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Old 4th September 2009, 11:47   #2356
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I had seen a similar Merc coupe (chop job) some time back in Bangalore and was available for sale, it came with a matadoor engine though.

Does the one shown above with a KA19 registeration?

Anyways some pix, enjoy maadi
Absolutely, it is a KA car & it is the same as in your snaps.
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Hi all, I was wondering since I really don't have the money to own a "Real" classic, how much would this Merc chop job cost to pick up and restore a 'decent' condition, which can give me my first experience of owning a classic, before I put down serious moolah for a real classic.
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Hi all, I was wondering since I really don't have the money to own a "Real" classic, how much would this Merc chop job cost to pick up and restore a 'decent' condition, which can give me my first experience of owning a classic, before I put down serious moolah for a real classic.
Contrary to what you think this is not a novoice project. If you want to get your hands dirty start with a Fiat, Ambassador, morris etc. If the fascination sticks move to more serious stuff. Contrary to what you think this will not be a cheap car to aquire.
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Absolutely, it is a KA car & it is the same as in your snaps.
wow, it was in a much better condition when I saw it last time. It was originally a coimbatore registered car and then transferred to Mangalore.

The guy then quoted about 150,000 and was ready to give me a merc engine 230D for another 30000-40000. I dropped the idea, since it would have costed me a bomb to restore.

I feel so sad to see it in its present condition.
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Here's a Ford (dont know which model), lying outside a garage in Chennai.
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Here's a Ford (dont know which model), lying outside a garage in Chennai.
Thats a Ford dating to around 42. The more popular cars in India were 46/48 cars, with cosmetic differences. This is the first time I am seeing a 42. I think a couple of Woody wagons are around though.

The car looks so well preserved. Any idea if it has been dieselised?
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Like Karl said that's a very well preserved 1942 FORD. Please try and see if it is for sale. Maybe someone here would like to pick it up. Its a good model to restore and spares are available.

I saw a very beautiful black color model in California.
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wow, it was in a much better condition when I saw it last time. It was originally a coimbatore registered car and then transferred to Mangalore.

The guy then quoted about 150,000 and was ready to give me a merc engine 230D for another 30000-40000. I dropped the idea, since it would have costed me a bomb to restore.

I feel so sad to see it in its present condition.
Would you be kind enough to share the contact of this person if possible, I would be keen to buy this and see if I can restore this car back, and have a Team-BHP sticker on the fender ;-)

How much would the restore have costed you?
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Like Karl said that's a very well preserved 1942 FORD. Please try and see if it is for sale. Maybe someone here would like to pick it up. Its a good model to restore and spares are available.

I saw a very beautiful black color model in California.
If there are any Chennai folks around, I can guide them to this garage.
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That is a superb looking Ford with most of the trim etc intact.

If by any chance restoration is not an option it would be a perfect candidate to turn into a Hot Rod.

I can visualise it with fat tyres on mags with spacers and maybe a sweet sounding small block Chevy V8.

If anyone is interested in importing petrol V8s or similar I can help. Not sure about the legalities of importing used engines into India but there is a huge supply availble here in the UAE
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I don't think we camn get in old engines from abroad.There are many engines lying in the US and the Uk as well for a very cheap price but can't get them in because it is not legally allowed.
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Here's one more Ford rusting in pieces (almost), albeit this one's a British Ford- a '49-51 Ford Prefect. 'saw this in a garage compound today. 'said to be under restoration, but slow enough for the car to be eaten up by rust slowly but steadily! The floor is close to that of the flintstones' car already! Pity because the car seemed to have been all-original at one time, still has the hubcaps intact!

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Incidentally, my dad's first car was a similar one in Black, APY 9151 or thereabouts. He'd bought it in 1976 from his brother (because he got it cheap and on "installment" basis! ) and sold it in 1980, a year before I was born. His car too, after being bought by the next owner, met a similar fate, or even worse(?), with wild trees growing out through the seats- it had a roll-back sunroof (and if you look closely at this car, you'll find that it too had one, later welded shut), which tore off and thereafter the seat-covers, exposing the coconut-coir padding that accumulated mud and thereby, wild fauna!
I never got to see that car though. No proper photos of it at home either!

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what about someone buying this car and giving it new life? is it for sale ?
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Could someone find out if the 42 ford is available for purchase?? We had a couple of '48 V8's in our family, and have been on the lookout for a V8 ford since a long time.
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Could someone find out if the 42 ford is available for purchase?? We had a couple of '48 V8's in our family, and have been on the lookout for a V8 ford since a long time.
I believe there is a fully restored one somewhere in punjab!
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