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Man buried with beloved car
The Times of India ^ | 4 April 2007 | The Times of India

Posted on 04/04/2007 9:17:13 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick

KUMBAKONAM: A farmer in a Tamil Nadu village loved his car so dearly that when he died, his relatives decided to bury his old Morris Minor along with him as per his wishes.

Narayanswami, headman of Sivapuram village near Kumbakonam, in southern India died last week at the age of 64. A wealthy farmer with three sons and daughters, he bought his prized Morris Minor in 1958.

According to reports, Narayanswami was spiritually inclined but lavished his affection on his vintage car. He had earlier expressed the wish that he be buried with his car when he died.

When his friends and relatives gathered to bury him on Monday, they decided that the Morris Minor should definitely go with him.

The car was decorated and Narayanswami's body was placed in it.

A huge grave was dug with an excavator and a large crowd gathered to see the master and his machine laid to rest together.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: auto; breaking; chat; farmer; india; weird

1 posted on 04/04/2007 9:17:15 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick
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2 posted on 04/04/2007 9:19:01 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: CarrotAndStick
Here's a 1958 Morris Minor:


3 posted on 04/04/2007 9:19:32 AM PDT by EternalVigilance
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To: Victoria Delsoul

‘You can take it with you’ PING!


4 posted on 04/04/2007 9:19:54 AM PDT by HitmanLV ("If at first you don't succeed, keep on sucking until you do suck seed." - Jerry 'Curly' Howard)
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To: CarrotAndStick

What a waste of a classic auto.


5 posted on 04/04/2007 9:19:57 AM PDT by SmoothTalker
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To: EternalVigilance

Hmmm.


6 posted on 04/04/2007 9:20:17 AM PDT by freepertoo
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To: CarrotAndStick

How oddly British of him.


7 posted on 04/04/2007 9:20:19 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: MeanWestTexan

How many years will it take to completely rust out?


8 posted on 04/04/2007 9:21:54 AM PDT by unkus
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To: CarrotAndStick
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
9 posted on 04/04/2007 9:21:55 AM PDT by digger48
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To: EternalVigilance

Man that’s living!


10 posted on 04/04/2007 9:26:59 AM PDT by realr
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To: CarrotAndStick

Reminds me of Stevie Ray Vaughn’s ‘Willie the Wimp’.


11 posted on 04/04/2007 9:28:29 AM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (One fish, two fish, I want to go catch bluefish.)
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To: CarrotAndStick

I’ve always loved Morris Minors. The old Renault 4CV had a similar body style.


12 posted on 04/04/2007 9:29:12 AM PDT by dc-zoo
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To: CarrotAndStick

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morris_Minor


13 posted on 04/04/2007 9:29:57 AM PDT by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: EternalVigilance

LOL! I had a 1961 Morris Minor when I was in college. They were always burning valves. I finally solved that problem by replacing the $1 standard valve with $4 Mini Cooper valves.
Even back then, it got well over 40 MPG. I remember driving from Salinas, CA to Yuba City, CA (210 miles) for $1.95...


14 posted on 04/04/2007 9:30:00 AM PDT by TommyDale ("Rudy can win the War on Terror!" Perhaps, but for whose side?)
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To: dc-zoo
“I’ve always loved Morris Minors. The old Renault 4CV had a similar body style.”

Yes, the car made famous in an Abbott and Costello skit with the sewing machine in the trunk. (grin)

15 posted on 04/04/2007 9:32:09 AM PDT by headstamp (Nothing lasts forever, Unless it does.)
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To: unkus

Depends on how wet the soil is and the mineral content.

If dry and relatively neutral, never.


16 posted on 04/04/2007 9:33:12 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: digger48

That’s weird! They should have at least closed his eyes or put sunglasses on him or something.


17 posted on 04/04/2007 9:34:58 AM PDT by nuconvert ([there are bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: EternalVigilance

That’s a cool little car! It would make a neat street rod.


18 posted on 04/04/2007 9:38:20 AM PDT by lesser_satan (FRED THOMPSON '08)
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To: CarrotAndStick

I had a Morris Minor back when they were still making them, my first car!


19 posted on 04/04/2007 9:40:08 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: CarrotAndStick

It’s too bad he wasn’t allowed to marry his car while he was alive.


20 posted on 04/04/2007 9:45:26 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: nuconvert

That’s what his eyes looked like as the bullets were hitting him.


21 posted on 04/04/2007 9:45:36 AM PDT by kaboom
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To: TommyDale
I finally solved that problem by replacing the $1 standard valve with $4 Mini Cooper valves.

Nice solution - how did you figure that out?

22 posted on 04/04/2007 9:48:05 AM PDT by muleskinner
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To: CarrotAndStick
“Used Cars” w/Kurt Russell and Jack Warden. Funny movie, buried him with his beloved Edsel.
23 posted on 04/04/2007 9:48:06 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: CarrotAndStick
Feel sorry for his pallbearers.
24 posted on 04/04/2007 9:49:07 AM PDT by Millee (Tagline free since 10/20/06)
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To: CarrotAndStick

If the dates are right, he bought the car when he was 15. Odd.


25 posted on 04/04/2007 9:49:46 AM PDT by Grut
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To: BallyBill

I love that movie. Especially when they break into the competition’s lot to film the commercial.


26 posted on 04/04/2007 9:50:58 AM PDT by mysterio
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To: CarrotAndStick
How dare he pollute mother earth with the oil and gasoline thats in that old jalopy???...LOL

I was going to get buried in my 68 Plymouth Roadrunner but my wife made me sell it. Something to do about kids and other expenses

27 posted on 04/04/2007 9:54:01 AM PDT by Horatio Gates (Oleoresin capsicum: WOT Protestor tested. Cop approved.)
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To: muleskinner
"Nice solution - how did you figure that out?"

My cousin first told me, then a nice BMC mechanic and parts man told me that they were identical in sizes. The Cooper valve was sodium-filled and designed for higher temperatures. After that, I never had another problem. That little car would run at 75 mph up Interstate 5 and keep up with all the traffic, still getting great gas mileage. 948cc engine, 4 speed. The biggest problem was when it was 5 years old, I had trouble finding brake shoes for it.

28 posted on 04/04/2007 10:11:04 AM PDT by TommyDale ("Rudy can win the War on Terror!" Perhaps, but for whose side?)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

As opposed to Frank Zappa’s Willie the Pimp...


29 posted on 04/04/2007 10:19:08 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Stout Hearts...)
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To: Bean Counter
"Hot Rats" ? Yeah

FMCDH(BITS)

30 posted on 04/04/2007 10:40:36 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: I Drive Too Fast; stylecouncilor

Wow check out the photo in post #9.


31 posted on 04/04/2007 11:14:49 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: digger48

I like how they got the plug in for the barber shop.


32 posted on 04/04/2007 11:21:24 AM PDT by kenth (I wish compassionate conservatives were more compassionate to conservatism.)
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To: Squeako

Very cool, nice find!


34 posted on 04/04/2007 1:41:18 PM PDT by Fierce Allegiance (One fish, two fish, I want to go catch bluefish.)
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To: TommyDale

Nice - I could use one now with $3.20 gal for regular.


35 posted on 04/04/2007 1:52:28 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Whoops! Looks like the image of Willie the Wimp in his Cadillac coffin was from a no-post site. Sorry about that!


36 posted on 04/04/2007 4:19:13 PM PDT by Squeako (ACLU: "Only Christians, Boy Scouts and War Memorials are too vile to defend.")
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To: CarrotAndStick
Sort of a modern day version of Sati. Better than killing the wife.
37 posted on 04/04/2007 4:21:02 PM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: Fierce Allegiance

Just thinking that. I bet Stevie would have gotten a kick out of this.


38 posted on 04/04/2007 4:27:04 PM PDT by Sue Perkick (...what I was born to do, don't have to think it through.....)
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