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Old 18th February 2008, 14:24   #406
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Dear Mr.John in Newzealand,

Hello to you once again John - please do contact me if you need any information about anything about the FIAT 1100. It is my very robust hobby here in India. I used to work in the R&D department of the company that manufactured these cars in India and I have the information with me. As my good friend Karl has said, we have around 50000 of these cars running as taxies in Mumbai and therefore parts are still available. I spend some time in the "Chor Bazaar" of Mumbai (as my son Cyrus introduced the thread to you) and I have succeeded in picking up priceless things for a pittance.

Bye for now. Please keep in regular touch. Incidentally my cousin stays in Auckland and keeps on pestering me to come and visit her. Let's see -----

Best regards to you,

Behram Dhabhar
Hi there... Thank you so much for your kind message and my apologies for not being in touch recently... been away for work - in Auckland...! I was actually at a careers/jobs fair and I was amazed at how many Indians are now living in Auckland... and so many of them have recently arrived, with wives and family still joining them! Many of them seem to be teachers and engineers and will no doubt be a great asset to the NZ economy.

Thank you also so much for your kind offer of assistance with parts and advice, it is truly appreciated and I will also pass it on to the members of the MILLECENTO FIAT che passione forum. They have been delighted with the messages from India (which I have translated for them), so this is proving to be truly a global passion.

Thank you once again, and do keep in touch. Kind regards, John.
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Hello to you once again John - please do contact me if you need any information about anything about the FIAT 1100.
Behram Dhabhar
Dear Mr Behram Dhabhar I wonder if you could advise me. My mechanic wants to change the front suspension bushes on my Fiat 1100 103D but it looks like a big job, requiring the removal of the front subframe and some special Fiat tools The special tools would be hard to find here so he wanted to know if there is another way of doing the job or if there were some specs for the tools so he could maybe get something made.

Your advice would be most appreciated. With kind regards and thanks, John.
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Time to drive again fellows. A rally has been organised on this sunday. The Fiat Classic Car Club of India has been invited to Thane by the Thane Vintage Club. Meeting place is just after the thane toll naka at 10 am. Be there to join in the fun and frolic.

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hi cyrus! i think 10am will be too late lets meet at 8am. and one more thing we are not invited by any club, but fccci chapter thane is doing this rally.
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well i believe the latest update is that we'll be meeting just after the sion flyover at 7.30am
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Dear Mr.John in New Zealand - there is no need to remove the chassis. Please proceed as follows - Support the front of the car on stands placed under the front cross member at it's ends and remove the wheels. Then remove the central grease cup, loosen the wheel bearing holding nut and remove the brake drums complete with bearings. Then use a 17 mm spanner and remove the brake backplate from the stub axle. Support the backplate temporarily under the car. Loosen the top and bottom stub axle mounting nuts and remove the stub axles. Remove the steering akerman arms from the stub axles. Remove front shock absorbers. Then insert a long crowbar into the coil spring and pty it out of it's seat. Remove the lower control arm from the car. Pry out the front bush of the upper control arm and then remove the upper control arm with it's pin from the car. Remove the spiders from the control arms if they have developed excessive clearance, otherwise leave them alone.

For assembly, if new spiders are to be fitted, please ensure that they screw on tightly on the control arms. You may replace the metallic bushes if worn. This work must be done at a good turner shop. Press new bushes into the control arms on a vise (we have oversize bushes available here in Mumbai), then assemble the lower and upper control arms on the car. Now comes the tricky part. Here in India, we have experts who can assemble the springs by placing them on top of a part of a leaf spring and then manoeuvring it into place. I have fabricated a sort of rudimentary spring compressor which I use to assemble the spring. All other assembly processes are relatively straightforward from here onwards. You need to assemble the front upper control arm bush on the car after inserting the pin through the arm hole.

Things to look for - the spiders must not have undue clearance but they must not be very tight either. The bushes must fit square on the seats.

Please ask if you need any further information.

Best regards,

Behram Dhabhar
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Anybody seen Fiat 508 1933 tourer in Mumbai or any other place.
I have seen one Hyderabad.

Fiat1100NZ:
Have you seen Morris-10M or Morris 8E in Christchurch NZ.

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we had a lovely meet on the 9th. it was an absolute delight meeting the thane members and to have so many FIAT lovers from the far side of the town.[lets do this more often] the drive was wonderful and we saw what would be thane carter road or marine drive [cyrus pics] we also saw some rare classic at SUNIL MOTORS thanx to digambar and had lunch later. thanx ronni majaavigayo. it was twice as nice to have karl with us and obviously no meet is complete
without cyrus and behram uncle this time with darayus. gogi and kavesh along with the rest of the regulars we missed you and you missed this. only sad part was that my ac refused to kool and we were pratically boiling in side the car wonder whats gonna happen in may. addys rode back with me inspite of having a better and more comfortable alternative. thanx bro.
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GUYS! where are the pics??
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Dear Mr.John in New Zealand - there is no need to remove the chassis. Please proceed as follows - Support the front of the car on stands placed under the front cross member at it's ends and remove the wheels. Then remove the central grease cup, loosen the wheel bearing holding nut and remove the brake drums complete with bearings. Then use a 17 mm spanner and remove the brake backplate from the stub axle. Support the backplate temporarily under the car. Loosen the top and bottom stub axle mounting nuts and remove the stub axles. Remove the steering akerman arms from the stub axles. Remove front shock absorbers. Then insert a long crowbar into the coil spring and pty it out of it's seat. Remove the lower control arm from the car. Pry out the front bush of the upper control arm and then remove the upper control arm with it's pin from the car. Remove the spiders from the control arms if they have developed excessive clearance, otherwise leave them alone.

For assembly, if new spiders are to be fitted, please ensure that they screw on tightly on the control arms. You may replace the metallic bushes if worn. This work must be done at a good turner shop. Press new bushes into the control arms on a vise (we have oversize bushes available here in Mumbai), then assemble the lower and upper control arms on the car. Now comes the tricky part. Here in India, we have experts who can assemble the springs by placing them on top of a part of a leaf spring and then manoeuvring it into place. I have fabricated a sort of rudimentary spring compressor which I use to assemble the spring. All other assembly processes are relatively straightforward from here onwards. You need to assemble the front upper control arm bush on the car after inserting the pin through the arm hole.

Things to look for - the spiders must not have undue clearance but they must not be very tight either. The bushes must fit square on the seats.

Please ask if you need any further information.

Best regards,

Behram Dhabhar
That's FANTASTIC advice...!!! Thank you so much for taking the trouble to go through it all! I'll pass your instructions on to my mechanic. Thanks again + very best wishes, John.
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Have you seen Morris-10M or Morris 8E in Christchurch NZ.

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Hi, there are loads of Morris cars here but I'm not sure about exactly the models you mention. I've certainly seen Morris 8 soft tops but am not sure what version they are. A few 1950s Morris Oxfords here, similar to your Ambassador... then there are the BMC 1100/1300 etc

All the best, John.
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Fiat Classic Car Club Meet is happening at Sunday 13th of April at Five Gardens at 10 30 am.

Please come along with or without your fiats..I know it is hot, so i know people need their AC
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Fiat Classic Car Club Meet is happening at Sunday 13th of April at Five Gardens at 10 30 am.

Please come along with or without your fiats..I know it is hot, so i know people need their AC
Boss keep the meeting somewhere where we can meet and eat or at least get a good cool drink. Just meeting at 5 gardens and doing nothing is IMHO not very inviting. I will be coming anyways!!
Think of somewhere we can go and get some breakfast like we did on the first meet in Mumbai
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Boss keep the meeting somewhere where we can meet and eat or at least get a good cool drink. Just meeting at 5 gardens and doing nothing is IMHO not very inviting. I will be coming anyways!!
Think of somewhere we can go and get some breakfast like we did on the first meet in Mumbai
Same here, Cyrus.

We deserve a good "BREAKING THE FAST" on a Sunday morning. 5 gardens is cool to meet up and then lets go somewhere to HOG as usual.
Just a suggestion:- How about a brunch party at "Not just Jazz by the Bay", Marine Drive. It will be a good place to display our beauties well parked at the footpath there. Su bolech Gogi??
After all don't they (the MILLI gayi CENTOS, the PECIALS, the DUKKARS, the DELIGHTED, the PRESIDENTS and SUPERBLY SELECTED FIATS) also deserve some attention once in a while?
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Same here, Cyrus.

We deserve a good "BREAKING THE FAST" on a Sunday morning. 5 gardens is cool to meet up and then lets go somewhere to HOG as usual.
Just a suggestion:- How about a brunch party at "Not just Jazz by the Bay", Marine Drive. It will be a good place to display our beauties well parked at the footpath there. Su bolech Gogi??
After all don't they (the MILLI gayi CENTOS, the PECIALS, the DUKKARS, the DELIGHTED, the PRESIDENTS and SUPERBLY SELECTED FIATS) also deserve some attention once in a while?
SUPER (/super select) IDEA..if everyone is set on this idea, we will continue on "main" course!

So what time do you guys want to meet up?


List of attendes-
Cyrus
Behram
Gogi
Varun
Roni
Kavesh
Aditya
Krish Uncle a.k.a. Phiroze Mehta


Also, Let us make this a family event. Come on guys!! Cant wait to Eat..WHOOPS Meet now
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