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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Fri Jun 06, 2014 3:41 pm

Hi, I took the Puma in for its MOT today it passed with no advisories, it must be luck it is the third year in a row with no problems. Perhaps it all is not as it seems it could be down to the fact that over the past three years I have averaged a mileage of 1947 miles per year.
I went down to my sailing club which is half a mile from where I live and just round the corner from where I work, I took the following photos on the clubs launching ramp.

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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Fri May 08, 2015 7:22 pm

Hi,
It has been three years since I have had to leave my Puma out in the rain, this is due to the fact that the new Puma has taken over the garage space. Hence a few shots.
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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:40 pm

Hi,
My birthday present to myself arrived today. I just need to get some 50 mm titanium wrap and extend the wiring for the lambda sensors then it is ready to be fitted.

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Post by JSP » Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:27 pm

RICHARD MANSFIELD2 wrote:Hi,
I put the Puma back on the road today after a winter sleepover in the gararge. I must say the cold air feed mod that I completed whilst it was laid up seemed to make it run smoother and quieter I do not know why, but it is such a simple and cheap mod I would recomend it. It was fantastic to drive the Puma again, the experience bought a smile to my face. I went to Morrisons for a quick shop, I spotted another three Pumas on the trip.
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What is the cold air feed mod that you mention?
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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Tue Jun 23, 2015 8:51 pm

Hi,
I completed the modification to upgrade the standard Puma air feed to that of the FRP. It is in the 'How to do' guide' It is easy and you can use all the parts of the standard Puma set up. Well worth doing and dirt cheap.
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Post by JSP » Wed Jun 24, 2015 6:50 am

Ah, I see thank you.
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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Wed Jun 24, 2015 8:12 am

RICHARD MANSFIELD2 wrote:Hi,
I completed the modification to upgrade the standard Puma air feed to that of the FRP. It is in the 'How to do' guide' It is easy and you can use all the parts of the standard Puma set up. Well worth doing and dirt cheap.
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Has the engine note changed because of the modified inlet?
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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Wed Jun 24, 2015 10:43 am

Hi,
Not that I have noticed, but the throttle response seemed a little better at higher speed.
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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Mon Jul 06, 2015 6:18 pm

Hi,
The Puma failed it's MOT due to leaking oil to a rear shock absorber and the handbrake ineffective on one wheel. I knew it would possibly fail on the handbrake and asked the garage to sort it. However, I was not expecting the shock absorber. Anyway I had two new shocks with top mounts also had the FRP exhaust fitted. all done for another year. I was not so bad as for the past few years it has never had any MOT issues.

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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Fri Aug 28, 2015 4:34 pm

Hi,
Today I eventually got round to one of those small jobs that I have been meaning to do for quite some time. The faded rear high intensity fog lights.

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It did not take long. Firstly I rubbed them down with 1200 wet and dry then a few coats of clear coat lacquer When fitted back on the Puma they enhanced its appearance. I wish I had done it a long time ago.

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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:07 pm

Hi.
The problem with having two of these

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Means that I have to buy two lots of this.

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That lot cost me as much as another Puma and I still have to pay the garage.

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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:08 pm

You are comofortable using QH products?
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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Fri Mar 11, 2016 8:26 pm

Hi,
Yes I have used them for over forty years with no problems.

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Post by g-whizz » Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:57 pm

RICHARD MANSFIELD2 wrote: Hi.
The problem with having two of these

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Means...That lot cost me as much as another Puma and I still have to pay the garage
...is that a new of definition of 1st world problems? :lol:

Being newish I'd not seen the little black Puma, v nice...really like the stripe actually, been pondering a different one for mine once arches sorted but wondered if it might look a bit too OTT? Yours looks quite subtle there though, suits it. :ok:
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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:45 pm

Thank you.
I went for the most toned down stripe that was still a contrast. It was a pig to do because on the Puma all surfaces are curved which does not lend to sticking straight strips on to it. To stick a wider stripe on would be very difficult unless it was running down the center line of the car. But spraying could be another option.

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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Sat Mar 12, 2016 7:14 am

RICHARD MANSFIELD2 wrote: Hi,
Yes I have used them for over forty years with no problems.

regards,
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Well I had on my old orion with 1.3 Kent engine waterpump seizure that led to braking of a belt. It was QH water pump less than a year old and after that never again bought a QH part... Maybe it was just my luck, but still. We have a saying; if a snake bytes you, mind the lizzards as well (hope it is understandable, it is difficuilt to translate some of the sayings)

But, you have a really nice pair of pumas there!
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Post by TGPlayer1 » Sat Mar 12, 2016 4:25 pm

Anything can fail, even genuine parts. You may have been unlucky in that instance and it's unfair to write off an entire brand due to one mishap. If Richard has been using QH products for over 40 years without issue he's collected more data than you.

This is of course looking at it from a scientific point of view and if you don't want to use QH stuff then don't, doesn't matter to me.
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Post by 748 » Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:18 pm

In the 70s and 80s when we were running cars on a shoestring, genuine parts were not an option (unless there was no alternative).
QH parts were the next best thing and I can't remember ever having any issues with them.
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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:59 pm

Hi.

Well that dreaded time of year arrived again.....MOT. It passed, no advisories. I must admit although I do take good care of my Puma I am well aware the it is seventeen years old and now start to get a bit nervous at MOT time, for that little bit of corrosion that might be lurking somewhere. I am sure it is only a matter of time.

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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:39 am

Hi all,

It has been some time since I have updated my thread. I am now having to use the Puma as a daily which does greave me a little, I have now clocked up £120K. It is still running well with no issues. I have upgrade all the head light bulbs, I can now actually see where I am going when driving down those dark country lanes. A few weeks ago I got a foam head for my buffer and some G10 compound and gave it a buff up followed with two coats of polish it came up very well. Also I have just shelled out on a full set of Uniroyal rainsport 3's. I am very impressed, they give a lot more forgiving ride bearing in mind I am running 40 profile tyres. I am hoping some time next year to use it only on high-days and holidays.

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Post by DOH » Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:43 pm

Hi Richard
Good to hear all's going well and your Puma still looks very smart.
I have now clocked up £120K
Wow you've spent a lot a lot on your Puma :grin:
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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:58 pm

Hi,

Thanks.

I spoke to soon I have had an annoying knocking from the rear nearside whilst driving over bad roads. I discovered to day it is a rear bush. I have ordered a pair of Ford bushes. All I need to do now is to get a bush removal/refitting tool. A job for next weekend.

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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Mon Nov 27, 2017 6:58 pm

Hi,

Just a quick update. I replaced the bushes last Saturday I followed the how to do guide. However I did not have to unbolt the hand brake cables or touch the exhaust. The nut on one bush bolt had seized despite a course of derusting fluid applied regularly over a course of a week prior to doing the job, I eventually got it off. The other nut and bolt rounded. I simply cut the nut off with a hack saw, a quick and easy job. I had replacement M12 x 90mm hexbolts of suitable quality with large pattern washers and nylock nuts before I started the job. I had also purchased this

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FORD-FIESTA- ... SwB09YF0I4

It was so quick and easy using this tool. I would strongly recommend heating the bush housing prior to removal AND refitting the new bush, additionally place the new bushes in the freezer. Also just cut the nuts off and use new bolts on refitting. New bolts and the correct tool save loads of hassle.

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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Fri Mar 02, 2018 4:24 pm

Hi.

Just a quick update, I no longer have a lazy tailgate it works as it should.
I bought these
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Fantastic value would recommend them. The ends unscrew so the electric spade terminals off the old strut can be refitted. I know that there have been several comments about the struts degrading and not working as they should.

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