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Old 10th February 2017, 17:52   #16
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Congrats Cooltronics, really nice write up, especially the loads of pics, like every one has already mentioned, this is a great car, THE 800. What else can be said about it, its the VW beetle of India. I am really glad to see that you are trying to keep everything original about the car, its quite common to see people opting for newer lights, grill, steering wheel, rims etc, especially from the type 3 or so when they do a refresh or restoration. I'm sure this is going to be a well loved, cherished car for years.
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It looks awesome Cooltronics. Wish you many more happy miles with this beauty.

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Many Many Congratulations Cooltronics!!

We had a 1987 Maruti 800. Loved the Japanese quality. Even in the 90's it was difficult to find original Jap parts and MASS were used to flicking them. Our car had done around 2 lakh kms and was sold in 2005 when we left Mumbai.

I still feel very very sad on having to depart with it. Your thread revived so many beautiful memories. Thanks a lot!
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Excellent restoration project. The car looks beautiful now. Kudos to you in keeping the legend for so long. BTW I just noticed the rear bumper sagging down a bit, is this normal ? Are the rear springs OE ?
The bumper fits in the same way. Got it checked, didn't seem to be a problem. Rear springs are OE but seems the guy did some tweaking.

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That is a very nice restoration job. This thread reminds me of the M800s we have had in the family (1984 SS 80 which was sold in 2004, 1994 SB 308 DX which was sold in 2012, 1995 SB 308 which was sold in 1998, and 1997 M800 DX which was sold in 2005). Other than the 1994 M800 which had a music system installed (and for a short time was converted to run on LPG as well ), the other 3 cars were bone stock. Also, all 4 cars were extremely reliable for as long as we had them.

However, a small suggestion from my end. Please add a left side ORVM as well since you never know what the crazy folks on our roads will do.
Thanks for the suggestion but I somehow what to keep the car in same condition as it was when new. Not having Left ORVM is a problem but since the car is not used for daily drive, it is OK to live with it and keep it all original

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Many Many Congratulations Cooltronics!!

We had a 1987 Maruti 800. Loved the Japanese quality. Even in the 90's it was difficult to find original Jap parts and MASS were used to flicking them. Our car had done around 2 lakh kms and was sold in 2005 when we left Mumbai.

I still feel very very sad on having to depart with it. Your thread revived so many beautiful memories. Thanks a lot!
Thank you for nice words. Luckily, some friends are helping me with MGP parts but SGP parts are a rarity today.


Some more updates as week passed by.

Got the new set of rims.
1987 Maruti 800 (SB308) Restoration-rims.jpg
1987 Maruti 800 (SB308) Restoration-rims_back.jpg

Got the new set of Chrome caps as well - they are local made and hence might not last long and rust in a year's time. looking forward for good quality nickle and chrome plating on it again to see if its life improves
1987 Maruti 800 (SB308) Restoration-steel_cups.jpg
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