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Postby Brian' » Mon Aug 05, 2013 2:09 pm

Hello and Welcome!

My name is Brian. As of writting this I'm 17 years old I'm from The Netherlands. As my first car I bought a Ford Puma. It is a Moondust Silver from 07-15-1998. It has the 1.7L engine.
When I first got her I gave her a full service at a local garage, which included new discs and pads, they also changed the handbrake cable which didn't do anything according to them. After they solved these things I asked them to give it a new MOT which was also needed, After all the work they did it passed with flying colours.

However they told me if I wanted to drive it for a few more year I should look into the rust it got, Especially on the sill, Arches aren't that bad one side has bubbles the other one has no sign of rust.

I don't really have a lot of plans with this car, Just want to improve it in some bits, As I'm 17 years old I'm not allowed to drive it alone yet, Here in the Netherlands we have something called 2ToDrive, which means that you're able to get your drivers license on the age of 17 however you're not allowed to drive on your own. You need a special card, On this card you're allowed to register 4 coaches. With these 4 coaches you're allowed to drive on the public roads. The day you turn 18 you're allowed to drive alone.

Things I would like to improve/need to do will be written down below, This list will either grow or decrease over time. I will try to update this as much as possible to make it orderly

After a few months of lurking on this forum I decided to make my own project thread to keep all of you up-to-date, I will try to update this thread as I go along, Hopefully I'm able to post as much pictures as possible so that there is more to enjoy that words.

Lets start, This is when I bought her. I have to admit, for the price I paid it is a pretty solid car. But it has it's problems. The driver side window (left side here) goes up badly, You really need to help it up otherwise it won't shut, I've tried some WD40 inside the sliders and it does go better, However it might be the window rubbers that goes above the window as that's badly corroded where the window shuts.:
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Modifications:

DONE

ImageMats (It didn't came with mats)
ImagePuma logos on the 1/4 windows
ImageRubber frontlip (This one was missing)
ImageScrewcovers (Alchemy blue)
Image4 new tyres (Uniroyal Rainsport 2 in 195/50/R15)
ImageDMB Graphics overlays (Black-Red)
ImageProjectPuma.com stickers for the 1/4 windows
ImagePaint gearknob
ImageFront Splitter (Richard Mansfield)
ImageLeather gear gaiter (Red stitch)
ImageLeather handbrake gaiter (Red stitch)
ImageMudflaps (Genuine Ford flaps)
ImageClear/Smoked side repeaters
ImagePaint the brake drums black (Hammerite)
ImageNew steering wheel
ImageRust repair (arches)
ImagePiper 3,5'' outwardly rolled backbox
ImagePainted the carpet/Doorpanels
ImageNew rear wiper
ImageSparco R100's
ImagePaint the calibers red
ImageFlocked dashboard
ImageUnderbody seal/rust protection
ImageST150 brake upgrade, with Mintex M1144 pads and National Sport discs.
ImageBorbet Type E 15x7J with the Uniroyal Tyres from the Propellors

FUTURE

ImageRetrim rear seats so they match the front seats
ImageRe-weld the seat rails to make it lower and centered.

UNSURE

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Photos of the finished modifications:

ImageMats:
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ImagePuma logos:
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ImageRubber frontlip:
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ImageScrewcovers:
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ImageTyres:
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Will be doing most of the things myself, Expect for things I'm not capable of (such as clutches and so on) I would really like to do most things myself, but having a dad that doesn't like that I don't always have the choice. I've never done anything like this before so I may make a few mistakes in the process, But it's a learning curve which excites me.
Hope you all like it. I'll keep you updated :P
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Re: Project Moondust Silver

Postby Brian' » Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:13 pm

ImageClear/Cleaned Headlights

Last week I've wet sanded my headlights. They were really blurry so I decided (after gathering some information on the internet) to wet sand them. I used 600 grid and 1200 grid. After that I've polished them with Meguiars PlastX and waxed them with TurtleWax.

Here are some pictures:
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Cleaned the plastic bits:
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They were this blurry:
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Result(Photo made with my phone so I may not look like a clear headlight):
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QUESTION: Now I've removed the UV-layer. Is it possible to buy a new UV-layer. Because otherwise they will be blurry again in 2-3 months.
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Re: Project Moondust Silver

Postby Brian' » Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:16 pm

ImageWash/Waxed Puma :)

Today I've been busy washing the car. After that I've waxed the whole car.
It was my first time waxing a car. Whole process took about 2 hours (my Dad was helping me :P)

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Roof:
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Beautiful reflection :D
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Re: Project Moondust Silver

Postby Wild E. Coyote » Sun Aug 11, 2013 7:26 pm

A Puma wrote:
QUESTION: Now I've removed the UV-layer. Is it possible to buy a new UV-layer. Because otherwise they will be blurry again in 2-3 months.


You can buy a clear laquer with UV protection. I think I saw Würth has something like that in their portfolio. Or any other would do I guess.... :?:

Or just go for this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmW45X9J1Wg

Edit: found it: wurth 0893158 polymer surface protector offers also UV protection
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Re: Project Moondust Silver

Postby YOG » Sun Aug 11, 2013 8:21 pm

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Re: Project Moondust Silver

Postby Brian' » Sun Aug 11, 2013 9:31 pm

Might try the Wurth Polymer Surface Protection. This looks really professional! Any idea where I can order this here in The Netherlands?
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Re: Project Moondust Silver

Postby Wild E. Coyote » Mon Aug 12, 2013 7:52 am

In Croatia Wurth has its own store where you can buy all the stuff they produce.....
My guess would be something similar exist in Netherlands :?:

Edit: it does...

http://www.wurth.nl/shops/
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Re: Project Moondust Silver

Postby Brian' » Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:53 pm

Got these in the post today.. Will probably fit them over the weekend.

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That's it for now :)
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Re: Project Moondust Silver

Postby Brian' » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:00 pm

ImageDMB Graphics Overlays
ImageProjectPuma club stickers

Had some time so I've fitted them.

Front:
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Back:
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ProjectPuma sticker:
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Promoting ProjectPuma here in The Netherlands :)
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Re: Project Moondust Silver - DMB Overlays fitted!

Postby Qwertben » Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:02 am

how the hell did you take that headlight cover offf????
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Re: Project Moondust Silver - DMB Overlays fitted!

Postby Brian' » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:54 am

Qwertben wrote:how the hell did you take that headlight cover offf????

You have to heat the glue. After that you can pop it up with a screwdriver. You do need to be very careful though and need some patience.
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Re: Project Moondust Silver - DMB Overlays fitted!

Postby yippeekiay » Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:23 am

Well done on all the work so far. Mostly subtle things but I like your attention to detail.

Hope you put your lights back together well as it may cause more condensation in the future as it happens anyway. I just cleaned the inside of mine while it was still one piece and managed easily enough.

Keep up the good work :ok:
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Re: Project Moondust Silver - DMB Overlays fitted!

Postby jifflemon » Sat Aug 24, 2013 4:26 pm

A Puma wrote:ImageNew steering wheel (Maybe a Zetec S with red leather?? - don't know if this is a straight fit in the Puma.)


Why not join us on the epic croation steering wheel thread? Get one made to how you want!
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Re: Project Moondust Silver - DMB Overlays fitted!

Postby Modena » Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:19 pm

Hee Brian! Welkom jongen, ook op ons Nederlands forum :grin:
Nice modifications, hope to see your Puma in reallife one day!
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Re: Project Moondust Silver - DMB Overlays fitted!

Postby quest63 » Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:09 pm

Car looks nice :thumbs:

You might find you already have 12mm spacers on the rear as early models had a narrower axle with 12mm spacers on.
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Re: Project Moondust Silver - DMB Overlays fitted!

Postby Brian' » Tue Nov 05, 2013 2:36 pm

quest63 wrote:Car looks nice :thumbs:

You might find you already have 12mm spacers on the rear as early models had a narrower axle with 12mm spacers on.

Oh really, Might check that first before ordering spacers. Thanks for the heads up ;)
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Re: Project Moondust Silver - DMB Overlays fitted!

Postby Brian' » Sun Nov 10, 2013 9:29 pm

Another update! Today I polished my gearknob.
Pictures say more that words! (sadly phone pictures :()

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Re: Project Moondust Silver - DMB Overlays fitted!

Postby Glenn_ » Thu Nov 14, 2013 6:47 pm

Top work matey.
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Re: Project Moondust Silver - DMB Overlays fitted!

Postby Brian' » Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:38 pm

Hello ProjectPuma,

Today my new exhaust backbox came in the mail. Ordered it at Larkspeed in the UK and the shipping went well :ok:
Took me atleast 5 minutes to unwrap it! :P :
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After I've unwrapped it:
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The exhaust tailpipe appears larger than I though it would be. It's a 3,5'' Piper outwardly rolled backbox.
It's only the backbox at the moment but this may change in the future :lol:

The backbox will be fitted next week's Friday. So let the wait begin... :cry:

This is how big the exhaust is, It looks really big if you compare it to me (6,28'' , 190cm)
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This is it for now
You will hear from me soon 8)
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Re: Project Moondust Silver - Exhaust 3,5'' Outwardly rolled

Postby Brian' » Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:04 pm

Got the exhaust backbox fitted yesterday. And wow, It looks so nice :) - And the sound it makes is also very nice and suits the car really well.

Pictures say more than words;

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Will also make a comparison video in the future, comparing the old backbox sound vs the new backbox sound.
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Postby Brian' » Sat Apr 26, 2014 9:10 pm

Next big update will be sorting out the rust! :grin:
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Re: Project Moondust Silver - Exhaust 3,5'' Outwardly rolled

Postby adampuma » Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:59 pm

You got the Exhaust i have :) good man! My advice helped then :)
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Postby Brian' » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:05 pm

adampuma wrote:You got the Exhaust I have :) good man! My advice helped then :)

Yep! Really pleased with it!
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Re: Project Moondust Silver - Exhaust 3,5'' Outwardly rolled

Postby adampuma » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:18 pm

Now all you need is a 421 stainless steel manifold, it will sound amazing :)
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