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Postby SLEEMAN » Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:29 am

Hey lads and ladies!

sorry been a bit rude on the site and haven't even shown you what I'm working on

bought this puma on a whim really, managed to get this nice puma for a small sum of £150 although getting it transported from Folkestone was pretty pricey too just a little lower than what I bought the car for!

anyways, after getting it back I pretty much stripped it down getting it track ready

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already trying an interior mod thought I be a bit different

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and for the time being, this donor engine will be going in as the current one has a few issues and needs some parts changing as where this one has a new cambelt, a bit of tinkering with the cylinder head and a new clutch but may change that if necessary oh and something else too might not be noticeable as you think

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obviously more updates in the future and may require your help with more things to come!!
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Postby red » Wed Oct 05, 2016 8:14 am

8-) cool project, good luck with it all!
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Postby SLEEMAN » Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:44 pm

Thanks red gonna need it!
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Postby PumaJay » Fri Oct 07, 2016 8:25 am

Always good to see another getting used as a track car!
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Postby SLEEMAN » Mon Oct 10, 2016 8:42 pm

cheers jay hows your one coming along?
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Postby PumaJay » Mon Oct 17, 2016 8:43 pm

Its coming along steady enough. Planning a few more winter mods and trying to work out what to do with it next. It needs more power now!
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Postby SLEEMAN » Mon Oct 17, 2016 11:34 pm

don't we all need more power!
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Postby SLEEMAN » Thu Oct 20, 2016 11:55 pm

another update

bought a set of team dynamic pro race 3 old style but these can accommodate the 300mm st170 brakes I've got lined up for them

after prepping them I had a pair of yokohama parade spec 2 tyres from another puma I broke up, so bought a new pair to match for now and get some use out of them

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prepped in the spray booth and masked

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some random grey paint I had lying around

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all finished with tyres pumped up and beads seated

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cant wait to see what they look like on the car!

also been looking around for roll cages for the puma, managed to find someone and will be booking it in as soon as I can afford it haha
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Postby PumaJay » Mon Oct 24, 2016 1:25 pm

Theres not much out there for off the shelf cages, safety devices do a nice bolt in one, custom cages and there is also weichers sport in Germany that make one for a puma.
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Postby SLEEMAN » Mon Oct 24, 2016 10:26 pm

Oh this won't be off the shelf jay. Will be custom made, hopefully be the first one that this guy has done and will be used in future reference as a jig for him to sell on for other puma people like us for an affordable price!
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Postby PumaJay » Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:43 pm

You'll have to keep me updated... I was looking at buying a safety devices one before christmas.
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Postby SLEEMAN » Tue Oct 25, 2016 11:13 pm

i will. I've spoken to the bloke today and they don't use CDS they use RW. apparently CDS under lots of vibration can internally crack and fail!
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Postby moondustka » Tue Nov 15, 2016 9:56 am

RW?
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Postby SLEEMAN » Tue Nov 15, 2016 11:40 pm

I know I questioned it too, and the guy was saying its new steel technology either way its a good price for a roll cage fitted if all goes well i'll let you know about him
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Postby SLEEMAN » Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:44 pm

little update had some spare time to waste so been prepping the car for reducing weight

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removing sound deadening with a heat gun and scraper, took a while but eventually got there with the rear section, and also cutting out part of the rear panel as its mostly there for trim fixings, boot catch etc. it might be risky without it if someone hits me from behind, but i'll replace it with a tubular reinforcer behind the bumper like most modern cars have nowadays.
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Postby SLEEMAN » Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:03 pm

more progress with striping down the sound deadening the whole rear end of the car is done

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just have to remove the seats and dash and remove all the front part of the car's sound deadening and that should be a fair amount of weight removed.

also will be cutting and drilling big holes in many panels to reduce weight as much as I can without weakening the structure
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Postby Bentleya » Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:26 pm

Good work with the removal of the sound deading. I really nasty job, but it's worth doing.
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Postby SLEEMAN » Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:36 pm

definitely, a heat gun on full power over 400 degrees does help for certain! time consuming but worth it in the end, i'll be prepping the interior after the roll cage gets welded in. unsure of colour but would prefer it in matt/satin finish minimal glare that way. not going to paint it white and certainly not black. was thinking of a gun metal grey but uncertain
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Postby Brian' » Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:38 pm

Good job! Such a satisficing job. The cleaning afterwards is worse though haha :lol:
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Postby SLEEMAN » Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:28 pm

tell me about it, all the little bits that get everywhere!
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Postby PumaJay » Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:57 am

Thats a horrible job to do, Its the one I dreaded the most but like you say a powerful heat gun does make life easier.

Deffo go for a matte/satin colour on your interior a friend of mine painted the inside of his car bright white... was bloody awful!

I think im going to go a satin silver/grey finish for the interior with matte black cage...... just need to make my mind up on what cage to buy.
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Postby SLEEMAN » Wed Jan 04, 2017 3:09 pm

Yeah I've seen bright white in an interior, Luke's (aka Luca) and fiesta zetec turbo, good for what he wanted but I bet during bright sunshine track days must be blinding, probably have to wear a limo black tinted visor plus sunglasses!

You going for a bolt in or weld in cage jay?
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Postby PumaJay » Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:34 pm

I think im going to go for the safety devices 6 point but build on with door & harness bars. It will probably end up being welded in anyway.
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Postby SLEEMAN » Thu Jan 05, 2017 11:59 pm

sounds good matey! i'm still in talks with this guy about a full roll cage for my puma welded in, but he may use my car to setup a jig for a bolt in one and pass on to sell to the public
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Postby SLEEMAN » Sat May 06, 2017 10:54 pm

hey guys!
yes I still have this project on going just taking a little longer than expected lol! as all projects do

so little changes to the engine bay area

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changed to manual steering rack and upgraded anti roll bar bushes to powerflex black series

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instead of sourcing a fiesta mk4 column, I bought a manual steering rack coupling joint and just re-engineered the existing lower column for it to fit and it works perfectly!! some realignment required but shouldn't be too much of an issue!

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plus removed some unnecessary metal brackets for space and loosing a few kg's

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that's all for now but need help with some colour choices,

as the engine bay is getting clearer, i'm debating on using either matt black, satin black or a satin gun metal grey. so any help appreciated please guys
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