PH FLEET UPDATE: FORD PUMA
Continental jaunts and corrosion block for Riggers's Puma
The Puma on its way back from France. There's a ferry out there somewhere...
During that time it has cemented its reputation, chez Riggers, as a car that you wouldn't willingly choose for a motorway jaunt, as its already-buzzy (but willing) 1.7-litre engine isn't exactly tall-geared and that, combined with a roof shape that seems to amplify engine and road noise, makes it rather a wearing multi-lane companion.
But the looming spectre of the Holiday Season and (more to the point) its associated expenses means I'm going to have to soldier on until 2012 before tackling the Puma's suspension issues.
Now, if I were of a more scientific, methodical bent I would have slapped the grease under one arch, the spray under the other, and measured the (hopefully) slowed progress of the dreaded metal rot. But I've not done that - I've put both under both arches, mostly because I'm keen to offer AX51 GGA the maximum winter protection. As for whether it actually works or not, it's too early to say - I'll let you know on the other side of the winter. The good news is that the corrosion behind the arches isn't actually as bad as I'd initially feared, so a new set of wings shouldn't be necessary just yet.
PH fleet update: Ford Puma
Riggers is finding it tough to trust with his new Puma
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