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Postby TylerB » Sun Apr 17, 2016 2:42 pm

Hi everyone, I decided to make this project thread for my "new" Moondust Puma. Going to keep this updated with further mods from now on. I bought it with 67k miles, 2nd owner and allways been kept in garage at night. There is really not much work on this one to restore. Only the arches will need repairs and have some inner rust but that's it really! By now I have already waxed all possible holes with Dinitrol so I am not too worried anymore. I post some pics here to see how good the inside floor and sills are! I was very surprised in a positive way.
First thing I did when the car arrived was to call Ford to make the cambelt change (I allways do when I buy a car and not sure if it's done or not)

Car arrived:
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First stripped some things and threated rust on the usual weak spots. The arch have some rust but no holes, I just repaired it for now without welding, I got spare arches to weld in but I'll just wait till it get worse cause we all know it's not a 1,2,3 job if you want to repair it correctly.
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Anti rust - epoxy primer - spraying - a good amount of sealing

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Under the car it looked really good actually, just some surface rust which i theated in the same way.

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Found some rust spots on the inner sills under the rear speakers, but really not much, sprayed it full with dinitrol ML and dinitrol 1000 topcoat
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On standard alloys
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Put these on

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Engine bay cleaned. Also the engine underside is real clean, no leaks and runs very smooth.

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After i had seen the rear light mod I really wanted to try it out, turned out to this
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Put some new spacers on it too 20mm!
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After it was time to get to the floor, only 2 litlle spots of rust!
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litlle spot at the usual seat mount
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Sills are very good inside and outside
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So these are pics of how she goes now, I mounted the RS cosworth wheels, I really like the look of them.
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On the road with the Mrs :-)
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Notice the condensation in the rear light, I only have it right side! Luckily it gets out after a while.
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Took some more pics back home
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Here you can see it needs a repair on rear arch!

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Interior, Recaro seat mounted and made myself some leather door panels since the guy had only the seats :x
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Getting late now
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Hope all pics will be posted well, I am happy to share my project with you guys. I think I am by far the only member from Belgium (as far as I know?). Cheers
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Postby ArtfulHussy » Sun Apr 17, 2016 2:58 pm

That's a mighty clean looking puma!
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Postby Wild E. Coyote » Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:45 pm

Very nice car! And those Cossie wheels just make it even better!
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Postby Brian' » Sun Apr 17, 2016 4:48 pm

Nice example man! Love those Cossie wheels. Get them rear arches solved and you have yourself a minter :-D
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Postby XAF » Sun Apr 17, 2016 7:03 pm

Love the car, looks very clean for the year.

I would love those seats, sadly we never got them in that colour in the UK
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Postby The Arch Bishop » Sun Apr 17, 2016 7:08 pm

Wonderfully solid looking Puma! Wish they all still looked that good!
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Postby moondustka » Sun Apr 17, 2016 9:03 pm

Looks great, especially on the EsCos wheels as the others say too :-)
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Postby TylerB » Mon Apr 18, 2016 1:06 pm

Thanks everyone, I will keep this up to date ! Next job will be fitting a new exhaust and brand new brake pipes.
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Postby Isa » Sat Apr 23, 2016 1:12 am

Looking pretty good, Cossie wheels fit like a glove. Great progress!
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Postby TylerB » Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:01 pm

Isa wrote:Source of the post Looking pretty good, Cossie wheels fit like a glove. Great progress!


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Postby FirstPuma » Fri Apr 29, 2016 10:23 am

I am from Belgium too,
but i don't have a puma anymore. sold it in november cause i couldn't bring up the money to repair al the bad points.
but at some point i will buy another one.
in my opinion the cossies are the best wheels for a puma
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Postby TylerB » Wed May 11, 2016 11:44 am

FirstPuma wrote:Source of the post I am from Belgium too,
but i don't have a puma anymore. sold it in november cause i couldn't bring up the money to repair al the bad points.
but at some point i will buy another one.
in my opinion the cossies are the best wheels for a puma


Hi in case you would buy another Puma, they are really cheap atm. Still a hard job to find a decent one. I went to see 2 other Puma's before I bought this one (first in Sint Truiden and the other can't remember) and they were both rust as hell under the sills etc.. be warned :-)
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Postby TylerB » Thu Jun 09, 2016 11:06 am

Here are some pics of the car on the AP kit. They do look great and drive well on a flat road but I just don't like to drive at 5 mph on every bump. And they were even far from their lowest setting. I will just keep them for later and occasionally. They also required the front shock absorber top weights from Ford late model in one piece, so bought these genuine which were not cheap for what they are. Anyway with new top mounts and all they sit well and tight but it's just not made for these shitty roads I have to take

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Anyway, I am back again on my H&R -30 mm for now, at least I can drive at a decent speed again.
Next to that, rust hunting is a never ending task on a Puma, ordered some more Dinitrol to wax it all a second time.
Have a nice day!!
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Postby Brian' » Thu Jun 09, 2016 1:38 pm

Coilovers are not made for the Belgium roads... I was in Belgium last week and was once again shocked how many potholes there are on the motorway! Especially around Antwerpen.

Did you order those Puma mats from Ford? I'm looking for a set as well but haven't managed to ask it to Ford. Looking for a LHD set of course.
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Postby TylerB » Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:58 pm

Hi found them through Ford recup Belgium, not through a ford dealer. They were dusty from lying in this stock for ages. It looks like they have never been used. Just need a hotwater clean, but have excellent wear.
Do you know the right finis for them? I can easily ask through email if they are still available if u want.
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Postby TylerB » Sat Jun 11, 2016 10:57 pm

Brian' wrote:Source of the post
Did you order those Puma mats from Ford? I'm looking for a set as well but haven't managed to ask it to Ford. Looking for a LHD set of course.


I've asked my Ford dealer today while I was there and as I expected the Puma mats were all in red in their system, meaning permanent out of stock.
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Postby Wild E. Coyote » Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:13 am

That is the least of our worries; you can get them done easily to measure
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Postby TylerB » Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:39 am

Ok ok just letting know hu I don't give a damn either but it's a fact that aftermarket mats are often of less good quality
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Postby TylerB » Sun Jun 12, 2016 9:53 am

In the meantime , sold my good old Fiesta which took me everywhere for some years, really a good car and never failed a single time!!

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Postby moondustka » Sun Jun 12, 2016 11:28 am

That's smart as well
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Postby TylerB » Sun Jun 19, 2016 10:25 am

Thanks man, sold it with some mixed feelings. If I had more time I would have tried a Puma engine in this Fiesta (I saw many who did it) but I prefer to put my work/money into the Puma. Loved driving it though, very maneuverable too :D
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Postby TylerB » Sun Jul 24, 2016 8:57 pm

Small update for my Puma!
Fitted a new backbox because the original one was quite rusty and I aslo found the sound was getting a litlle boring. The new one gives a nice deep sound I'm very happy with it! Took an 80mm end, I have a double Remus backbox for the puma too but not looking very nice imo, I wanted something subtle..
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Think I will mount a lower and upper strut brace soon. Giving the chassis some more strength couldn't hurt I suppose
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Postby Brian' » Sun Jul 24, 2016 9:07 pm

Lower strut brace really helps in corners! Althrough you have to be more subtle taking speedbumps :P - Nice exhaust, indeed subtle and fits nice in the bumper recess! Keep up the good work! Also noticed you done the rear light mod. I was also toying with the idea of doing that and going to look into it and how to do it! You gave me another little project! :lol:
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Postby TylerB » Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:48 pm

Thanks Brian. I heared a lot of bad stories/issues about upper strut braces on the Puma but I do might try one. I think Wiechers has a very nice and strong model (steel one piece). I just need to be sure it will pass the master cylinder , I am having a look into it. I already have a lower OMP one but not fitted yet. To be continued... :-P
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Postby TylerB » Mon Aug 15, 2016 1:54 pm

Another small update :D


I know some people don't like them but I had the idea of trying out the effects of strut braces on the puma for a long time. I had an OMP set (front upper+lower) lying around here. The lower brace, although very close to the gearbox (see pics), fitted without problems but the upper is really not good imo.. they make a weird unlogical corner over the battery and don't fit well! Which really bothered me. So I bought me a German made Wiechers model in steel. I really like the look of it and it's really strong. The combination of both braces clearly made the ride stiffer. I'm not the guy taking corners at 100km/h but I guess it would benefit a lot there too. Not sure how long the lower one will survive, i'm lowered for only 2.5 cm atm and it's already so low to the ground.. would be impossible in combination with coilovers for road use for sure. It's also very close to the gearbox , I read many stories where it rubbed and needed new gearbox mount so I'm glad not to have this problem.

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Upper and back Brace_ Wiechers

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Chrome door handles from an old Escort Ghia (bad quality pics grrr)

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I know it's not a necessity but had this volt meter and housing lying around from an old breaking puma so why not..
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Just some toys I couldn't resist :lol:

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