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|16th January 2009, 16:31||#1|
Gypsy - Overhauled!!
This has appeared & dissappeared a couple of times so I hope the thread stays around this time.
I had acquired a 1998 Gypsy King (Carb) from fellow team-bhpian Capt. Pings sometime back when he was relocating out of the NCR.
The vehicle was mechanically sound and reliable and as I bought her (him?) with the idea of being a permanent (though fully mobile!) member of my garage I finally decided to get the paintwork and some rust cleaned up. So off s/he went to Autopsyche for what was initially a good dent / paint/ mech refurb job.
I'll let the pictures to the rest of the speaking:
What we started with (a dent/ paint job remember!)
The rust is visible!
Anyway let me not keep on the rust angle which was much less than expected & not a surprise given the Gypsy's inclination to rust.
This is where things started to change. Some discussion happened around the lines of "Why dont we do a custom soft top" & "I really don't like the tall boy look with the hard top" etc. You get the drift.
So off goes the top!
But then whats the difference between this Gypsy & a stabdard soft top? So it was decided to raise the body panels by about 6 inches (bad photos, I know, excuse please)
And fabricate a removable soft top frame
Now we could'nt leave the rest stock!
So bumper (Ver 1) ARB inspired but we got the dimensions wrong
Rock sliders (Calmini inspired)
And wider fenders to accomodate the negative offset rims
Bumper Ver 2
Nearing body bashing completion
That's it for now. Will post the finished pictures shortly. I am also approacing the post/picture limit
|16th January 2009, 16:39||#3|
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Oh.. so it's here now. I do hope this thread stays man.
Eagerly waiting for the rest of the story & pictures.
PS: I did see your gypsy in the NDTV show few days back :-)
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|16th January 2009, 16:52||#4|
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Shahnawaz and I were discussing you & your Gypsy during our GQ drive and wondering where you(r thread) had vanished.
Painting the bumpers in that colour is called Electronic Tunning?
|16th January 2009, 17:36||#7|
Paint & the rest!
Continuing for the earlier post
Some paint in progress shots:
And here we go:
Thats the lot for now. Will post the list of mechanical / engine fixes etc. later tonight.
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|16th January 2009, 17:49||#10|
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Awesome work, Rahul.
BTW did you do any painting on the alloys? Were those spoiled when the work was done?
|16th January 2009, 17:51||#11|
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I hope "4x4addict" sees this. You will pull some more money out of him with your "rock sliders". Originally people found that their running boards gave them some flank protection from slipping sideways into or turning into rocks, trees, giraffes etc. Then they evolved. Interesting thread.
|16th January 2009, 17:55||#12|
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Amazing look you have given your Gypsy there!
I am stunned!!
I guess the entire extra body fitments are metal one's?
I have a very bad experience of these fitments as if they are not of the good quality, they tend to rust quite quickly. I hope you have taken care of it.
Simply amazing look! Made me think of buying a Gypsy again.
Hope to see you on NCR OTR (NIOC) soon.
|16th January 2009, 18:56||#14|
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rmonie, arush - i literally fell of the chair watching the last few pics of the final product !!
simply awesome - i think one of the best body mod work done seen in this forum ( including all those fancy accords, BMWs, skodas etc !cheers: )
by the way - whats the total cost !? I am tempted...
rmonie - also please post a few pictures with the soft top taken off
|16th January 2009, 19:08||#15|
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@ rmonie: congratulations for the vehicle. Thats a superb looking machine you have there. One of the best body works done and seen in this forum. Can we have some more pics please.
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