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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:49 am    Post subject: New Project - 1984 Puma GTS Reply with quote

This car was posted here about a week and a half ago and I had to have it. It's pretty much all original with still plenty of life left as it is.

It was posted as a 1983 but the title shows 1984, so I'm going with 1984 from now on. This will be a simple restoration project of removing, inspecting, cleaning, reusing and replacing as I go along.

The body and interior will get a proper cleaning/detail job and the engine will receive some much needed attention. Although the engine runs, I know it can be made better.

I'll try my hardest to maintain a good working routine along with the updates here. Any questions are welcome.

A few pics. I have more to upload

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 11:56 am    Post subject: Re: New Project - 1984 Puma GTS Reply with quote

Few more pictures.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2020 2:13 pm    Post subject: Re: New Project - 1984 Puma GTS Reply with quote

Sorry for the bad pics. Not sure why my phone did that.

Ordered carb rebuild kits. Planning on doing some fiberglass repairs to the battery tray area, since it's cracking.

I finished all the work I wanted to do to my brother's '56, so now my energy can be used here. I need to figure out how to go about the damaged convertible top.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2020 12:14 pm    Post subject: Re: New Project - 1984 Puma GTS Reply with quote

Joey congrats on the acquisition of your Puma, looks pretty clean in the pictures. I'm sure you will learn that what you have is a GTC not the GTS. The GTS had steal bumper covers and from the front looked a little more like a Dino vs. the GTCs 911ish front end.

Couple of quick things about Puma's the GTC and GTIs were built on a cut down Brazilia platform so the top hat is different than German / North American VWs. This is only an issue if you need a Master Cylinder. You will have to source one for the Brazilia. Also the steering column is out of the Brazilia so getting a spare key made can be difficult. Finding someone with a proper blank is the trick. It is like a mirror image to the German VWs. The rear brakes will be Type 3 if they haven't been swapped for Type 1 components already. If they are Type 3 drums keep them as they have superior stopping power.

Here is a photo of mine from 1987 when I first purchased it.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2020 10:50 pm    Post subject: Re: New Project - 1984 Puma GTS Reply with quote

First post on the samba.

I also just purchased a Puma, 1981 GTC. It is on a truck back home to Canada where it spent all but the last two years in Florida. Just learning about the Puma differences to other old VW's. I am not new to the air-cool VW's as my first restoration was a 1972 Westy, that was back in 1988. About 12 years ago I restored a 1973 Super Bettle. My next project was a 1971 Ghia convertible. Then 4 years ago I restored a 1969 Ghia coupe. All are sold except the 69 Ghia which is a keeper. I missed my convertible so much that I recently started looking for a new convertible project and thanks the Hot VW mag doing a feature on Puma's, I knew right away I found my next project.
This car is complete and hopefully not a full on restoration like the past units because I really hope I will be driving it come spring.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 21, 2020 1:07 pm    Post subject: Re: New Project - 1984 Puma GTS Reply with quote

Just sold my 84 gtc, took it on a 275 mile trip last month and was tired when i got back to my home. At 77 years old, and 6 ft 200 lbs, there is just not enough room for me to get comfortable.
Your looks great enjoy it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 04, 2021 8:30 am    Post subject: Re: New Project - 1984 Puma GTS Reply with quote

Kevin-T wrote:
First post on the samba.

I also just purchased a Puma, 1981 GTC. It is on a truck back home to Canada where it spent all but the last two years in Florida. Just learning about the Puma differences to other old VW's. I am not new to the air-cool VW's as my first restoration was a 1972 Westy, that was back in 1988. About 12 years ago I restored a 1973 Super Bettle. My next project was a 1971 Ghia convertible. Then 4 years ago I restored a 1969 Ghia coupe. All are sold except the 69 Ghia which is a keeper. I missed my convertible so much that I recently started looking for a new convertible project and thanks the Hot VW mag doing a feature on Puma's, I knew right away I found my next project.
This car is complete and hopefully not a full on restoration like the past units because I really hope I will be driving it come spring.
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That's a great looking Puma.
Follow along as I work on mine.

I have decided to record and share the experience working on my 1984 Puma GTC. The video quality is just okay, since I'm using my cheaper phone, but I hope you enjoy the process.

Let me know of any recommendations!
Thanks!


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 11:32 am    Post subject: Re: New Project - 1984 Puma GTS Reply with quote

Started working on minor things. Removed the door panel to fix the leather, which is coming apart. Found some broken pieces which I'll need to have 3D printed.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:09 pm    Post subject: Re: New Project - 1984 Puma GTS Reply with quote

Question for anyone reading out there reading this, would Super Beetle brake disc components fit the Puma/Brazilia models? I want to redo my front brakes soon and would like to order the correct stuff.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 2021 3:50 pm    Post subject: Re: New Project - 1984 Puma GTS Reply with quote

Clearly I am not an expert or even have much general knowledge of the Puma or the pan it is based on but I do have experience with old aircooled VW's. I had a 73 super beetle and have had two Karmann ghia's. The super beetle has a different front set up with McPherson suspension vs double beam. Someone else should verify this but I believe because the Puma uses the beam front end you should be sourcing your brake parts from a Ghia not a Super. You may want to ask this question on the Facebook Puma Group page.

Still waiting for my Puma to arrive but when I do, I am sure we will be able to swap a lot of information back and forth then.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2021 9:45 am    Post subject: Re: New Project - 1984 Puma GTS Reply with quote

Kevin-T wrote:
Clearly I am not an expert or even have much general knowledge of the Puma or the pan it is based on but I do have experience with old aircooled VW's. I had a 73 super beetle and have had two Karmann ghia's. The super beetle has a different front set up with McPherson suspension vs double beam. Someone else should verify this but I believe because the Puma uses the beam front end you should be sourcing your brake parts from a Ghia not a Super. You may want to ask this question on the Facebook Puma Group page.

Still waiting for my Puma to arrive but when I do, I am sure we will be able to swap a lot of information back and forth then.



Can't wait for you to get yours. It's such a great looking car.

My brother has a '71 Squareback with front caliper, I'm going to compare those to see if they match.

Currently working on the door panel. Fixing the leather that's peeling/bubbling and trying to straighten the door panel that's warped due to moisture/time.
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