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Old 20th August 2013, 00:48   #16
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Nice acquisistion bikertillidie. It's a relatively newer model of the Padmini (single piece front windows). I remember how I used to drool over them when young, though we had a Fiat 1100 Delight; a pretty older model than this one.
Good luck for your restoration. If the execution is good, it really has the potential to be a head turner in the city. Planning for which colour?
Thanks Saket!

I am planning to paint the car in a more contemporary equivalent of "Pale Lilac". I read about it in one of Mr. Dhabhar's earlier posts.

By contemporary I meant PPG 2K Nexacolor or similar.
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Thanks Saket!

I am planning to paint the car in a more contemporary equivalent of "Pale Lilac". I read about it in one of Mr. Dhabhar's earlier posts.

By contemporary I meant PPG 2K Nexacolor or similar.
Haven't seen many cars in that color to be frank (probably except the Estilo) but with the guidance of Mr. Dhabhar, you should be able to pull a nice job. He is the best guy around if you are looking for advice for a FIAT/ Padmini.
Good Luck.

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Congratulations on the steal! Rust bucket? I'm ready to bet this is the most well preserved Padmini in our city! I've seen most of them with perforated floors! Excellent condition & glad to see the car having an enthusiastic rescuer.
One of the newer Padminis with the smarter 4 spoke coated wheel & 1 piece front window glasses. I personally loved the earlier one with a quarter glass that could deflect the wind straight onto our face .

Hope to see this thread always on the front page of the section. Good luck with the restoration & wish you a wonderful ownership experience.

P.S. Man you've got your hands on some relics! A wonderful list of cars & bikes in your current / ex inventory. Hope it keeps growing.

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Old 26th August 2013, 23:08   #19
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Haven't seen many cars in that color to be frank (probably except the Estilo) but with the guidance of Mr. Dhabhar, you should be able to pull a nice job. He is the best guy around if you are looking for advice for a FIAT/ Padmini.
Good Luck.

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Many thanks Saket !

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Congratulations on the steal! Rust bucket? I'm ready to bet this is the most well preserved Padmini in our city! I've seen most of them with perforated floors! Excellent condition & glad to see the car having an enthusiastic rescuer.
One of the newer Padminis with the smarter 4 spoke coated wheel & 1 piece front window glasses. I personally loved the earlier one with a quarter glass that could deflect the wind straight onto our face .

Hope to see this thread always on the front page of the section. Good luck with the restoration & wish you a wonderful ownership experience.

P.S. Man you've got your hands on some relics! A wonderful list of cars & bikes in your current / ex inventory. Hope it keeps growing.
Thanks for the comments Reinhard.

I prefer the windows having a quarter glass too but have decided not to replace the existing ones, simply for the sake of "öriginality".

Am spending more hours at work these days, hence am unable to oversee progress. Managed to sneak a visit to the workshop today after a long gap to check on things.

26-Aug - Denting work is mostly complete. The painter has started work on the car using polyester body filler as required on the exterior surface.

Due to an acute space crunch, the car has remained parked outside the workshop in the rain over the last few days, and I saw plenty of rust especially where bare metal had been exposed.

Spoke to Javed about the same. Hopefully, corrective action would be taken.

More pictures follow.
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Need help from the forum -

Where can one procure the following in Pune?

(a) door pads for the PP

(b) clips which secure the door pads (screws look ungainly) & dashboard trim (the lower part covered by rexin)
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Need help from the forum -

Where can one procure the following in Pune?

(a) door pads for the PP

(b) clips which secure the door pads (screws look ungainly) & dashboard trim (the lower part covered by rexin)
Hi,congratulations for the new purchase,and saw the welding work on the car.
It seems the welder is using cheaper CARBIDE stones gas instead of the costly black cylinder.The carbide gas is OK for short and small portion of welding.
This carbide gas welding is NOT that strong and is not long lasting.
Kindly ask your welder to use factory prepared gas cylinders instead of self prepared gas at garage levels.
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Old 1st September 2013, 08:12   #22
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Hi,congratulations for the new purchase,and saw the welding work on the car.
It seems the welder is using cheaper CARBIDE stones gas instead of the costly black cylinder.The carbide gas is OK for short and small portion of welding.
This carbide gas welding is NOT that strong and is not long lasting.
Kindly ask your welder to use factory prepared gas cylinders instead of self prepared gas at garage levels.
Hi Iqbal,

Thanks for your note.

I know the garage owner personally and understand that it's not cost-effective for him to switch to commercial gas cylinders. Anyways, the bulk of the welding work has already been completed on my car and thankfully, there are no sections which require extensive repair work.

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Need help from the forum -

Where can one procure the following in Pune?

(a) door pads for the PP

(b) clips which secure the door pads (screws look ungainly) & dashboard trim (the lower part covered by rexin)
I have been a silent follower of this thread & wanted to share my happiness as not many consider purchasing & restoring a Padmini. Anyways the work being carried out till now is very nice & with Dhabhar sir guiding you, I am sure this car will turn out to be just perfect.

Regarding the parts you mentioned above, door pads can be fabricated by the interior guy (though I think they must be readily available in Pune, am sure Pune BHPians will guide you on this)

For the clips & Dash trim, you can scout local scrapyard & get the said parts from a scrapped car. I managed to get clips on my numerous visits, from atleast 4 cars, sad but true.
BTW you require the long dash trim piece or the smaller one ?
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Old 1st September 2013, 11:33   #24
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Need help from the forum -

Where can one procure the following in Pune?

(a) door pads for the PP

(b) clips which secure the door pads (screws look ungainly) & dashboard trim (the lower part covered by rexin)
Hi, please come down to mumbai for a day or two, visit CST Rd and Chor Bazar, you will get everything here ,as plenty of taxis of padmini models are scrapped everyday to make way for new generation vehicles in taxi population and there are very few buyers for the old parts you will get them at throw away prices.Make a detailed list and then start this buying project.

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Many thanks Saket !



Thanks for the comments Reinhard.

I prefer the windows having a quarter glass too but have decided not to replace the existing ones, simply for the sake of "öriginality".

Am spending more hours at work these days, hence am unable to oversee progress. Managed to sneak a visit to the workshop today after a long gap to check on things.

26-Aug - Denting work is mostly complete. The painter has started work on the car using polyester body filler as required on the exterior surface.

Due to an acute space crunch, the car has remained parked outside the workshop in the rain over the last few days, and I saw plenty of rust especially where bare metal had been exposed.

Spoke to Javed about the same. Hopefully, corrective action would be taken.

More pictures follow.
With so much extensive welding to front and rear glasses areas there are positive chances of water leakages,after the welding job is over ask the welder to fix the glasses to check the leakages by pouring ample of water on welded areas and if found any they are to be corrected,as after the painting is over it will be not possible to attend to these.
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I have been a silent follower of this thread & wanted to share my happiness as not many consider purchasing & restoring a Padmini. Anyways the work being carried out till now is very nice & with Dhabhar sir guiding you, I am sure this car will turn out to be just perfect.

Regarding the parts you mentioned above, door pads can be fabricated by the interior guy (though I think they must be readily available in Pune, am sure Pune BHPians will guide you on this)

For the clips & Dash trim, you can scout local scrapyard & get the said parts from a scrapped car. I managed to get clips on my numerous visits, from atleast 4 cars, sad but true.
BTW you require the long dash trim piece or the smaller one ?
Hi samsag12,

Thanks for the reply. I do have the trim but am only missing the relevant clips. I have been unable to get through to Mr. Dhabhar. I presume he must have missed an earlier post where I had mentioned my cellphone number.

P.S. I am planning a visit to Kurla market soon to pick-up hard to find items.

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With so much extensive welding to front and rear glasses areas there are positive chances of water leakages,after the welding job is over ask the welder to fix the glasses to check the leakages by pouring ample of water on welded areas and if found any they are to be corrected,as after the painting is over it will be not possible to attend to these.
Thanks again Iqbal. The windshields along with the beading would be installed post completion of the paint job. I am planning to use silicon sealant during this process to take care of unwanted leakage.

Hope it works.

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07-Sep - A few more photos from this evening.
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12 - Sep - Exteriors have been coated with 2K primer

Engine/gearbox have been removed from the car.

Suspension / sub-frame removal is in progress. Engine bay would be cleaned up completely.

Post sub-frame removal, the bottom of the car would be minutely inspected and corrective action taken.

Once cleaned up, the body tub, sub-frame and suspension would be sprayed with zinc chromate primer.

Received delivery of a workshop manual for the fiat 1100D series. This would call for some really enjoyable late-night reading
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13-Sep -

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Sub-frame has been removed from the car. Looks spic and span.
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