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Post by rnnicol » Fri Jun 17, 2016 10:32 pm

Hi James, I must say the picture of the car just looks as though it's just came of the production line, those new headlights make all the difference to the front, I've said this already, but we'll done, I hope one day I'll get to see it. All the very best when the big day comes. Richard
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Post by ArtfulHussy » Fri Jun 17, 2016 10:44 pm

XAF wrote:
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
What about a full vinyl clear wrap?
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Post by XAF » Fri Jun 17, 2016 10:46 pm

ArtfulHussy wrote:
XAF wrote:
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
What about a full vinyl clear wrap?
It's on the list of considerations. Need to understand the cost / protection it gives / look...
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Post by ArtfulHussy » Fri Jun 17, 2016 10:48 pm

This gives a not bad run down of pros and cons, some of which I hadn't even thought of. https://www.chipsaway.co.uk/our-world/b ... tion-film/
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Post by rnnicol » Fri Jun 17, 2016 11:26 pm

I met a guy when I was at a job, who had a green focus rs, he told me due to the paint being hard to blend in, he got the front clear wrapped , but was still too scared to drive the car, and decided to sell it, pointless story but just thought I'd mention it.
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Post by XAF » Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:52 am

ArtfulHussy wrote: This gives a not bad run down of pros and cons, some of which I hadn't even thought of. https://www.chipsaway.co.uk/our-world/b ... tion-film/
Cheers Emma. Scratching the paint and marks under the wrap do put me off, but guess that's where you'll get what you pay for. Any monkey can buy the film. It takes skill to apply it properly
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Post by XAF » Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:53 am

rnnicol wrote: I met a guy when I was at a job, who had a green focus rs, he told me due to the paint being hard to blend in, he got the front clear wrapped , but was still too scared to drive the car, and decided to sell it, pointless story but just thought I'd mention it.
I'm obsessive, but it's going to get used. Look at it this way, I could get a full respray every year for less than a few months depreciation on a new fiesta!
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Post by XAF » Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:57 am

Oh, and it's MOT time. It's in the Ford dealer as we speak. I'm like an expectant father. Why Ford? Well, it's £30, they know me and the car, and I trust they won't break it!

My guess is pedal travel and lights may be advisories...
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Post by gimmickyflea » Sat Jun 18, 2016 2:00 pm

Hi Xaf,

We feel your pain after buying 275 a year ago. Very similar problems! It is finally on it's way home from Pumabuild having spent the last 3.5 months there being stripped, resprayed and rebuilt. They have not been the only ones involved in this restoration - Eldood aka Chris Allison of course has refurbished the brakes and Dave Watson (a local mechanic) has brought the engine and suspension up to scratch. Without them all our car would still be a rusting old shed sat on the drive instead of the purring, gleaming beautiful beasty they have transformed it back into. If it is any consolation, our bank balance also will take the next decade to recover but true love always comes at a cost :wink: keep up your good work :-)
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Post by moondustka » Sat Jun 18, 2016 3:54 pm

gimmickyflea wrote: If it is any consolation, our bank balance also will take the next decade to recover but true love always comes at a cost :wink: keep up your good work :-)

You're telling me!! :-)
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Post by XAF » Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:17 pm

gimmickyflea wrote: Hi Xaf,

We feel your pain after buying 275 a year ago. Very similar problems! It is finally on it's way home from Pumabuild having spent the last 3.5 months there being stripped, resprayed and rebuilt. They have not been the only ones involved in this restoration - Eldood aka Chris Allison of course has refurbished the brakes and Dave Watson (a local mechanic) has brought the engine and suspension up to scratch. Without them all our car would still be a rusting old shed sat on the drive instead of the purring, gleaming beautiful beasty they have transformed it back into. If it is any consolation, our bank balance also will take the next decade to recover but true love always comes at a cost :wink: keep up your good work :-)
I've seen the pictures, yours looks amazing! Have you got it back now? I could have bought a new Fiesta ST for what the FRP has cost, but it wouldn't be a cool. Literally as soon as it drove into the MOT bay today all the workshop were looking it over top and bottom.

Eldude did my engine and brakes too, top job
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Post by XAF » Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:24 pm

Well folks..... Drumroll...... It's a fail!

Well, at first anyway. Of all the things to fail on it failed on the bloody horn. How stupid am I, I didn't even test it. I was so annoyed with myself. Anyway, after five minutes of laying on my back in the car park cleaning up the contacts it worked again so they kindly got the MOT guy to check himself and a pass was mine. Yippee!!!

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The car feels lovely to drive, even though the brakes clearly have a load of air in them. One very happy boy, just need to clean it within an inch of its life and ready for the wedding next Saturday.

There have been so many people who have helped along the way, too many to mention without accidentally forgetting someone so to you all, thank you!!

Now it's time to enjoy it, before the front end and engine bay refurb next year! :grin:

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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Sat Jun 18, 2016 5:39 pm

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Post by Brian' » Sat Jun 18, 2016 6:00 pm

That looks amazing! :yay:
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Post by gimmickyflea » Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:05 pm

Congrats on the MOT pass :grin: yours is looking very good also. These cars are like babies, time wasters, money grabbers but you just cannot help but love them once you have them. Even my daughter has been hooked and there aren't many hearts harder than hers! :wink:
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Post by moondustka » Sat Jun 18, 2016 7:08 pm

Well done James. Great work and a result well deserved.

Absolutely immaculate :pose2:
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Post by McCloud 85 » Sat Jun 18, 2016 8:37 pm

That is pretty incredible. Well done!
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Post by The Arch Bishop » Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:02 pm

Superb James! It's stunning (and I WANT it)! :grin:

I'll settle for looking at it one day though. :thumbs:
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Post by XAF » Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:07 pm

The Arch Bishop wrote: Superb James! It's stunning (and I WANT it)! :grin:

I'll settle for looking at it one day though. :thumbs:
Sure thing! The drive it part, not have it!! :lol:
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Post by The Arch Bishop » Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:48 pm

Drive it? Good God no - I'd be too terrified! Looking at it is safer! :-)
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Post by .AleX. » Sat Jun 18, 2016 11:11 pm

Your car is now better than a new one because lot of love have been inserted in :D

Very great job and so beautiful result !
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Post by FRPCurn » Sun Jun 19, 2016 11:11 am

Looks amazing. All the hard work has defiantly paid off 8-)
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Post by rnnicol » Tue Jun 21, 2016 10:20 pm

Well James, you've done it, you had a dream, and a goal, what you've done is amazing, a lot of people loose interest or lack the drive to overcome issues/problems during the build and tend to give up and sell there dreams onto someone else, then regret it forever, but not you mate, so as other folks have said, Well Done, and all the best for your big day next week.
I'll be heading from Edinburgh to Windsor next Saturday, I'll keep a look out for a gleaming Racing Puma on the roads :-P
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Post by red » Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:45 am

8-) looking fab mate

On the subject of body film speak to El dude as he put in effort on this from memory and travelled to paint shield so he's likely got experiences to share
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Post by Ian G » Wed Jun 22, 2016 12:31 pm

Looks amazing, very impressive undertaking when you consider the time-scale.

Just don't clean it too much - don't want it to upstage the good lady next week :grin:
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