP
1998 Puma 1.4
2000 Puma 1.7
1999 Renault Megane Karmann 1.6 16v - Sold
2003 BMW Compact 316ti - Daily
2002 BMW 318ci Msport Convertible
2009 Honda Civic Type-S - Sold
fefu17
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Post by fefu17 »

An update on the black puma...today she was treated to a full service - oil, coolant, brake fluid, all filters and rear wheel cylinders. Upon closer inspection, the mechanic also discovered lower gearbox mounting, top mounts and front stabiliser bushes needing replacement but couldn't find them that easily so will source those out first. Previous owner said cambelt was replaced 3 years/7,000 miles ago so I took his word for that :)

Cosmetically, I didn't do much other than trying out some cleaning products. I found autoglym's engine/machine cleaner and wurth's rust remover quite good for the engine bay :pose: . Next on the list are to fix the AC (hoping it's just a re-gas) and an underside wash. Below some photos I took today.

Next will be the exterior/interior. Pretty presentable as it is but ideally needs bonnet and tailgate repainting, machine polish, replacement steering wheel (top part is like a gummy bear :lol:), replacement front door cards (peeling on top and centres were replaced with some carbon fibre look trim). Most worrying is the perished rear tailgate window seal and headlamps seals...I don't see how these can be replaced without replacing the entire tailgate and headlamp units. Luckily I have 2 spare puma's :grin:

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1969 Escort Mk1 1300 Super
1975 Escort Mk2 1.7 X/flow - Project
1983 Fiesta Mk1 957 GL 'Series-X'
1985 Sierra 2.0 Ghia
1992 Peugeot 405 GLD
1997 Puma 1.7 Lux - RIP
1998 Puma 1.4
2000 Puma 1.7
1999 Renault Megane Karmann 1.6 16v - Sold
2003 BMW Compact 316ti - Daily
2002 BMW 318ci Msport Convertible
2009 Honda Civic Type-S - Sold
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Post by red »

8-) looking clean.
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FRP#0201 (2000) 2009-2011
Melina Blue (1999) 2006-2009
Moondust Silver (2000) 2006
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