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Old 27th August 2009, 22:37   #1
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Default GYPSY Unlimited! - by JeepCaptain

Getting inspired from all the Jeep and Gypsy stories here and the immense response I received for my Jeep Wrangler YJ Rebuild post, I am sharing my second restoration story.Its about a 1995 MG410W. Hope you all will enjoy it.

This is a long story of a gypsy rebuild or restoration. The story started in November 2007 when I heard from one of my Jeeper friend that he has a goverment auctioned Gypsy 1995 MG410W with him but he is not finding time to restore it due to work and other personal reasons. He was more a Jeeper than a Gypsy. So restoring Gypsy was not his first preference. But for me Jeep and Gypsy was like my left hand and right hand. I love both of them.

After talking to my Jeeper friend at different occasions I found that his gypsy restoration project is not moving forward even after 3-4 months. Thats when I stepped in and asked whether he is ready to give me his gypsy and I will take care of it. To my surprise he agreed straight away and I accepted the deal.

Please note I made this commitment without even seeing the Gypsy.May be I was overconfident or I knew I had the minimum expertise and contacts to restore it which ever condition it may be and it proved right when I saw the Gypsy.

BTW - I was already owning another Gypsy at that time which is now with my good friend and fellow bhpian MexXxentric. I will be posting pics of that Gypsy also soon just to show the comparison. It was like a beauty and beast.

I was told its a Hardtop Gypsy and there was a hardtop which was removed and kept. But lots of parts were missing from it due to the long storage at government yards before the auctioning.Some of them were.
1) Carburator
2) Air Filter
3 Spare tyre
4) Tool Box
5) Head lamps
6) All other light fittings were damaged or missing
7) Front propellor shaft.
8) Lots of other plastic and small parts.


When I saw it for the first time, I said to myself. "man this is gonna take forever to restore" Goodluck Shibu!

Please check out how I found the Gypsy and you will know what I am talking about.

Gypsy Rusting in a Bush. 1995 MG410W
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See the government markings.
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The odometer reading 34K plus kilometers
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Look at the interior and the the damages due to rain, humidity and dust.
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Little bit of denting/patch work was done by previous owner before the restoration halted.
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Another view (pathetic) and check out the tyres. Gypsy was having OE factory fitted tyres even after 10 years in service.
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Missing headlamp domes, missing spare tyre, missing carburator and the list if missing items were too long.
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To be continued...
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Old 27th August 2009, 22:59   #2
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Gypsy Rusting in a Bush. 1995 MG410W
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See the government markings.
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The odometer reading 34K plus kilometers
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Look at the interior and the the damages due to rain, humidity and dust.
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Little bit of denting/patch work was done by previous owner before the restoration halted.
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Another view (pathetic) and check out the tyres. Gypsy was having OE factory fitted tyres even after 10 years in service.
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Missing headlamp domes, missing spare tyre, missing carburator and the list if missing items were too long.
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To be continued...

Good start.. let the story continue faster, hmmm yeah I also seems to be recognising the place. Is it the same area where madbullram's wanderlust saga started ?
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Old 27th August 2009, 23:04   #3
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Best of luck for the project
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Old 28th August 2009, 09:38   #4
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Looks like you have a long road ahead of you!!
Enjoy the journey of this restoration.
Looking ahead to more pics

Cheers and best of luck

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Old 28th August 2009, 13:24   #5
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Shibhu, Good catch less all missing items. What did you pick it for? and how much?

My feeling is you will have to spend atleast one lakh for restoring it to road worthy condition.

Good luck
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Old 30th August 2009, 18:55   #6
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Good start.. let the story continue faster, hmmm yeah I also seems to be recognising the place. Is it the same area where madbullram's wanderlust saga started ?
Trammway. you are absolutely right. You have very sharp eyes man.
This is the same place where madbullrams wanderlust saga also started.
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Old 30th August 2009, 18:58   #7
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Best of luck for the project
Thanks a lot aamirbhai.


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Looks like you have a long road ahead of you!!
Enjoy the journey of this restoration.
Looking ahead to more pics

Cheers and best of luck

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GB, Yes indeed it was a long way. Turned out to be be one year plus long restoration. Yes , more pictures to follow.
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Shibu, I have been a Gypsy fan for a long time. Look forward to your experience so I know what to look for when I get one.

Cheers
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Old 31st August 2009, 18:17   #9
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Shibu, I have been a Gypsy fan for a long time. Look forward to your experience so I know what to look for when I get one.

Cheers
Milecruncher,
Happy to meet another Gypsy Fan. Good luck with your gypsy hunt. And yes any questions please ask. We have a big group of gypsy experts here to assist.

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The restoration story continues.

My first task was to bring the gypsy to a garage in Cochin where i was planning to restore. The Gypsy was towed to Cochin with all the parts which were removed lying all over inside the cabin. Before towing the Gypsy, I spoke to the mechanic and described him the situation and he said he can complete the job in 4 weeks.I knew he was too optimistic.Anyway I had given myself 2 months for the restoration including a new paint job.

Following were done
1)Mechanic assessed the Gypsy and started making a list of all the missing/faulty parts.
2) Stripped all the parts, wheels, doors, hard top seats and hood.
3) Removed the bumpers, wheel hubs, lights (whatever was present) electrical cabling.
4) Then denters started working on the gypsy - they manage to patch all the holes and replaced the rusted pieces - took a week to complete.
5) Once the denting job was over painters applied the primer on the new sheet metal and the welded joints and applied metal paste ot putty and levelled all the uneven surfaces.
6)Mean while the mechanic had ordered parts which were required immediately for overhauling the brake system, suspension and the fuel system.

My mechanic asked me which paint I want to go for. Since I already had a white Gypsy and a red one I decided to paint this a diiferent colour.He suggested a passion yellow and matt black top will look good on this and I said to go for it.

After a month the Gypsy was in below condition.

Sorry guys I dont have all the WIP pictures in stages of all the parts replaced or repaired. But you will get a fair idea from the pics.

Now let the pics speaks

Gypsy with everything ripped apart, dented and with first coat of paint.
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Tyres, wheels and Hubs are off
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Look at the wheels, I found that the wheels were rusted or pitted beyong repair I had to order new set of wheels aswell.
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View of the engine room -Carburater and Air Filter was missing with lots of other small components.

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Inside view of front cabin - dash board,wiring, steering, gear lever knobs and seats are taken out.
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Close up view of the mid section
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Brakes needed major overhauling and all wheel bearings had to be replaced.
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Hardtop ( 3 pieces) , doors and hood waiting to be painted.
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Platform painted with water resistant Hammerton paint.
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Close up view of the front
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To be continued..
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Looking good after what it was doing in the bush

Any mechanical mods planned?
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Very interesting, keep updating the thread buddy...
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..was unhealthy with Health department..!! Now with you and recovering.

Keep posting..!!
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Please keep updating I am following it for my Gypsy Restoration ...
All details you could possibly mention would be worth .. Good Going
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Wow Jeepcaptain, this is the cleanest Gypsy restoration thread I have seen. Good job bringing this beauty back to life. The choice of colour is very good.

All the best buddy!

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