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Old 4th April 2011, 20:43   #166
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he design FMEA (failure mode effect analysis) requires that you tilt the power plant very slightly about the Z (vertical) axis as well. The idea is to make the adjacent needles in the needle bearings of the propeller shaft crosses overlap each others' position during running, minimizing wear and vibrations
If the intent is minimizing wear and NVH, (& not safety) then how does it figure in an FMEA?

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The power steering / collapsible steering column are easier said than done, power steering requires change in king pin inclination angle.
Why is that? and how is it achieved. Do PS and nonPS variants of Santro/Zen etc have this modification?
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Power steering the whole kit is being changed and its gonna cost dear according to initial quotes :( 62k including, column, rack, steering wheel, pump and what not! No jugaad here.

EDIT: New Amby's do come with collapsible aka joint type steering column as OE

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Ah! This is where the thread is! I was wondering how come there is no update on the Amby rejuvenation work!

Rudra sir - Firstly, It was a pleasure to have met you! Secondly, since you stay far off, please do let me know if you would want me to keep you posted on the updates as I visit Gopal very frequently for my Hulk, though I know your beauty is very safe hands of Gopal.

All I can say is "A Beautiful car!"

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Secondly, since you stay far off, please do let me know if you would want me to keep you posted on the updates as I visit Gopal very frequently for my Hulk, though I know your beauty is very safe hands of Gopal.
Hey, thanks a lot. Yes, need your help for sure. Also please PM me your phone number if that's not an issue.
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Thanks boss. I'm sure she'll come out great.
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If the intent is minimizing wear and NVH, (& not safety) then how does it figure in an FMEA?

Why is that? and how is it achieved. Do PS and nonPS variants of Santro/Zen etc have this modification?
Dear Mpower - your first query, the intent is to minimize wear and NVH, therefore "acceptance criteria" of number of cyclic variations the propeller shaft will be subject to and the allowable deterioration in performance is controlled. This is done through FMEA. Your second query, the actuating torque and stabilizing torque with power steering requires change in wheel setting parameters to prevent wander / drift, otherwise you will have a vehicle moving like a drunk person on the road.

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otherwise you will have a vehicle moving like a drunk person on the road.
Can you guide me to some link/s where I can read more about it? I don't want my car to behave like drunk on the road.
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Some serious developments, have to wait for the weekend to confirm the plan ahead. Rust and loads of metal paste, we will have to make some tough calls in the next few days :(
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Though I don't know about the developments, I could see layers n layers of metal paste being shed by maamu. Hope to catch up with you gentlemen tomorrow.
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Am not sure about tomorrow for me, you might want to touch base with Rudra if he is in town. Actually it would be really helpful. Or i will make it for sunday afternoon session. But darn those metal paste!
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Hey Rudra! Gopal is just the right person to work on your Amby.

Bhpian Prabhuav's Padmini too is getting restored in the same place.
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/modifi...ni-1989-a.html (Resto-mordernizing my first love - my Dad's Premier Padmini 1989)

Some pics of Gopal's very very original 1960 FIAT 1100 Select. I had seen this car a year ago in the FIAT Club meet.

See the reflection on the car. The body line is just perfect! Zero metal paste.

Hope the BLACK AMBY too turns out like this FIAT!
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Am not sure about tomorrow for me, you might want to touch base with Rudra if he is in town. Actually it would be really helpful. Or i will make it for sunday afternoon session. But darn those metal paste!
And I thought he shuts shop on Sundays. Does he not?

Rudra sir asked me for my no. and i was hoping he'd call me for anything but so far nothing. Anyways I would be doing my regular visit, do let me know if you need to know anything specific (visual confirmations)

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Rudra sir asked me for my no. and i was hoping he'd call me for anything but so far nothing. Anyways I would be doing my regular visit, do let me know if you need to know anything specific (visual confirmations)
I did call you Shubz.
Got late because reached Bangalore from Chennai almost an hour late. Thanks to Kingfisher Airline.

Anyway, I was worried hearing horror stories about huge quantity of metal paste usage from the last job. In reality, it didn't looked that bad today. Gopal told me that left side was damaged due to some heavy impact.
I had completely forgotten that a sand filled truck reversed and landed on my parked Amby (1987). So with my minimum pocket strength and what not, I had managed to bring it back to some shape. And now that entire area has to be corrected.

Inspection of alignment of the left fender.

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Positioning of the same.<br /> <br /> <a href=HM Ambassador - At 45th year. Reincarnation process in progress.-positioning.jpg <br />
Putting a clean shaped bonnet to check the gap.<br /> <br /> <a href=HM Ambassador - At 45th year. Reincarnation process in progress.-bonnet1.jpg <br />
Expecting to get the line gap like this <b>and it will happen</b>.<br /> <i>This so called an artist's impression. Don't take it seriously</i>.<br /> <br /> <a href=HM Ambassador - At 45th year. Reincarnation process in progress.-bonnet2.jpg <br />
Right side inside core wall needs lot of patch job.<br /> <br /> <a href=HM Ambassador - At 45th year. Reincarnation process in progress.-patches.jpg <br />
Chassis after the cut is perfect.<br /> <br /> <a href=HM Ambassador - At 45th year. Reincarnation process in progress.-chassis.jpg <br />
Right side fender's shock absorber bed to be corrected.<br /> <br /> <a href=HM Ambassador - At 45th year. Reincarnation process in progress.-mount.jpg <br />
Checking with a fresh grill for gap/alignment. <br /> <br /> <a href=HM Ambassador - At 45th year. Reincarnation process in progress.-grill.jpg <br />
More I'm watching Gopal in action, more I'm convinced about his capability. Today I watched him working on Shubz's jeep's engine valve grinding/setting. He took more than an hour to work on one valve..<br />
Before that I saw him working on Shubz's engine's distributor coupling. There was some play and watched him making the coupling face fresh and filing out the groove and slots. <b>He's amazing</b>!!<br /> <br />
I don't mind him taking his time. He told me that my car will come out the way he wants. Who am I to question him or push him? <img src=

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Wow your Amby is getting back into ship shape.Get her some simple alloys too this time.Black will be the best color on amby (white ambys are mainly taxi cars).Panel gaps are not irregular particularly on the bonnet.Does your amby also have k&n air filters?
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Get her some simple alloys too this time.
Naah.. Amby doesn't go well with alloys. Or that's what i feel.
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Does your amby also have k&n air filters?
Yes, it has but replacement type.
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So decided to go with the existing shell itself eh, good. Am more worried now coz the combination of you and Gopal can be quite incorrigible

I will convince Gopal to go with your signature hood curves, i think that should be retained! to hell with w-originality!
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