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Old 4th April 2005, 14:58   #46
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Love the interiors o your car nd I totally agree with you.
The Amby has the best back seat.
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Love the interiors o your car nd I totally agree with you.
The Amby has the best back seat.
I thought the Contessa had a better back seat. I rather liked that car, though (the Contessa) and I did hear somebody around here wonder if it would be possible to plug in the new Tata Safari petrol engine (2 litre) into the Contessa...........THAT would be an interesting project.

Hey Rudra did your amby originally come with the largish clock next to the speedo? The one which you could set using a tiny knob poking out thru the glass? There is a PERFECT example of a Mark 1 that I have seen in Cochin and have had the pleasure of riding in, too. It still has the original Emerald Green finish, STILL has the sidevalve petrol engine, and is still rattle-free and drives like a dream !!! Used to belong to a small industrial group there and I'm sure they still have it, with the original sunshade and white-wall tyres!
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Instruments cluster consisted of an analogue watch, speedometer with odometer and trip meter indicating 90MPH (!!!!!???) with ignition and high beam jewel lights, one console with amp meter, oil pressure gauge and direction indicator light.
Here I go Steeroid. Changed it during my modification days.
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All this reminds me of the Hindustan Standard . Does Anyone remember it?
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All this reminds me of the Hindustan Standard . Does Anyone remember it?
I do. That was the time when 'SMITH' was the king of meters. Must say their work was good. I never got any problem with them. Only, they became old and cogs started slipping.
Not only in Hindustan Standard, you can see them in Morris/Minor (aka Baby Hindustan) also.
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Any idea where i can get one for my minor. The panel is fine but the mechanism is ruined. Also do you remember anthing about the interiors as in the switches used etc
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Simply splendid.Your write-up AND your car.Kudos!
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Wonderful review.. Hip hip hurray..
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Soooooooo...Had a chance to drive TBs favorite Ambassador on a recent trip to Bangalore. I expected a lot and it still blew me away!

I dont know how Rudra maintains his cars, but both - the Optra and the Ambassador - were immaculately clean (I am a cleanliness freak myself). Right down to the wheels, there literally wasnt a scratch or a speck of dust. I strongly recommend a read of his thread on keeping it immaculate for your own machine/s.

So we head out from the TGIF (where else!!!) and I am riding shot gun with Psycho. On the straights and through the curves, Psycho cant lose him...until we come to a dead halt on a shady isolated road.

Perfect! Rudra hands me the keys and and stands outside while I revv her up (Advice to the old man - Dont EVER trust high-revving guys with your machine alone). Oh boy, I was floored...this baby revved like a riced up Honda! I couldnt have enough of her and zoomed up and down the lane at least 6 times passing Rudra with his lower jaw dropped

I am impressed, Rudra. Impressed with the gleaming black paint. With the immaculate cream interiors. With the sheer "tightness" of your car.

Anyone can buy a new Honda and enjoy high-revving it. You have yourself a 50 year old classic.

Priceless. Thanks for the unforgettable drive.

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Rudra hands me the keys and and stands outside while I revv her up (Advice to the old man - Dont EVER trust high-revving guys with your machine alone). Oh boy, I was floored...this baby revved like a riced up Honda! I couldnt have enough of her and zoomed up and down the lane at least 6 times passing Rudra with his lower jaw dropped
Yes, I owe it big time to our nut case friend Psycho. He's done a splendid job on exhaust and head part.

Only negetive side is my driving style has changed since. Just love the sound of gasing down followed by deep exhaust note... Psycho hates it though.

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Yes, I owe it big time to our nut case friend Psycho. He's done a spendid job on exhaust and head part.
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My impression is that you like "Heavy Breathing" and "Heavy...um exhaling then ?
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Psycho hates it though.
Well I love the sound of the car esp when it is accelerating not when you keep accelerating to deccelerate to get the growl ...
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Geez old man,

I just ran into this thread. You see i dont stray much from my "jagir".

That car is beautiful. Simply Beautiful.

Did Psycho do the interiors too?
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Did Psycho do the interiors too?
Well no the interiors were done by Rudra ages ago...

Anyways it is fun to see this thread being revived over and over again... Rudro what next
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Rudro what next
U know exactly what rudra wants for the amby now ??
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