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Chronicles of Jai Sackett – 3 yr and 4th service update

Discussion in 'Punto 1.3 MJD' started by anoop, Jun 16, 2011.

  1. anoop

    anoop Superiore

    @shams: Thanks for posting the pictures. They do look nice.
  2. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor


    Glove box cover fitment is a 2 minute job. When you visit TASC next time, ask them to fix it. They just have to set the screw-like mechanism inside to fit it properly.
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  3. anoop

    anoop Superiore

    @Amit: yes, I did fit myself the cover back when the cover came off. Will check with TASC to see if they can do anything so that it will not come off again in future.

    Did I ever tell you how much i dislike the puny horn which Fiat gave with Jai? The anemic horn is one of the first things I wanted to throw out - I gathered from different threads that Punto used to come with twin horns but from 2011, they have done some cost cutting and the Active model comes with a single Hella 'Popular' horn. Now, for a guy who uses Hella Redgrill on his Unicorn, this single horn is as unimpressive as they can get.

    This week, we were out at Reliance mall and while LOH was happily browsing through the apparels section, I slipped away and started browsing the Reliance Autozone and thought a pair of Hella Silver horn will make an ideal gift to Jai. After clicking couple of pics of some other bottles (not THAT kind of bottles which we men of stronger soul usually lust after, but the automobile equivalent of Olay and Garnier and all that stuff you get to see in your bathroom, if you are that kind of bloke who got yourself married to a PYT) I managed to extract myself with some dignity (of course, after paying the amount and all that) before the sales chap decided to kick me out for disturbing his daydreams.

    Took Jai to a neighborhood workshop and got a quote for fixing those lovely silver disks - but being a Saturday, they were already full and wanted to come back on Monday and they want me to drop Jai and collect him after three hours - now, i was ok with the high estimate and everything but 'the dropping him to get things fixed' part - if they want to open him and fix the horns, better they do it when I stand there.

    Came home and the DIY keeda started gnawing me - 250 rs for bumper removing and fixing it back, and 250 rs for fixing a horn, which you can even do in your sleep plus all the wire, relay etc on actuals - no wonder these workshops are mushrooming and I am sure they are making a neat packet.

    Opened up my tool kit and after rummaging a bit, I got what all I needed - hella horn relay, couple of spade connectors and lots of wire and insulation tape. Armed with some DIY horn fixing gyaan from some other forums, I started opening up the front grill of Jai - I managed to pry open the grill, but the size 8 nut was proving to be a tough nut to crack, so after some futile attempts, i took Jai to the FNM (Friendly Neighborhood Mechanic) and asked him to open up the bumper for me. once we removed the bumper, I started working on fixing the horns - he was amused to see me pulling out all the tools and sitting down to get the horns fixed, and during some small talk told me that I am the first car owner he have seen really working on the car, after taking the car to a workshop.

    I was almost hoping that I will find the wiring for the second horn tucked away, and FIAT did not disappoint me - when the bumper was removed, I saw the wiring for one more horn neatly taped and tucked away. Fixed both the horns and was back home in about an hour with a mighty pleased Jai.

    Tech specs:

    Name: Hella Silver Horn
    Current consumption : 6 Amp (Max)
    Frequency: 335 Hz/400 Hz
    Sound pressure : 117dB
    price: 675 INR @ Reliance autozone, Arekere.

    Some WIP pics:

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Jun 27, 2011
  4. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

    Well done dude.

    Good to see DIY stuff.
  5. anoop

    anoop Superiore

    Thank you @gurjinder - have always been a DIY enthusiast, and love working on all my machines :)
  6. Ravi

    Ravi Staff Member Janitor

    Grande Punto 1.3
    Last edited: Jun 27, 2011
  7. anoop

    anoop Superiore

    @Ravi. Thanks. The factory horn was fitted on the right side - exactly where I have fixed the silver horn in the third pic.
  8. anoop

    anoop Superiore

    Did some medium speed driving last week and man, driving him is a joy at triple digit speeds. So sure footed at about and the steering is so communicative that you never feels that you are out of control when you are cruising at triple digit speeds - you really feel confident chucking him around the corners - if he feels like this, I can just imagine what proper shoes can do. Should get him a proper set of shoes soon.

    This weekend I decided to unleash some lavish TLC on Jai. The T.Wine color suits the car well, and I thought it will be nice to gift him a polish session to make the beauty of the color really stand out. When it comes to detailing, the first name came across my mind was that of our resident detailing experts - Team UD. Called up Mohsin and he graciously agreed that he can come to my home on Sunday morning.

    Saturday I took him to the FNM and gave him a through wash. The young chaps were amused by the sight of an eccentric guy who was spending more time inspecting the under body of the car and helping them out to wash the car than just sitting in the shade and watching them doing the work - I do not want to be a spectator when they are working on Jai. The under-body inspection did throw some pleasant surprises - Fiat have given a very good under-body coating covering almost all parts - so chances of rusting is very less. The engine guard have taken some hits - Thank you Fiat for providing one (OT: how many cars in India come with engine guard as a factory fitted standard equipment? )

    Came Sunday morning and Mohsin turned up as promised. By 8.30, he started working on Jai. After taking a look at his paint, Mohsin advised me that we can go for a protective coat polish - First he started cleaning Jai with the water less wash solution and then applied buffed the whole body and finished the task with a coat of glaze. He took really good care of Jai - it was pure pleasure watching him work his magic slowly and by the time he was finished, Jai was totally transformed - he was looking all shiny and dashing!

    I will let the snaps talk.

    Before the work started:


    On Deliver Day:


    New look:










    I have acquired a Jopasu duster and the water less wash solution and micro fiber from him. He was very educative and showed me how to properly take car of Jai so that he will stay in his dazzling best.
  9. gurjinder

    gurjinder Staff Member Janitor

    Very , very good work. 5 stars.

    Jai is one lucky fellow!
  10. Tony

    Tony Esperto

    Kalamboli, Navi Mumbai
    Grande Punto 1.2
    Job well done Anoop. Does anybody knows the detaiLing work doing in new MUMBAI?????

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