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Old 5th January 2010, 21:01   #16
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A very well restored and maintained Ambassador.Nice pictures drjoepaulp.
The chrome strips of the original kind on the front and rear windscreens are very, very rare to come by these days.Please maintain these well. If the rubber alongside hardens and cracks and then starts leaking then it will be gone. The chrome strips went off with the Mark II and it was all rubber since the advent of the Mark3.
The two unit tail lights are too tough to get.
The white wall tyres look excellent.
Your gear lever is from the later Mark II or later models. The old Amby gear levers had the ivory coloured grip with a small chrome ring at the end.
Do tell us more and more about the car with your write up.
As many have queried which is the engine that now powers your car?
Chrome wipers will restore the period looks.
Overall a quite original Ambassador.
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Old 5th January 2010, 21:19   #17
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My uncle used to have the same car & he used it for like 36 years. I can say THIS IS THE CLOSEST TO THE ORIGINAL that I have seen in a long long time.

Brilliant restoration.

Do you mind sharing the cost incurred ?


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Old 5th January 2010, 21:47   #18
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The car was bulit from scratch,it was modified into a Mark 3 and a bundle of rust,it has an original petrol engine OHV and the A/c works perfectly,it is not an every day car and Most of the work was done in a small village workshop in Kattoor,Thrissur.The paint job was done in Cherpu ,Thrissur.The body is original except that panels have been welded on and given a good shape,all the parts were sourced from Thrissur Kerala.The rear brake lights(red) are from bangalore and some knobs on the dash are also from bangalore.The registration is original 1961,The wheel caps are original accessories from Late 60s and 70s,The Mk1 logo seems to have vanished its not available.The car's present owner is my brother Mr George who still has other projects under his sleeve.Will try and post more pictures on the intial work,Thank you very much guys for your comments
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Would have looked better in white! Minus the blingy wheelcaps. And please do NOT put those chrome wipers.. real driving hazard. The glare would surely distract you..... we would not want that to happen, would we? All original chroming would be okay if this car was not a daily runner. Still you must have gone to some real pains getting those white walls, and the plate bet the Tail lamps with the 'H' Logo. Was that really there in the MI/MII Ambys? And oh, does your handbrake work? (75% of amby drivers never used that lever!) Do you have the Floor mounted dipper switch? Man! handsfree control of the 70's!!
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Would have looked better in white! Minus the blingy wheelcaps. And please do NOT put those chrome wipers.. real driving hazard. The glare would surely distract you..... we would not want that to happen, would we? All original chroming would be okay if this car was not a daily runner. Still you must have gone to some real pains getting those white walls, and the plate bet the Tail lamps with the 'H' Logo. Was that really there in the MI/MII Ambys?
Well, to each their own they say! The classic look apparently doesn't suit your taste. But it suits this model, which would chronologically be a classic now.
Yes, those tail-lights are original to the mk1 & 2.
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Still you must have gone to some real pains getting those white walls, and the plate bet the Tail lamps with the 'H' Logo. Was that really there in the MI/MII Ambys?
Yes boohooper as Shyam had mentioned those tail lights are orginal but the plate between the lenses is an period aftermarket one. Infact they used to come in different designs like Mark1, Mark2 logo and also left & right arrows.
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A point that I wanted to include in my last post but forgot! Thanks, chetta!

Also I reckon the gear lever isn't original to the mk1 either?

Is this car on an OHV engine, considering it's a '61 model?
Shyam,

The attached advertisement for Amby from July 1961, should answer your question about the OHV Engine. The Original engine should be OHV.

Best Regards & Drive/Ride Safe

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The registration is original 1961,
Not to diminish the value of anything done on the car or your efforts but to point and inaccuracy in the above statement.

The registration is definitely not original 1961.

The KLF series - 2nd Series in EKM/Cochin - started only by 1966 (Trivandrum Regn 2nd series there - KLV - started in 1968). This car difinitely must have been registered somewhere outside Kerala and brought to Cochin around 1972/73.

KLE 3338, Hind Amby which was my uncles official car in Cochin was bought new there in October 1964. So noway a 1961 car can have a original KLF series registration

Please check the RC Book (unless a duplicate RC book has been issued - still it should show the earlier registration details, if everything is in order.

Best Regards & Drive/Ride Safe

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Dr Joe,

My native place is Uttarpara where the HM plant is. I will try to source the Mark1 logo if you give a go ahead.
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The registration series in 1961 for Ernakulam is KLE and KLF started in 1971. Hence could be a reregistred one
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My native place is Uttarpara where the HM plant is. I will try to source the Mark1 logo if you give a go ahead.
Hey Subhasis.. I think there's no such thing as a "Mark 1" logo. This amby which we call mark 1, was simply called "The Ambasssador", as per the manual. It's only when the "mark 2" was introduced, did the earlier model become Mark 1 by default.
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Shyam,

The attached advertisement for Amby from July 1961, should answer your question about the OHV Engine. The Original engine should be OHV.

Best Regards & Drive/Ride Safe

Ram
Hi Ram,

How did you get those brochures? Please post them in the forum if you have.

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Old turned to GOLD
Mouthshut Restoration, Brilliant work
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Shyam,

The attached advertisement for Amby from July 1961, should answer your question about the OHV Engine. The Original engine should be OHV.
Thanks ram! Very thoughtful of you to have saved all these old ads of yore btw!

PS: Who's that guy in the ad? Mr. Birla?
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The wheel caps are original accessories from Late 60s and 70s
I happen to have the same type of wheel caps which i picked up recently.
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