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Old 19-04-2017, 01:56 PM   #831
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Hi Alex

Just read thru all 83 pages, was a good read and very informative

I have a 97 puma that I'm restoring but ain't started yet coz of health issues

1 question I have, did u use a manual for info or did u just go in blind?

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Old 19-04-2017, 01:58 PM   #832
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I'm lovin the look of all the electroplated bolts and bits

I'm in birmingham, do u have any info on who you used to do all the electroplating
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Old 20-04-2017, 12:07 PM   #833
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Hi Alex

Just read thru all 83 pages, was a good read and very informative

I have a 97 puma that I'm restoring but ain't started yet coz of health issues

1 question I have, did u use a manual for info or did u just go in blind?

Bob
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I'm lovin the look of all the electroplated bolts and bits

I'm in birmingham, do u have any info on who you used to do all the electroplating
Hi Bob,

Thank you! I used no manuals, just general mechanical knowledge I have picked up over time, I am on most of the Puma / Fiesta forums and facebook pages so anything I get stuck on I simply ask and generally get the answer, or a quick 10 mins on google will help as well

If you need any help on yours feel free to message me, always happy to help

The electroplating company I use is Parkfield Electroplating- Unit 58 Bluebird Trading Estate, Park Lane, Wolverhampton WV10 9QQ Phone: 01902 728304

But a friend of mine uses a small batch place in Brum that may be better for you being closer, I think the company is Mini Batch Plating ltd - 31 Hatchett St, Birmingham B19 3NX Phone: 0121 359 8234

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Old 21-04-2017, 11:05 AM   #834
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So, update time. The engine is very nearly completed so I have been working on the engine bay getting it as tidy as possible ready for the engine to go back in.

Started off my cleaning and degreasing as much as possible. I removed the brake servo, brake bias bar, front brake lines from the master cylinder, clutch slave pipe, bulk head carpet and all the AC pipes.

Once it was cleaned I gave everything a final wipe over with ISO then started to put parts back in. First thing was a brand new bulk head carpet / insulation. These are NLA from Ford and I happened on this through a fellow Racing Puma owner.



Next was the AC pipes, I cleaned the rubber and coated with Gtechniq C4 coating, the alloy pipes were all cleaned and given a slight polish with emery cloth and fine grade wire wool.





Started refitting the AC pipes (under the scuttle panel)-



Next up were the brake lines, these were in decent conditon but the olive green paint had been chipped and scratched in various places. The olive green original brake pipe is styill available from Ford for £10+VAT per metre, but min. order is 10 metres so £120.00 all in.

This was too much even for me, so I remade my own, then matched the olive green as close as possible, gave them 2 coats of etch primed, and 2 coats of the green to finish.

CLutch slave pipe with new pipe fittings-



And brake pipes that run from the ABS pump to the Master Cylinder-



Next was the brake bias bar, this runs across the back of the bulk head and links the brake pedal to the brake servo. This was removed... nightmare job! The bar was given a light polish on my uncles old lathe before being sent for electroplating (as per original)

The mounting bracket and relief spring were powdercoated satin black-









The brake bias bar was then refit along with the brake pipes I had painted-







(The brake servo has been taped up to prevent me scratching the new gloss black paint finish)

The last job I have been working on is the starter motor. This was stripped down as best as I could. The main casing was painted in gloss black, the other section in silver. Rebuilt with electroplated bolts and end cap.







Final job was the part sticker, I made a copy of the original and printed at work on inkjet vinyl adhesive, finishes it off nicely



That's all for now folks! Alex

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Old 21-04-2017, 01:17 PM   #835
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Been waiting for an update, its mainly the reason I come on this site at the moment!!

Attention to detail is outstanding, would like to have a look over this some day.
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Old 21-04-2017, 01:40 PM   #836
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Been waiting for an update, its mainly the reason I come on this site at the moment!!

Attention to detail is outstanding, would like to have a look over this some day.
Thanks man, its been long overdue an update. Just like to save them up so its a decent update and keeps people interested

Hows the Golf coming along?
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Old 21-04-2017, 01:47 PM   #837
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Same here bud, great attention to detail looking forward to the final results
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Old 21-04-2017, 04:00 PM   #838
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Same here bud, great attention to detail looking forward to the final results
Haha me too, hopefully be done in a few more weeks
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Thanks man, its been long overdue an update. Just like to save them up so its a decent update and keeps people interested

Hows the Golf coming along?
Certainly got my interest.

It's coming along slowly but surely! Been going round and making sure all swage lines are true and even throughout all the panels. I should be high build priming it in the next couple of weeks.
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Old 21-04-2017, 05:44 PM   #840
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Insane attention to detail, well done mate, there probably isn't going to another Puma in the whole world that will look anywhere near yours, simply amazing.
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