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Post by ElDude at Allison Automotive » Sun Jun 12, 2016 6:18 pm

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moondustka wrote: No no, it takes skill to put stuff back on like that and a keen eye to make it right. Otherwise chips, bangs and knocks can un-do areas of that gleaming bodywork! What you have had done and are doing to the car is a credit to you and says a lot about a person, I believe anyway.

It would be pointless getting my puma to that state as the next time it went '70mph', it would get ruined!
Very kind of you Ben!

My OCD is going to have to sort that white clip out that holds the brake line. It's the original Ford 'modification' when they recalled them for the hose rubbing. I have no idea why they didn't drill the hole slightly to the left so BOTH pipes were clipped in. It's a cack handed solution so that's a job for tomorrow to put it right.... Without drilling the pipes by mistake!!
This is because the recall was done at ford dealers so the fit is different from car to car.. as you say, its not rocket science to fit the clip so it holds both. .seems pretty obvious. . It must have been on the recall instructions you would have thought. . :?

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Post by XAF » Sun Jun 12, 2016 6:28 pm

Today's update, she runs!!

Today was not fun, quite stressful and in the end joyous! Start of the day was getting as high as possible on thinners cleaning off all the grime off the bottom of the main floor section before stonechip and topcoat. Not fun.

Then I spent an age looking for all the new fixings for the heat shields, could I find them, could I heck. Obviously after wasting an hour they were in the first box I looked in under he other million clips and fixings I've ordered that I simply didn't need or now have spares for my black one which when I'm insane enough, will be getting the same treatment.

Then the manifold. Wow. What a pig. Actually, it wouldn't have been a pig if I'd have asked the question first but thanks to Chris, Alex and Simon, the obvious answer was disconnect the dogbone mount, push the engine forward, wedge and fit. As soon as we disconnected the mount, the new Piper manifold was on in 5 mins. Thanks gents!

Next up was the Lambda. Couldn't find the plug, then when I could it was no way long enough. Had I given away the loom extension by mistake when I sold the the old exhaust?!! The answer was actually no. Some idiot had cable tied the old one to the expansion tank and once a bit of slack was achieved it all fitted up.

Next on was the exhaust which was a doddle, although there is a tiny blow on the back box joint which is a bit annoying considering it's a brand new system and gasket. Job for tomorrow that one, I want to know if it still runs!

Click one, click two - all the dash lights come on and the airbag light flashes away as the seats aren't in. The pump primes, turn the key once more and bam, it sparks into life and sounds awesome! Much better system than the old one and the rasp is fantastic.

Next up were the side repeaters which were a pig so took the front wheels off, peeled back the liners and twisted them in from behind. Job done. Thought I should clean and polish the calipers while I was there (obviously a HUGE priority when there are a million other MOT worthy jobs to be on with!). Another not important job that I thought I'd do while the wheel was off is paint the cooling veins on the discs so they look shiny new again, which they should since they aren't even a year old yet!

So there we are. The old girl runs, brakes work and it looks amazing. Time to actually spend some time with the patient wife to be and the child...

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Post by ElDude at Allison Automotive » Sun Jun 12, 2016 6:41 pm

Wow. .looking far too nice :o :o

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Post by The Arch Bishop » Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:11 pm

Stunning work! I am insanely jealous (but in a nice way)!
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Post by ArtfulHussy » Sun Jun 12, 2016 7:45 pm

This attention and detailing in this is so amazing it kinda makes me want to weep in awe. :pinkeye:
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Post by red » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:18 pm

It's sure a beautiful looking car :grin:
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Post by moondustka » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:31 pm

Top job :grin: :thumbs:
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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Sun Jun 12, 2016 8:53 pm

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FF to 1:30 for the question of all the questions...

Masterpiece (your job, that is) :wink:
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Post by XAF » Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:08 pm

ArtfulHussy wrote: This attention and detailing in this is so amazing it kinda makes me want to weep in awe. :pinkeye:
I have to admit I felt a little awe struck myself when it started with no vital fluids leaking out anywhere. It's only a lump of metal, but it replaced a classic Mini that I loved, will be my wedding car, my daughter loves it and weirdly, was built on her birthday. It's a keeper!
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Post by ArtfulHussy » Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:22 pm

They aren't just lumps of metal to everyone though. I feel no real love for my ST but when puma started up after sitting for over 18 months I actually had to hold back tears.. that's why she will never get scrapped. Even if she ends up a garden ornament! :lol: some of them are just more special than others, especially when you've been as up close and personal with them as you have with 477!
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Post by XAF » Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:25 pm

ArtfulHussy wrote: They aren't just lumps of metal to everyone though. I feel no real love for my ST but when puma started up after sitting for over 18 months I actually had to hold back tears.. that's why she will never get scrapped. Even if she ends up a garden ornament! :lol: some of them are just more special than others, especially when you've been as up close and personal with them as you have with 477!
Totally agree Emma, I just adore my Pumas. My daily is a Golf, but it's just a Golf. When it goes I'll go back inside and make a cuppa whilst reading about Puma's....
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Post by ElDude at Allison Automotive » Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:34 pm

My daily is a Golf, but it's just a Golf. When it goes I'll go back inside and make a cuppa whilst reading about Puma's..
Lol..it's quite a nice Golf though.. :grin:
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Post by XAF » Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:38 pm

ElDude at Allison Automotive wrote:
My daily is a Golf, but it's just a Golf. When it goes I'll go back inside and make a cuppa whilst reading about Puma's..
Lol..it's quite a nice Golf though.. :grin:
Was.... My brother is about to acquire it. For some reason I need to inject some money into the bank. I mean, weddings, stag do's and nut and bolt restorations are cheap aren't they?!! :-P
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Post by 748 » Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:41 pm

Just....WOW :-)
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Post by Brian' » Mon Jun 13, 2016 12:40 pm

Too nice to drive!
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Post by Dav4008 » Mon Jun 13, 2016 9:02 pm

Wow, great pics, lovely job! Whilst I was cursing and swearing and spending all Friday only replacing front discs and pads, due to one rounded nut, on my Puma you've practically rebuilt yours! Keep up the good work!
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Post by rnnicol » Wed Jun 15, 2016 7:00 pm

Hi James, how you getting on with the rebuild ?
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Post by XAF » Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:16 pm

rnnicol wrote: Hi James, how you getting on with the rebuild ?
Hi Richard, it's going well. Most normal couples 9 days before their wedding would be stressing over the bows and ribbons and arguing about whether uncle Peter the perv is going to speak to Auntie Marion that is an old battle axe, but instead I've been worrying about the looming MOT on Saturday....

This weeks has really been all about the details, getting the car back on it's wheels, torquing down all the suspension once it's resting with its own weight on the ground, fitting and adjusting the door frames and glass, front splitter, wing mirrors, trim, seatbelts, rear cards and panels, washer jets, new headlight (thanks Ash!!) and a million other little jobs.

Managed to find some holy grail brand new clips for the rear brake lines which will look much better than the originals I scrubbed up - Vas, you need to check your Facebook messages!!

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All the Platinum sound system is in now and looking very factory even though the FRP never officially had it as an option. Seemed a shame to waste the factory rear trim panels with the extra grills...

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And the amp in the boot complete with original trim panel thanks to Simon:

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I even managed to drive it up and down the drive last night - sat on a toolbox as the front seats aren't in yet. Brakes appear to still have some air in but the ABS light went straight out and that Piper exhaust sounds amazing.

So tomorrow it's door cards, front seats and then a damn good clean before 8am Saturday for a 10 mile drive to the dealers for the test.

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It's going to be a shame to put the plate back on...
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Post by tuonokid » Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:23 pm

Hi James
Well done but don't forget to do the heater drain before you put the front seats in :-)
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Post by XAF » Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:25 pm

tuonokid wrote: Hi James
Well done but don't forget to do the heater drain before you put the front seats in :-)
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Post by moondustka » Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:23 am

Just stunning :thumbs:
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Post by TGPlayer1 » Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:17 am

I'd be covering it in bubble wrap before I drove it 10 feet. Nothing more lush than a fresh coat of paint.
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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Thu Jun 16, 2016 10:44 am

I would drive it on a flatbed truck covered in bbuble wrap! What a car and what a job! Just amazing, really amazing
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Post by XAF » Thu Jun 16, 2016 11:52 am

Wild E. Coyote wrote: I would drive it on a flatbed truck covered in bbuble wrap! What a car and what a job! Just amazing, really amazing
It may come to that :P
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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Thu Jun 16, 2016 5:04 pm

Well, the great minds think alike! 8-)
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