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#1 User is offline   Pumajonny 

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 07:32 PM

Ok so heres my project its a Xreg 2000 1.7 ford puma 108600 miles full service history from new with all cambelt changes and a wallet full of receipts and old mot's. I will be converting it into a puma cup race car over the next few months. I bought it a couple of days ago its a little rough round the edges(rear wheel arches) but nothing that cannot be sorted. Heres a few pics of the car....

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Annoyingly the car has started with a slight knocking yesterday on startup its not too loud and the car sounds fine on revs so Im going to give her a full service with the correct oil first and see if it clears up. If not Ill rebuild it or build another engine for the car.

The car will be going to EMC motorsport in january for a full rollcage fitting and painting inside and out.

Heres the plans for the car.

Painted in Riviera blue or olympic blue
Full Cage
Bucket seat harnesses
Race Wheel
Full GAZ coilover puma cup suspension
Polybushed rear
Superchipped sealed ECU
Fitting of all cut off switches
Battery relocated in FIA battery box to boot.
Puma cup manifold and exhaust
Wheels painted black and dunlop semi slicks fitted.
Possibly other extras such as carbon door cards etc but I will see how much funds allow.

The car came with air con and heated screen so ill be removing the air con and the heater matrix and just running the heated screen. I will also be stripping off the suspension painting the underside with underseal then replacing lower arms etc. progress maybe slow initially but hopefully I can kick it up a notch in the new year. Plans are to have it out testing late next year with a view to doing a few rounds in 2016. This is my first race car project so it will be an experience along the way but I enjoy building things so should be a lot of fun too. The stripping of the interior starts on monday to get her ready for EMC after christmas.

Thanks for reading.

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 08:31 PM

Hey excellent I have been enjoying following the UK Puma Cup Facebook updates.
Good luck with your conversion.
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Posted 22 October 2014 - 12:18 PM

Hey, another puma cup car - will it be ready for any rounds in 2015 ? There is already a puma with a very similar blue colour doing the series :)
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Posted 22 October 2014 - 04:30 PM

Hi turby No I dont think I will be out in 2015 realistically theres a lot Ive got to do before being ready to race I dont even own a trailer or a van to tow it all with yet plus I dont have a race licence. Ive got the budget to build the car then after that it will be getting the rest sorted out. Im aiming for 2016 as a realistic date and even then Ill prob just do the local rounds nearer to home. Yes I saw the blue one it was the first one I believe It looks nice the reason Im going for that colour is I used to own a mk1 escort in olympic blue so wanted to throw back to that a bit.

Heres a pic I was going to go for a light blue dark blue theme with the car .

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Bit of an update started stripping the car its mostly stripped out and the floors look very good at the moment no rust at all so Im chuffed with that. would have finished it I think but didnt have a star bit big enough to get the seats out and other bits such as seatbelt mounts so I need to go buy something for next week when Im off work again. Ill post some pics when its fully stripped.

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Posted 23 October 2014 - 12:54 PM

There might be 3 out that colour then in 2016 - as we are repainting ours to match out last race car

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but replacing the yellow for orange
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Posted 26 October 2014 - 07:04 AM

We have a crash rally car for sale. the chassie is bad, but the FIA rollcage is ok, super full race engine from Shawspeed and a quaife gearkit with gripper diff. Its just in Denmark....Posted Image A lot off very good parts for a low Price...:crazy:/>/>

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Posted 28 October 2014 - 05:03 PM

well bit of an update today I came across a lad stripping a puma yesterday so I had some parts off of it got two wings bonnet front and rear bumpers rear hatch headlights and a full set of alloys with tires all in decent nick they will be good to have as spares incase of any mishaps although I may sell the hatch as I dont think ill need that.I tried to save the rest of the shell as well as I thought I may be able to rebuild it into a daily driver but it was just too far gone with the dreaded rot. If anyones after an engine and gearbox though with 90k on it and running really well send me a pm and ill pass on his details.


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Posted 31 October 2014 - 01:08 PM

another small update the cars stripped inside now just got radio to remove then shes ready for EMC in Jan.

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 08:05 PM

well Ive been rubbish at updating this thread but things have progressed a fair amount since my last post with a few hiccups along the way Ill post up a few pics and try and explain whats been happening with the build.

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 08:05 PM

after stripping the green car out I was offered a silver puma thunder for a bargain price so as I had just sold my mondeo st220 I decided I may as well have a puma as a road car and with the green one still having mot I thought the best option would be to use the silver one as my race car build so I bought this...

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 08:20 PM

the body looked great apart from some accident damage to the drivers side rear wheel arch which was rusty anyway. I took the leather interior out of the thunder and put it into my green one which I am now using as my daily. I stripped the thunder completely ready for its trip to EMC Motorsport in birmingham for the roll cage fitting.

I then rented a transporter for the day and delivered the car to EMC.

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 08:21 PM

While the car was away I ordered a few parts for when I got it back.

Got myself a motamec steering wheel plus OMP boss
GP Race Pro Light bucket seat
TRS 6 point Harnesses in orange.
Aero Catch Bonnet pins
Boot retaining pins.
Electrical Cut off switches
Sticker kit for the cut off tow etc.
Tow Straps.
and I also picked up a rear beam which I will be stripping down and rebuilding with new parts.


Pic of my seat and belts

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 08:22 PM

well about a week into EMC having the car I got a nightmare call that when they were stripping the sound deadening off of the floor the floor was rotten underneath now I checked what I could of the floor before I took the car and knew it needed some patching but unfortunately the shell was just too far gone to be worth repairing. Now the original plan was for me to buy a 1.6 puma off of EMC and transplant all of the 1.7 running gear from the rotten thunder into the 1.6 but while my car was being built another car which was a bit further along was also at EMC unfortunately for the owner he no longer had the budget to complete the car so I got a call asking if I wanted to buy it.

Heres a few pics its a medium steel blue car very little rust at all.

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 08:23 PM

so Im now onto my third puma and the car has just gone into paint I picked RAL 5015 Sky blue to have the car painted in.

Heres a few pics mid paint....

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I am now waiting for the paint to be done so I can collect the car and fit the pile of parts I have for it in the garage. I should be able to get somewhere near pretty quickly with the only major expense now being the the GAZ suspension kit that Ill need to save up a bit of money for. The car is going to be blue and orange I will be using the thunder alloys and respraying them bright orange.

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 08:23 PM

well saturday I got the car back from emc heres a few pics.

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The car now has a full multipoint custom cages roll cage welded in has had all the rust repaired and a full respray inside and out. I also kept the wheels off of the scrapped thunder as well.

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 08:24 PM

sunday I started doing a bit on the car unfortunately the weather was awful though and I only ended up getting the steering wheel fit before It chucked it down. So I put the car away and ordered the materials to make my door cards instead.

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Posted 30 March 2015 - 08:43 PM

The colour is quite like Amparo Blue that we nearly had the Puma in over here.
Great progress, third Puma I guess you can never tell what the rust is upto until exposed.
Looking fordward to your next update, hope the work goes well.
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Posted 31 August 2017 - 01:14 PM

hey, this looked a good builds but not updates for some time?

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