The things behind you are losing! No need to pay them attention
Who needs rear view mirrors on a track anyway.... Just always be the fastest and its everyone else's problem.
With the widebody perhaps the height will be a good thing..
I only placed the spoiler there as it was easier than wading passed all the other curse word in the garage so it's not definitely going on, need to make a decision on the widebody too. It's takes 6-8 weeks to be made so not sure I'll have time to take delivery, fit and paint before The Weekender so that might be a thing for next year.
I bought one of these for my ex when I was about 21! Absolute blast of a car to drive, I thought it was so under rated!
Ha yeah same story here! I bought it for my other half to learn to drive in and just love the no nonsense drive of it, light enough to make the most of the 127bhp or whatever it is.
If my weight-saving happens like I plan, it should be good for nearly 170bhp per tonne, which according to a simple online calculator should be similar to that of a Sierra Cosworth, Accord Type R and Celica GT4, which would be cool!
Another small piece of the puzzle ordered, some light-weight door cards
The one's on the car are ruined anyways and catch when opening the door. Not to mention the fabric has started to come away some time ago so look proper cack. They claim that these ones I've ordered are only 100g heavier than 1mm carbon fibre, so some way towards my weight goal! (also if they do ever need replacing, they'll make a handy template for future! Multi-use!
Got a bit more done on the little Ford on Saturday, not loads but still progress. Also I really need to get another battery for the sander, only lasts about 30mins until it dies!
Slapped some primer down but I think due to it being chilly, it came out a bit funny. Not the end of the world, I plan to go over the whole thing with 1500 grit anyways. Also needed to order a toffee wheel to get that crummy sticker off the side, it's been on the car since before I bought it and just comes off in tiny bits.
Only half the car to go
The wheels had also been sat in primer for months, so got some base on them too. Only Halfords "Appliance White" in a can but actually went on quite nicely. Another coat and some clear, should be ready for tyres.
Ran out of battery and couldn't really do much else so packed up and went to go home...
Shitonit. As I hopped out the BMW, I caught my foot on the stupid lanyard I'd put on it, properly done in the key, bent and twisted! Tried to bend it back but it was no good. An hour later and £90 lighter, the key man had me on my way. What a PITA.
What sander are you using? 30mins seems quite a good run time from a single battery.
Nice to see constant progress on this.
It's just an Erbauer battery sander which I picked up from B&Q a little while ago. Haven't used it a whole bunch but it seems good for the price, plus B&Q is local to me so can grab batteries and other Erbauer tools same day should I need to.
Like a lot of you I imagine, I took advantage of the fine weather we had this weekend!
I haven't updated in a while as it's just been sanding and priming which isn't a whole lot of fun, but this weekend I made some good progress which definitely helps with motivation!
Firstly, I got my tyres mounted to my wheels, ignore the nasty tailgate on the smoker.
Saw a Tornado!
Had an icecream
Spent the rest of my time sanding off the paint I tested on the bootlid of the Puma from the crummy electric paint gun. It went on THICK!
Then went to the pub and had a quick pint before the weather cooled off for the evening.
Sunday I was up bright and early, using the electric paint gun to hose the inside of the car. It's not perfect but I really wanted it white like the rest of the car. Still lots to do inside but it's the hard-to-reach areas so that'll be a rattle can I imagine.
Then it was time to see if my idea of fitting the Mk1 Golf rear coilovers would work. At first, I wasn't so sure... although this picture is a bit of a fake out, the stanchion isn't pulled right out on the coilovers however they are still MUCH shorter. My thinking here is; I can have them wound up much more and therefore retaining as much travel and damping as possible but also gaining the lower right-height? Not sure if that's good science but maybe?
The coilovers needed some very fine fettling, first was to drill out the sleeve in the bush by a couple of mm and then they also needed buzzing down either side also only by a couple of mm, so all in all no big deal. The top-mounts popped right on but the thread on the top nut is M10x1.0 rather than 1.25 or 1.5, so I've had to order a couple of nuts at great expense! (£2 lol)
Anyways, the original shocks came right out with no hassle and the new ones went in with very little work also. Took the opportunity to throw a load of stone-chip under the arches to tidy things up but also aid with protection. The Ford uses those horrible fabric arch-liners which just soak up all manner of water and dirt, I'm sure this will be why these things normally rust into the ground around the arches.
As you can see from the above, the rear arches have had a suspect repair at some point, that'll need some more sanding and maybe a skim of filler.
With both shocks mostly fitted (aside from correct top nuts), you can see that oh Lord it's low! There is loads of scope to wind it up though once the tops are secured.
The below pic is about where I'd like the ride height to be:
In order to fit the fronts, I'm gonna have to order new ARB drop links. As with all drop links, they have that stupid hex bolt holding them on which just never ever comes undone, so they'll be chopped off and replaced.
You can see here that I've built the world's only Puma Gasser...
The back end is just silly low, looking forward to remedying that.
In other non-pictured news, I have managed to find the original Ford Puma Racing exhaust jig at work so am having a cat-back system made. Perhaps the only 2022 FPR exhaust to be made at the factory where the original 500 were made haha!
And lastly, a couple of random pics of how it sits at the moment with the roof-scoop placed on top. I really should get around to cutting and fitting that but I keep forgetting my hole saws.
Hopefully now that the weather is picking up, I can get it painted properly which will be my biggest milestone and have been waiting on for so long!
I'll also need to get a seat-rail made for my Noble seat (think I might just run the one seat, in the name of weight-saving).
Jobs to do in no particular order
Paint outside Finsh paint inside Build exhaust Fit exhaust Fit front coilovers Fit roof scoop Remove spare wheel cage Relocate battery Fit race battery Build seat-rail Fit harness Fit floor plates Fit boot and bonnet pins Fit new washer jets Maybe bonnet vent(s)? Find suitable steering wheel and boss Make front splitter Fit Lotus floor and diffuser Fit door cards MOT???
Well that's more than I thought... best get cracking!
Just to add a cautionary note. I ordered some track door cards from Track Car Door Cards some 5 weeks ago. Initially they were supposed to be dispatched within 3-5 working days. A couple of weeks passed and I had heard nothing. Turns out they unfortunately had a case of Covid so things were delayed which is fair enough, but was assured my parts would be dispatched that week. Another couple of weeks pass and I hear nothing again, so I chase again to be told that one of their staff had unexpectedly left the company. Again, a bit of a bummer but these things happen. Again told that my parts would be dispatched the coming Monday. Another week passes and I hear nothing. Chase again and slightly disgruntled by this stage. I said basically if they can't fulfil the order, to return my money or send out what I've ordered. They were dispatched that day (finally!) and I receive them today, dented, scratched to hell and with parcel tape on the cards rather than the packaging. Pretty miffed.
If you are considering using them, I would perhaps think twice, and if you are in a rush then just don't even bother.