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Old 14-05-2010   #1
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Hey guys i was half way threw 18 when I got my first car. I chose a Fiat Punto 1.2 16V Sporting over a Saxo . Cutting a LONG story short i had numerous troubles trying to get this car,Colour,Sporting,6 Speed gear box etc etc. First time on Auto Trader lady was veyr nice was going down to see her on the Saturday. Phoned her up again on the Saturday to let her know In was going down with my dad just after lunch "ohh... im sorry to tell you I sold the car last night" me -> . So after a other 4weeks waiting a other sporting appear . This time was in a car lot so bound to get it. Problem was though it was 400miles away. But my dad said we would travel as I was about the last time. So phoned the garage up atleast 4 times on the way down. Got there at 4:30. I began looking around for my punto.......... "thats funny i can see a fiat Punto??" So spoke to the manager guy. "Hi im looking for a fiat Punto MK2 Sporting in grey?" "Oh sorry m8 i sold the car at around 4:00. that Point I nearly punched the guy. The guy i was on the phone with had finish his shift at 3:30 and didnt tell his boss we were coming down!! so basically we drove 400miles for a bag of chips. Like the film Gone In 60 Seconds trying to get the GT500 somthing ALWAYS happens.

Three weeks later!. Phoned a guy in Auto Trader and told him i was coming down in the morning. I explained to him the trouble i went threw and he said he would keep the car for me. Picked the car up from the guy I had this face the whole way home -> .

THE MODS!!!!!!
Believe it or not I already had a picture in myhead exactly how i wanted it too look. Gave me things to think about while trying to get the car. Im studying AutoMotive Refinishing at College. Which is panel beating and spraying. Following that course will be doing a busines course. So i knew i was allowed to work on my car for free/ GET PAID FOR IT LOL!.

Few pictures of the car when I bought it paid 1500
Car came with
4 New TOYO T1 ties
Full new Exhasut
12months Road Tax
12Months MOT
New Brake and Brake pads
around 65k on the clock








After a week of getting use to the car. Time to get the picture in my head onto the car. I began working smoothing out the front bumper. P40 was used to fill the bumper with Bodyfiller and Top Stop applied to finish off. I hacked sawed out the front bumper struts to create a giant mouth.













Final photo of the front bumper smoothed and bonnet de-badged. Number plate was also moved down to the bottom for a while. Just wanted to complete change the look of the car.



After around 2 weeks I began on the audio Full vibe install, Flip out DVD player hooked up to the PS2 little bit of Need For speed during lunch . Then i was told by my GF and parents to calm down on the spending LOL. so did FOR like a WEEK!. Blue footwell Neon gave the car a nice look during the night. Set of AutoGuage guages filled the A-Piller





I had a wee break from modding due to college exams and extra shifts at work . But wait...Extra shifts?? More MONEY to spend on the car!! . Decide the stupid arial! had to go smoothed that off. On the way hoime from college a BMW went past me and i seen its black roof. My brain then clicked BLACK ROOF!!. I bought the vinyl of ebay at 60 and got a local guy to fit the vinyl for me.
How the car is looking at the current time



New alloys will be arriving soon. The auto Guage piller pods are away now though shown in the above pic. Also recently bought a HGT center console. So you can probs guess where the guages are going .

Comments and suggestions are all welcome
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Looks okay.... i guess you need to sort out the front reg plate, maybe get some black angel halo headlights, did prefer the original front bumper looks a bit 'naked' you lowering it? but other than that this is the sort of punto i want in a few years in yellow id love to be back at college doing a course like that!! you work hard your entitled to spend what you want on your car AMEN to that ive currently just bought a punto im in the process of doing it up!
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Looks okay.... i guess you need to sort out the front reg plate, maybe get some black angel halo headlights, did prefer the original front bumper looks a bit 'naked' you lowering it? but other than that this is the sort of punto i want in a few years in yellow id love to be back at college doing a course like that!! you work hard your entitled to spend what you want on your car AMEN to that ive currently just bought a punto im in the process of doing it up!
Yeh the Gf understands now you know whht females can be like. I didnt really want to stick a kit on the car. Anyone can really sick a aftermarket bumper on. But again thats my view on things. Lowering it XD had a big think about it. My private estate is full of speedbumps they are also the wrong height bigger than normal. Even at standard height u need to do around 10mph over them ruff mabe 15mph. Im going to see how the new alloys sit Wolfrace Octanes and then decide on a drop. It can be easy done at college stick the punto on the ramp way i go
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Love to see the finished project you not thinking of a carbon fibre bonnet? my estates the same thats why i think lowering is a bit of a silly idea but personally i would love to lower it at some point im just waiting for loads of parts to be delievered so i can get to work
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i like it as said above lowering is quite a good idea
also what alloys u getting ?
also whats in the pods they look nice but what guages ?
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i like it as said above lowering is quite a good idea
also what alloys u getting ?
also whats in the pods they look nice but what guages ?
my 15" Wolfrace Octanes arrived Yesterday . The guages are from AutoGuage and have oil temp, water temp, oil pressure
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colour is the same as mine , nice choice !!!

deffo lower it next , i like the black roof
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my 15" Wolfrace Octanes arrived Yesterday . The guages are from AutoGuage and have oil temp, water temp, oil pressure

I thought you were getting 17" supraking?
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I thought you were getting 17" supraking?
Yeh was going to but adding 17" would make the car slight slower due to more tire having to travel. Speedo would be slight out. Sticking 15" just seamed alot better. Also gives me the choice to lower without worrying about rubbing. My new Octanes will be on my punto by Monday-Tuesday . Test fitted one on today looked nice. Tried to remove the front bolts but forgot while at college air gun them on with the gun that you can set the torque
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Yeh was going to but adding 17" would make the car slight slower due to more tire having to travel. Speedo would be slight out. Sticking 15" just seamed alot better. Also gives me the choice to lower without worrying about rubbing. My new Octanes will be on my punto by Monday-Tuesday . Test fitted one on today looked nice. Tried to remove the front bolts but forgot while at college air gun them on with the gun that you can set the torque

Ahh klkl man,dont go anywhere near them with wonder-wheels itll burn the lacquer right off that shiny rim
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Make sure you don't need bigger bolts for the alloys and maybe paint them? I just painted mine white today! Going to laquar them tomorrow and new tyres all round in the week!

BTW Eleanor was a 'Ford Mustang Shelby GT500'
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BTW Eleanor was a 'Ford Mustang Shelby GT500'
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Tell me about it !. My car is Grigro Steel the paint same colour as Eleanor XD im soo sad!. Whats the best way to wash them Zip Wax etc? Also how do i remove some tar marks on the lips?
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Ermm, Intensive tar remover normaly does the job.
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Looking great buddy

I think I saw the first part of this on PSC?

Shame about the 400 mile trip for nothing though. I would have died!
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Hey guys got my new alloys fitted Wolfrace Octanes 15" on Hankook tires. I bought the wheels for 150 with the tires. Though i think the alloys would suit the car better if the center spokes were black? Ive photoshoped the alloys black. What you guys think?

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