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Old 5th December 2014, 23:39   #91
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The Amby was doing well and things were pretty much settled, the brakes were my only worry along with the ever increasing rust on the front and rear bumpers.
Oh, while you're at it, just have a better (read as more period! ) number plates made, will you?

The current ones just don't seem authentic enough.

Perhaps, you could have the numbers stencilled?
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After few calls here and there, got onto an enthusiastic team and handed over my Amby to them.
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That place looks 'familiar'. I have seen a few restorations they do, and they are very professional.
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Oh, while you're at it, just have a better (read as more period! ) number plates made, will you?

The current ones just don't seem authentic enough.

Perhaps, you could have the numbers stencilled?
Number plates definitely on the cards. Agree with your views.

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That place looks 'familiar'. I have seen a few restorations they do, and they are very professional.
Oh yes! I just hope my Amby would also get a new lease of life.
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Just few pics to keep you all interested

Switching back to an OE dash and hence the meters are in. No smiths though.

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Pics of the steering before and after the re-furbish

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H14 - Quick question. I noticed that the gear shift is floor mounted. I remember in the Mark 2 that we had, it was steering mounted. Was there a change somewhere ?
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H14 - Quick question. I noticed that the gear shift is floor mounted. I remember in the Mark 2 that we had, it was steering mounted. Was there a change somewhere ?
Yes! Aparantly there are lots of changes in mine (guess you have not read the full thread). Changed to floor shift in the mid 90's
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Just few pics to keep you all interested

Switching back to an OE dash and hence the meters are in. No smiths though.
The combination meter and the smith's clock appear missing a a few bits and pieces.Why dont you get a good meter and clock,since they are still available in Coimbatore itself
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Those meters are of Autometer make, which were OE from 1966, and fixing them back would definitely add to the OE touch. But as Ajay99 suggested, search out a set of Smiths meters
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Smiths are way too expensive to reach out for at this stage. There are few more works being done on the car now. Collecting things that we are able to do and final call will be when car is ready

@Ajay, where in coimbatore are you referring to?
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Smiths are way too expensive to reach out for at this stage. There are few more works being done on the car now. Collecting things that we are able to do and final call will be when car is ready

@Ajay, where in coimbatore are you referring to?
I had seen an ad for Smiths meters MK1 in quikr from Coimbatore.
By the way I remember having seen an ad for Ambassador clock in some website.Will sent you the link if i find it
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I am on the lookout for the original Smith meters as well for the restoration of my dad's 1962 Ambassador. I remember seeing the old meters with MPH readings when I was a kid. Does anyone know of parts dealers in Bangalore who might have old Ambassador parts ? I sourced some of the parts from H. M. Motor Stores in Hyderabad, but need a few more like the meters and the original switches. I have been told of shops in Coimbatore and Chor Bazar in Mumbai. Before I go there, I wanted to check if there was anything close by. Any pointers will be greatly appreciated.
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I am on the lookout for the original Smith meters as well for the restoration of my dad's 1962 Ambassador. I remember seeing the old meters with MPH readings when I was a kid. Does anyone know of parts dealers in Bangalore who might have old Ambassador parts ? I sourced some of the parts from H. M. Motor Stores in Hyderabad, but need a few more like the meters and the original switches. I have been told of shops in Coimbatore and Chor Bazar in Mumbai. Before I go there, I wanted to check if there was anything close by. Any pointers will be greatly appreciated.
Mubarak meter works in Bangalore scrap yard has many stuff like this. You have to call and check. Contact details are on forum. Do a search on Mubarak meter and you will find it.
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I am on the lookout for the original Smith meters as well for the restoration of my dad's 1962 Ambassador. I remember seeing the old meters with MPH readings when I was a kid. .
There is a set Smith meters for sale in Quikr
http://kollam.quikr.com/Vintage-Mark...AdIdZ200935551
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Mubarak meter works in Bangalore scrap yard has many stuff like this. You have to call and check. Contact details are on forum. Do a search on Mubarak meter and you will find it.
Thanks @manishalive. I picked up a new original Mark 2 combination ignition switch from there and after talking to my bodyshop person, will pick up meters from there as well. I will post the whole restoration story so far in a separate thread. I am still missing a few things - like 3 switches from that era - C (choke), W (wiper), P (panel).
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Oh, while you're at it, just have a better (read as more period! ) number plates made, will you?

The current ones just don't seem authentic enough.

Perhaps, you could have the numbers stencilled?
Do you have any pointers to what the original number plates looked like ? If my memory serves me right, it looked like the 1988 photo from @h14 on page 6 - steel plate with curved edges and the numbers stencilled. That is what I remember from my father's car. He changed the plates to engraved steel plates in the 90s. I am having to change all these back and more as part of my restoration project.
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