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Postby grayfox » Mon Mar 07, 2016 9:59 am

The filler neck seal and pipe was inspected but doesn't seem to be the issue, think it might be seeping through the tank itself!
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Postby grayfox » Sun Mar 13, 2016 7:27 pm

So unsure whether my latest set back is the fault of the filler neck, tank or both! Had a goosey on that auction site during the week and straight away comes up a used tank, pump and filler pipe! collected today for just £35 and it all looks good.

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Thought I'd clean up the tank and probably rustproof it (even if I don't end up needing it, which I hope I don't, I'm sure someone would be interested in a treated tank!) I also cleaned up the filler pipe, soaked it a warm water, degreased it and treated with AG Bumper Care, polished the metal fuel cup end up and replaced the rotten clamps with new stainless one's

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Back to bare metal, will treat any small remaining rust spots with Kurst, but not sure how to finish it off, underseal it?

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Postby moondustka » Sun Mar 13, 2016 8:06 pm

Stonechip? Acid etch first though.

I then used 3m sprayable sealer on the underside of mine.
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Postby grayfox » Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:21 pm

:ok: I've got Hammerite stone chip shield spray (grey) certainly needs priming first you're right, is acid etch the same as zinc etch? Will underseal the bottom side yes .
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Postby moondustka » Sun Mar 13, 2016 9:35 pm

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Postby grayfox » Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:15 pm

So busy Weekend.

Petrol tank completed, acid etch prime then zinc primed, 3 coats of hammerite stone chip shield and 2 coats of underseal with waxoyl, first was brushed on the 2nd was foam rollered.

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Swapped out my filler pipe (stupid body screw was rounded so had to cut round it and got it out with some grips) Quick forward brake and reverse brake (to slosh the tank) and no more leak :) , seems to have been a perished rubber pipe although on inspection can't see that it had. Seems like I have a fully treated tank for sale though I'd hold onto it for now to make sure all is a.o.k.

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Lick of paint on the floorpan, Rustoleum Universal in a light grey applied with 4" foam rollers and various foam brushes. Repainted some trim for a little more serious look and painted over the dark blue dash with a matt black. Also tidied up the door cards with edge trim.

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Exhaust is still blowing but I'll get that sorted next weekend.
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Postby moondustka » Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:14 pm

Good work :thumbs:

Isn't that waxoyl sticky on the tank now?!
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Postby grayfox » Sun Apr 03, 2016 6:31 pm

If you apply it correctly (between 1 and 2 mm but no more) it wont transfer onto your hands after 24hr although you're right it will always be slightly tacky as its flexible, The idea of rolling on the second layer was to tell I'd covered the whole tank due to the change in texture (which is flatter and easier to handle). Like your led work, very modern! :ok:
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Postby moondustka » Sun Apr 03, 2016 7:53 pm

Yea, the waxoyl under my car is dry, but been in a few years now :lol:
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Postby grayfox » Sun Apr 03, 2016 8:55 pm

I remember I undersealed my rear ARB the night before it got fitted the next morning, bad :idea: :-D

oh forgot, I got 8 x speedline corse decals and some orange strips for my turini's to match the rest of the orange bits on the car, also going to strip the outside of most decals and fit a new kit

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Postby g-whizz » Sun Apr 03, 2016 10:08 pm

grayfox wrote:Source of the post So busy Weekend.

Petrol tank completed...Exhaust is still blowing but I'll get that sorted next weekend.


That's a busy Sunday, good going...and I like that Rustoleum, goes nicely with your contrasting dash trim too :ok:
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Postby grayfox » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:42 pm

Had a bit of spare time today so whipped the rear bumper off and jigsawed the bottom part of the inner frame to avoid the 'parachute effect' with the spare tyre and tray gone.

I did this by simply running a stanley knife a few times up and down the bottom bonded edge (see first pic) and using a jigsaw (checking that it wasn't too deep as to reach the outside surface) ran it across just below the first two bumper bolt holes. I'd planned on removing the inner frame although and brought a tube of tigerseal ready for the job of bonding it back on and leaving it to set overnight but this way the top of the inner frame is still bonded on as normal so I could get it back on straight away. The way also left me with a cool built-in diffuser! (pic 2) :lol: I then pressure washed it as it was filthy (pic 3) clean (pic 4) Removed a couple of ford racing decals as they had seriously faded and didnt go with the new orange theme and final tried the internet fable of peanut butter for bring black rubber back to life so put a tablespoon in the microwave (pic 5) and the results were honestly amazing!! (pic 6) Before sticking it back on I clayed it and used some Carlack NSC (pic 6 - the hair dryer helped get the decals off), I then cleaned up the metal rear section (pic 7) and using a suitable twist-knot drill bit took some rusted surface area back (pic 8/9) and treated with Kurust (couldn't be arsed to wait the 3 hours before going over with a top coat so will do that another time) Back on (pic 10)

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Postby moondustka » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:02 pm

Nice work!!

I knew the peanut butter worked :-)
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Postby g-whizz » Sun Apr 17, 2016 10:35 pm

Good going...be interesting to see how long the peanut butter trick lasts for, keep us posted. (Will also be interesting to see if any of the neighbourhood pooches like peanut butter! :lol: )
Like the decals on the 'flaps :ok:
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Postby grayfox » Mon Apr 18, 2016 7:45 am

Might try adding some 'jelly' and see what happens :derr: :lol:
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Postby slayllian » Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:56 pm

She's looking really good, love the mud flaps!
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Postby grayfox » Tue May 03, 2016 11:34 am

finally went to get the exhaust sorted as I've been so busy every weekend but luckly had a couple of leave days left over, so took today and tomorrow off. My opinion of the sportex 421 has slightly changed lol, got it up on the lift and there's a hole bigger than a 50p under the heatwrap and cracked all the way round :hmm:

Looking at the FRP stainless copy (cant afford a new piper/milltek at present) unless anyone knows of, or is selling a decent manifold I can buy??? pleaaasssse, lol.
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Postby moondustka » Wed May 04, 2016 8:07 am

Or weld it up?!
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Postby grayfox » Wed May 04, 2016 8:39 am

moondustka wrote:Or weld it up?!


I'd always be thinking when's it going to blow again and positive it would soon after, rust and intensive heat spots are not good combo with mild steel but I got my moneys worth out of it. Price of a stainless FRP copy and sportex are the same, reason I brought mine was it was used at £50.

Got a stainless FRP copy arriving tomorrow :grin:
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Postby moondustka » Wed May 04, 2016 10:57 pm

Ah, fair enough!
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Postby grayfox » Sun May 29, 2016 9:42 am

Fair while since an update, long time without a drivable puma and May was an expensive month!

As mentioned exhaust blew again at Rockingham and suffered a bad petrol leak which meant had no choice but to be recovered all the way to Southend!

From where it was leaking I was sure it the Filler Pipe which I replaced and drove it to the nearest exhaust garage for replacing (which I guessed) would be the flex perished.. nope gigantic hole in the mani and 2/3 pipes completely cracked not to mention it looked like a dug up dinosaur bone!

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Ordered an FRP special (advertised for puma) which was completely the wrong shape/angle! (received full refund from the seller) but my track day at Snetterton was approaching and I was stuck for getting a working exhaust system.

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Making matters slightly worse was as the font was lifted to fit the mani petrol again started pouring out around the filler pipe exit! No doubt it was actually the tank this time, luckily I hadn't sold my full refurbished and rustproofed tank!!

Spot the tiny hole(s) causing all that bother!
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Old vs New!
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Finally sourced a proper FRP Piper mainifold (it's a beast!) but unlike the sportex which fitted the length of the standard centre section it was 2” too long (this wasn't really an issue as I wanted a flex welded in anyway so needed taking back the exhaust place)

Id also got hold of a Hoffman race tube but decided to stick with my powerflow centre instead
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Poly Exhaust mounts from Pumabuild
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Floating car! notice the bag of compost (only thing I had to soak up the petrol!)
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Can tell the Piper has increased torque and likely a bit of bhp.

Stripped back some of the exterior decals and re-did the orange plasticdip bits, looking lots better.

Was finally ready for Snetteron with 2 days to spare and the car performed brilliantly, although on road tyres, predicted rain for most of the day and at 5am where was huge puddles everywhere so decided to not even bother taking the 888's sticking with rainsports, once I the first session it had all dried up and no rain for the whole day, I even got mildly sunburnt! It handled a lot better than I remember it did, I think the areo improvements in the rear bumper genuinely makes I difference turning at speed and the battery relocation balanced thing out more.

Went to my first Essex Ford Facebook group meet yesterday in Ingatestone Chelmsford. Great turn out and there's another next month.

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Postby moondustka » Sun May 29, 2016 11:02 pm

Looking good 8-)
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Postby PumaThunder » Wed Jun 22, 2016 5:03 pm

This is looking so good!
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Postby PumaJay » Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:14 pm

Cars look good dude! We all need to get on track again soon and have a play!
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Postby grayfox » Tue Aug 09, 2016 11:58 am

moondustka wrote:Source of the post Looking good 8-)


Thanks man, nice meeting you at FF, your puma as a whole is beautiful!

PumaThunder wrote:Source of the post This is looking so good!


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PumaJay wrote:Source of the post Cars look good dude! We all need to get on track again soon and have a play!


Seasons not over for you yet then, when you next planning an outing?


So haven't updated this for a good couple of months, not a whole lot has changed apart from some cosmetic tweaks as I wanted something new for FF on Sunday so fitted some canards I had for a while and drilled the front bumper nothing else has changed apart from giving the engine bay a good clean.

Next things are fitting Vibratechnics Engine and torque mounts I've recently got my hands on to go along with the gearbox one already installed and getting some brake pipes made up so the mk3 mondeo servo and master cylinder can go on.

After that a rear brake conversion and poly windows and fibreglass panels.

Given reasonable time/funds after that I'd like to install a rear cage, lsd and lighted flywheel and the project would be finished in my eyes (not going to be chasing any more power as I set out for 150bhp/ton and got there)

I did take some phone pics at FF but they came out either dark or blurry (lot to do with being under the trees I think) but here's a couple with the bonnet up before heading off in the morning

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