Go Back   Team-BHP > BHP India > The Indian Car Scene


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 28th August 2008, 17:57   #76
Senior - BHPian
 
anujmishra's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,271
Thanked: 338 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rough Square View Post

Where can I buy this in Bangalore?

JC road??

I got one in CAR accessories shop in Jaynagar 4th block. Yo can inquire any car accessories shop.

It was around 200 Rs. You can use it for other lighting purpose also. It is very helpful during night.
anujmishra is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th August 2008, 18:21   #77
BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 860
Thanked: 297 Times
Default

We can also check engine oil levels, brake fluid levels, radiator coolant levels, can change worn out belt on dynamo, can change a fused bulb and so on with light under the hood. And we cannot go to authorized work shop for this, can we?



Gave good engine life, used to run around 2.5 lakhs for each instalment of engine overhaul.

The view from drivers seat was great, one can see the headlight ring from there. I dont think any modern sedan has that much view.



Customization was rampant in terms of door handles, seats, ceiling, bumpers, indicators etc. along with various engines doing duty under the hood. Most popular ones were the BMC 1500 cc, a few Jaya Diesels (made in Coimbatore I think, correct me if I am wrong), Nissans, Isuzus, HM Trekker, Matador's 1800 cc engine, and some bigger Mataodors which did duty in the 307s, Toyotas.....

One should see the variety in ceiling design to believe it. From as low as Rs.2,000 to Rs.20,000 they were all made to individual owner's tastes in the after market.

My 9 year old son misses the car, as do my mother and myself. He is not pleased with the Indica which replaced the Amby nor is he okay with my Bolero. He occasionally mumbles something to the effect that we should buy one whenever we travel fairly long distances.
simplyself is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 28th August 2008, 23:02   #78
BHPian
 
agentsmith2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Bay Area
Posts: 130
Thanked: Once
Default

Here's another one - pair of rear-view mirrors on two sides of the car bonet - just above the headlights. Easier to view without much head-tilting.
agentsmith2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th August 2008, 03:50   #79
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Mpower's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 10,432
Thanked: 1,682 Times
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by airfoil View Post
I sort of miss the front quarter glass effect. In the unpolluted days where traffic actually moved and there were almost no car air conditioners, these nifty devices served like high powered fans.
Like fashion its coming back in cab forward designs like the Gen2 Honda Jazz and SX4 only difference they don't open and rotate like the old days.
Mpower is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 29th August 2008, 10:56   #80
Distinguished - BHPian
 
Thad E Ginathom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Chennai
Posts: 7,841
Thanked: 7,226 Times
Default

The quarter-light window, in other countries, was god's gift to thieves.

The very-easy-to-open lock is just a matter of design, but the fact of a small area of glass to break is inherant.
Thad E Ginathom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd September 2008, 09:52   #81
ACM
Distinguished - BHPian
 
ACM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 4,152
Thanked: 2,457 Times
Default front doors opening the wrong way.

Quote:
Originally Posted by directinjection View Post
Early Mark-II Ambys had it so I guess Mark-Is would have had it too.
1972 model Mark-IIs had the starter integrated into the keyhole.
My duker Fiat - 1956 also has front doors that open the other way.
ACM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2nd September 2008, 11:05   #82
Team-BHP Support
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 11,890
Thanked: 9,723 Times
Default

One thing getting sparser - A full size spare wheel.
ajmat is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 9th September 2012, 22:17   #83
BHPian
 
mukundmenon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Kochi
Posts: 77
Thanked: 27 Times
Default Re: Things we dropped from yesteryear - in our car

Windshields which can be reached over the steering wheel and wiped clean. Try doing that in a Punto/Jazz- can't even touch them... damn aerodynamics
mukundmenon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th September 2012, 06:54   #84
BHPian
 
one-77's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: KL08/MH01
Posts: 358
Thanked: 198 Times
Default Re: Things we dropped from yesteryear - in our car

Quote:
Originally Posted by mukundmenon View Post
Windshields which can be reached over the steering wheel and wiped clean. Try doing that in a Punto/Jazz- can't even touch them... damn aerodynamics
Why would you want to that anyway?
Didn't the wiping-the-windshield habit die out along with the non-AC cars?
one-77 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th September 2012, 16:18   #85
BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 860
Thanked: 297 Times
Default Re: Things we dropped from yesteryear - in our car

Quote:
Originally Posted by mukundmenon View Post
Windshields which can be reached over the steering wheel and wiped clean. Try doing that in a Punto/Jazz- can't even touch them... damn aerodynamics
Quote:
Originally Posted by one-77 View Post
Why would you want to that anyway?
Didn't the wiping-the-windshield habit die out along with the non-AC cars?
I had an Amby (1971) which had this habit of wiper falling off after a few minutes. I used to take the wiper and clean the windshield manually even as I drove
simplyself is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10th September 2012, 19:41   #86
BHPian
 
Neur0t0xin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 58
Thanked: 6 Times
Default Re: Things we dropped from yesteryear - in our car

Quote:
Originally Posted by simplyself View Post
I used to take the wiper and clean the windshield manually even as I drove
I used do exactly the same in my SS80.
In fact, you could lean and reach almost every corner of the car with ease, not possible in these day cars, with all the center console, side armrest, rear A/C vent and all, you get stuck in the drivers seat.
I miss the front bench seat of the Premier Padmini, we got to sit in the front seat as kids for the drive with a view.
Also the visibility, all round was great in older cars, especially the rear.
I don't have a Premier Padmini rear windshield picture for comparison, but you can clearly make out from the picture below of a VW Vento showing poor rear visibility from inside.
Then again, it is evolution, thick C pillars are there for safety reasons.
Attached Thumbnails
Things we dropped from yesteryear - in our car-vw_vento.jpg  

Neur0t0xin is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10th September 2012, 22:08   #87
BHPian
 
mukundmenon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Kochi
Posts: 77
Thanked: 27 Times
Default Re: Things we dropped from yesteryear - in our car

I meant about wiping the inside of the windsheild to get rid of the dust/fog. Agreed that with AC ,fog is not much of concern compared to old times, but dust has to be cleaned manually. I find that a dusty windsheild makes it difficult to drive at night.

Another yesteryear feature in decline- chrome.
now it is considered having small bits of chrome as a luxury add-on, but in ambys, contis there were lots of chrome- grille, window linings,Hub caps, door handles and so on. Also they were stylish and did not look garish like the chunky strips found on the boot lids of Logan, etios etc.
mukundmenon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2012, 14:18   #88
BHPian
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Hyderabad
Posts: 860
Thanked: 297 Times
Default Re: Things we dropped from yesteryear - in our car

Quote:
Originally Posted by Neur0t0xin View Post
Then again, it is evolution, thick C pillars are there for safety reasons.
Ambassador and Padmini too had thick C Pillars.

Visibility from driver's seat was great for Ambassador.
simplyself is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2012, 15:42   #89
Senior - BHPian
 
sourabhzen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: GURGAON
Posts: 1,541
Thanked: 1,277 Times
Default Re: Things we dropped from yesteryear - in our car

1. Continuous cranking on a cold morning - waiting for few seconds - cranking again, waiting again - revving continuously as soon as it cranks to heat the engine up.
2. Choke - was there in early M 800 also
3. Petrol Tank caps with locks.
4. Plain household electric switch on C - pillar for cabin lights.
5. Fans (accessory)
6. Curtains installed on springed wires.
7. Spring Seats
and 8. push starts
sourabhzen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11th September 2012, 17:00   #90
BHPian
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: bangalore
Posts: 182
Thanked: 132 Times
Default Re: Things we dropped from yesteryear - in our car

I miss "Double de-clutching" in my dad's amby to get the car from any higher gear to lower gear

I miss pumping the brakes to get the feel of the pedal

And am serious about this. Driving dads 1961 Amby was the most involving ever!
aadithsince1980 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Bikes of yesteryear and long forgotten : Anybody still riding them? riteshpawar Motorbikes 192 23rd November 2017 18:50
Good things come in small packages - Our Hyundai Xcent SX(O) Automatic CrAzY dRiVeR Test-Drives & Initial Ownership Reports 74 12th April 2017 10:07
Yesteryear scoops: Pre-production prototypes & unlaunched cars on our roads sidindica The Indian Car Scene 54 9th June 2016 23:41
Cielo, Astra, Escort & other yesteryear Cars - Where have they disappeared? v12 The Indian Car Scene 127 26th November 2014 15:21
Opel Corsa prices dropped Tarun The Indian Car Scene 8 14th July 2005 15:50


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 06:45.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks