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Post by ArtfulHussy » Fri Sep 02, 2016 10:10 am

Yaaay! The back half of the rear lines aren't too bad a job, get a pair of the ready made ones off fleabay and you're sorted :ok: this gives me hope for Reggie :thumbs:
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Post by The Arch Bishop » Sun Sep 11, 2016 4:45 pm

Time to spend a bit of effort on Jegger! The rear brake lines have been on the advisories on and off for years, so I decided to have a poke about and see how bad they were.

It certainly looked bad...

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But on close inspection, it was a gooey coating that had started flaking off and a little bit of surface rust. A bit of wet and dry and they suddenly didn't look like death-traps any more;

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However, you can see the obvious hole that opened up with a bit of a poke! A bit of Hydrate splashed around to try and slow-down the rot - best not to worry about these things too much! :roll:

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And finally, I used some of the Bilt-Hamber cavity wax on a paint-brush to give the lines a good water-proof coating.

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This was the worst side. Should hopefully look a little more appealing to the MOT man!

What may not look to appealing is the nasty rust-scab on the nearside sill;

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Very near the seat-belt mounting - I think it's this that's most likely to fail it, but you never know with a Puma!
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Post by The Arch Bishop » Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:17 pm

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Bye bye Jegger.... You were a nightmare horror of a car, but you were my nightmare horror.
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Post by Brian' » Fri Apr 07, 2017 7:58 pm

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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:04 pm

So, another one bites the dust...?
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Post by The Arch Bishop » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:15 pm

Nope - it's not biting the dust and I'm sure the new owner will be along eventually to take up the thread! :thumbs:
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Post by XAF » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:42 pm

Aurevoir Jegger!

Glad he went to a good home Lee.
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Post by Fanwheel » Tue Apr 11, 2017 9:01 pm

Oh no! Sorry to see Jegger go, but pleased to hear he is with someone who will look after him...I know you had some frustrating issues.

Now that you have the Swift and MGF, is that 'it' for you and Pumas? Will
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Post by The Arch Bishop » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:17 pm

Never say never! The Swift is good, but it's not a Puma (missing steering feel and 'that' gear change).

I just had to step away as motivation for a car with constant and unrelenting issues tends to dull the enthusiasm!
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Post by tuonokid » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:41 pm

Hi Lee
I never saw that coming.... but I should have done. Well done for persevering so far :-)
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Post by The Arch Bishop » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:48 pm

To be honest Barry, I hadn't touched it in a year and it was depressing seeing it going green and manky on the driveway.

The options were;

1. Break it for parts - that would have been a proper shame.
2. Sell it - potential for the next owner to break it for parts.
3. Give it away - Essentially gives a certain amount of trust to the next owner to carry on working on it. Obviously they could still sell it or break it for a fast buck, but it gives Jegger the best chance for survival.

I went for option 3 - so fingers crossed the new owner does the decent thing (if economically viable obviously).
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Post by tuonokid » Tue Apr 11, 2017 11:56 pm

Hi Lee
I fully understand that, let's hope the new owner can make it viable again but I think it's the end of the road for most Pumas this year due to rampant rot at the rear (apart from the ones that have been protected or lived cosseted lives).
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Post by The Arch Bishop » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:16 am

Very true! Jegger was fairly sound structurally, but the passenger side sill had a nasty blister and the rear inner wheel arches were just starting to hole. Not too far gone (a lot of rot had been sorted out in my time and the sills are filled with Bilt Hamber).

It was just the relentless next fix that was always needed and never quite driving right - gets you down after a while and with the MGF being such a amiable little fella, it was time to move on.

I'm happy I've done the right thing at least.
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Post by tuonokid » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:20 am

Well done Lee for keeping a Puma going for so long :grin:
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Post by quest63 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:22 pm

Bloody hell just logged on for the first time in an age and the first thing I see is this ....gutted :shock:

How ya doing Lee?
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Post by The Arch Bishop » Thu Apr 13, 2017 8:14 am

Good thanks! Thought you'd gone to ground!
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Post by quest63 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:59 pm

The Arch Bishop wrote: Good thanks! Thought you'd gone to ground!
I'm risen all Lazurus like, Pumber isn't at least not yet but......................
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Post by The Arch Bishop » Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:18 pm

Buuuuuut?

Going to stick a project thread up then?
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Post by quest63 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:45 pm

Gosh I never did get around to that did I? I always thought anything I would be doing would be very mundane compared to other
peoples cars and that so many others were so well written that I didn't have anything new to offer.

Butttttt.........? hmm well no ifs and buts I suppose iirc there really isn't much to do to get her up and running.

She needs a new brake hose and brake pipe on the drivers front and then all the hoses and pipes with the exception of the ones in the tunnel will have been changed along with the rear cylinders. Then some oil down the bores a bit of manual cranking and some fuel and she should be going. Hopefully there will be no no leaks from the connector on the new (zillion coats of paint petrol tank) or brake unions.

Think I'll get her out for a wash first though.
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Post by Jamesfrp333 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:50 pm

JEGGAR CONTINUED...

Pleased to announce Jeggar has been adopted into a puma family and fits in nicely alongside the FRP, Millie and a standard (but tastefully Modified) Pacific Green one! Curiass is a great colour... :-D

Thanks to the arch bishop (Lee) for the opportunity of owning such a popular and beautiful (if not troublesome) Car! My first impression is its a diamond in the rough. Paintwork looks brilliant even if it is sporting a few mouldy patches here and there. Im obviously aware of its issues and look forward to getting stuck in and keeping the project moving forward. After a short drive today I realised the abs and traction control lights didnt go out, but did so after turning off and on again. My work is cut out with this one!

MOT Tomorrow at my usual place. Fingers crossed the tester is in a good mood :P

Most pressing jobs:

Cambelt
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Sexy pictures to follow once I remember how its done (upload them, not take them) :grin:
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Post by The Arch Bishop » Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:15 pm

Well, with the baton passed on, all I can say is GOOD LUCK!

ABS is a new one though - probably the only typical Puma problem I didn't have with Jegger! :thumbs:
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Post by red » Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:17 pm

How many Pumas :grin:

Glad its landed well, good luck with it!
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Post by The Arch Bishop » Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:23 pm

Oh, and have this photo upload on me to show off your collection!

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PS: Why does Jegger look massive next to the Millie?!
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Post by Frank » Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:51 pm

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PS: Why does Jegger look massive next to the Millie?!
Perspective. Both other cars are progressively further away from the viewpoint and therefore appear smaller. That's also why the fence behind appears higher at the left hand end. :-)
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