With so many of the cars we are now working on being at least 30 plus years old, corrosion is easily the biggest variable factor to budget for in any restoration and often old accident damage too that's been covered up over the years through times of relatively low value, we can take care of all of these areas including panel alignment issues, fabrication and replacement of obsolete parts using age old coachbuilding techniques such as English Wheeling and sandbag/mallets etc 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. Our aim to retain as much integrity of the original car as possible but the rule is if its rotten, it's cut out...
We fabricate everything ourselves in our designated panel department, whether that's a small patch repair, structural suspension point or a complete panel.
All major panel work is more often than not carried out with the vehicle loaded onto our Globaljig, this is a body straightening and alignment jig with an overhead measuring attachment 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.
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 by Aston Martin Works and a few other specialist repairers.
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.