With so many cars in our workshop being between 30 and 60 years old, one can easily appreciate that corrosion is the biggest variable factor to budget for in any Aston Martin, Ferrari or Jaguar restoration and often uncovering historical accident damage too that's been botched up over the years through times of relatively low value.
We can correct all of these areas in our designated metalwork department including panel alignment issues, fabrication and replacement of obsolete parts using age old coachbuilding techniques such as English Wheeling and with sandbag/mallets etc, techniques that are slowly becoming a lost art.
This stage of the process can be the single most time consuming part of a restoration and if not carried out correctly and methodically can and will be detrimental to the finished restoration and ultimately the end value of the car.
Naturally our aim to retain as much integrity of the original car as possible but the rule is,
If it's rotten, it's cut out and if we can make it better or stronger then we will.
For example the inner sills of an e-type aren't inherently particularly strong so we remove the original gussets and replace them with a series of heavier guage ones and more evenly spaced then reinforce that with a full length strengthener. The additional strength it provides is incredible.
We fabricate everything ourselves in the metalwork department, whether that's a small patch repair, structural suspension point or complete panels such as doorskins or quarterpanels to complete bodies.
All major panel work that involves suspension point reconstruction will be carried out with the vehicle loaded onto one of our Globaljig System Jigs, these are body straightening and alignment jigs which are both equipped with overhead measuring attachments for both alignment information and data retrieval.
We can have the car or chassis mounted on the jig to keep it square and true while fabricating and replacing integral sections or we can use it for straightening after heavy impact accident damage to ensure everything is millimetre perfect and symmetrical, having two is hugely beneficial and considerably more accurate than a car being set up on axle stands relying on spirit levels and guesswork for alignment.
The reputation that we have a wealth of experience with Jaguars and Aston Martins and the common corrosion issues most of them suffer from has resulted in both trade and private clients benefitting from using our skills and expertise.
Chassis realignment is also sometimes an issue with older cars but is also necessary to correct damage from heavy impacts and accident damage.
This ultimately leaves critical suspension points out of their correct geometric positioning.
In simple terms the car is loaded onto a 2 post lift then lowered onto the 4 metre long Globaljig frame where it is clamped securely into place. The pulling system is then set up to realign the car back to the correct position,
Mounting fixtures can be assembled from a selection of towers/brackets/collars/spacers in a configuration to suit virtually any make or model of car and to any critical reference point on the vehicle.
A far more versatile option than a chassis realignment jig such as a Celette where one has to have vehicle specific brackets either rented for the duration of the repairs or fabricated to suit each car.
We really do take care of it all when it comes to alignment, fabrication and replacement etc. The Globaljig is an essential piece of equipment and is the same body Jig used and approved by Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover as well as independant specialist repairers like ourselves.
We are one of a few specialists that can take care of all body and paint requirements all under one roof and to concours standards.
If you have any questions about a full or partial restoration or a metalwork enquiry you may have please get in contact via email or by telephone.