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Old 29th October 2014, 19:30   #16
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BTW - are there any plans for restoring the interiors?
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I have one question though. I am sorry if I have missed it, but I do not see the ignition coil and the distributor in the photos. Have they been removed?

P. S.: Any plans of restoring?
Thanks Joy and Samesh, I told Subirda about the popular request from this thread about restoration of his car. Lets see if something positive is done.

Samesh, the Lucas distributor is horizontally mounted on the right side of the engine and the coil is affixed on the firewall of the engine.

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Great story about the Great family of brave hearts. I salute them. By the way, is Admiral Mukerjee (Retd Naval Engineer) from Nagpur related to this family? Regards
Thanks Alavandar ! Subirda is our long time family friend - he never mentioned about Admiral Mukherjee to us.
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Old 29th October 2014, 22:04   #17
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Thank you very much Anjan da!!!.
Indeed, the coil is located on the firewall (beside the fuse box and the voltage regulator) and the distributor on the right side of the engine. But usually isn't the coil located near the distributor itself. I may be wrong, but I think that is the case in Ambassadors. Also isn't the position of the distributor slightly lower than that of the Ambassador? Any particular reason for this? By the way, how is the health of the dynamo?

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Thank you very much Anjan da!!!.
Indeed, the coil is located on the firewall (beside the fuse box and the voltage regulator) and the distributor on the right side of the engine. But usually isn't the coil located near the distributor itself. I may be wrong, but I think that is the case in Ambassadors. Also isn't the position of the distributor slightly lower than that of the Ambassador? Any particular reason for this? By the way, how is the health of the dynamo?

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Welcome ! The ignition coils used to be located on the firewall and the distributor to the left side atop the engine for the Hindustan 14's and Landmasters (also Ambassadors with side valve engines (1958-60). After the OHV engines were introduced, the distributors moved to the lower right of the engine block, while the ignition coil was located very near the battery as you will see in the pictures. So you are right, when you say that the coils were located near the distributors.

So when the engine of MHN 2181 was changed, it is likely that the ignition coil may have been kept at the same place, using longer wires from the distributor to connect.

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The side valve engine of the Landmaster

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A 1962 OHV engine

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A 1975 Mark 3 engine

The Lucas dynamo is in perfect working condition. A new battery is fitted to the car.

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Thank you Anjan da for this fantastic thread. Duly rated it 5 stars.

I have always had a soft corner for this car( as you can also see from my TBHP DP). My grandfather owned one (WBE 4551) and was probably the first cars that I had ever taken a ride on, which I can remember. I do not remember the year of manufacture, but was immaculately maintained. Going through the pics you posted, the speedo pic reminded me that the main calibration was in mph. I always wondered why since there was a "Made in England" tag somewhere on it.

Coupled with all this nostalgia has been the story of the owners. Excellent thread. Thanks once again.
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Thank you Anjan da once again for the clarification regarding the distributor and the ignition coil.
Great to hear that the dynamo is serving well. Sadly in our Ambassador, someone coaxed my father to change over to an alternator and the dynamo was gone. Unfortunately, I was not around to convince him to pursue with the dynamo itself.
Slightly off topic, but delighted to see the "Jalwa" horn fitted in the 1962 model Ambassador. I too had fitted one in my old Innova, it served me well.

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Slightly off topic, but delighted to see the "Jalwa" horn fitted in the 1962 model Ambassador. I too had fitted one in my old Innova, it served me well.
Jalwas are worth their weight in gold. A guy I know has a 2014 Ambassador, yes, one of the final specimens to be made.

He was hoarding a Jalwa since donkeys years, and unfortunately could not find a good Amby. (You see, here in Poona Ambies are in short supply. And there seems to be no shortage of Delights/Presidents.)

The moment he heard that the Amby was going to be phased out, well he promptly went and bought himself one. It was an err....strange sight to see an Ambassador in a temporary plates.

Sure, quality is lacking in the (Now phased out) Amby. This one is rusting in 5 odd months. But nothing comes close to one.

It really is something, to be cosseted by the hugely comfortable seats, while the archaic Isuzu pulllls somewhat like a locomotive.

Nothing beats the Amby. Period.
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