Award winning restoration using a combination of modern and traditional metalworking tools.
We use mig, tig and spot welding machines and traditional metalworking tools such as an English wheel, hammers and dollies, stump, shrinker / stretcher, bead roller and more to help us create high standard factory style repairs.
From a concourse restoration to a full custom build. We aim to offer high quality restoration work at realistic prices, working closely with the customer throughout the restoration process giving written and photographic monthly updates.
FULL VEHICLE RESTORATION PROCESS:
1) Strip down
Every item checked for condition when stripped from the vehicle, and bagged and tagged then stored ready for reassembly. We take as many photos as possible throughout the process, especially on an original car so we can put the car back as close to factory as possible.
2) Media blast and epoxy prime
We work with several media blasting companies to media blast the vehicle. Depending on the vehicle we like to strip the big panels by hand to eliminate the risk of warpage.
We only use the best quality available repair panels, and where these are not available we make our own. All our repairs are as close to factory finish as possible. We spot weld areas that were spot welded from the factory, and we butt weld and metal finish any repair panels that we let in to the original panel.
4) Dry build
We test fit all the bolt on panels numerous times throughout the metalwork stage to get the gaps as good as possible as poor panel gaps let down an otherwise nicely restored car. We like to partially assemble the car before we prep and paint to check everything fits and works as it should so we can make any necessary rectifications before the vehicle is painted.
Our low bake spray booth is serviced regularly and we only use good quality paint and materials to ensure the paintwork will last. We don’t do cheap paintwork as average paintwork lets a vehicle down.
Once the filler work is complete we polyester prime the exterior and block sand to get the vehicle as straight as possible. We then 2k high build prime and block sand the entire vehicle ready for colour. This is a long process but the only way to get the bodywork really straight. We stone chip or raptor coat the under side and inner arches if required. We then wet sand and and machine polish the exterior once painted.
On show standard paintwork we spend more time prepping the none visible areas such as the inner arches and underside. Once the vehicle is painted we sand the texture from the paintwork and re lacquer the exterior of the vehicle before a full wet sand and machine polish for the best possible finish.
Once the vehicle is painted we reassemble the vehicle paying close attention to details even though most are never seen. We like to either replicate how the vehicle looked from the factory, or detail to show standard when we reassemble a car. We re use the original parts where possible or the best quality replacements available.
A selection of our restoration work:
A selection of some of our paintwork: