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Old 4th April 2020, 16:54   #31
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Wow, any pics of the Padmini? Thank you!
Surprisingly, I had a few pictures but unfortunately the Padminis are partially visible in both (better than nothing though)

The first one's with a pre-owned Padmini my dad bought, actually it was our second pre-owned Padmini as the first one turned out to be terrible and had to be sold off. This is the one we used the most out of the three we had owned (not at the same time).

Some of my best memories about this car include my sister and me dividing our territories on the back seat (to maintain peace and cooperation, of course); as many would know Padminis are water cooled and require frequent top-ups, and as kids it used to be our jobs to fill the water before hitting the road; hang to the half opening window glass on the rear, we were so jealous of the Maruti kids - they got the whole window to themselves; as the key goes in the middle of the dash, my dad would let me twist the key to crank it, on a lucky day

Here's a picture from my childhood (me on the left with my cousin)
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This one belonged to my grandpa, the picture quality is as bad as it gets (me on the bonnet). This was the last one we owned before moving to a Maruti 800. I remember it being very posh, so much so that it had grab handles to close the doors from inside (the earlier ones had a faux-leather strap hanging out)

The car was actually parrot green. How odd does the black number plate looks now?
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Too bad I couldn't find any good pictures of the car. I remember learning the word 'Premier' from this car, had no idea what it meant at the time. We used to always refer it to as 'Fiat' - it's embarrassing to admit how long it took me to finally understand what Premier Padmini written on the boot meant.
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Beautiful cars and awesome pictures! My parents used to own one around the time when I was born - an S1 Deluxe - that I don't remember obviously, and my grandad, another blue one.

As a side note, I've notice a man that lives nearby sit in the middle of the front seat while driving, such that it gives the impression from outside that the steering wheel is in the middle! I wonder if there's any particular reason why someone'd do this, or is it just his own weird, quirky behaviour?

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Hats off Arun for your indefatigable diligence in maintaining the beauty. I too learnt my first lessons in Premier Padmini (1980 model) in the late 80s. Kudos for keeping the original parts as much as possible (especially the dynamo generator). Nowadays, all technicians advocate the switch over to the much eulogized alternator. In this regard I have 2 questions.

1. In the photos, I think I spotted the external voltage regulator too, tucked neatly in the right side fendor apron area. However, in the dashboard, the ammeter is not to be seen? Have you relocated it somewhere else? I think the voltage regulator requires periodic adjustments (maybe once in 2 months) based on the output in the ammeter. My question is how do you monitor the performance of the dynamo? What is the current output setting?

2. My second question is regarding the horn. You made nostalgic with the "Jalwa" horns. It was regular after market feature in the iconic Ambassadors and Fiats back in the 80s. I wanted to know, did you use any special gauge wire for the Jalwa?

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Superb review Arun. Fiat cars are really something special which can only be experienced once we own one. It slowly grows on you and becomes a part of our life .Here is mine
Congrats Justin. I know with great efforts you have sourced the spares and restored the Delight. Superb outcome!

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Compliments to you on lovingly and scrupulously maintaining the old girl and dressing her up in her best saree :-) The car has handsome clean Italian lines. Even today they appeal after 6 decades since it was first introduced in Italy. Our first car bought with our own money was a Premier Padmini - white cream colour, bucket seats and floor shift.
Thank you Sir. I am sure you are missing your Premier Padmini. If in case you come to Bangalore anytime, we can go on a quick drive. Atleast to the Airport.

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I was almost born inside a 1960 model Fiat. Mom was being taken back to my grandpa's house (a tiny village near Theni), in her 9th month of pregnancy. Her doc said there was another 2 weeks min. Well, a gigantic speed breaker on the Periyakulam road decided otherwise, despite being driven very gently this started the labour pains and 4-5 hours later....yours truly arrived.
So many memories. Thanks dude for this post.
Whoa, this is some very interesting nostalgia. Thanks for sharing!

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Dear Arun, your passion shines through this excellent "walk-through" on the commendable effort on the classic Fiat.
Bravo Zulu man for this outstanding effort
Thank you Sir. I enjoyed reading your travelogue which is one of its kind. And I shared the link across my Fiat friends too. A Superb one!

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Hi Arun,
Great thread, really enjoyed reading through every bit - clearly shows your passion towards Fiats! Hope you enjoy many years of motoring pleasure with the Fiat. When I am in India next, I will drive my Morris Minor over for a catch-up with you and your Fiat!
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HI Praveen, long time! Thank you. Recently I read your Morris thread; whatta beautiful car. Congrats. FIAT Select - CAC 444 was an absolute beauty too!
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Arun, Your passion for the car is shown in your post as well as in your handle, Kudos. It's very well written.
Sharing a picture passed on by a friend. As told to me, the car made more than one somersault and landed belly up. The incident happened more than 30years ago in Bandra and the occupants came out nearly unscathed. (though the car was badly damaged).
Thank you for sharing the Padmini's pics. Rarely we get to see accident pics of a Padmini. Glad to know the occupants were safe! Though the FIATs and Amby were very strong, did not necessarily mean they were safe.

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Doesn't this car meet all the specifications of sub 4 metre car rule? The length (3930mm)as well as engine size (both petrol and diesel) fit the specifications I believe. Quite an amusement.
This car has a proper 3 box shape and barring the aerodynamic considerations, excels in design over today's sub 4 metre sedans in my opinion. Wish I had skills to superimpose something like Hyundai Xcent over the Padmini to understand the shape differences better.
Very true! The other small sedan I always admired is the Opel Corsa. What a cute and proportionate car.

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Surprisingly, I had a few pictures but unfortunately the Padminis are partially visible in both (better than nothing though)

The first one's with a pre-owned Padmini my dad bought, actually it was our second pre-owned Padmini as the first one turned out to be terrible and had to be sold off. This is the one we used the most out of the three we had owned (not at the same time).

Here's a picture from my childhood (me on the left with my cousin)
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The car was actually parrot green. How odd does the black number plate looks now?
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Beautiful pics, thanks for sharing. Such nostalgic childhood pics are priceless.

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Beautiful cars and awesome pictures! My parents used to own one around the time when I was born - an S1 Deluxe - that I don't remember obviously, and my grandad, another blue one.
Thank you!! Please share if you have any pics of your Padmini.

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Hats off Arun for your indefatigable diligence in maintaining the beauty. I too learnt my first lessons in Premier Padmini (1980 model) in the late 80s. Kudos for keeping the original parts as much as possible (especially the dynamo generator). Nowadays, all technicians advocate the switch over to the much eulogized alternator. In this regard I have 2 questions.

1. In the photos, I think I spotted the external voltage regulator too, tucked neatly in the right side fendor apron area. However, in the dashboard, the ammeter is not to be seen? Have you relocated it somewhere else? I think the voltage regulator requires periodic adjustments (maybe once in 2 months) based on the output in the ammeter. My question is how do you monitor the performance of the dynamo? What is the current output setting?

2. My second question is regarding the horn. You made nostalgic with the "Jalwa" horns. It was regular after market feature in the iconic Ambassadors and Fiats back in the 80s. I wanted to know, did you use any special gauge wire for the Jalwa?

Regards,
Samish
Thank you for the kind words, Samish!

Regarding the voltage regulator, no adjustments were done to it so far in both my Padminis. The Ammeter and oil pressure meter on the dashboard usually were retrofitted, atleast in the '90s Padmini cars.

The Jalwa horns were bought from Shivajinagar gujiri for 500 bucks. The wiring to the horns is stock ones.
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A decade since Bhpian funkykar gave me the opportunity to own this beautiful Padmini, today I gave back the same opportunity to him to look after the Padmini for the coming years! All the best, Karthik!

Today's drive on a cool summer morning of Bangalore's empty roads.

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Wonderful memories. I learned to drive on this beauty. It had a column stick shift with a Philips cassette player. It's registration was MEN 104 (Bangalore)
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Congratulations on owning this beauty. This car really brings back all my childhood memories as we had two Premier Padmini's at home owned by my grandpa and Dad.
Attaching a picture of my dad's Premier Padmini.

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Servicing and Greasing


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Sir where do you get this greasing done?
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Sir where do you get this greasing done?
This was at the Gogers Petrol Bunk near Cantonment railway station. Unfortunately, the petrol bunk and the service center do not survive anymore.
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Our beloved 331 is running well. Driving around occasionally during the weekends. Here are some pics taken recently.

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