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#1 User is offline   Doingitsideways 

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 12:04 PM

Hey all.

Picked up a Thunder a couple of days ago, so thought I'd start a mini project thread up.

All started where all good ideas heppen - while having a good dump.
Browsing Autotrader, not looking for anything in particular and came across a Puma up the road.
Rang the bloke up while still curling one out, bobbed round once I'd put my pants back on and a deal was done. Even washed my hands before we shook on a deal too.

The car's a standard Moondust Thunder with all the usual features:

Leather in excellent nick,
AC that works,
Working heated screen,
Rusty arches...

A few pics:

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Interior:

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The name came from the fact that I pretty much bought it while sat on the porcelain express, and my first trip to a petrol station resulted in a cuddly toy in the form of the emoji for a pile of s**t sat on the parcel shelf:

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So, plans...

I've already posted in the newbie section, but it goes like this:

I'm going to be stripping my Capri back to a shell and doing a full nut, bolt and weld... Lots of weld... Rebuild, so the Puma should hopefully give me something to tinker with when I need a break from that.
I find that if you don't take a break from a big project every once in a while, you begin to resent it. Hence how my Capri's been sat untouched for 10 years.

Ideas so far for the Puma after doing a little research:

Slight lowering on some half decent springs, thinking maybe Apex?
300mm Focus/Mondeo front brake conversion, probably with the earlier master cylinder from what I've read.
Bigger wheels, thinking of the Mondeo/Escort GTi 5 spokes, or the wider Puma ones, but they're like hen's teeth I think.
Maybe poly bush the wishbones.
Stainless exhaust and 4-2-1 manifold if the budget will allow.
Remove the torque limiter.

Then hopefully have some fun in it and maybe get it on a track.
If I get into the track a bit heavier, I'll take the mods further and put it on a diet, but for now it seems a shame to strip everything out as it's really tidy inside.

Erm... That's about it for now.

Here's a pic of when it met my Capri earlier today:

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Cheers,

Steve

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Posted 16 July 2016 - 12:14 PM

Had it a week now.

During the week I managed to find a set of brand new 16"x7j Cossie style wheels, so I snapped the guy's hand off as I know how rare they are.

Also on order, a Sportex 4-2-1 manifold, race tube and back box.
Time will tell if it's bonkers loud with having no middle silencer, but it's not my daily so not too fussed.

Got my eye on a suspension kit.
Not sure I want to stump up for coilovers just yet, maybe later on if I start hitting the track hard.
What do people generally lower by? 40mm or so?

Once this little lot's arrived, I'll make a start on the brakes and stump up for some decent rubber.
Thinking Toyo Proxes, unless anyone has a better idea on a budget?

Cheers,
Steve

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Posted 19 July 2016 - 04:52 PM

Postman came today.

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7j jobbies. Nice.

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Brand spanking new:

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Still in their boxes:

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May keep the boxes, as the chances of me ever buying another set of brand new OE wheels is slim to none.
On the other hand though, I may just burn them and dance around the fire semi naked like some sort of Manc Native American.
Time will tell.

Exhaust should be here by the end of the week too.

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Posted 19 July 2016 - 06:37 PM

They are rather nice wheels.
searching is fruitful | I'm a sponge not a mechanic | The Wiki is cool, please do check there if stuck with a Puma problem whilst waiting for a reply | For the Puma fan this read 'The Inside Story Book' is very nice to own link coming soon

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Posted 21 July 2016 - 08:14 PM

Postman's been busy again...

Sportex 4-2-1 goodness:

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Race tube so no middle box:

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Tailpipe looks nice and subtle :lol:

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Yes, I do all of my amateur photography in the back of my Volvo estate.
ALL OF IT ;)

Time will tell how loud it's going to be.
I bet it makes my ears bleed, not too fussed though as it's not my daily.
Plus, my Capri used to set house alarms off when it was on the road :lol:

Stay tuned for the next installment of "pictures of stuff I've bought blind off the interweb in the back of my Volvo"

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