Name Transfer - Got My jeep a Water wash, took all documents RC original, Insurance, P.U.C, ID proof Photocopies, Photographs. Got the application forms, filled out the details paid the challan for Name transfer, and Finally parked my jeep with the bonnet open for the RTO to inspect, and here's the twist!!!
RTO: So what's happening here?
ME: I've got this Jeep, and I want to transfer it's ownership to my name.
RTO: (Gazes at the Jeep and asks) Is this a military disposal?
ME: Yes sir.
RTO: (Says with a cool tone) Change the colour, will sign the papers.
ME: But why sir?
RTO: No one can differentiate if this is a civilian jeep of a Army Jeep, I don't want anyone to misuse this beautiful piece.
ME: Sir but this is Olive Green and the RTO approved it and registered it in Chennai only a couple of months before.
RTO: Someone has done a mistake at one end, and I don't want to make the same mistake again, i'm a bit different.
ME: But sir why will I misuse it? I got this jeep with a desire to have it and retain it's originality, wanted it to be classic as always, moreover i have a defence pass on my jeep for entering the local regiment here.
RTO: Sir I'm sorry rules are rules. Even if you are an majaor general I cannot sign papers, You paint your official Army jeep in whatsoever colour you want, but not a civilian one. paint it in any other colour you want other than Green, I'm ready to sign papers.
ME: Okay sir. I will do. (Grrrrrrrr)
Minutes later a broker rushes to me saying, "I was hearing your conversation with the RTO, a month back there was a same problem and argument from the manager of an Ex chief Minister here and the RTO signed papers after getting some $$$$$ from them, If u can, just spend Rs. 1000/- I shall help you to transfer the name". The moment he told this I thought NO.
I finally took my phone and the screensaver was my friend's Jeep. Jeep Captain from T-BHP, his Shade US marine army Jeep colour for his MM 550 was on my mind, I rushed to the RTO's cabin immediately and showed him my phone and asked him, is this colour okay sir? and the RTO said as far as it is not green I'm okay with it. I replied telling him, "Sir this is used by the US Marine forces for their Vehicles, after I change the colour don't refuse to sign papers saying this is another Army colour". The RTO assured me this colour is Okay.
This was the shade I showed the officer:
Finally i left the RTOffice, to my painter. Took him to the paint store got him the shade, and asked him for a matt finish. Two days was his time. In a day he started the work.
Some Pictures at the painting shop:
I wanted to keep out some heat and sound from the engine compartment and I fixed some Thermocoal sheet dampings and found a good transformation. Less Sound and Heat.
In two days time painting was done, showed the same to the RTO, got the name transfered and got the papers the next day.
This is how it looked when I got her home.
On the same night, a heavy down pour. night vision.
Now I need to change tyres and soft top.
getting quotes for:
**Apollo Bullet San cum highway 7.50 x R16
**MRF Sandgrips 7.50 x R16
**J&K Sand cum Highway 7.50 x R16
I'm getting deined the Apollo and MRF's. Only J&K's are available in this spec, I want to maintain the originality by using the same Army sand tyres. Moreover changing to new tyres with alignment and balancing can improve my ride.