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Puma from Belgium

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 12:42 am
by TylerB
Good evening everyone, i'm just a guy from Belgium loving his Puma. Its a Moondust Silver edition 1700cc with 130000km on it. I drove it for 2years, not stripped it looked fine actually.

Main products i used so far:

-Brunox epoxy primer
-Hamerrite rust converter
-Dinitrol ML
-Dinitrol 1000
-Dinitrol Metallic
-Teroson 4 in 1 for sealing
-Debrasel polyester
-Dinitrol polystar polyester

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Looked cool to me, but soon i would find out how bad it was :-) rust rust rust everywhere! Since i looked at many other pumas, and they were all bad rusty, in the end i decided to repair this one.
I am not a professional, i have learned a lot doing this. Probably some of you will say i had better looked out for a Puma in better condition, but all pumas i crossed were really bad and rust.. so, since this engine has low mileage and good condition, i decided to do it. This is how it looked when i started out

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First patches for the welding on the chassis

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Home made sills, since they are not available for the puma.. they were both sides completely rust. From frond to rear

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On the front, it looked really bad too, after all the rust cut out this is what i had left..

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Had to weld in a small piece first because even on the inside it was rusted out

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2nd door sill

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After welding the under and sills

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Fuel tank done:
before:

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and after:

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The famous rear arches, they were completely rusted out, as usual :cry:

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inner arch repaired, i don't know if this the correct way to do it, i hope it will hold for some time, what u guyz think is the best way to fix this, i fear the rust will come back here in time..

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Home made arches..

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welded..

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epoxy on it first

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Debrasel (metaalplamuur as we say in dutch)

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arches on the inside

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new exhaust system, not a race exhaust, just original parts...

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under the car

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After having the whole rear unrusted and sprayed with epoxy, i had the dinitrol Metallic over it, i didn't like this job, it's very dirty

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the inside, i still need to finish the inside of the car, will be after the winter...

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Back to the arches

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after the debrasel metal polyester, i used dinitrol polystar polyester

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This is how the car stands right now, gonna finish it next summer
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This post took me about an hour, so i hope all pics and everything gonna post as it should :) i know i am not an expert, so, if u have any suggestions, or see any mistakes in my work let me know, i am glad to learn this kind of stuff. i am not planning to drive this puma as a daily, it has been too far i think, the rust will come back one day too i guess
Gonna post more pics when i finished this job.
Tyler

Re: Puma from Belgium

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 12:47 am
by tuonokid
Hello and welcome Tyler. Good work with the Puma, it looks like another one's been saved now.
Barry

Re: Puma from Belgium

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:16 am
by TylerB
tuonokid wrote:Hello and welcome Tyler. Good work with the Puma, it looks like another one's been saved now.
Barry


Thnx Barry, I just don't want my Puma to end up on the junkyard too soon :-)
Tyler

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Re: Puma from Belgium

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 1:20 am
by tuonokid
You're welcome Tyler. As per always a car is nothing without a sound bodyshell.
Barry

Re: Puma from Belgium

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:02 am
by Wild E. Coyote
Tyler, let me welcome you here! And, if I may say so, there is nothing wrong with your repair technique. That metal you used to replace the rotten sills, is it zinc coated? If it is, the rust one return there...

Having said that, prepare for hunting it on the rest of the car..... :?

But, top job, well done!

Re: Puma from Belgium

Posted: Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:05 am
by Catweasel
Great job !

Puma from Belgium

Posted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:47 pm
by TylerB
Thanks guys!!
I just got a question, maybe anybody here knows the answer.
Once you have welded a sill/arch, what is the best thing to put on the metal before you start putting polyester?

Puma from Belgium

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:33 pm
by moondustka
I would use etch primer personally.

Good job on the bodywork also :thumbs:

Puma from Belgium

Posted: Sun Feb 14, 2016 11:41 pm
by tuonokid
I always use etch primer on bare metal.
Barry

Puma from Belgium

Posted: Wed Feb 17, 2016 11:42 pm
by TylerB
Yes i have heared of this self etch primer. Will definitely try it out
For the ones who are curious (like myself) this guy explains a lot:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNYOhCBZH4g

Puma from Belgium

Posted: Thu Feb 18, 2016 12:34 am
by rnnicol
Good job, I've got similar rust issue with mine, currently searching for a welder, anyway good to see the progress.

Puma from Belgium

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:37 pm
by TylerB
Finally, summer and good weather coming up! Allmost time to finish this Puma. I plan to put it in full original condition. Can't wait :-)

Puma from Belgium

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:44 pm
by tuonokid
Hi Tyler
We had our Summer yesterday and now we're back into winter again bloody windy, rainy and freezing!!!! :-(
Barry

Puma from Belgium

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:52 pm
by Wild E. Coyote
Barry, it was 24C here today..... Windy, but 24C

Puma from Belgium

Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:01 pm
by tuonokid
Hi Sinisa
Probably 12C here but wind chill taking it down to about 8C. Then I taxed my Puma (on the road now) and it's hardly stopped raining since. I think we've had 2 nice days here since Xmas. Makes me wonder why there's so many people wanting to come over here as it can't be for the weather :-)
Barry

Puma from Belgium

Posted: Sun May 29, 2016 1:01 pm
by TylerB
Hi there, I am now dealing with all the rust on other places of the car. Really need to before finishing the rest of it. There was a lot around the top engine mount, so I started there. Other side is better but I'm threating all arches the same way.

After brushing it all first rust neutralizer:

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Epoxy primer:

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Painted:
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Also fitted new brake pipes and ordered a new engine mount from Ford (costly!!)

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The rear arches are nearly done, one side is ready to go in a filler but I will not spray it myself ( I don't have the skills and facilities)
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Here you can see the underside is not perfect. I regret this but well, I prefer not putting too much polyester on it. I hope it will not be too visible in the end!

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Puma from Belgium

Posted: Sun May 29, 2016 11:05 pm
by moondustka
Good work there :-)

Puma from Belgium

Posted: Sun Jul 03, 2016 12:08 pm
by TylerB
Hi puma fans
It has been like extremely bad weather past month but I managed to get rid of most of the rust/corrosion on critical places of the car now. The arches are now ready to get paint, I put a small coat for the time to protect it and to see what the result will be once I will have it sprayed professionally (probably August or so). I am quite pleased. However, on the left side (pics) I had some difficulties to get the arch completely straight and natural, had some welding issues there so the underside is not perfect, right side is a lot better and was less work to finish.

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Puma from Belgium

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:41 pm
by TylerB
With some delay, managed to finish the inside of this puma. Did all the welding, rust proofing and sealing. Arches are all done, need some good body filler and decent paintjob which i will not do myself.

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The arches will get painted properly very soon now, finally :)

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In all i'm happy about the bodywork, it has been a lot of work but it feels good to have hard and solid sills and knowing all the rust has been cut out. The car has been offroad for 4 years now, so finally I was able to take it on the road for a small test drive. Some knocking on the front, a wheel bearing in need of replacing, noisy tyres (or maybe this will all be better when tracking done properly) but engine wise it drives very well after all this time. Engine maintenance will be the next step :-)

Puma from Belgium

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:30 am
by Wild E. Coyote
Well done! Clap-clap-clap! :grin:

Puma from Belgium

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:14 pm
by TylerB
Wild E. Coyote wrote:Source of the post Well done! Clap-clap-clap! :grin:


Thanks mate!