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Old 12th July 2009, 21:44   #1
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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??
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Will try and post some details soon sunilgee. All the best for your project! Do post the present pictures of the car.
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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.
Cheers,
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see if this helps, though it's a mark 2. the interiors remained more or less unchanged i think.
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also the color pattern was somehow like the landy.
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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.
Cheers,
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It is always good to find more people restoring an Amby and some high end Mercs in the same house

I do have some original interior pictures of a 64 Mk2, shall post them over the weekend when I get home. All the best for the restoration.
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Thank you you guys for your response and advice, makes things so much easier.Will post some pics soon, the car is almost completely done, I dont have any before and in process pictures.
Can anyone help me in sourcing the panel switches.This car is a two owner car and was maintained in a very original condition for many years.Unfortunately a few years ago some garage replaced the original dash with the latest fibre dasboard, the owner still had all the meters but lost the panel switches.I managed to get the headlight/parklight/ignition key combi switch and the pull start solenoid, but I still need the panel switches.Any assistance would be much appreciated.
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I managed to get the headlight/parklight/ignition key combi switch and the pull start solenoid, but I still need the panel switches.Any assistance would be much appreciated.
These switches were common to most English cars of the era, including some Morris and Standards. If all else fails, you could contact the clubs in Europe, the switches should not be prohibitively expensive.

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Here is a Ambassador Mark II. Will scan some Morris Oxford Series III pictures from the MCOC (Oxford, UK) journal Quality First and post soon.
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Will try and post some details soon sunilgee. All the best for your project! Do post the present pictures of the car.
Please check this thread with the latest post of today 14/07/09
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/post-1...ml#post1384073
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These pictures are from a 63 Mk 2, all original.

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This is a beautifully restored Mk 1.

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Karl, many thanks for the pictures, will post pics of the car in the next few days.The exterior is almost done, hope to have the upholstery and dashboard completed soon.
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Was away from the forum for a while. Project time. Will post some pix today. (Don't think its needed anymore, but still! )
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These pictures are from a 63 Mk 2, all original.

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This is a beautifully restored Mk 1.

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WOW!!! what a car, but the engine seems unoriginal.

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Is the rectangular thing below the metres, the space for AC slider switches?? just like this-
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Very nicely restored, kudos to the owner. Must be really very passionate about it.
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WOW!!! what a car, but the engine seems unoriginal.

what are these?

Why do you say the engine is not original?

The rectangular portion above the switches that you've circled is a dummy block off plate. International markets would have heater controls there like you've pictured. Many Indian cars had a dealer plate fitted there.

On the floor you have circled a foot operated headlight dipper switch. I also have it in my Standard 10.
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Why do you say the engine is not original?

The rectangular portion above the switches that you've circled is a dummy block off plate. International markets would have heater controls there like you've pictured. Many Indian cars had a dealer plate fitted there.

On the floor you have circled a foot operated headlight dipper switch. I also have it in my Standard 10.
yes the engine is an original OHV 1497 cc HINDUSTAN logo engine.you can see the SU carburretor also in the photo.
the foot operated dimmer switch was there till the early 90''s in ambassador and was a common feature in many cars till the early 70''s.VW beetles had it upto 1976(maybe stopped earlier in some versions)
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