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Old 29th July 2008, 04:00   #511
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Thumbs up The Chaaaya break!! TEA!

Of course, none of the Kerala drives are complete without ample tea-breaks in between. This time too, it wasn't different.

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First, simple chaaaya! (Tea is called chaaya in mallu land).


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Then came the trademark porottas (p O/E/A rotta in mallu world).


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Then the unavoidable meat in fried variety!


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Then the omelettes!

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All from a very much mallu branded tea shop!


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The Landy parked outside the tea shop!

We were energised and moved on!

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Greenery in abundance!
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Old 29th July 2008, 04:14   #512
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Default Destination!

We arrive at the destination after some more breakdowns and brake jams. Nothing was major and we also drove with the visible AC on. It was smooth and hooting those Jalwas were a special pleasure.

Before we knew, it was Steer's home.

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We were greeted warmly and this man was happy that his dream has somehow reached it's destination.


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The Landy, The man and their home.


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Steeroid and his father in front of the landy.


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Car parked in the porch!


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I am wasting time and battery from now on!


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See!!


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I told you!

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Click! Flash!

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A S H V I N and Mah1r filling up their nicotine and tar stocks.
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It has to do with forum rule #6, when something like this happens within the community, it ain't pretty. If angry words start flying from both directions, we will be forced to close the thread. Therefore, keep it clean.
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No personal attacks on any member will be entertained. This includes any direct / indirect attempt at trolling. All members are part of the Team-BHP family and any discriminating or derogatory comment will be dealt with severely.

While I myself subscribe to the "prevention is better than cure" theory, here I think it was more of a knee jerk reaction. There was no personal attack, certainly nothing derogatory in any of the posts on these thread. There was negative feedback given about a workshop/it's work and that's it. This is a mature forum and it is not the first time that members are disagreeing. The ECU thread of late, comes to mind. So does Mclaren's(where is he, btw?) modification thread. As long as disagreements, arguments etc. are civil, they should be allowed, IMO.

With that last .02 JP Yen(didn't have cents or NP), I rest my case.
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Thumbs up Back in Cochin!

We had Dinner at Steer's home and soon, there was a Safari and a Qualis rushing back to Cochin.
Thanks to the bomb scare etc.. the roads were mostly empty and before we even realised we were at Cochin byepass!

Now, we were'nt yet ready to go home before we eat something more! So, the stop was made at Vytilla Junction i front of a restaurant.
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Recollecting the day's spectacular drive!


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Hazy camera clicks!


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We need a table???


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Definitely not!


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Discussion above Parottas, meat curry and fried chicken.


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Another stop for Omelttes!


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Omelette contest???

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Coffee, Omelettes and black tea!

We lost count of what all we ate and drank in this half day. The drive was spectacular and phenomenal. We all enjoyed it. Now, I can add some more senti words and make this post sound like a bollywood saga. But, nay!! it was fun! Loads of fun!

The Landmaster has finally reached it's destination.
There are some glitches left and many questions unanswered. Let's keep it for the part2 of this project. For now, it is time to close this thread.cheers:

Steer, you take on from here. I am going to miss the beauty for sure!
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Default The parting shot!!

Yes, As I left, This was the view of the Landy.

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Bye Bye Landy!!


And before we left Steer's apartment at Cochin, we tried some camera tricks there too!
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That's the Skyline in the background.


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H!! It was better than HM!! (Holy Mother????)

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Wonderful travelogue Zak.
I pray that the second round in the workshop restores this royal lady to her full glory
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After the car is finished, the customer (or his rep) needs to take it for a TD and make sure he is happy with the work. After that cut the payment. Any garage will also warrant their work for 30-60 days. Was this all done?
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A few things you need to know.

After spending over 7 months in the garage, the first time the body, engine and wheels were put together was 2 nights before we drove it out of Bangalore. That night the car made its first drive after it was dismantled.

If I waited for a test drive and rectification, we wouldnt have got the car to Cochin. We would still be talking about the Landmaster Project.

The objective was to get the car out of the garage somehow. Basically we had no control over the work, couldnt believe anything we were told and were given no idea of when the work would be over.

The 'Test Drive' was from Bangalore to Cochin. EVEN if there were issues, there was no way we wanted to go back there are 'rectify' them. We were glad to simply get the car out of there.


@ Samurai - Say what you want, but I do believe there is a very strong case for over-moderation bordering on paranoid hysteria here. To the extent that it might make sense to just close this thread. Zak has done the honours with the delivery, and I do not wish to continue a discussion while constantly looking over my shoulder. Enough is enough, kindly lock this thread.

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@ Samurai - Say what you want, but I do believe there is a very strong case for over-moderation bordering on paranoid hysteria here. To the extent that it might make sense to just close this thread. Zak has done the honours with the delivery, and I do not wish to continue a discussion while constantly looking over my shoulder. Enough is enough, kindly lock this thread.
So far there is no reason to close the thread. You are welcome to describe the problems with the Landmaster along with trials and tribulations.

However, if there is a lynch mob or a fight breaks out, we will step in and close the thread.
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Wonderful Travelogue! and its really nice to see the Landmaster being restored to its Royal State.

My Sympathies with you steer!

Hope the problems get rectified!
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Closing this thread

No way man, as a avid automobile lover, i surely would love to hear that this car is flying after all the "rectification restoration" is over.

Pls continue man, Zak nice writeup.

There's nothing impossible in the world, after having put 20 pieces together to form my Beetle over 16 months ,i feel the landie will come out nice mechanically very soon.cheers:


P.S., Pls get rid of those Rickshaw's tail lights ASAP, and get some nice chrome work on the rear bumper.

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P.S., Pls get rid of those Rickshaw's tail lights ASAP,
Couldn't agree more.
I've been a silent reader of this thread right from the beginning.
Why? Because I used a Landmaster 1955 (original black colour) for 38 years!
Apart from the wheel rims and the bonnet and dickey hinges the tail lamps are the biggest detractors from originality.
Can't say about the dash as I haven't seen what there is in this one.
And those seatbacks (both front and rear)! The sephamores are way off too from the originals.

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Steer hats off to your patience levels. Thank god the car is with you after all these pain.

I know of a guy who ended up scrapping the car after keeping it in the same garage for almost 9 months and to top it up had a broken arm as well while driving the unfinished car.
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More than a day and no posts on this thread!!

Sad to hear the outcome was not on expected lines, Steer. Why don't you try another garage (if you still have the intent)? Keeping something that does not run problem-free is worse than not having it at all IMO.

As Rudra has approved, why don't you put up the name of the garage here? Wont be of help to me but might be to many others.

The car looks great from the outside, surprising that the beauty is only skin deep!!
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My plan was to put up the delivery trip travelogue and end this thread on that good note!
It's not that late now either.

Mods, Please close this thread. It has done it's course I think.
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Steeroid (& Zak) have requested the thread be closed after the pictoral.

Thread closed.

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