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PumaGTe Sat May 23, 2015 1:25 pm

You have been putting a lot of work in the car, keep it up!

Petfisheric Sat May 23, 2015 7:26 pm

Thanks PumaGTe. It is a long term project for certain so I am fixing it to use over the summer and then next winter I'm looking to paint it. The pan is strong so no need to pull it off the body for now.

Petfisheric Sun Jun 07, 2015 5:34 pm

I just keep on working on the Puma. Brakes are assembled, Gas tank back in. Just a few more things to do and it's back on the ground and motivating.

Petfisheric Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:57 am

Well it is finally off the jack stands and standing on its own. The "new" to me Porsche Cookie Cutter wheels looking good.

brettsvw Sun Jun 14, 2015 4:28 am

The cookie cutters are right at home on the Cat. Looks great.

Petfisheric Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:24 am

Thanks. I finally got it out of the garage and took it for a shake down run. It does pretty good just a few little issues to deal with.

mark tucker Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:08 pm

looks great!! my kid is a chiropractor in kingston, Id like to see that kitty kat next time I go up that way as Ive never looked at one before.keep up the good work and put lotsa miles on it too.

PumaGTe Wed Jul 01, 2015 12:32 pm

What exhaust are you running on the car? A stock one?

Could you make/post a video of the sound?


Petfisheric Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:00 pm

It has the Monza exhaust that was put on the car when I originally purchased it in 1988. I will try to make and upload a video with the exhaust sound this weekend. I can tell you right now that it is a little on the loud side. Its okay for short trips but much time above 50 mph and it will start to wear on you.

Petfisheric Wed Jul 01, 2015 8:08 pm

Here is a photo with the exhaust. The chrome tips were rusty so while I had the motor out I cleaned and painted the entire exhaust with high temp exhaust paint. I added the Puma emblem today, it is close to matching the horn button Puma. It is also more in line with the 80's styling and way less than the Script Puma emblem from Purring Pumas.

Fusca65 Sun Sep 20, 2015 8:20 pm

Itīs a pleasure see a Puma so beautiful out of here of the Brasil. A friend of NY just buy a red Puma in Indiana, can I put him in contact with you ?

Petfisheric Sat Jan 02, 2016 5:24 am

I had a friend send me a bunch of engine parts he had sitting around in his garage. He got out of VWs years ago and now is big into Datsuns so I win :D

He sent me a couple of AE cases one set up for a 2110 build with crank and hot cam, plus a set of worked 041 heads and other misc. stuff. Now I just need to pick up a set of 90.5 pistons, carbs, and exhaust.

Petfisheric Fri Mar 24, 2017 7:59 pm

I've been collecting parts and today I received and engine rebuild kit with H beam rods, lightened flywheel 90.5 pistons and 78mm crank. I already have a nice set of ported heads that have been worked up.

PumaGTe Tue Mar 28, 2017 1:34 pm

Pumas deserve a more powerful engine. I'll bet you'll be very pleased with a car looking that good and performance to match.

HeidelbergJohn4.0 Thu Mar 30, 2017 8:55 am

Looking good!

I know it matches the tan interior, but it just cries for a black top with all of the thick black trim.

Petfisheric Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:12 pm

John - you sound like my wife she keeps insisting that it should go back to black, as well. My argument is a new top would cost about $1500 because it would have to be custom made.
For now I am more concerned with getting body ready for paint. The paint is like a plastic when it gets hot and it is about 1/32th of an inch thick in places. Right now I am trying to figure out the best way to get the old Acrylic Lacquer paint removed. So far I have decided that using a DA isn't going to work because it gums up the disk in about 30 seconds. Using a heat gun and scraper works but is slow going and it takes as much time block sanding the remnants left once it cools down, not to mention you have to let the scraper cool down to get the melted paint off the scrapper. Today I have been playing around with paint stripper and it seems like it may work a little better but it is still slow. It takes about half the time to remove the paint from the same area as the heat gun band blocking it out is a quarter of the time. I had about 4 hours in the hood using the heat gun and the deck lid was about 2 hours.

Petfisheric Mon Dec 18, 2017 1:45 pm

I haven't added anything in a while, but I have accomplished quite a lot. The car is now in about a million pieces and I am in the slow process of stripping paint and fixing fiberglass. The original paint is so thick that it gums up sand paper in a heartbeat. I did manage to pull the body off the pan and strip the pan of all components as well as remove most of the paint from the top of the pan over the weekend. Once I turned it over I decided I would get the rest blasted.

whozawhat Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:04 am

Good to see some progress pictures. Mine is up on blocks for the winter, only project is to fab some side skirts. Did you get your tail lights fixed up?

Petfisheric Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:05 pm

Well the wife said I was working to slow so while we were gone over the holidays she sent the body out for media blasting. Isn't she great! It came back yesterday and I now hove some clean up work to do and a little more to do on fiber glass repairs then with any luck I can have it off to the painters by the end of February. It doesn't help that this is one of the coldest weeks in the last 10 years and my shop furnace decided to die. So before any car work can be completed I have to get it working and the parts showed up this afternoon. Should have it working Saturday morning.
back from blasting

whozawhat Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:23 pm

Now that is a familiar looking sight.

What media was yours blasted with?
If it was soda you may want to google paint adhesion and neutralizing after soda blast.

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