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Old 3rd January 2015, 15:26   #1771
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Dear Fintail - I saw a fleeting glimpse of MRW5100 being driven in Dadar Parsi Colony a couple of years back, then it seems to have disappeared for good. Any leads?
The car is in Mahim with a nice gent who has another Herald as well, besides some other classics. I see it on the road quite often.
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The car is in Mahim with a nice gent who has another Herald as well, besides some other classics. I see it on the road quite often.
Dear Karl - oh, thanks! Is the axle issue solved? Do check on the bolts thing and let me know.

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The Herald (especially the one with the Ambassador type headlight rings) looks really good without the roof but the axle shaft problem just won't allow me to buy it. My friend had bought himself a dark green MRD in the early eighties for 4000 rupees, we used to carry the bolts in the glovebox, I must have replaced them at least 5 times on his car. He got fedup and sold it. It will be great to know the root cause, it seems to be a case of poor kinematics.
Sir I presume you refer to the STANDARD HERALD MK1.

Incidentally, my mechanic had mentioned to me a couple of times that while the rear axle breaking was not uncommon on Heralds, in the cases of the ones that had it all the more frequently, it was more often than not due to a bend in the chassis, especially the rear section that comes right under the rear axle halfshafts. The bend would occur mainly due to less careful driving on our wonderful roads!
Many owners or mechanics back then who were not aware of this and would wear themselves out replacing the bolts on the halfshafts or the halfshatfs themselves (sometimes the flange itself on these would break off!) or in their frustration, eventually replace the entire rear axle itself with a rigid one, taken from a Standard 10, with horizontal twin leaf springs (as on most older cars) To do this, the chassis had to be cut at the rear section, which itself was a highly risky modification! The fitting of the Standard 10 diff. also meant that the smooth handling of the Herald at turns would go forever and also give the car an ugly butt-high appearance! I have seen quite a few Heralds over here with such a modjob. Personally, I don't vouch for it!
PS: My Herald, touchwood, has NEVER had the rear axle breaking down a single time since I bought it in 2010! Never had to replace a single rear axle bolt on it until now!

Oh, and as for driving one without the roof (NOT the genuine convertibles but the stripped ones we see), that has its own share of cons to begin with! But will save it for another post.

PPS: WISH YOU ALL HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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A neat Standard Herald mk1 that seemed to have been freshly done up, in Delhi.
Found on a facebook group.

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Flickr image of a Standard Vanguard Phase 3. Correct me if I'm wrong.

Here's the source - https://www.flickr.com/photos/69559277@N04/15929313227/
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Flickr image of a Standard Vanguard Phase 3. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Yes, you're right- its a phase 3 based in Calcutta.
And here's another one also from Calcutta seen in a 1977 movie- ANURODH:

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Yes, you're right- its a phase 3 based in Calcutta.
And here's another one also from Calcutta seen in a 1977 movie- ANURODH:

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The bigger find is the Chrysler 300 lwb seen in the centre. Two similar Delhi registered cars were known, and seen in movies. I think they both survive. Wonder if this is a third.
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The bigger find is the Chrysler 300 lwb seen in the centre.
Yes it is a 300c Imperial. You'll see more of it here:

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vintag...ml#post3623079 (Old Bollywood & Indian Films : The Best Archives for Old Cars)

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A lovely, and touchwood, 'intact' example of a Standard Herald mk1 that seems to be in Bangalore, posted by someone on a facebook group. Barring the incorrect colour of the bonnet and grille badges, plus the offset bootlid badge (supposed to be a bit lower), which are otherwise negligible, it seems to be very much period.

Incidentally, a pic. of the same car, when freshly done up, was posted in this thread by Pavan Kadam (Note: the other green car with black stripe is NOT the same car) :

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/vintag...tml#post748674 (Rest in Peace...Pics of Resting Vintage and Classics)

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I hate all those extra chrome work and that stupid antenna and wire wheels and dual exhaust and so on..

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Has anyone rodded any Heralds in India ? Not cosmetic but actual power, like a bigger engine and so.

I always wanted to get one and drop in a V8...there was this family in Hyd who specialized in Diesel conversions on Mercs and had a whole lot of nice petrol engines just sitting around, was really tempting.
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Has anyone rodded any Heralds in India ? Not cosmetic but actual power, like a bigger engine and so.

I always wanted to get one and drop in a V8...
Actually in the days when Heralds were around (more than are now) there were people who were more interested in plonking Diesels into economy cars rather than motors with more power!
There were a couple of Dieselised Heralds around too.

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Actually in the days when Heralds were around (more than are now) there were people who were more interested in plonking Diesels into economy cars rather than motors with more power!
There were a couple of Dieselised Heralds around too.
They must have killed the car as Diesels are a bit heavy compared to petrol engines.
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They must have killed the car as Diesels are a bit heavy compared to petrol engines.
What about Daihatsu units? I've heard of quite a few 'baraat' Heralds in interior TN running around on those.
In any case, I personally am not for such conversions!
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Was keen if someone could mail or post here a high resolution image of Standard 20 panel van. the 1-tonne and the later 2-tonne version. Thanks.
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