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Old 13th November 2014, 10:05   #121
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Many congratulations KPS on a fantastic outcome! Now that the Dodge is complete, we're going to have a lot less to discuss in terms of cars when you drop by to Calcutta next!

But please do put up some more detailed daytime photos of the car, like the interiors, trunk etc. All we have are some night time photos of the car completed; not fair

Look forward to more photos and congratulations again on completing the car so well.

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KPS, Could you tell me what percentage of the cost of those white wall tyres you ended up paying towards duty, shipping, clearence etc (planning to get a tyre set imported). Thanks
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Many congratulations KPS ............
Look forward to more photos and congratulations again on completing the car so well.
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Thanks Prithvi. The outcome still has many gaps which I will fix going forward. The plan is to use the car regularly and make it mechanically sound. I will fix the gaps after that.

We will have a lot to discuss on my next trip to Kolkata, let me assure you. More pictures will follow in the weekend.

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KPS, Could you tell me what percentage of the cost of those white wall tyres you ended up paying towards duty, shipping, clearence etc (planning to get a tyre set imported). Thanks
As discussed, hope you have been able to contact the person who details I have SMS'ed you.

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Thanks Prithvi. The outcome still has many gaps which I will fix going forward. The plan is to use the car regularly and make it mechanically sound. I will fix the gaps after that.

We will have a lot to discuss on my next trip to Kolkata, let me assure you. More pictures will follow in the weekend.



As discussed, hope you have been able to contact the person who details I have SMS'ed you.

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No KPS, I'm not the one who contacted you..wanted the details for a future purchase...
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No KPS, I'm not the one who contacted you..wanted the details for a future purchase...
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But please do put up some more detailed daytime photos of the car,.......
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As requested

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Dual fuel lines from the mechanical and electric fuel pump
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There is a lot of minor works to be still done on the car, which we will fix as we run the car. For example, need to connect the oil gauge and get the fuel gauge working. The convertible lock handle broke due to metal fatigue and will have to cast. All trims have to be reset and realigned. Seats need adjustments etc etc.

We did our first morning drive today

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There is a lot of minor works to be still done on the car, which we will fix as we run the car. For example, need to connect the oil gauge and get the fuel gauge working. The convertible lock handle broke due to metal fatigue and will have to cast. All trims have to be reset and realigned. Seats need adjustments etc etc.

We did our first morning drive today

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Hi KPS,

Looks nice and elegant .

You need to get a proper photo shoot with this as tribute to all the hard work that has gone in to the resto. I am sure there would be some fellow BHPian who would oblige

Best Regards & Drive Safe

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There is a lot of minor works to be still done on the car, which we will fix as we run the car. For example, need to connect the oil gauge and get the fuel gauge working. The convertible lock handle broke due to metal fatigue and will have to cast. All trims have to be reset and realigned. Seats need adjustments etc etc.

We did our first morning drive today

Cheers

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Super brilliant! Thanks!

The 'Dodge' crest on the bonnet is pure eye candy; I remember you said they are hard to get in good condition even on Ebay.

Trust your first drive went well and wish you many happy miles of motoring on this splendid car.

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I would like to dedicate this thread to my dad, Prithvi Ganapathy and his ex-boss Jack William Lawrence. My Dad has always been a car and bike enthusiast. He was inspired by his maternal grandfather Kuttetira Subbaiah who owned a few cars including this 1925-26 Dodge Brother bought new, as seen below (person in the rear right).
Earlier this month I had the pleasure to meet KPS and his family. I was lucky to spend some time with his father, a true blue car enthusiast with the greatest stories to share. His passion for cars is so evident, his discerning eye pointing out every detail on his Plymouth that I would normally have overlooked. Such a warm and hospitable family, I must thank you once again.

Here is my Herald when I was visiting. The Dodge had just arrived home. Seen are KPS, his father and bulletboy - to all of whom I am very grateful.
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On 5th November the car made it home.

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Dad doing the customary pooja as my wife looks on
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She is parked with the Plymouth. Much to our amusement the car is longer than the Plymouth and does not fit in the garage by about 6 inches! We need to figure out a solution
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We did not make the Southern Road Trail in the car, as I believed that my experience in driving a left hand drive and judging the proportions of the car was not enough to make this trip. However I did ride in the other cars and the experience was very enriching.

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Many congratulations KPS and Prithvi Sir. The car looks fantastic.

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Here is the car with the top down.

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An Absolutely smashing restoration Sir!! Its great to see another Dodge back on the road. I'm sure that every trip in this car, will be like time travel for your Dad

Kindly share more pics of this beauty, especially the interiors.

Cant wait to check it out in person, next time i'm in Bangalore.
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Pictures taken yesterday

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The big brother keeps company for the photo shoot
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Both cars looking great KPS !
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Both cars looking great KPS !
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Indeed they are looking just divine. The work that went into this car is just monumental. The end result is equally monumental. Both make a great pair.
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Being a left hand drive, I always wanted to have fender guides. Getting one was more difficult than I could imagine. Finally got one on eBay.

The fender guides look great on the car

Got a very good pair
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The fits snugly in the wheel arch
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This lights up so one knows where the fenders ends are in the night
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