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Old 13th January 2014, 20:48   #106
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Was trying out a DSLR this evening.

A few shots taken during the period.
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Finding the right car, having money at the right time, and continuous hard work, results in this.

I had a dream to restore my car, but I lacked the financial support in those times and hence could not keep my fiat in tip top shape.

I drove it from Pune to Mumbai and handed over the keys to scrapper.
Till date it is one of the saddest moments experienced in life.

If you get time do check my thread on padmini : The 1400 km trip one.
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Old 13th January 2014, 23:12   #108
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Finding the right car, having money at the right time, and continuous hard work, results in this.

I had a dream to restore my car, but I lacked the financial support in those times and hence could not keep my fiat in tip top shape.
You are absolutely right.

Finding the time to spare (supplemented by Vitamin M) and a lot of personal attention is required for any proper restoration.

There are many areas which could have been improved upon, but I lacked the time to oversee folks who worked on the car owing to professional compulsions.

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I drove it from Pune to Mumbai and handed over the keys to scrapper.
Till date it is one of the saddest moments experienced in life.
I am sure you will get another chance to own a PP if you are really keen. My dad was forced to sell off his "Dukkar" at one point, and it was akin to losing a very close family member.

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If you get time do check my thread on padmini : The 1400 km trip one.
I had read your post and had even contemplated procuring spares from Kohlapur at one point during the restoration process. Despite the challenges faced during your onward journey, the scenic routes more than compensated for it (if I may say so).

I really loved the great photographs.
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Old 14th January 2014, 20:09   #109
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"Bianca" undergoing a master cylinder kit replacement.

Credit for the name goes to my daughter who happens to be a Tintin fan.

Plus Bianca is synonymous with the colour white.
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20-Jan -

Replaced the restricted muffler with a free flow version from International Exhaust Systems owned by Mr. Sohail Sheikh at Kondhwa.

It isn't very loud thankfully but the car drives much better now.

Have retained the original muffler for the sake of "originality".
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19-Feb -

The steering column had developed some play. A column bush replacement cured the problem.
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28-Jun-14 -

Posting updates after a long time -

A few mods carried out between Feb'14 and Jun'14 -

(a) Electronic Fuel Pump installed in series with the mechanical pump. Pump and additional plumbing located below spare wheel in the trunk.

(b) Solex carb has been replaced with a new PACCO carb sourced from Nanapeth. 97.5 main jet chucked away in favour of 102.5. The vehicle runs much smoother now.

Thank you Mr. Dhabhar for the suggestions.

The car is back in the body shop for some minor repairs.

(i) Trunk lid & bonnet has started developing cracks
(ii) Window sill corners have developed cracks
(iii) Rust spot at the A pillar just to name a few

I attach a few pics taken with my cellphone this evening. Hopefully, the work would be complete before the onset of monsoons.
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Oops, sorry to see the pics of the Padmini in garage again. But good thing is the Padmini is getting good care!

So, wasn't the restoration quality up to the mark for the rusts to appear so fast?
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So, wasn't the restoration quality up to the mark for the rusts to appear so fast?
It appears so. I have spoken to Javed (my FNG owner) about this and it is he who offered to get it fixed.

The cracks on the trunk lid / bonnet / door window sills seem to be standard fare plaguing all PPs.

The door stoppers were not fully functional and incorrect door setup had caused some more damage which would be fixed.

Overall, it is not as bad as it looks in the pictures.

Hopefully, I should have Bianca back in my garage soon.
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My Padmini was sold in 85 in Bombay and my dad's President was sold in 95 to a military chap in Pune who had it checked out by a mechanic before purchasing it. The mechanic declared it to be the best one he had seen.
Both cars were in tip top condition, I would say even better than Parsi owned, specially the President - my dad never allowed anybody to even touch it, let alone wash or drive it. LOL
Before I got the Padmini (Jonquil) we also had a Safari, in the back of which I made many trips to Marve and even to far off Koadikanal. I still remember Premier Auto Electric (near Tardeo) where they checked out the distributors (points and advance) and the Exide drive through place near Opera house I think, where they checked out ur battery while you sat in your car. We don't even have that in the US! lol

Here is a pic of my dad's President in the 70s or early 80s
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Splendid restoration Anirban. Would like to take your inputs for painting my 118BE. Also would love to see your car once.
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Splendid restoration Anirban. Would like to take your inputs for painting my 118BE. Also would love to see your car once.
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Thanks Ilango.

You are welcome to drop by during the weekend. I'll text you directions to the garage where the work is being done.
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Love the addition of the side mirrors, reverse lights, fan and the under hood insulation/foam.
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12-Jul -

Bianca is finally back home from the "hospital".

Kindly excuse the quality of the pics as these were taken at dusk using a cellphone.
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Could you upload some pictures of the engine please.
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