Had the car as a rebuild/tuning project for 14 months. Over £5500 spent. I'm at a point where I can't spend any more on the car.
X reg (2000) Puma in silver. It's just over 107k on the clock and is being used as a daily driver so the mileage will go up.
Work & parts done so far:
Full engine rebuild at 104,000 miles.
Lightning Motorsport LMS 180 Inlet Manifold
(finished in Ford pacific green).
Lightning Motorsport high flow oil pump.
Newman fast road cams.
K&N cold air induction.
Poly bushings (fitted before I bought car - unsure of brand).
Mondeo silvertop throttle body.
New: Official Ford MAF, Idle Air Valve, crank speed sensor, cam position sensor and coolant temp sensor.
Replacement Official Ford (second hand) vehicle speed sensor.
New: 3rd party lambda sensor.
New windscreen fitted less than 3 months ago.
New headlight rubber seals. Not fitted.
Decent service history (prior to buying) and a folder full of invoices and receipts of parts for the rebuild.
Long MOT (around 10 months).
Sounds standard until you put your foot down and hear the induction noise.
Strong powerband around 4k RPM.
Poly bushings provide no end of grip in dry weather.
Low RPM judder. Happens in various gears/speeds when throttle pedal is lightly pushed. Slightly harder acceleration has no judder. Replaced 6 sensors and still no luck.
Rough idling. As above - try as I might I haven't been able to fix this.
Gearbox rattle. Confirmed by 2 mechanics as the slave cylinder. New one bought but not fitted.
Intermittent ABS/Traction light on dashboard.
Intermittent ABS judder at low speeds. Brakes cleaned and inspected. Appears to be a sensor issue. Around £30 each on eBay.
Rusty wheel arches. Quoted £400 to repair.
Cloudy headlight plastic.
Scuffed and slightly rusty (in places) alloy wheels.
Air con isn't working. Not sure if it just needs re-gassing or if there's potentially a leak.
Rubber base of radio antenna is cracked and perished.
A bulb/LED on the dashboard occasionally switches off.
Exhaust heatshield along underside of car has been removed as one side of the bolts was corroding.
The car is fully driveable (over 3000 miles since rebuild), but the above issues do need attention and you do have to adapt your driving style to compensate.
Full project details by myself on Project Puma:
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