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Old 7th December 2016, 11:19   #31
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I am a silent follower of Vintage and Classic section on TBHP nowadays but couldn't hold myself from Congratulating You Subbaiah sa'ab on being the new custodian of this quite a historical Daimler.

I am sure this marque will be reliable and surely a head turner with your fastidious approach to tackle every issue.

Awaiting updates on the latest developments.
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Thanks Kartik. Could not hoped for a better British marque. The car will be shortly going for a full mechanical check and minor restoration.
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KPS,
I would have done the same thing just minor restoration but IMHO I would say that just get her on road and start using her ,"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

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Since the car was not fired for very long, we need to check if the engine was free.

It turned out to be a relatively easy task. Going by the condition of the car, we did not expect any major problems, but we did not want to take chances.

The original starting handle is there.
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We numbered all the plug wires so that we do not mess up the firing order
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Checked the oil and found the level to be good. Condition of the oil indicates that the car had not been run much after the last oil change
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Removed all the plugs and put some oil in the cylinders. Topped oil so as to lubricate the valves too. Left the same over night.
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The original starting handle was an excellent fit
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Ready to turn!
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Please note when you are using a starting handle, the thumb should not wrapped around, as seen in the picture. The thumb should always be to the side, so that, should the engine should backfire, you will not get hurt. This must be remembered when you are actually starting a car.

The engine was very free. The water pump did protest a bit, guess it needs to be checked later, if only lubrication will do.
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Old 10th December 2016, 10:45   #34
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The body is built by Mulliners
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The quality is excellent
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Trafficators are there
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Hubcaps proudly proclaim the Daimler D
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The fluted D on the rear bumper
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View of the built-in jack neatly tucked in. Each of the rear wheels has a jack. In the front, there is one big jack in the center below the radiator
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There is sound dampening in the under chassis. Shows the quality of the build,
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Original Lucas switches to the rear lights
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The new parking order at home
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The garage gives me immense pleasure, every time I peep in!
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We now plan to complete the mechanical restoration first and use the car, before we contemplate any further restoration.

More updates as when we start the mechanical restoration.

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On the designated day, Sripathi, Dad and I went to pick the car. We had called the flatbed truck at 2 pm. This is would give us ample time to open the garage for the first time in 13 years! Got the car off the jacks, checked the tyres, and prepared the car to be taken out. Since the car has mechanical brakes, we were sure it would not be jammed. Manorama and Rekha had prepared a special South Indian lunch for us. It was really a wonderful experience.
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Now that the car is safely home, she will wait whilst we plan out the next phase of action.

Hope you enjoyed the story so far.
Wow !!

CONGRATULATIONS Mr. KPS
That was a scintillating history.
You must be one hell of a lucky dude to get hold of this beauty with such great past.

Wish you the very best in all that you do with this great car and a happy & proud motoring.

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You must be one hell of a lucky dude to get hold of this beauty with such great past.
Thanks Doc.

In sports there is a saying that "more you practice, the more you fluke!"

Similarly, finding such cars needs a lot of patience, persistency, understanding what cars should be chased,what should be ignored. Luck is a factor, whatever car you buy!

I would say that I am very fortunate to get this car, known to me from the 1980's with an excellent history. Many a times, buyers forget to collect and record the history of their acquisitions. Wherever possible we must always work towards documenting the history of the car, it adds significantly to the ownership experience.

The car is 70 years old and all the rubber parts are very brittle and needs to be replaced

We will start the mechanical restoration in mid-Feb and I look forward to sharing the same on TBHP. I expect the car to be completed in all respects by end 2017.

Mean while, the car remains safely in our garage.
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Thanks Doc.

In sports there is a saying that "more you practice, the more you fluke!"

Similarly, finding such cars needs a lot of patience, persistency, understanding what cars should be chased,what should be ignored. Luck is a factor, whatever car you buy!

I would say that I am very fortunate to get this car, known to me from the 1980's with an excellent history. Many a times, buyers forget to collect and record the history of their acquisitions. Wherever possible we must always work towards documenting the history of the car, it adds significantly to the ownership experience.

The car is 70 years old and all the rubber parts are very brittle and needs to be replaced

We will start the mechanical restoration in mid-Feb and I look forward to sharing the same on TBHP. I expect the car to be completed in all respects by end 2017.

Mean while, the car remains safely in our garage.
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Lovely car KPS. Do you know if that is the original colour scheme / paint ?
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Lovely car KPS. Do you know if that is the original colour scheme / paint ?
Originally was fully black. The yellowish/cream was added by the family at a later stage.
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Originally was fully black. The yellowish/cream was added by the family at a later stage.
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IMHO you should keep the yellow or any other colour on the body , but the wheels would look better black.
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IMHO you should keep the yellow or any other colour on the body , but the wheels would look better black.
Possible combination is this

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I am yet to decide

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Possible combination is this

I am yet to decide

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Looks awesome ! Go for it !
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IMHO you should keep the yellow or any other colour on the body , but the wheels would look better black.
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Possible combination is this
I am yet to decide
IMHO, even if you do keep the yellow, you should try making that yellow a tad lighter and 'mellower'; this shade of yellow presently on your car with the black seems to be reminscent of the kaali-peeli taxi wala colour combo!

The creamish shade on the car in your pic. seems apt, IMHO again!
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KPS the identity of the car is this streak of yellow . Keep it for a while !
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KPS the identity of the car is this streak of yellow . Keep it for a while !
Whilst what you say is very true, maybe it is time for the car to wear a new colour scheme, to reflect the change in the ownership!

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Though not strictly comparable a 2.5 Litre Daimler was more expensive than a 3.5 Litre Jaguar by almost 25%. The Daimler's were in the luxury car segment and Jaguar's were in the sports car segment.

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