Mr Fox's Puma

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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby Brian' » Mon May 05, 2014 9:30 pm

Nice update, Have you already test fitted the propellor alloys?
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby Flying Scotsman » Mon May 05, 2014 9:33 pm

Ermmm... different i'll give you that..
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby JiiHu » Mon May 05, 2014 10:05 pm

grayfox wrote:... wrapped the airbox the induction hose with high quality heat reflective film (dunno if it will do anything in the real world but hey-ho)

Atleast it should reduce temps a little bit according to these links :D
http://forums.rennlist.com/rennforums/9 ... -tape.html
http://mbworld.org/forums/w211-amg/3113 ... tures.html
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Mon May 05, 2014 10:11 pm

A Puma wrote:Nice update, Have you already test fitted the propellor alloys?


No not yet, I didn't have time to get the car over to Steavies before jetting off on Honeymoon, need to ask him when he can fit me in next actually, they will be going on A048's.

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grayfox wrote:... wrapped the airbox the induction hose with high quality heat reflective film (dunno if it will do anything in the real world but hey-ho)

Atleast it should reduce temps a little bit according to these links :D
http://forums.rennlist.com/rennforums/9 ... -tape.html
http://mbworld.org/forums/w211-amg/3113 ... tures.html


Oh cool, never actually read any threads on it prior/looked it up and didn't get the idea off anyone, it just made sense.
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Tue May 20, 2014 2:19 pm

Puma's in for a fair bit of work at our favourite resident mechanics garage, including coilovers and a service. Hopefully post pics this weekend.
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby Brian' » Tue May 20, 2014 5:34 pm

Can't wait till we can see the pictures with the alloys on! I bet it looks superb :thumbs:
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby Glenn_ » Wed Jul 02, 2014 9:39 pm

Have you tried your car with the 2 ltr throttle body on yet? Did you notice any difference with it fitted.
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:04 pm

Glenn_ wrote:Have you tried your car with the 2 ltr throttle body on yet? Did you notice any difference with it fitted.


I believe it did, at top end anyway.

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Nearly 10 weeks since my last update! (and I said I was gonna keep on top of this, pah!)

Since bedford I had my AP's fitted, FRP mapped ECU, New Engine Mounts, OMP Lower Strut Brace, New ST Discs and New Ferodo DS2500 Pads

Also stripped the interior and got rid of all the sound deadening (weighs a ton that stuff all together) feel a real difference in the car now, so much more fun to drive.

Was playing with some decals today and wet sanded a headlight as it turned yellow, went from 400-600-800-1000-1200-1500-2000-2500 but even after a good polish it still dull as hell (least the yellows gone) will have to give it a machine polish and see but I shouldn't have gone down to 400 straight off the bat.

Have added my ford fair track passes already so I don't forget them and my new helmet.

Apart from a wash its ready to rock!

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see with the drivers headlight?
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oh yea I forgot to mention I cut out the original rubber mat in the carpet and used doubled sided velco pads :)
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby Mike d92 » Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:36 pm

I want one of them battery covers were did you find it? :o
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby Brian' » Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:39 pm

Car looks really good - Looking forward to see it this sunday :ok:
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Thu Jul 31, 2014 10:14 pm

Mike d92 wrote:I want one of them battery covers were did you find it? :o


It's actually a stainless ford racing one I got it for a bargain off eBay but the shiny look didn't fit it with the theme under the bonnet so wrapped it (keeps it in good nick too I guess)

Brian' wrote:Car looks really good - Looking forward to see it this sunday :ok:


Yea great turn out this year, and good variety of pumas, can't wait to nose round everyones kitty kats!
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby stephengreen » Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:38 pm

Love the splitter :grin:
Did you replace engine mounts with new standard ones or vibra technics?
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:54 am

stephengreen wrote:Love the splitter :grin:
Did you replace engine mounts with new standard ones or vibra technics?


Standard febi bilstein, the trader 'steavie' on here had a ball ache fitting the gearbox one because it was actually for a diseal fiesta van but clearly titled and advertised for the 1.7, so needed cutting, think he told them to take it down off their site.

Splitter is real carbon fibre over a base of fibreglass moulded on the frp, prob is I cracked it and put fake vinyl over to cover it. I think its one of the only in the country that blatantly looks fake but its actually real!
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Sat Oct 11, 2014 3:06 pm

Just wanted to show off my new Steering Wheel :)

330mm Semi-Dished OMP WRC wheel brought used, it didn't come with a horn button or ring adapter as couldn't find any for under £20 delivered I gambled on a listing on ebay from Hong Kong, delivery was impressively quick considering I paid under a £5 all in to my door, really happy with it.

The leather was worn on both sides at the top but after a couple of treatments with Grison Leather De Luxe it came up good! The real leather feels sooo much better than the faux leather on the oem wheel.

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Then simply CF wrapped the button which sets it off I think

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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Thu Oct 16, 2014 9:58 pm

Also added a CF touch to my mk3 2.0 servo

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Here's my boss that arrived the other day to go with my new wheel

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Also got a pair of 3-point TRS's

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3" Piper Backbox (Bargain Ebay buy at £40)

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Two of these are going in on side mounts

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Genuine FRP Cams

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Will update once all fitted in a week or so
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Mon Oct 27, 2014 3:02 pm

All Fitted! :grin: :grin: :grin: ... well almost.

Couldn't get the brake pipes bent for the Mondeo servo and my horn worked only twice then broke but part from those two things all went well. Another stuff done not pictured above are:

Cambelt Change + Water pump, Rocker Gasket and new Idle Pulley (belt was worn and brown in places causing nasty tick over noise)and a VibraTechnics Engine Mount (Gearbox)

I absolutely LOVE the VibraTechnics Mount, it's homed the whole car together I know people rave about the lower strut brace but this is a different league and car doesn't dip like it used too under braking which gives you lots of confidence!

I thought my Daytonas were bucket seats, how wrong was I!, Sparco Rev are REAL bucket seats there’s no going nowhere, wheel lovely too and you can throw the car into corners much easily with more accuracy

Restoration Time!

Before you read the below please note I am a total, total novice when it comes to body repairs and everything carried out was for the first time...but thought why not give it a crack!

I was all into polishing and waxing the car like a madman a few years back but jacked it all in and not fussed with the body condition at all anymore (that becomes normal when your car gets bumped regulary on a public street (no drive or garage)
:( the reason I spent a long weekend doing the below work was so the rust didn't take over the car and become a bigger problem than it should!

I left for my parents place in Essex for the use of their garage the next morning with some LONG overdue preventive treatment in mind. Firstly I removed the rear arch carpets, wire brushed rust, degreased the inner arches and the drums I then started grinding out the nearside rear arch rust with a twist knot before treating everything with Kurust and leaving for 3 hours.

You can see how bad the rust got...


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Starting to grind out the rust!

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Thats not a hole... this is a hole!

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Then started Fibreglassing!

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Starting to Rub down after P38 also applied!

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Wrapped up coilovers and brake lines/hoses and applied Hammerite Stone Chip Shield


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Next half to follow, I'm at Work and run out of my lunchbreak!
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby Noobrider » Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:32 pm

After all that work I did...including fiberglassing them, mine have started to bubble through again, going to have to do the Peugeot thing and cut them out completely
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby Brian' » Mon Oct 27, 2014 8:40 pm

Looks good so far. Hopefully the fiberglass will hold.
Will probably keep the rust away for a few monts to a year. Like Noobrider said; If your skilled enough (and can weld) you could try the Peugeot wing/Kizza arches.
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Mon Oct 27, 2014 9:27 pm

Noobrider wrote:After all that work I did...including fiberglassing them, mine have started to bubble through again, going to have to do the Peugeot thing and cut them out completely


Well that's the thing I didn't spend long doing it, much less than a day as I knew I could spend a week trying to get the surface just curved correctly but I don't obviously have the skill or experience, the surface is bumpy as a finished result but at least its not bumpy with horrible rust for now, if it keeps the rust from growing for a year I'm happy!

Brian' wrote:Looks good so far. Hopefully the fiberglass will hold.
Will probably keep the rust away for a few monts to a year. Like Noobrider said; If your skilled enough (and can weld) you could try the Peugeot wing/Kizza arches.


Fiberglass will definitely hold as its a good thickness, I have a pair of puma arches from the group buy from Germany on here if it gets to the point where I have to use them I will but I'd rather spend money on enjoying the car rather than it looking showroom.
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Mon Oct 27, 2014 10:01 pm

Second Half

Finished Result, as I mentioned its poor and bumpy but couldn't do much better especially in the time

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Rear Underside

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From the Petrol Tank back (including rear beam) I taped up/covered all electrics/plasics and wire brushed rust, degreased, Kurust'd, etch primed and coated with Hammerite Underseal (with added Waxoyl) annoyingly it's a little thin on some of the flatter surfaces

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I mocked up some Door Cards from a couple of sheets of matt black foam board, I only got to do the drivers side and still got a little to do (including fitting a handle, lol) but marked up a template for the passenger side so will be quick and easy to cut out the other one. Keeping my front speakers but ditched the heavier rear boxes.

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Will finish it off Sat/Sun ready for the Track on Monday :pose:
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Sat Nov 15, 2014 2:18 pm

As some of you may know a blew my exhaust at Brands Hatch on 3rd November so popped into FlowTech in Dagenham this morning, the fexi had cracked almost all the way around, it had sapped the power big time and was louder than you could imagine! Reason it cracked as the nice bloke there explained was the weight of the centre pipe and some of the backbox was acting on the flexi so they welded in a brand new one and an extra custom mount just before it for support..

nabbed a quick photo of it on their lift

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Forgot to mention before but a new bosch coilpacks been fitted and a rear strut brace helped sniffen the backend while retaining ride comfort. I'm going to underseal over the stonechip shield on the rear wheel arches, the noise the rain and stones make without the carpet is surpising! so hopefully should tone that down and provide extra protection at the same time. Also added a fire extinguisher where the passenger airbag used to be, I actually had one too!

Love my driving position, a gear stick extender like Jay's done will improve my coordination and help me keep me more focused on the road/track. couple of B&W's

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Pic of engine bay while cooling down at Brands

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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby Duster » Fri Nov 21, 2014 10:43 pm

Nice build thread, just bought my first Puma a few months ago and thinking of doing the very same thing...you have given me the push to go for it. I shall be keeping an eye on your build :wink:
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Sat Nov 22, 2014 3:11 pm

Duster wrote:Nice build thread, just bought my first Puma a few months ago and thinking of doing the very same thing...you have given me the push to go for it. I shall be keeping an eye on your build :wink:


Cheers bud, good to hear I provided some inspiration.

Had a little set back the other day when a truck reversed into the front of the car, driver settled out of the insurance so with the money I plan on buying one of kizza's fibreglass imtec bonnet's and having it carbon 'dripped' (depending on the price).

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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby Brian' » Sun Nov 23, 2014 11:15 am

Great looking picture! - Do you have two different light bulbs in your Puma? One whitish and yellowish?
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Re: Mr Fox's Puma

Postby grayfox » Sun Nov 23, 2014 12:39 pm

Brian' wrote:Great looking picture! - Do you have two different light bulbs in your Puma? One whitish and yellowish?


My N/S 6k HID ballast blew so was replaced by a standard bulb. Quite like the look but need it replaced for night driving.
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