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Stage 1

The first step is to establish what is required and evaluate the condition of the car in its current form compared to where the client desires it to be.Then we start the disassembly stage with the interior, carpets, seats, door panels, headliner and dash. The exterior is next, removing the mouldings, bumpers, taillights, headlights, grille, door handles, locks, latches, weather strips, glass and glazing.

Remove doors, bumpers, hood, deck lid, and cowl panel. Door pins and bushings are checked and replaced if needed. Door regulators and glasses are removed and checked for proper operation, also rear side glass. Everything is marked, bagged, labelled and stored. A list is made of what needs to be repaired, replaced or re-chromed.

The car is then prepped and stripped down to bare metal. If the car has a lot of corrosion, we have to use a stronger method of stripping. After stripping, the car is prepped and sprayed with self etching primer. The etching seals the bare metal. Then the car is sprayed with a high build primer. The car is then ready for rust repair.

Stage 2

Before rust repair and body work begins, we invite the customer to see the bare body and make any final finish requests at this stage. At this time all major rust repair and body work is very visible. We suggest what patch panels need to be replaced or fabricated to repair the corroded areas. We also see what body work has been done in the past.

After these decisions are made, parts are ordered and all rust repair and body work is completed. The car is then completely primed with a two-part primer. After rust repair is completed, the car is taken off the frame or sub frame. All parts are sandblasted, painted and reassembled.

Stage 3

The car is guide coated, blocked, sanded and primed several times to ensure a high level finish. Preparation is key, the body and paint can often play a large part of the restoration process and is an important stage. This is where the hours add up and the client can often not notice any significant change. However, the end result is well worth it.

Stage 4

Everything is reassembled, we hang the doors, bumpers and install the bonnet making sure they all align with other body parts and they open and close properly. The windshield and back glass are installed with new weather-strips, door glass and regulators are also installed. The car is ready to prep for paint.

Stage 5

The car is then wet sanded with 400 grit sandpaper, it is checked for small flaws, such as scratches, pinholes: these are filled and primed. The car is sanded again with 400 grit sandpaper, this usually the last full sanding it will get. The car is cleaned, swept out, blown out and washed several times. It is allowed to dry overnight or longer. Then it is prepped, taped off, all jams are taped, motor wrapped, so over spray doesn't get on them.

The car is painted with a base coat and cleared. After painting, the car is colour sanded with 1500-2000 grit sandpaper. It is cleaned and buffing begins. There are several stages of buffing. We start with a harsher compound and move to a finer to get the mirror shine.

Stage 6

Reassembly of the car begins with new weather-strips, all mouldings are then cleaned and polished, then the bumpers, taillights, headlights, grille, handles, locks and dash are re-installed. The car is then cleaned and detailed to check that everything works. All parts are than aligned and fitted properly for the final time.

Stage 7

Upholstery usually consists of carpets, seats, door panels, headliners, dash, convertible top, and all interior trim. If the car's original interior has gone beyond whats restoreable, we usually source original interior parts or pre-sewn kits, which are supposed to match the original specification.

Finally another classic sports car is restored and another client has achieved their ambition and vision.

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