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Old 4th November 2009, 19:19   #1
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Default MM550 Army to Civilian Makeover by JeepCaptain

Friends,

Here is my another exciting project -MM550 XD Army to Civilian Makeover!

Well its not 100% my project. Its my brainchild but the full execution is done by fellow bhpian Siva aka Trammway! right from sourcing , rebuilding and testing. A Million thanks to him to make my dream come true! Thank you Siva for all the pain and for your time! Really appreaciate it.

Just to make long story short The 550 was acquired by Siva from a scrap dealer in chennai. It was chosen from a batch of six 550s' and since Siva was the first customer he had the oppurtunity to pick up the best one.

This project was started in mid July and its almost done now except the tyres. But I will be posting the details as and when time permits with pics.

Now let the pics talks.. This is how the 550 was procured.

Just Arrived from Delhi.

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Interior

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Body looks OK.


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Engine Room.


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Some parts are missing
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Hey Shibu,

You are living my dream life, maan you are at one project after another. Its every jeepers wet dream to have handled one rebuild restoration project, you have already have 4 documented projects on tbhp. I have to meet you now . BTW no recession effect on you?

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Excellent jeep with clean body lines. Please post detailed pictures of your restoration
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Old 4th November 2009, 21:57   #4
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Hi JC,

Nice jeep and good body shape! I hope this is the one he picked up for 250K from a Chennai auctioner? Am I right? I remember he mentioned about this jeep somewhere earlier in a thread here

Please do post the pics of latest updates then...
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Shibu,

Wasnt this jeep being rebuilt by Siva? I remember this jeep being discussed here some where. Is this jeep still in chennai?
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Old 4th November 2009, 23:52   #6
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@Shibu, Dude I should thank you for giving me an opportunity to learn MM550.

I'm excited I have far more clearer pictures of this jeep now, let me see how much of eagerness I can create on to you. ;-)
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today i got to know Jeep Captain is Shibu whom i know from quite sometime now, good to see you here man. please keep the pics coming.
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Is there no stopping you Shibu? All the best with the project.
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Hey Shibu,

You are living my dream life, maan you are at one project after another. Its every jeepers wet dream to have handled one rebuild restoration project, you have already have 4 documented projects on tbhp. I have to meet you now . BTW no recession effect on you?

Pramod
Yes I am also living my dreams. You are right this is my fourth rebuild but you know what, I have got more . One more project is there which I will share shortly. Yes we should meet up. PM me your contacts and I will let you know when I am in TVM.

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Excellent jeep with clean body lines. Please post detailed pictures of your restoration
Ashley, yes I will post pics. Courtesy Siva, because he is the one who sends me pics.

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Hi JC,

Nice jeep and good body shape! I hope this is the one he picked up for 250K from a Chennai auctioner? Am I right? I remember he mentioned about this jeep somewhere earlier in a thread here

Please do post the pics of latest updates then...
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Sali, no bro. Not 250K! we paid 140K in Chennai including registration. I know i paid slightly more.But think about the time and money you have to spend to goto Mayapuri to pick up one plus you add transportation costs ( 18-20K).
The main reason why we choose to pick it up from Chennai was a dealer/vendor who is having lots of 550 parts in the neighborhood(Avadi ) make s big difference when you restoring a 550.
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Hi Shibu,
Looking forward for you to post the current pictures.

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Shibu,

Wasnt this jeep being rebuilt by Siva? I remember this jeep being discussed here some where. Is this jeep still in chennai?
Yes Vinod it is very much done by Siva and its still in Chennai. I have mentioned it in the beginning of my post.

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@Shibu, Dude I should thank you for giving me an opportunity to learn MM550.

I'm excited I have far more clearer pictures of this jeep now, let me see how much of eagerness I can create on to you. ;-)
Hi Siva, dont know how to thank you man.You are a true example of Jeep Fraternity, by buying and restoring a Jeep for another Jeeper whom you have never met in your life! Hats off to you bro.

if you have better pics of 550 restoration please do post.


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today i got to know Jeep Captain is Shibu whom i know from quite sometime now, good to see you here man. please keep the pics coming.
Hey Devang, Now you know who is this JC. rite? Good to see you here bro.

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Is there no stopping you Shibu? All the best with the project.
Beejay, no Bro.. there is no stopping for me. Have you see my 5th and latest thread about my Rally Gypsy? I just posted it today.
Live like today is the last day in your life!

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Looking forward for you to post the current pictures.

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Sure Sathya, keep checking for more update and pics.
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Is it possible to find a ex-army gyspy in chennai in similar condition? i would like to buy a gypsy of the same kind and modify it for the raid.
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I sent you couple of pics today, checkout.
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This 550 craze is just not going to end is it?

When the NGCS versions are out, its only going to get worse.

All the best Shibucheta!
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Beejay, no Bro.. there is no stopping for me. Have you see my 5th and latest thread about my Rally Gypsy? I just posted it today.
Live like today is the last day in your life!
Of course I did and like the usual from you, that ones magnificent too.

And I pray to all the JEEP gods to make you keep going and throw in more . We don't mind a new one every week.

All the best Shibu.
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