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Old 19th March 2009, 18:09   #76
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nice idea ' starting athread exclusively for contessa'I have a 94 model 1.8 GLX, planning to put a isuzu diesel g1 engine so that i could use for my daily run, appreciate is you could suggest engine vendors in Pondy/TN who stock direct imported engines...
can u post few pictures of ur conty...
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Miyer, Aditya,
i propose to start a new contessa thread, with all compilations of expert opinions, plus DIY plus minute mechanical details about refurbishing a contessa.
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i wish to say only 2 things about conti's - 1. sheer road presence plus abundant interior space and 2. the isuzu petrol, can make some latest cars eat our dust, in the highways, which is always exhilarating.

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nice idea ' starting athread exclusively for contessa'I have a 94 model 1.8 GLX, planning to put a isuzu diesel g1 engine so that i could use for my daily run, appreciate is you could suggest engine vendors in Pondy/TN who stock direct imported engines...
can u post few pictures of ur conty...
Hi RJ555,
If you can manage an IE code you can import a brand-new Isuzu Diesel G1 engine from many manufacturers from china. If you look up the net there are many vendors and it should be possible to get one down easily since you on a port city.
Here you go some more pics of my conti.
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nice idea ' starting athread exclusively for contessa'I have a 94 model 1.8 GLX, planning to put a isuzu diesel g1 engine so that i could use for my daily run, appreciate is you could suggest engine vendors in Pondy/TN who stock direct imported engines...
can u post few pictures of ur conty...
Gosh missed the pics in the earlier post.Sorry guys I will post it as soon as I have a better line.I am unable to upload the files because of a bad line.
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Here you Go..!!! I will have a couple of more in the next post.
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The Dash, and the Rear. They are a couple of months old but the car is in the same shape.
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Miyer thats one hot and shiny conti
any plans to add rims,tyres?
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Hey Akki,
Thanks dude..!!! I always wanted a stock build and so never thought about alloy wheels. Although i did get prices for wire-wheels and it was too expensive so ditched the plan. I am sure it would have looked very nice with wire-wheels.
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Thanx Miyer, appreciate your immediate response,
im looking out for imported engine which has run abroad, local dealers bring as scrap & resell here, chances of getting good engines, i remember fitting a G1 isuzu in my amby way back in 98 & the engine lasted me for 2 lac odd kms trouble free. that dealer is out of business & could not find a authentic vendor in chennai,

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Hi RJ555,
If you can manage an IE code you can import a brand-new Isuzu Diesel G1 engine from many manufacturers from china. If you look up the net there are many vendors and it should be possible to get one down easily since you on a port city.
Here you go some more pics of my conti.
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Hey RJ,

I will be in CBE next week and meeting another Conti owner. He is also looking for alternative diesel power plants. CBE is a good place to find these engines that come via Tuticorin or Kochi. I remember driving a fully moded landmaster that my late uncle used to own with a Toyota engine way back in 92 in CBE and had gypsy disks and Khoya Seats, Super king-Sanden- A/C, Powersteering and everything gizmo you wanted on a car.I still remember the no being MDB ****.

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I will be in CBE next week and meeting another Conti owner.
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hi miyer
any updates on your travel plans, waiting to hear from you.
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Hey RJ,
I am unable to PM you my plan RJ..in any case i will be there in 2 weeks from now and will call you.
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Hi Miyer. I am contemplating on buying a Contessa. I do not know anyone personally who owns one or any mechanic. I found a classified which quoted,
"I want to sell my Contessa 1.8GL in stock condition, done just 10000km,fancy no 8181 completly restored n dupont original grey repainted in air conditioned booth ,complete interior door pad floor mats every thing is brand new. Interiors have been modified recently with new seat covers, new gaskit fitted, radial tyres, AC gas filled recently, chrome beedings and tinted glasses..."
It is a 1991 car. He is asking 90 grands for it. I would like to have your inputs before I even go check out the car.
I mean to use it on a regular basis, at least during the monsoons. I commute ~20 km to and from office. Do you suggest a Contessa for such a requirement?

Thanks in advance.
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Hi there,
It entirely depends if you are a complete conti fan and want to use the car like a regular car to work and don’t worry about the unusual dimensions of the car given the traffic and roads in Bangalore.

If you like the car and you’re convinced to own a conti, then it’s a different story. But if you are an average car guy and looking at an average car to commute to work then please make a serious consideration. It is no more a regular street car and will need your care and attention in case it breaks down; for parts and upkeep. So decide for yourself.

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Hi Miyer. I am contemplating on buying a Contessa. I do not know anyone personally who owns one or any mechanic. I found a classified which quoted,
"I want to sell my Contessa 1.8GL in stock condition, done just 10000km,fancy no 8181 completly restored n dupont original grey repainted in air conditioned booth ,complete interior door pad floor mats every thing is brand new. Interiors have been modified recently with new seat covers, new gaskit fitted, radial tyres, AC gas filled recently, chrome beedings and tinted glasses..."
It is a 1991 car. He is asking 90 grands for it. I would like to have your inputs before I even go check out the car.
I mean to use it on a regular basis, at least during the monsoons. I commute ~20 km to and from office. Do you suggest a Contessa for such a requirement?

Thanks in advance.
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Thanks for the input Miyer. I cannot call myself "a dedicated conti enthusiast" alone, as I generally like cars and I like classics more. As far as I reckon from what you say a Contessa cannot be used as a primary car.

But what about the price the guy quoted for his 1999 Contessa Classic 1.8 GL?
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Hi Gooney,

90K is a good price provided all that the guy says has been done on the car and you also need to pay attention to the on the mechanical parts like Engine, Transmission , Suspension, Brakes, Steering ect to make sure you will not have any surprises (Which you will surely have) and thats the challenge of ownership.

I also know of cars that have been painted in the “Aircondition Booth” (Perhaps he is unaware) and have started to rust because of a bad paint job and process followed.

So if you have some excess cash, want to own a ( Indian classic), willing to drive it once or more a week (City/Country) & really enjoy the ride, the attention you get of an unusual car, willing to take the pain of sitting in garages, sourcing parts in case something breaks down or settle to repair it the Old School ways then I guess you can make a serious consideration.

Wish you good luck and hope you join the team….!!!!!

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Thanks for the input Miyer. I cannot call myself "a dedicated conti enthusiast" alone, as I generally like cars and I like classics more. As far as I reckon from what you say a Contessa cannot be used as a primary car.

But what about the price the guy quoted for his 1999 Contessa Classic 1.8 GL?
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