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Old 22nd November 2008, 21:30   #1
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Default Some mod jobs done on vintage beauties

Sometimes vintage beauties are found in an unmanageably rusted and tattered condition that makes it tough to bring it back to its originality. In order to make it roadworthy such jobs are done. The car is saved but not its beauty, grace and USP.
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Wow! thats a shocker. The owner would be mighty proud that he did not let the cars rot away. The grill frame in the first one looks bentleyish or mercedesish to me.The hand gears and the modern meters, man this person got stuck inbetween the hotrod and the classic.The second car somewhat looks like a beach bug with extra lights and thin tyres.
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could you please elaborate on the mods done, they are not immediately apparent to newbies like me
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Wow! thats a shocker. The owner would be mighty proud that he did not let the cars rot away. The grill frame in the first one looks bentleyish or mercedesish to me.The hand gears and the modern meters, man this person got stuck inbetween the hotrod and the classic.The second car somewhat looks like a beach bug with extra lights and thin tyres.
Yup speedy the grill on both cars look like Mercs to me minus the 3 pointed star.One (the Austin 7) has the Padmini speedo and steering (both after market Padmini fitments commonly found in Bombay taxis). The second one is a beach bug I too feel like those soft-top Minis popular in Mauritius.
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could you please elaborate on the mods done, they are not immediately apparent to newbies like me
greenhorn one of them (that with the CIB licence plate) is a 1930's Austin 7. You'll soon find it out if you see it alongside the original's picture.The front grille and the dash, steering are all mod jobs.
The second one too is probably a beach bug on a Mini chassis. It also has a Merc grille.

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i dont get the bug based on the mini. I dont recall there ever being a mini based bug ( except the moke, and that doesnt look anything like this), so was this car like this in the first place ( before the attempted restoration) , or was this body planted on a scrap mini chasis ( latter case seems strange. mini parts shouldnt be too hard to find )
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Even though I'm "vintage illiterate", I still feel the only jobs that should be done to vintages is restoration to their original state- and not a bit more, out of respect.
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Hahaha! Talk about indegenous! This ought to give the Cubans a run for their money!
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Even though I'm "vintage illiterate", I still feel the only jobs that should be done to vintages is restoration to their original state- and not a bit more, out of respect.
Yeah, I agree with you. The cars should be restored to their stock form to retain their essence.
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The second one too is probably a beach bug on a Mini chassis. It also has a Merc grille.
I don't think its a mini.

The wheels are too big and too narrow.

It doesn't look like a FWD (i could be wrong, but i'm pretty sure its a rwd)
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Even though I'm "vintage illiterate", I still feel the only jobs that should be done to vintages is restoration to their original state- and not a bit more, out of respect.
True theMAG we believe in this and that's why we are BHPians and they are not!

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I don't think its a mini.

The wheels are too big and too narrow.

It doesn't look like a FWD (i could be wrong, but i'm pretty sure its a rwd)
Yup its not a FWD and has independent suspensions. Can't be a MINI of any kind true!
Another shocker - could it be a trekker chassis rewound and made to go vintage. I'll make enquiries and reveal the truth.

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its sad to see them in such a state. but one thing, to be honest both the cars are damn ugly. vintage collectors please don't mind, it's just my personal opinion.
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Car would look nice if they reach to there own condition. This fusion dose not look great to me.
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True theMAG we believe in this and that's why we are BHPians and they are not!


Yup its not a FWD and has independent suspensions. Can't be a MINI of any kind true!
Another shocker - could it be a trekker chassis rewound and made to go vintage. I'll make enquiries and reveal the truth.
The engine of the car MP04AA 5644 is a sub 1300 cc Nissan diesel (may be from old outboard motors or old cars from SE Asia and imported in the thousands here) which was widely used by Mumbai taxis in the 1990's. the front grille is that of a 1960's Merc.

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Is this car MP04AA 5644 at Nagpur, I think it was owned by some taxi operator..
IIRC this was featured in a local newspaper article in bhopal..
Seen this vehicle often if its the same one.....
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Is this car MP04AA 5644 at Nagpur, I think it was owned by some taxi operator..
IIRC this was featured in a local newspaper article in bhopal..
Seen this vehicle often if its the same one.....
Now this car is resting at Nagpur and has been put up for sale.
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