Originally Posted by Sam Dinkar
....ith DIYs on jeeps.
Start reading about jeeps and get thorough on them as there are several little nuances about these vehicles. Then start with a discarded MM540/550. You will love it and rest assured it will yield you good returns when you come to sell it after restoration.
Thank you Sir, I will certainly do homework on jeeps for a few days before I finalise on any car. The only reason I stayed away from the Jeep idea is because of three main reasons.
1. I dont have a parking space at my home & I have to do all DIY on the road just next to my house gate hence, the openess of the Jeep will be a big issue with kids playing all around in daytime when I am sleeping & street dogs damaging it at night, when I am at work.
Previously the only reason my M800 was spared by kids was because they could not climb on to it/ open the door.
2. As you know weather can do a lot of damage to a car when its parked in Sun (seat covers, all plastics, bonnet paint etc), I have seen a guy restore a fairly good condition MM540 near my home, his Jeep too was parked outside for whole day. less than six months from the last paint job the car is really not in that good condition thanks to the kids & weather. This scares me about the damage to its resale value.
3. I fully agree that there is no day in the calendar when Jeep's wont have buyers. In fact it is the most sure shot way of getting back my invested money. But I am too new to diesels & Jeeps. I have never been in one, not even touched one till date, I have no idea what it feels like to own a JEEP, spare part prices etc.
The funniest part is whenever I see any Jeep (restored/modified) usually it is overdone, so its very difficult to know where to draw the line.
Originally Posted by Iron Rock
ss80 Appreciate yo............... In the Maruti bandwagon apart from the 800 I wouldn't recommend anything that you should even consider restoring(since you named the title of the thread "commercial restoration project") - but again ill recommend start off with old jeeps/ex military kinds if you intend to make some money!........ Diesel Gypsy!
Thank you Sir, I read so many ads in the last few days & also saw a few cars which were on sale on the internet & was shocked to accept the line you have mentioned above. Money is in Maruti 800 or in latest model swifts! Alto, esteem, zen (carb), wagonR, estilo are all an absolute no no when it comes to commercial restoration. I will certainly spend some time in the internet trying to get more info about Jeeps, will also read some good threads on Jeep & Gypsy restoration too.
Originally Posted by autosafari
Jeeps are the best option for you. Study them for a while and for a DIY person like you, that would be fun as well. ........vehicle.
Thank you Sir,
Jeeps have a lot of space for DIY & customisation (no boundaries unlike other cars). I will get back to this thread in sometime with more info.
Originally Posted by swift&furious
Let me give you a suggestion you can think about : Buy a Fiat premier padmini ......u make will be more (Provided you have an amazing engine) ..........ave seen it through my eyes
Being a hard core Fiat Fan (ever since the day I drove the Palio & ofcourse the Punto 1.3MJD) I would love to work on a Padmini, but selling it would become difficult as I doubt if there are enough buyers in the market for me to experiment with. Parts wont be a problem, mechanic too isnt an issue, but Padmini's are known for superb engine & crazy rusting (seen some threads recelty). So body work might drain all my cash. Padmini is a big gamble for me as of now, but will love to do that someday.
The whole last week I spent sometime in gujri, got a few contacts & buying used spares (engines/gearboxes/any part) wont be a issue. Also browsed extensively in the internet for Zen Mpfi & Old Honda City, I had almost made my mind about a OHC (other state passing) 1.5ltr blue colour. Then I hit another road block - the loan part is stuck.
The person who was about to lend me the loan at a low interest has struck a big land deal which he doesnot want to miss at any cost, hence he invested every penny he has in it & my loan thing is pushed off for a few months atleast ( I also sensed lack of willingness in his talk) hence left with nothing in the pocket as of now.
I am able to get loans but at monthly interest which is totally unacceptable for me. Here are a few deals I had my interest in.
Now all that I am left with is to do homework on Jeeps & hunt for more financiers