Puma common problems and questions…

I see a whole load of common problems coming up with Pumas and here are a few of them answered for you…

1: Headlights poor!

This is quite a simple one, the Puma has early type projector style headlights. To make sure they’re bright you need to keep the outer covers clean. Either manually polish them with something like metal polish, or machine polish them! There are kits available that will help you but cleaning the outside makes a huge difference. Also if you take the outer covers off you can polish up the glass lenses inside as well and this makes a difference too. Uprated bulbs can also make a huge difference with the 2 best ones I’ve seen being MTEC and OSRAM Nightbreakers. At about £15 a pair (you need HB3’s) they make a great difference. The sidelights are also pretty poor so buying adecent set of T5 CANBUS friendly LED’s can help (the canbus friendly ones last far longer than the non-canbus ones in my experience)

2: Heater stuck on hot or cold!

This is nearly always a faulty Heater Control Valve (HCV for short) which is located in the engine bay at the rear with 2 pipes going to it. Please don’t try an ebay special or a cheap one as they tend to fail within 6 months. Approx. £50 from Ford for a new one

3: Water in boot after rain!

Design fault straight from Ford I’m afraid – open the boot slowly

4: Knocking from rear suspension

Can be many things but first port of call is rear axle bushes. Can be a pain to fit and again get Puma specific bushes not Ka/Fiesta ones as they’re tougher. Cheap bushes again will last about 6 months…

5: Why won’t my aftermarket stereo fit in?

Probably because the standard Ford one is 1.5 din not a double-din. You can get a facia adapter and use a single din if you wish though…

Right that’s 5 answered… I might post a few more when I think of them

Waxed...
Waxed…

Awakenings 4th July 2015

Went along to another Awakenings gig last Saturday! Always good to go to these small gigs and I love meeting up with the guys and having a gear peep!

First up was Concept Devices which is Martyn Greenwood. He had a small and compact rig and produced a well crafted and well paced short set. It was well received but just a small shame that the lights were not great due to illness!

Concept Devices gear
Concept Devices gear

Next up was Bouvetoya all the way from Ireleand. Great set with some nice gear and an interesting video too to boot! Enjoyed his set greatly, will investigate more as soon as I get chance…

Bouvetoya
Bouvetoya

Finally the headliners were Binar who is Paul Nagle and Andy Pickford. Real quality improvised set with some great sequences and playing. Fantastic set, and even an encore! Left feeling satisfied and the long(ish) trip home!

Binar
Binar

If you can get to see some Ambient gigs this year, please give thought to attending Awakenings! The price is reasonable (£15) and you get to keep the mp3’s or FLAC’s of the gig too to listen to for ever! Great job guys next one is September!!!

Dolphin Spotting in Spey Bay

Spent an exquisite weekend in Scotland dolphin spotting in the Moray Firth!

Dolphin Jumping!
Dolphin Jumping!

Had a great time, we managed to see 13 dolphins on the Saturday and another lone dolphin on the Sunday before coming home

Driftwood
Driftwood

Managed to take some great pics too. Was nice to see Sian so happy as well!

Sian
Sian

The rest of the set is HERE

Midland Daytripper

Bought a peak Midland Daytripper today for the princely sum of £8.10!

Nice trip around the rail network, took some great shots!

139 001
139 001

The Parry People Mover class 139 is a unique little railcar. Take a look HERE at how it works etc. Stourbridge saw a few movements too!

66 131
66 131

We moved about a bit and ended up in Walsall and managed to catch a 37 on the Flask train!

Nuclear Flasks
Nuclear Flasks

The rest of the set is on Flickr HERE

Puma bits and meet this weekend

Been sorting a few more Puma bits out this week and getting ready for the meet on Sunday at Donington! Petra has done 22k miles in the last year and she’s starting to look a bit tired so this year the bodywork will need some attention.

Props
Props

Will be taking some bits along with me if anybody wants to buy them off me 😉 Always open to offers!

Caliper Holder
Caliper Holder

Looking forward to the meeting now!

 

Flickr Uploader

Recently I’ve upgraded the Flickr uploader to the new version, and whilst it’s a great tool I miss the older version! So I had a look around and yup it’s gone. Time to dig out the backup I guess….
So to cut a long story short I’ve made it available to download here, I’ve only got the Windows 32-bit version I’m afraid

Flickr Uploadr (old version) (47)

Here is the dropbox link – https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/37413674/FlickrUploadr-3.2.1-2009.06.02.01-en.exe

I will attempt to find some mirrors to link to or host