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Post by Foolsgold » Wed Oct 17, 2018 12:39 pm

At what cost would you go, to keep your puma?? Its probably a question that keeps cropping up! My thunder is at the cross roads of its life the dreaded rust has got to it badly. To keep it going will cost mega bucks. Undecided as to spend or break-any thoughts wise people??
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Post by PumaJay » Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:20 pm

Depends what the car means to you.

For me... I've owned mine for 10 years, I met wife because of a Puma. I would and do go some way to keep a Puma in my life.
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Post by Foolsgold » Wed Oct 17, 2018 2:42 pm

Had it 4 and half years bought as a stop gap but grown to luv it -not got the knowledge or skills to carry out rustoration project so gotta go to garage -2 garages wouldn't touch it third will but say if I start it's a can of worms n could cost monumental
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Post by PH03NIX » Fri Oct 19, 2018 3:30 am

Well this question i get asked all the time??
For me my Ole Wendy is a keeper.. she wants for nothing.

See I like so... the money spent on a new car, Insuance switch over, road tax and all the expenses you'll make excuses for might just sort your puma and more.!!

Decisions Decisions ??
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Post by Millie12 » Tue Nov 13, 2018 6:55 pm

Hi All at what cost do you keep paying out for repairs ?.
Mot time Millie has been off the road for to long nearly two years now after head gasket blow.
I have now got round to replacing her engine got good engine with under 75k from good friend he replaced cambelt water pump
And then scrapped the track car.I also replaced front discs and pads new brake hoses.
Mot was bad rust being the main problem at the rear inner wheel aches both sides holed
Both outer cills holes near seat belt mounting.
Got quote for welding £400 so it must be done or Millie's scrap.Shes to good to go for scrap so £400 for another years motoring in her is well worth it hope to get her back is Friday.
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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Fri Nov 23, 2018 2:56 pm

Hi.
I have had my Puma for fourteen years and I will never get rid of it. This year I spent £1360 on MOT which included welding, bespoke cat, handbrake cables, rear brakes and lambda sensor. I have just spent £725 on spray work to restore the body to its former glory. I will be adding a post with more detail on my project thread with photos some time this weekend.

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Post by mihalyn90 » Sun Feb 24, 2019 12:49 am

check out my build :) money doesn't count when is about the puma :)
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Post by niro » Sun Jul 28, 2019 8:03 pm

my blue puma was bought by my dad in 2008, when he died I took it on didn't drive it for a long time... in february this year I made a start on it and have vowed to go through it and never say no to it whatever it needs im currently half way through the mechanical things and im counting parts costs mainly for shits and giggles but I don't care really.... im lucky the floor isn't dreadful but what can ya do? for every xr3i or mk2 escort I threw away because it needed mot welding... this car is my way of apology lol I don't care about value... it'll never be worth what I spend but then drinks at the bar don't make for a sound investment either... I prefer tea and biscuits :wink:
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Post by grogee » Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:38 am

I'm nearly £4k in the hole on mine now, but it is future-proofed to some extent. It'll be a while if the car's value ever approaches what I've spent on it! However I'm negotiating renting a garage for the winter to keep the worst of the elements at bay, to try and make it last a bit longer and keep mileage down. I'll just be driving an old beater during the winter, I'm on the lookout for a nice granddad car with auto box.
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Post by Roomy » Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:19 pm

Anything is fixable, just depends on passion and determination of the owner. I’ll never get rid of my first Puma, I plan on having her for as long as humanly possible so she’s recently undergone major reconstruction work. I’ve lost count of how much I’ve spent but nearly 5 years later she’s Pretty well futureproofed :grin:

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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:05 pm

Hi,
I have been very busy flashing the cash. My Puma is coming up to 140k now the engine still pulls well is smooth and quite. Any way I purchase a used engine with 27k on it in June. I had it fitted with as many new bits as possible, clutch, belts, water pump, all new oil seals, injectors, a/c compressor, necessary gaskets, plus full engine service. Had it done at my usual garage. Total cost £1425. You may think I am mad but I intend to keep it for ever and hopefully start reducing the mileage I put on it. It goes like stink, I think I have all the horses back in the stable now. As a plus the emissions are down as well.

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Post by st220kyle » Wed Sep 04, 2019 7:57 pm

RICHARD MANSFIELD2 wrote:
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:05 pm
Hi,
I have been very busy flashing the cash. My Puma is coming up to 140k now the engine still pulls well is smooth and quite. Any way I purchase a used engine with 27k on it in June. I had it fitted with as many new bits as possible, clutch, belts, water pump, all new oil seals, injectors, a/c compressor, necessary gaskets, plus full engine service. Had it done at my usual garage. Total cost £1425. You may think I am mad but I intend to keep the for ever and hopefully start reducing the mileage I put on it. It goes like stink, I think I have all the horses back in the stable now. As a plus the emissions are down as well.

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Post by Orphan » Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:54 pm

That's the way to go, if you want to keep your car after the engine dies.
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Post by Roomy » Thu Sep 12, 2019 2:30 pm

Mines on 175k and going strong 💪 at least now the shell will definitely outlast the original engine and box. Got a spare to rebuild for when the time comes! #savethepumas
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Post by myscus » Fri Sep 13, 2019 6:09 pm

Mine has (today) just passed it's MOT with a brake pipe, fuel pipe & new tyres as an advisory ;)

Last MOT cost £600 :(

This is my 2nd puma, the first one's engine went & adding up all the other things that needed doing in the next year or so, I scrapped

I had allowed £1k for this MOT as at the last MOT I'd taken it to a new garage & really had my trousers pulled down :( - their advisories never appeared on this MOT!

So, I suppose, in excess of £1k would be the cost I'd consider losing this one....
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Post by red » Sat Sep 14, 2019 9:26 am

What's the cost of keeping it running versus the cost you'd incur replacing it and suffering depreciation on another vehicle :grin:
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Post by Millie12 » Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:07 pm

Hi Millie pass her mot today only need a rear tyre which I through was close
The advisors where tyres near limit.
Also rear hoses showing signs of corrosion.
Replaced tyre had new rear brake hoses fitted new brake fluid.
Also had the hand brake cables renewed as the cables rusting and needed to be replaced.
Cost of the work was £285.00 including the mot £55
we was pleased as punch to get Millie another mot and had some work done which needed done
So another year on the road for our Millie
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Post by Millie12 » Fri Oct 30, 2020 12:45 pm

Hi all Millie pass only problem near side parking brake low efficiency had the rear drums off cleaned and adjusted
Brakes passed another year with her cheap mot this year advisory was near side drive shaft boot shows signs of wear replace soon ordered boot today will fit weekend so we got away the it this year .
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Post by mmc757 » Fri Oct 30, 2020 2:06 pm

This is a question I struggle with every day on my 2001 Cougar. I bought it new and the car means a lot to me but financially it makes zero sense to try to fix the rust. I've been keeping it parked for the last couple of winters hoping to prolong it's life a little bit but I'm going to be forced to drive it this winter unfortunately. This might be the final nail in the coffin.
I have a second Cougar that I've been building over the last couple of years that should be ready to take over the duties in the spring so that's when I'll have to do something about the first one.
My current thinking is that I might strip down Cougar #1 and use as much of it as possible in a custom hot rod or kit car build. That would allow me to keep the car alive in spirit without dealing with the rust.
Alternately, I might just park it for a couple years and see if my affection for it wears off or not then decide on restoration later.
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Post by RICHARD MANSFIELD2 » Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:07 pm

Hi.

A very good question. Well with my age I never know when I will be hanging up the driving gloves so I have made the decision that I am now on my last car so ..............
The sorry saga continues. Well, 2018 I spent £1360 on getting an MOT. Sept 2019 I fitted a 27k engine replacement to my Puma with all new parts where possible...cost, £1450. Now the reason for the engine change was for some time I had promised myself some FRP equivalent cams with matching remap to go with the FRP exhaust system. So June this year I went to Lightening Motor Sport for the cams and remap to be fitted. Checking the engine it was down on compression on cylinders 2 and 3 (possible burnt exhaust valves). So 7th September car back in for head to be sorted and at the same time to fix the speedo drive in the gear box. Any way to cut a long story short... engine and box out, head rebuild new piston rings and big end shells plus some other odds and ends gaskets water pump, new leads, plugs and coil pack, exhaust manifold re-wrapped etc, etc.

The car runs like a dream about 145 BHP. COST £3289. If I could rewind back to 2018 would I have still done it all....YES.

You see I am mad.

Richard.
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Post by Wild E. Coyote » Wed Nov 11, 2020 7:39 pm

RICHARD MANSFIELD2 wrote:
Wed Nov 11, 2020 12:07 pm
You see I am mad.
I better keep my wife from seeing this, as she would swiftly put me in the same category :wink:
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Post by grogee » Thu Nov 12, 2020 11:21 am

I've spent maybe £800ish on the car to start with, £2k on bodywork/welding, and easily another £1k on mods/repairs/improvements etc. As it stands it's not an economical proposition, realistically if I could find a buyer today I might get £2k or £2.5k back. Hopefully the market will improve and I may stand a chance of getting my money back in the next couple of years. But that's not why I'm doing it! It's basically a toy/hobby and I've always wanted a Puma since they came out. I worked at Ford 1997-2000 and watched in envy as my colleagues got big discounts on a Puma. Also there was an FRP in reception that I walked past every day.

Another reason I chose the Puma as a project is that we have a big family estate for practical purposes and long journeys, so I only really need a car for me. I like small, lightweight cars that are fun to drive and Puma ticks those boxes.
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Post by siju » Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:14 pm

I also don't see my puma going in the foreseeable future. The car was bought new by my mother and came to my pocession in 2005. I drove it through the years that I was in the university. Some very nice late night quick rides to remember. Then i blew the 1.4 engine and left it a couple of years standing. I bought a 1.7 conversion kit from Ian and changed the engine myself. Meanwhile I changed cams to FRP genuine ones. Gradually I started making other changes. Full polybushing it, vibra engine mounts, KW V1 coil overs, ST150 front brakes and rear discs, 16" MO5s and last thing that went on it is a custom 4-1 manifold with 60mm cat back. Now I have a rotrex c30-74 next to the room that I'm sitting :twisted: and I hope it'll be the next mod. As you see it's a never ending story.

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