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Old 30th July 2011, 16:59   #1
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This job was started a month and a half ago, and completed within 3 weeks.
However, I was banned from this forum till that time.
So, all the discussions related to this job were discussed in another forum. I will ask the mods if it is OK to share another forum's link where I have discussed all that went on in this job in a lot more detail.

Here's a list of all that was done.

1. New Paintjob in and out, Pepper Grey, inspired by my Favourite Car- The '67 Shelby GT500 (Eleanor) including treating rust from top to bottom (not much) and rust proofing the car.
2. New Bumpers
3. New Front Windshield
4. New Rubbers and Garnishes all around
5. Seats are refurbished and stitched with new covers
6. New Alloy Wheels and XM1+ tyres, 155/65 R13
7. New lights all around
8. Bumpers, door handles, grille, calipers and drums, ORVMs painted Matte Black

Under the Hood-
Everything in the engine and mechanicals was sound, it has done 1.25L km without any "opening" of any kind and still packs a mighty punch. This is mainly due to me trusting Premium Fuel and regular servicing with Engine Oil change at 5000Km.
However, just to be on the safer side, we did the following as preventive maintenance-

1. Xado Cylinder Revitalisant
2. Full AC service
3. New Drivebelts
4. New Radiator Hose
5. Full service including change of all fluids

Ladies and Gentlemen, FEAST YOUR EYES!!!

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Old 30th July 2011, 17:14   #2
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The car does look very nice. The choice of colour is also great !! I think the colour is one which looks good on most cars. Was the paintwork done at Pandit ? If yes what kind of cost..

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Old 30th July 2011, 21:25   #3
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Brilliant.
The detailing work is worth praising.And the alloy choice is fantastic too.
Any changes in the ice ?
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Old 31st July 2011, 08:46   #5
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Congrats, the ride looks really nice, understated elegance typical of the original Zen. A set of good mudflaps will complete the job. Congrats again
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Old 31st July 2011, 09:51   #6
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Thanks for your appreciation.

Regarding mudflaps, I will need them, I am searching for one which look nice and integrated and not too big, simply, similar to ones I had before, but new. Personally, I hate the way mudflaps, be them on any car, spoil the looks completely. However, in case of Zen, I feel only the rear bumper needs them because it is a little small. Nonetheless, Zen looks better without mudflaps to me.
If given a chance, I wouldn't screw any mudflaps, however, for practical reasons, I might have to go for them sooner or later.
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Old 1st August 2011, 01:08   #7
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One word.....Awesome...The car is looking refresh and choice of colour,alloys and Tyres are also good.
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Am I the only one who thinks the alloys look completely out of place?

Otherwise, great restoration man! The car looks brand new now.

I owned a Zen in the late 90s and loved it very much. It is still quite expensive in the used car market which shows how good the car did.

Wish you many more happy miles ahead!
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Congrats! The car looks superb!
I simply love this color, and it suits the car very well. A gray car with black alloys is something I have been dreaming about for quite some time, and your Zen just further increased my love for the combination!
Could you post details about the costs involved, and what procedures the car underwent?
Any plans for a performance add-on or two?
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Old 2nd August 2011, 09:54   #10
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Sorry for nitpicking - but the bonnet edge doesn't line up straight with top part of front grille (encircled area). Pretty nice outcome otherwise!

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Nice job there.

I think this version of the Zen was the best!

Are the rear tail-lamps not original MGA? The red part looks a bit too much.

Why a new front windshield?

How has the tyre upsize affected ride quality and stability?

Any particular reason why you didn't go for body-coloured bumpers?

Overall, one helluva car. Have a great time driving around!
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The gloss is amazing ; and keeping the bumpers stock is a very good idea ; you'd need to use Waxpol Vinyl and leather polish from time to time to keep the shine on.

Personally,I feel silver alloys would have enhanced the looks of this beauty manyfold ; just a thought.
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Old 2nd August 2011, 15:28   #13
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Hey Nice looking car there !!!!!. Can you try coloring bumpers with body color, that would look great and also try blackening B pillar.

Nice restoration there. I always loved Zen for No Nonsense thing.
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Nice restoration. I liked the fact that you tried to keep it stock all the way. Yes alloys are not to my liking but then its a personal taste i guess.

Btw even I have a Zen the one what was launched after this looks and it need some body work.
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Old 2nd August 2011, 21:29   #15
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That is one fantastic looking Zen there abhipuru16. For me, the Zen is still the first quintessential hot hatch in India with its awesome power and nimble handling. Your choice of color, the alloys and the painting of bumpers, mirrors and grille in matte black all combine very well together and make the car look wonderful. As you have mentioned, the Zen looks best without mudflaps but try and get a pair installed in the rear since the bumper tends to get very very dirty without them.
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