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Old 13th August 2009, 20:29   #301
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Wow thats a real good progress pal.

Guys for your info. I had been to Bangalore and met Pavan and his big and real unique garage with all those beauties there.

It was great meeting you pavan. And as i told you, you look so young than i had imagined. And you have taken great care of those beauties. May you have the luck to restore many more cars to fulfill your passion.

Guys you wont believe, my Swift DDiS could not catch up with his 1997 Maruti 800 running on steroids with a more crazy driver inside. The car sounds great with those FFE and K&N.

I have some pics taken with the beauty and the Owner himself. But would post in only with your permission Pavan.

He s an amazing man with real passion for cars.

Cheers to Pavan
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my Swift DDiS could not catch up with his 1997 Maruti 800 running on steroids with a more crazy driver inside. The car sounds great with those FFE and K&N.

I have some pics taken with the beauty and the Owner himself. But would post in only with your permission Pavan.


@kaushik - Great project..well done!!!


@mjothiTomorrow is Friday, any night drives planned


,It was nice meeting you too. And too much of flattery buddy, Well my M-800 is my mini Ferrari.

Aiyoooo you are free to post pics buddy, i have no objection at all.

Thank you kaushik and Mjothi, still lot needs to be done for completion. So the only night drive that i'll be going tomorrow is out of the electricians place tomorrow night he he....

Coming to the progress on the last leg of restoration.

1) All door pads -- Done.
2) Brakes -- Done
3) Electricals -- 80% Done
4) Fittings -- 90% Done

Pending work

1) Winding glass (Front) -- 4 more days time
2) New Shoes -- Not getting the right size
3) Wipers -- 2 more weeks
4) Curtains -- 2 more weeks
5) ICE -- Next month, Budget not permitting.

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And who was driving the Dicor night in the service lane near the BEL Circle Signal ?
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And who was driving the Dicor night in the service lane near the BEL Circle Signal ?
It was me buddy, i was driving slow and steady.

Why let me know otherwise.
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Now the Bus is likely to be finished anytime soon. It would have taken around 14 months. What did Pavan learn from this restoration?
Well, that is his privilage to tell us and I won't spoil his story on his efforts.
But for anyone restoring a car, following may kindly considered: While doing the restoration of any car, tin work, painting, upholstry etc, always try as far as possible to get a new set of rubbers, complete brake system spares to put all new and if the car is older, all new ignition parts like point, condenser, rotor, coil etc. One will never regret that.

Now we await the finale from Pavan

One more thing. If a car has been standing idle, then you can try to clean and start the engine. But if the engine was removed, or you are fitting an engine that was lying out, then overhaul it without trying to us as is. Most engines which were lying out will require work anyway.
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kadam is the bus READY? such a hard work you have put in it to restore it.

Kudos man
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kadam is the bus READY? such a hard work you have put in it to restore it.

Kudos man
Presently 95% of my restoration process is COMPLETE!

The last 5% thats remaining is the most important and the most difficult part

Anyways. i've waited enough all these months (Almost 2 yrs), i would rather wait for few more days now : ).

Some pics of wiring- Extremely wierd, the way the electrician connects those hundreds of wires , color codes them, multiplies / divides / adds and subtracts them(lol....) Too much of maths, I will never understand wiring ever.

Got it back home in the evening, and it was time to DRIVE and DRIVE and DRIVE. My bro along with my mom, wife, sis-in-law/ my kid ,just drove and drove it around our locality. Everyone were ecstatic on the drive, The bus is actually a great comfy cruiser, such a great comfort you get even over bad roads.. Great.

On an average the FE that i am roughly calculating would be around 8 - 10 kmpl (he he... Good)

Harit sir, i would put an end note on my experiences only after completion. Its not far anyways.

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That looks beautiful. truly worth the time and effort. Would love to see it sometime!
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hey pavan great going, i couldnt help notice, in your bug do you have Neolite headlamp lenses? the clear ones? are those off the new amby headlamps or something? i would love a pair of clear lenses for my 65 bug..
pm me pls
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hey pavan great going, i couldnt help notice, in your bug do you have Neolite headlamp lenses? the clear ones? are those off the new amby headlamps or something? i would love a pair of clear lenses for my 65 bug..
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Yes buddy,

The Oval headlamp assembly is from Neolite, they also sell as OE spares for VW Bugs. The same units fit the amby also.
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O K Guys,

For fresh updates.

Electricals done 100%
1) Horn working- Big fat Jalwa horns, sounds like a train (he he..)
2) Indicators working
3) Cabin lights working
4) Headlights and dipper working
5) Reverse light working
6) Brake lights working
7) Meter lights working
8) Electrical fuel pump working

Almost all aspects of electrical parts working fine presently. Got the Bus a nice battery (90 Amperes) and also an UPS.

Pending work:
1) Complete rubbing and polishing
2) Side winder glass (RH & LH)
3) New tyres.

Will load with some photos tomorrow.
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I know i am late in posting these pics, but i am sorry, right now very very busy with my exams coming up. However i take time here to post the pics atlast.


Guys some pics on my visit to the Volkswagen family.

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O K Guys,

For fresh updates.

Electricals done 100%
1) Horn working- Big fat Jalwa horns, sounds like a train (he he..)
2) Indicators working
3) Cabin lights working
4) Headlights and dipper working
5) Reverse light working
6) Brake lights working
7) Meter lights working
8) Electrical fuel pump working

Almost all aspects of electrical parts working fine presently. Got the Bus a nice battery (90 Amperes) and also an UPS.

Pending work:
1) Complete rubbing and polishing
2) Side winder glass (RH & LH)
3) New tyres.

Will load with some photos tomorrow.

That is good progress pavan,

The last 5% of the work like you said is not really visible but thats where the peace of minds comes the most from . and the most headache as well.

keep it going.

Btw one quick question what is the need for a UPS in the bus???
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Btw one quick question what is the need for a UPS in the bus???
Probably to power up the driver when he lacks energy

Pavan, I missed this thread for few days. It was a pleasure meeting you in person. Always wondered how you do the time-management with almost 5 projects simultaneously. As our ex-railway Lalluji and the internationally famous Mumbai Dabba wallas, you must have something unique to share the world. So when and where is the final photo session planned ?
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Old 21st August 2009, 20:01   #315
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Smile my friend. You are posing with your dream
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