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#1 cvanandh

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 12:09 PM

Hi All

Just wanted to share with you all in Motoroids about my Amby. I've hardly ever posted in Motoroids simply because I thought I hardly had anything interesting. But now, I thought this story about my Amby would interest you people.

To start off, it is a 1964 Mark II which was bought by my Grand Father in 1966. It was registered in my Dad's name and he was the 3rd owner at that time.

The car then served its purpose very well without any problems what so ever. I've heard some very interesting experiences of our family with this car. I've used the word 'heard' just because the car was bought about 19 years before I was born.

Since my early childhood days, I was very fond of this car and it was almost like a member in our family until the year 1992.

It was in 92 that the car really showed its age and broke down near Bhavani while traveling back to Coimbatore from Bangalore.

All these years from 1964 to 1992 it has been serving on the original OHV petrol motor and was as good as new.

Now, the investigation after the break-down revealed that the engine main bearing had given up and hence had to get the car towed back to Coimbatore.

This is where the problem really started. Now since the engine had almost come to the end of its life, we started to think of converting it to Diesel.

Everyone at home were totally against putting in the Matador since it was too noisy and we really had no other choice since Isuzu's were never heard / available at that time. At the same time, some people who had started a new workshop only to convert Ambassadors into Diesel using the 1.9 TATA engine were really getting famous in Coimbatore and hence we too thought about it and finally it was decided that our Amby had do undergo a major transformation to bear the 1.9 TATA diesel heart borrowed from the TATA Sierra.

So, the work started and the Amby was installed with a brand new 1.9 TATA motor. The engine costed a whopping Rs. 75,000. This engine was mated to the same HM petrol gear box.

So after staying in the workshop for quite a while for the conversion process then for the AC, the car finally arrived.

The engine was really good and powerful for the Amby.

Now, the car was back to normal but slowly and steadly problems seemed to arise one after another.

Some of the problems were:
1. Engine Over heating.
2. Uneven tire wear.
3. Clutch wearing out pretty quickly.
4. Low ground clearance.

The ground clearance was fixed pretty quickly by chopping off the sump. The original was with a capacity of 7litres and was now chopped off with a capacity of 4litres.

Though we had installed an extra fan on the grille the overheating was always a case to be worried about especially on ghat sections. Modifications to the radiator and others lead to marginal improvement but was never solved.

The chassis was changed during the engine conversion and since then the front tires never lasted more than 25,000 kms. Also, after this conversion the weight of the car increased by about 100 kgs.

Coming to the clutch, it was a niggling problem and never got settled. By this time, few years had passed and the car had run more that 70,000 kms despite these issues. Now, some friend of my uncle had also converted to the same TATA engine but with a TATA gearbox borrowed from the Sumo. The had covered more than 90,000 kms and had decided to get rid of the engine and gearbox due to the arrival of the ISUZU engines in the market and they gave us the Gearbox.

Now, it was Transformation part II for our Amby. So out went the column shift HM gearbox and in came the Sumo box along with a hydraulic clutch. Changes were also made to the interior with a new dashboard with a console box and the car also made its way to Koyas for new Upholstery.

So after these changes, the car was back to duty serving tirelessly and at the same time frequenting to the workshop for some problem or the other and this time my dad was almost fed-up with the expenses and they had decided to sell off the car :rolleyes:.

I was heart broken. I was asking him and others at home not to sell it off but my request was rejected and finally the car was sold in 2002 and was replaced with a Palio 1.2 Sport.

I was in Class XI at that time but was never happy about the car being sold though I was madly in love with the Palio.

It has been 8 years since the car was sold but I was never able to get it out of my mind and was always thinking of somehow buying it back and know what? it has happened! Yes, I've just bought back the same car just a couple of days back, on the 15th of March 2010.

The car is still running on the same engine and nothing has changed mechanically. The buyers had corrected the tire wear problem by correcting the chaises and also the overheating, but the gearbox and the body are out of shape.

So, I've achieved in buying back the car but now I need to get it back into proper shape.

Hope this post has not wasted your time. Will update this thread in due course of my rebuilding process if you people are interested.

Awaiting your response or comments.

Edited by cvanandh, 17 March 2010 - 06:45 PM.
Corrected spellings


#2 satyenpoojary

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 12:36 PM

Wow! Firstly congratulations on getting the car back! Its an awesome feeling!

I have been through something similar, but the only change was that it was my uncle who had a Yezdi and a Rajdoot! I was just crazy about the Rajdoot... to the extent that I used to call him "Dorrrrrra" Maamu (dorrra is the sound it made :) )
One fine visit to the place and I see the bike to be gone! I was very upset till the time I reached home! Some day I will get a RD from gujurat and remake it into a bike :)

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#3 cvanandh

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 12:48 PM

Thanks a lot Satyen

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 12:53 PM

Clicked in 1988...... It's me on the car

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Clicked in 2002 before selling

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Present condition after re-buying in 2010

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Edited by cvanandh, 17 March 2010 - 01:40 PM.
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#5 avinrichards

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 01:56 PM

hey! real nice :) its always a need to get back that ONE thing thats had a lot of space in your childhood memories and boy it sure does feel special.

been trying to track down a premier padmini myself ( i used to call it a Ferrari when i was small :) it sounded beautiful! ) hunt still on. belonged to my grandfather.

the car looks in great shape in the present snap :) congrats!

#6 cvanandh

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 02:13 PM

Thanks avian. Good luck in your hunt for the Padmini.

Some more pics in the present condition

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#7 cvanandh

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 04:58 PM

Can anyone help me in sourcing some spares such as Headlight / Tail Lamps and Front Grille for my Mark II Amby?

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 05:53 PM

wow! great read anandh :) i am happy for you to get the car back.. the car looks amazing indeed!

cant believe its a 46 year old car! great work by all the owners :)
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#9 cvanandh

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 06:03 PM

Thanks  a lot razorBlades. To be frank, the car looks better in the pictures than it actually is.

The problems to be fixed in it are:
1. AC needs to be checked as the previous owner says that he never used the aircon over few years and is now out of Gas

2. Gearbox is noisy and produces a lot of humming and hence needs to be replaced / repaired.

3. Minor patches are present and hence requires tinkering and painting.

4. The color of the upholstery has changed. Hope that it can be restored by cleaning.

Gearbox and the body are the major tasks in hand.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 06:28 PM

Just one word.

W O W !
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Posted 17 March 2010 - 06:42 PM

cvanandh said:

Thanks  a lot razorBlades. To be frank, the car looks better in the pictures than it actually is.

The problems to be fixed in it are:
1. AC needs to be checked as the previous owner says that he never used the aircon over few years and is now out of Gas

2. Gearbox is noisy and produces a lot of humming and hence needs to be replaced / repaired.

3. Minor patches are present and hence requires tinkering and painting.

4. The color of the upholstery has changed. Hope that it can be restored by cleaning.

Gearbox and the body are the major tasks in hand.

That's a lot of work :) please share in your advancement in fixing these.. we are your audience :)

OT: Since you are from CBE, you know any good mech who can take up to restore a RD? I have a RX100 to be restored aswell :)
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#12 cvanandh

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 06:48 PM

Sure will update the thread as work progresses.

Regarding mechs for RD and RX, will let you know from my friend. He has currently bought an RD and said he is getting some fine tuning done.

Will check with him and get back.

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 07:27 PM

razorBlades said:

That's a lot of work :) please share in your advancement in fixing these.. we are your audience :)

OT: Since you are from CBE, you know any good mech who can take up to restore a RD? I have a RX100 to be restored aswell :)

Razor: RD... whats cooking...
Ping Atul and ask for Tony (malad) ... he is one of the best RD guys around, very nice chap!

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Posted 17 March 2010 - 08:27 PM

One of the most touching stories ever. Keep us posted about the progress...

#15 cvanandh

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Posted 18 March 2010 - 10:34 AM

Sure will keep updating. The car has just landed in the tinkers garage near Palakkad...

Planned to do the Tinkering and AC works in Palakkad, the Gearbox and other mechanical works in Pollachi followed by painting in another garage in Pollachi.




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