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Old 8th December 2008, 11:55   #16
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That is a neat mod. Hats off to you for maintaining it for 7 years in the same shape.
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Old 8th December 2008, 11:59   #17
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Though it is not so impressive, but lot of hard work done for the car, and dont forget that this job was done almost 8 yrs back. Also, I have sold the car so dont have the latest snap, but it still looks the same. Shall look for a snap with the soft top and add it for you to see.
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Old 8th December 2008, 12:11   #18
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This is by far the best looking Maruti 1000 convertible. We have had a lot of designers touch the 1000 and convert it into either 2 seater hard top or a sick looking manual soft top. For example the Maruti Swift convertible designed by some local guy in mumbai was offered to customers for a hefty amount yet looked completely out of place. All i have to say is GOOD JOB
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Old 8th December 2008, 12:12   #19
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A very neatly carried out & finished job. How is the car now ?
Can we have pictures of it with the top pulled up ?
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Old 8th December 2008, 12:30   #20
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Why that front quarter glass there? Is it there for any support for roof to sit?
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Old 10th December 2008, 18:43   #21
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Though it is not so impressive, but lot of hard work done for the car, and dont forget that this job was done almost 8 yrs back. Also, I have sold the car so dont have the latest snap, but it still looks the same. Shall look for a snap with the soft top and add it for you to see.
pls find the photo with the hood for the same car. hope u guys like it.
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Old 11th December 2008, 12:05   #22
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pls find the photo with the hood for the same car. hope u guys like it.
I think a white hood soft top would have looked better. give the feel of a classic!
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Old 11th December 2008, 12:24   #23
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Honestly the car looks better with the top removed. Also did you do this job in a local garage in Ahmedabad?
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Old 11th December 2008, 23:11   #24
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yes, this conversion was done entirely in my workshop in Ahmedabad. The main idea was to not make it user friendly and did not want to make it expensive. It was my planing to reinforcing chassis to designing foldable soft top and that to collapse flat in boot.
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Old 12th December 2008, 11:09   #25
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hello friends. This project was done eight years back. You would know when you cut the top chassis buckles in monoque body. thus lot had to be done to to reiforce chassis to take length,wideth,tortional twist, stiffness for shock absorber points, reinforce door pillars to take extra load of weight and single point support of doors and many more. things are easilly said then done. offcourse i know many more things I could do and can do. Anyway this was just younger readers to know. Thanks Subodh Nath
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Old 12th December 2008, 16:06   #26
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hey suboth.... good work.... u given a new look for maruti 1000.
i m thinking bout doing the same with a HM contessa.... i guess tht car will active more classy and western looks.... did anyone did with contessa.. ? if yes do let me know ur reviews.... i guess i will get a contessa for a cheaper price so i wont loose more money messing with it....
pls let me know ur reviews... rio
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@subodh: done 8 years ago? wow. well that changes my perception of things. i think it's a stupendous job considering the resources and knowledge publicly available then. really great job. are you working on any more similar projects? you'll get a lot to play around with these days
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i m thinking bout doing the same with a HM contessa.... i guess tht car will active more classy and western looks.... did anyone did with contessa.. ? if yes do let me know ur reviews.... i guess i will get a contessa for a cheaper price so i wont loose more money messing with it....
pls let me know ur reviews... rio
I have seen quite a few contessas with their tops chopped off in Hyderabad. You can ask kkr2k2, zappo, staish_appasani, vnabhi, mobike008, suren and others from the Hyedrabad TBhp gang about them, but IMHO they did not look good at all.
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Old 19th December 2008, 16:24   #29
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Subodh - good attempt - and as everyone said, it looks good with the roof down !

any other modifications done by you ? please share the pictures
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Old 19th December 2008, 18:20   #30
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The windshield is too high which is making it look awkward, rest all is cool. I wonder how that can be shortened since it'll mean replacing it with another one and cutting the supporting A pillars a bit. The A pillar angle is to high, which makes it look like that.

Rest all great. Recondition a Standard herald convertible instead. Will look better and might be cheaper too. Seriously.
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