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Old 14th May 2014, 01:17   #1
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Default 1968 VW Beetle: Restored, Driven & Delivered!

Another VW Beetle came in from Thane 9 months ago, Car seemed to be in a wonderful condition, only for us to realise later that deep inside it was Rotting.

Ninad Ranadive, a Hardcore Automobile enthusiast wanted nothing but the Best with this car.

The project went on with an amazing flow, And when it was time to deliver the car, what more can anyone ask for. Yes, i drove it down all the way from Bangalore to Thane to deliver it in 15 hours FLAT
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Old 14th May 2014, 18:32   #2
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The body looks so good after the tin work was done. As usual a good job from you, Pavan.
When do we get to see pictures of the car after the paint job was completed?
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I had the priviledge to see this car in person in Thane this Sunday, when I was with another bhpian adishenoy. We did follow it for a long way admiring the beauty .

The restoration job is fantastic. It looks absolutely stunning on road and the blue color is truly wonderful. It's definitely eye catcher on road.

Hats off to the wonderful restoration work.
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Fantastic pavan !! I saw the pictures of this beetle on FB before your drive to Mumbai and was in awe looking at the gleaming blue beauty. BTW with the primer itself the body-lines looks super good, wonder what it would been in flesh after the paint job.

Hats off dude.
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Old 15th May 2014, 10:21   #5
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Awaiting the pics after completion. In the new colour it should look fantastic. With just the primer coating itself it looks wonderful in finish.
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Awaiting the full restoration and after shots.Brilliant so far!!!
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Thank you all guys.

Bodywork was never a worry as everything had been done to make this car a looker.

Basic necessity was to get this car to be 100% Mechanically Fit, infact this was on the First agenda of my resto., it has to be as good as it should be, No worries, no glitches no breakdowns after the restoration is done. Extract every bit of that performance from the humble 1200 cc.

I integrated quite a few upgrades when it came to the mechanical aspects,

1) New Piston rings
2) Inlet and Exhaust Port polishing and Porting
3) Engine Grooving ( Read - Somender Singh Grooves in PAVAN KADAM Verson )
4) Electronic ignition with flame thrower
5) HT plug leads
6) NGK Iridium Plugs
7) Free flow air-filter
8) Headers
9) Free- flow exhaust
10) Gas filled Shocks for stiffening the suspension
11) Lowered front beam & Lowered rear suspension for better handling
12) All New Brake line plumbing
13) Complete Brake overhaul
14) Brand new PU bushes
15) Steering and Suspension overhaul
16) Brand new cables
17) Every electrical part overhauled

Now since every mechanical aspect of the car is FRESH, we expected the car to do better, and for our surprised it surpassed our expectation during our initial 500 kms of testing
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A very smart looking Beetle and definitely amazing choice of color.
Is that water collected inside the head lights ?
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Wow... that's a Beetle just reached 2014 in a time machine!! Beautiful work, Pavan.
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Great Stuff Pavan! The engine chamber after restoration looks stunning. I could see a coke tin cover there , curious to know what its doing there?
Also have a generic question on restorations , do you order all the required parts from the company directly ? In this case VW?
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That's one of the hottest Beetle available in country. Kudos for the passion & effort.

Can you post some snaps of Steering wheel and the instrument cluster? and the Keys too.

BTW, what is that yellow thing on the headlamp?
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A very smart looking Beetle and definitely amazing choice of color.
Is that water collected inside the head lights ?
That is not water. Its a transparent Yellow Sticker, just added it to give a little different look to the headlight.

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Great Stuff Pavan! The engine chamber after restoration looks stunning. I could see a coke tin cover there , curious to know what its doing there?
Also have a generic question on restorations , do you order all the required parts from the company directly ? In this case VW?
The COKE tin is just slided into the ignition coil for aesthetics

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Wow... that's a Beetle just reached 2014 in a time machine!! Beautiful work, Pavan.
It drive like one too.

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That's one of the hottest Beetle available in country. Kudos for the passion & effort.

Can you post some snaps of Steering wheel and the instrument cluster? and the Keys too.

BTW, what is that yellow thing on the headlamp?
As explained earlier, the Yellow thing is a transparent sticker added just of a little HATKE looks.

Finally, the car took exactly 9 months for the FULL restoration, and once restored i again decided, it will be delivered to Thane by road. And yes, we did that, all of 1000 kms in one day ( 15 hours flat )
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A Video of this car cruising @ 75 MPH on the Eastern Express Highway Mumbai.

Video courtesy Ninad Randive


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Delighted to see a lovely black Delhi registered Beetle artfully dodging chaotic lorries and trucks and buses in traffic at Peenya , with Pavan Kadam in hot pursuit in a red Safari ! : )
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Delighted to see a lovely black Delhi registered Beetle artfully dodging chaotic lorries and trucks and buses in traffic at Peenya , with Pavan Kadam in hot pursuit in a red Safari ! : )
Was delivering it to the owner after a quick service.
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