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Old 18th July 2009, 20:55   #16
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Why do you say the engine is not original?
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yes the engine is an original OHV 1497 cc HINDUSTAN logo engine.you can see the SU carburretor also in the photo.
the carburretor looks like a modern one, it should have been round (like early fiats). also the pipe from the radiator shows it has a coolant.
i may be entirely wrong though, do enlighten me about this.
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the carburretor looks like a modern one, it should have been round (like early fiats). also the pipe from the radiator shows it has a coolant.
i may be entirely wrong though, do enlighten me about this.
The carb is indeed the original SU unit (Skinners Union I think). Parts are difficult to source, the carb itself is difficult to tune, but when in good shape it is a very economical unit.

The pipe in the radiator is for the overflow, present in all radiators. Coolant is very often added in these older radiators too. I add some to the water once every 6-8 months, topping up only with water.
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karl, thanks a ton for providing me the information.
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i have a 1960 model ohv ambassador.it had no ohv emblem on the sides of mudguard.was it missing?some says that earlier models had no such ohv emblem.i had seen" 0hv62"emblem on a 1962 model car.was it original ?
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i have a 1960 model ohv ambassador.it had no ohv emblem on the sides of mudguard.was it missing?some says that earlier models had no such ohv emblem.i had seen" 0hv62"emblem on a 1962 model car.was it original ?
'depends on whether your car was an original OHV engine or not. DDoes it have the original petrol engine on? Most Ambys are dieselised, as we know.
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i have a 1960 model ohv ambassador.it had no ohv emblem on the sides of mudguard.was it missing?some says that earlier models had no such ohv emblem.i had seen" 0hv62"emblem on a 1962 model car.was it original ?
no, it was not original. the OHV badge came as an aftermarket fitting so some cars had the emblem and most did not.
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The car has been painted black, which was the original colour, am told that these cars came with red and light grey rexine seat covers.Anyone have any old brochures/photographs??
No brochure and no photograph. Only memory helped me to draw this for you. Please excuse me for my poor drawing quality. Carlos can probably certify this colour scheme and design. I remember this distinctly because my father's car came with this colour scheme and gleaming black paint.

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No brochure and no photograph. Only memory helped me to draw this for you. Please excuse me for my poor drawing quality. Carlos can probably certify this colour scheme and design. I remember this distinctly because my father's car came with this colour scheme and gleaming black paint.

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Bingo! Thats fantastic rudraji, spot on.
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No brochure and no photograph. Only memory helped me to draw this for you. Please excuse me for my poor drawing quality. Carlos can probably certify this colour scheme and design. I remember this distinctly because my father's car came with this colour scheme and gleaming black paint.

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Well indeed a very strong memory to draw this picture.The drawing is spot on.The color scheme is original and it would look very nice with the gleaming black paint .
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no, it was not original. the OHV badge came as an aftermarket fitting so some cars had the emblem and most did not.
then there is no need for ohv emblem for originality.i have 1960 model ohv original petrol engne and 1960 model matador engine fitted cars
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No brochure and no photograph. Only memory helped me to draw this for you. Please excuse me for my poor drawing quality. Carlos can probably certify this colour scheme and design. I remember this distinctly because my father's car came with this colour scheme and gleaming black paint.

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Rudra Sen many thanks for that fantastic drawing.Must apologise to all the guys on this thread who have been most helpful,for not posting the car pics, been busy the last few days and work on the car is just not happening.The painter and the electrician are having major ego problems, we mallus are famous for that.The painter still has to finish the dash and the electrician will not start the wiring unless thats done.You guys wish me luck before the painters union and electricians union get involved and we have good ole mallu strike and all.
We are like that simbly,
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Am restoring a 1961 Ambassador need help on the original colours and pattern of the upholstery for the seats and door pads.The car has been painted black, which was the original colour, am told that these cars came with red and light grey rexine seat covers.Anyone have any old brochures/photographs??
Any assiatance would be much appreciated.
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Dear Sunilgee, I have witnessed the delivery taking of a 1958 Ambassador car when I was 5 years old and still remember the colour was DEEP MAROON. and it was fantastic
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The painter still has to finish the dash and the electrician will not start the wiring unless thats done.
Painter using a booth for your car? Is it the right time to paint car otherwise? Especially in Kerala?
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Painter using a booth for your car? Is it the right time to paint car otherwise? Especially in Kerala?
Just the dashboard and the panels around the meters and switches need to be painted.The exterior painting has been completed about a month ago.The Kerala monsoons are not what they used to be, July is the wettest month normally, but this year we seem to be having a break, does rain , but short spells and it clears up.
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The exterior painting has been completed about a month ago.
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Sunil,

Congratulations on completing the restoration

Now may we have some pics D
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