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Old 11th July 2010, 23:37   #211
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Adeesh is correct, it is Ford Prefect. It struck me that you might've been referring to this car.
Anyways, interesting to know. My father had one too, black in colour,
The one i am referring is also in black.The body is perfect,looks like the owner has left it unattended just few years back.

now am i getting bitten by vintage & Classic bugs?
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Old 12th July 2010, 12:29   #212
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that was ford perfect
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There is also a vintage FIAT (Fiat Perfect i guess ,my dad told me) near my house at adyar.But it is in better condition than the Elegant
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The one i am referring is also in black.The body is perfect,looks like the owner has left it unattended just few years back.

now am i getting bitten by vintage & Classic bugs?
I missed "adyar" in your post and Yes I have seen that car, its parked on the road with out any cover and when I saw her last in 2007 she was complete and in good shape.
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@Manish: Call your tinker and guide him regarding the welding and sealant. I can go there only on Wednesday.
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This one for shyam, Could not manage to do better job on photoshop or find one good example on internet. The red color dosen't look too bad, but them cream would be more appealing.

MPR 4142, 1959 Fiat 103D Select Restoration.-car.jpg
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This one for shyam, Could not manage to do better job on photoshop or find one good example on internet. The red color dosen't look too bad, but them cream would be more appealing.
All that is fine Manish, but where to find a good upholstery guy.

I am just chugging along with a guy who's no good at it all these years.

Hope you find a good upholstery guy, if found, kindly give me his number
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All that is fine Manish, but where to find a good upholstery guy.

I am just chugging along with a guy who's no good at it all these years.

Hope you find a good upholstery guy, if found, kindly give me his number
There are three cars in Fiat club

1. 1955 Millicento - Rizwan

2. 1959 Select - Jairam reddy

3. 160 Select - Devendran.

All of which have been done up as original and good to look at, I will catch hold of one of the upholstrer. Here are the pictures of Millicento and Select.

MPR 4142, 1959 Fiat 103D Select Restoration.-millicento_rizwan.jpg

MPR 4142, 1959 Fiat 103D Select Restoration.-select_devendran.jpg
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Dear Manish I would request you to kindly refer to Roni's Superselect to get an idea of the original pattern and texture of the seats. I am confident we can find a matching colour and texture swatch for your car. However I am unclear what would be the appropriate colour for interiors for a red car. I am not sure Red is a good match. I will do some research and get back to you.
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Manish the seats are simply superb, perfect stiching, looks like an art work, is it the same for Delight or can we incorporate the same pattern for Delights?.
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My mistake that I did not took detail pictures of the original seats that I have in very dilapidated condition any way here are some pics that I have. Also is the picture of the original seat covers / uholstry which came in two pattern.

1st picture is glimpses of the original seat that I partially have on my car. Note the faintly visible "v" shape on the front seat back.

MPR 4142, 1959 Fiat 103D Select Restoration.-seat-original.jpg

2nd picture is of the original patches / swatches of the upholstry. Notice the Heat stamped design on swatch that comes on the top of the seat.

MPR 4142, 1959 Fiat 103D Select Restoration.-seat-pattern.jpg

3rd picture is from the fiat sales catalogue. My design could have been like that.

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And here's how Rony's fiat look like. Note the difference in design for the sample image just above to the Rony's car


MPR 4142, 1959 Fiat 103D Select Restoration.-ronis-fiat.jpg

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Hi Manish avoid taking references from Italian Brochures many of these patterns never came to India, Take the example of my Elegant the brochures show a different pattern then what was offered in India.

If I were you, I'd try to carefully figure out the original pattern on your seats (unless you have already destroyed them) This fabric mostly will be available in Mumbai it used to be made by the now defunct Bhor Industries. But I am sure some godown in Bohri Bazaar has some rolls lying around. Its a treasure hunt, but you wont believe what you find in these place.

The original fabric on your car looks like a teal/ dove gray colour (cant tell). It goes well with the green that you intend to paint the car. If you send me a sample piece I may be able to help you out.
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Amol thnks for replying.

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If I were you, I'd try to carefully figure out the original pattern on your seats (unless you have already destroyed them)
Yes I will do that, I have what it came with my car, problem is both the seat bottoms are non original, I will rely on Rony's car for the same.

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This fabric mostly will be available in Mumbai it used to be made by the now defunct Bhor Industries. But I am sure some godown in Bohri Bazaar has some rolls lying around. Its a treasure hunt, but you wont believe what you find in these place.
Wow that's a good news


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The original fabric on your car looks like a teal/ dove gray colour (cant tell). It goes well with the green that you intend to paint the car. If you send me a sample piece I may be able to help you out.
Sure, I will be delighted to send you the swatch, Please let me know the shipping details.
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There are three cars in Fiat club

1. 1955 Millicento - Rizwan

2. 1959 Select - Jairam reddy

3. 160 Select - Devendran.

All of which have been done up as original and good to look at, I will catch hold of one of the upholstrer. Here are the pictures of Millicento and Select.
A small clarification. The upholstry pattern on the Millecento is not correct for the model, but somewhat correct for later cars. It looks great though, as the original to this model pattern is somewhat drab, with only 3 lines passing vertical centrally.


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1st picture is glimpses of the original seat that I partially have on my car. Note the faintly visible "v" shape on the front seat back.

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2nd picture is of the original patches / swatches of the upholstry. Notice the Heat stamped design on swatch that comes on the top of the seat.[/ATTACH]
I would still think the correct pattern for your car should be identical to Ronys. Cannot see the V pattern at all in your pictures, can you share better ones? FYI Rony's Select and Super Select both have original upholstry, and both have the same pattern and colour.
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2nd picture is of the original patches / swatches of the upholstry. Notice the Heat stamped design on swatch that comes on the top of the seat.
Manish, is it possible to get this kind of "heat stamping" done on rexine ? (I mean, as a one-off job, not as a manufacturing process).
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@ Karlos ; the V shave on the front seat back is very much there, seat bottoms are changed tough. In my first picture I had marked a line in red to empasise that. just look slightly above the red line. I will get you detailed picture when I visit the tinker on friday.

@ Ravi : No idea, as amol said we might be able to find the right regzine. Infact I have not even started looking for it. I will look if we can have the heat stamping.

Mean while i am visiting my Home town to catch hold of some parts and stuff, and there is delight there waiting for me .
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Manish, is it possible to get this kind of "heat stamping" done on rexine ? (I mean, as a one-off job, not as a manufacturing process).
Ravi heat stamping can be very easily done in Bombay, I see lot of new restorations especially the american cars where heat stamping has been done. The question is the logistics should Manish get all his upholstery skins done in Bombay and have them sewn in Bangalore?
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