Sadly, sometimes a beloved classic is beyond simple repair and needs a more holistic approach to bringing it back to its former glory.
For cars needing that level of approach we offer a full service, a nut and bolt restoration from the ground up, built to your specification, including any updates or upgrades you would like.
Our process starts with a complete strip of the car, every panel, screw and wire removed, catalogued and stored. The car is then either acid dipped or soda blasted (depending on the car and your preference) to remove all paint, filler and anything that isn't base metal.
Once clean, any and all welding is performed to make sure the shell is pristine and solid; it is then re-dipped/blasted to remove any oxidisation that has occurred while it is being welded and treated with a rust inhibiter.
With the shell fully prepped it is painted in the colour of your choice with several sumptuous coats, to leave a deep gloss shine that is almost too good to cover with parts.
Our preference is to fit a new loom, a 50+ year old electrical system is usually replete with spliced sections, redundant wiring and corroded sections, all of which make for an unreliable base,
Any and all brightwork is either re-chromed or replaced and refitted to the car. Metalwork and bracketry is shot-blasted and powder-coated, including suspension metalwork and the running gear is rebuilt.
The engine is completely stripped, the block prepped and rebuilt with new parts aluminium elements are vapour-blasted, to restore the factory look and the engine is dressed with elements of chrome and finished with new pipework.
New suspension is fitted, according to your specification and either original wheels are refurbished, or new ones sourced.
Finally the refurbished interior is refitted to complete the restoration and the car is detailed to show condition.
During the restoration process we provide regular updates and photos on our website via a private page, so you can watch the progress and keep track of any decisions made during the build.
As a reference, have a look at our Jaguar Mk2 build, where we took a 1961 rust ridden example and transformed it to a show level example:
While styling from the 50s, 60s and 70s were often stunning, mechanically it lacked finesse and things have moved on in the last 70 years. While we don't like to ruin a beautiful classic with changes not in keeping with its class, some elements enhance it, make it a more enjoyable thing to own and bring the experience a little closer to the modern, while yet keeping it firmly placed in the past.
Sympathetic fuel injection conversion, utilising the original carburettors as the throttle bodies, transforms the driving experience, making the engine more akin to your daily drive than the temperamental systems of the era, but retain the original look.
Improved cooling options prevent overheating, a common issue with so many cars from these decades, as well as improving longevity. Air conditioning can be added where it did not exist or upgraded modern components can be used to replace the originals to improve efficiency as well as your experience.
Suspension upgrade options, paint colours, revised trim, wheels, sound systems and other subtle, but important changes can be made to make these automotive icons that bit more enjoyable.
We have two rates for labour: Short Term Projects, which covers all servicing, most repairs and smaller restoration work up to 100 hours and Long Term Projects, which refers to any work over 100 hours.
The short term project rate is £80+VAT per hour
The long term project rate is £65+VAT per hour
As with all our work, we're transparent and honest about our pricing; project costs can spiral and too many other companies have created a cloud of mistrust. We don't charge in blocks of time, adding one job onto another until the bill is eye watering, if job 'A' takes 20 minutes and Job 'B' 40, then we charge an hour, not an hour for each as has been the case in some corners of the industry.
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