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Old 29th July 2009, 13:51   #196
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Amol, I shall look at the materials and then check on the color.

Thank you for the sunshade designs yaar. This car came with acrylic sheet sunshades when I got it. Stanher sourced a set of the original sunshades that he had picked up from another car. Anyhow it might need a new cover to adorn it now, since it's pretty old.
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Thanks Amol, I had them buffed and yes Manish is right I had one in Aluminium and 3 in SS.
Are you sure the stainless steel hubcaps are all buffed only?? I recall they all had dents/scratches on them before? Do be careful in looking after them if they are plated though!

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Interiors are yet to be worked on, since I would be exchanging the existing seat with ones that Stanher has (in Rexine) and then do them up.
Do pick those up soon, as most of them, lying in the open at the garage, are likely to get further ruined with the rains.
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Are you sure the stainless steel hubcaps are all buffed only?? I recall they all had dents/scratches on them before? Do be careful in looking after them if they are plated though!

Do pick those up soon, as most of them, lying in the open at the garage, are likely to get further ruined with the rains.
Shyam, you are right, the SS hubcaps have been chromed and the aluminum one is buffed, my bad. You are right about the dents and scratches too, I guess the person who did this work took the trouble of doing some tinkering before he worked on the buffing/chroming.

The seats, I shall pick up this week, have been a bit tied up with work.

Hey and Shyam, I wonder if I have thanked you enough for all that you have done. Right from getting me the car to all the essentials. I just cannot forget how you did your best and got me the SS trims for the side, to complete the set that I have. I owe you buddy.

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Cmon man post some pics we are all getting antsy out here. Post some current interior pics so we know where you are at.
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Suren, I hope you realize that the pattern you refer to came on Italian models, Indian cars had only two types of Rexine Dark brown/tan (like my car) and Dove Gray/Blue (like Ronnie's car).
If I remember right from my research done during an extensive article done in 1999 (and my last article on the subject), on Fiats in India, when there was little on the internet to get easy (and often inaccurate) answers, and an article that is today the source for various statements (and rehashed articles/booklets!!) I've been noticing, these cars also had upholstery in red. This usually came in the lighter-coloured cars, like the white for instance.

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If I remember right from my research done during an extensive article done in 1999 (and my last article on the subject), on Fiats in India, when there was little on the internet to get easy (and often inaccurate) answers, and an article that is today the source for various statements (and rehashed articles/booklets!!) I've been noticing, these cars also had upholstery in red. This usually came in the lighter-coloured cars, like the white for instance.

Hi Prabal, we would love to hear more of your findings, incidentally when I was restoring my car i found original traces of the mettalic blue shade, also under the rear seat was the original seat cover with the original rubber matt behind it. At the same time Shreeni's car was also being restored in the same garage, apparently the same metallic blue was the original colour and had the same coloured seats as mine (original). Find attached pics of the original seat covers.
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If I remember right from my research done during an extensive article done in 1999
Prabal,

Can you share the extensive article for the benefit of fellow BHPians, if you can.
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these cars also had upholstery in red. This usually came in the lighter-coloured cars, like the white for instance.
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Hi Prabal, we would love to hear more of your findings, incidentally when I was restoring my car i found original traces of the mettalic blue shade, also under the rear seat was the original seat cover with the original rubber matt behind it. At the same time Shreeni's car was also being restored in the same garage, apparently the same metallic blue was the original colour and had the same coloured seats as mine (original).
My apologies for the late reply; been travelling.

Amol, I said that red also was offered. You're right about grey and the tan too. One of my cars has tan upholstery, and in this very pattern as well.

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Can you share the extensive article for the benefit of fellow BHPians, if you can.
Manish, I think rules of the forum do not permit me to post that here (they definitely apply to me). And going by the book (sorry for the pun), it is also not done to scan a publication without its editor's permission. Although ownership-wise I'd think that since I still have my original hand-written forty-odd page manuscript with me, it's actually all mine yet (the published part has been churned out in various forms again, verbatim or rehashed, but it's their baby now).

Information on the net wasn't so prolific in those days (of course a lot of what is available now is utter nonsense, but that's another matter) so it meant talking to a lot of people for information and reading up everything written on the subject and subsequently filtering the aggregate for some semblance of accuracy. From what I got, all of it could not be published (it was too much for an issue), and of what was, I had to share the byline with someone else who wrote just a small, additional part of it, so it hurt.

Anyway, if you have a copy of the inaugural issue of ACI (September '99), or can get one from somewhere, you might have a good read of it therein. Some members of FCCCI, Pune (and T-bhp) have a copy I know, so you could ask them there.

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And going by the book (sorry for the pun), it is also not done to scan a publication without its editor's permission. Although ownership-wise I'd think that since I still have my original hand-written forty-odd page manuscript with me, it's actually all mine yet (the published part has been churned out in various forms again, verbatim or rehashed, but it's their baby now).

Which publication? I would love to buy the book if available.


I had to share the byline with someone else who wrote just a small, additional part of it, so it hurt.

I have been through similar pain, it really hurts, but then we learn from mistakes.

Anyway, if you have a copy of the inaugural issue of ACI (September '99), or can get one from somewhere, you might have a good read of it therein. Some members of FCCCI, Pune (and T-bhp) have a copy I know, so you could ask them there.
I will sure ask our fellow BHPians for a copy of ACI inaugral issue.
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Suren whats the status of the car? have you finished the interiors that you were going to redo?
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I will sure ask our fellow BHPians for a copy of ACI inaugral issue.
Hey guys, if any of you do have this ten year old issue, I'd love to see this bit too !!
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Suren whats the status of the car? have you finished the interiors that you were going to redo?
That's right Suren - long time no see.. we deserve some updates now mate !
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Lovely pictures man... This lookas mint..

Do you have new pictures for updates

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Some pics recently taken of my Fiat, which is still a WIP.

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The following one, taken by pulsar56 (thanks buddy) and posted elsewhere on the forum

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Old 14th November 2009, 13:10   #208
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Most of us would remember me christening my car as WIP 6050 (WIP = Work in progress).

During the month of Aug during a rally Stanher had clicked the following pics of my car (thanks Shyam for the pics)

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We had small nagging issues such as the original front windscreen beading was not seating properly. The side body trims were not aligned etc and a some minor issues which we wanted to iron out, More so because Prabhu, the gentleman in whose garage this car is being done up is more of a perfectionist.

The result is, this is how she looked this morning when I visited her at the Bodyshop.

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This is the update on 6050 as of today. Wanted to keep you all posted.
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OMG!! Unbelievable.. Why all the painting work again???
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Old 14th November 2009, 17:00   #210
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Arun, basically the front windscreen area had been reworked before but was proving to be an impediment in the fitment of the windscreen with the Fiat beading.

Secondly, the side trims were not aligned properly and a few holes had to be re-aligned. Other than this there were a few more areas that could do with a better finish. However we are not stripping the car of the paint this time.

While you are here would love to point you to the following post. Would be happy if you could give me some leads.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vintag...ml#post1582236
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