From Vintage to Prototype, Specialist Panel Beaters and Body Engineers.
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Prototype Aston Martin Virage Scallops
We were asked to create these Scallops as a prototype for a clients Virage
Little known fact: When the Aston Martin Virage was originally designed it featured these decorative and stylish scallops, they were included on the prototype Virage, as seen on the front cover of "Fast Lane" magazine November 1988. However prior to its release and official unveilling at the 1988 Birmingham Motor Show it was decided the scallops should not be included, possibly for fear of there being too many similarities between the Virage and the upcoming Aston Martin Vantage- which was released in 1993, and offered the buyer a higher specification car. Whilst at Aston Martin, Shaun worked in Production Engineering for the Virage, and Virage Volante, and so had knowledge of the scalloped design. With access to the original Buck, we were able to succesfully recreate this stylish design feature.View Project
V8 Reengineered Front Spoiler Moulding
Due to the difficulties we have experienced ourselves in firstly obtaining the correct front valance/spoiler for a V8, and secondly in achieving an acceptable fit, we have carried out an exercise to remanufacture this part making some adjustments to improve the fit. The first product of this exercise is our own version of Aston Martin Lagonda Part Number; 88-22474, ASR Part Number; P78-9595. This part has the "pods" for the front side lightd/indicators moulded in and is the type that means you do not need to have a "cut away" front bumper.
There have been many variations of the V8 Front spoiler over the years, with the original featuring the indicator lights set back and requiring the bumper to have two sections cut out to accomodate these lights. Over time the indicator lights have gradually made their way forward and on the most recent version of the spoiler the bumper does not require modification.
We are seeing an increase in people restoring their cars to reflect as close to the original version of their car (particularly the V8's at the moment) which may require changing the front spoiler, if that's you, please don't hesitate to get in touch to discuss your requirements.View Project
Aston Martin DB4
This beautiful Aston Martin DB4 left us recently to continue her restoration journey. She had been with us for some time, requiring extensive work to bring her back to her former glory!View Project
Hillman Aero Minx
We have recently completed a number of small works on this wonderful little car! As you can see we made and fitted the front and rear cycle wings, we also completed work on this fantastic vented bonnet that you can see, along with a few other small jobs including some work on the doors and the front bumper.
This car is based on to the 1936 Hillman Aero Minx Streamliner which was an upgrade on the Hillman Minx and designed in 1933. Whilst not considered a particularly fast racer, this type of car was often bought by amateur racers wishing to compete in national trials and competitions.
I know there are two workshop doggies that will certainly miss this car!View Project
Aston Martin DBS
We completed extensive repairs and body work on this DBS as unfortunately there was more work required than we first anticipated. Both the front and rear end were repaired by us and the bonnet too was worked on. We were able to repair some structural chassis damage. Overall this car was with us for some time but worth the work required.
You can view more photos in our gallery here.View Project
Aston Martin V8
We completed various pieces of body work on this V8 for customer - Andy Stephen. We sharpened up some lines, correted the fit of the bumpers and completed some other repairs, the main work was filling in the sunroof. We also made rails to go in the roof and a new headlining panel for inside of the roof.
Aston Martin V8 Volante
This car came to us originally for replacement sills, however required slightly more work than anticipated by the owner and us, including replacement floors and boot floor and work required to the doors, you can view more photos in our gallery here
You can also read this customer's review of our work hereView Project
Oscar India Bonnet
We fabricated from flat sheet a new Oscar India Bonnet skin by delaminated the original bonnet, and reusing the original bonnet frame.View Project
Aston Martin DB4 Series V Festalozzi
This DB4 Vantage 'Festalozzi' is named after its original purchaser, Professor Festalozzi, who had the car delivered new by the Swiss Aston Martin agent. On this particular car we fabricated a new front and rear end.View Project
Introducing "Bob" an Aston Martin DBS requiring a lot of love and restoration. The owner has kindly given us permission to share Bob's journey to restoration. We will continue to update this project with photographs and information regarding the ongoing work Bob reqires, but for now, here you can see the poor state of some of the original panels, it would appear that this car has been in an accident at some point in time and most of the exterior panels require some repair and reinforcement.
As we know, Bob requires a lot of TLC, and sometimes in whole car restorations, knowing where to start proves difficult. One area we have started to work on is repairing the rear wheel arches, as you can see from the photographs, and also completely replacing the B Post panels. We manufacture a wide range of DBS parts, which you are able to view here including front and rear B Post Panels, together with the reinforcings, and B Post repair panels front and rear (only rear pictured). If you are undertaking a restoration and require parts or advice, don't hesitate to contact us.
With a whole car restoration such as this, sometimes it seems that whilst the work on one area may take many hours, it doesn't seem to make much difference to the overall appearance of the car, until all of a sudden you can see it beginning to take shape. As you can see from the new photographs added, we have replaced the inner sills as the originls were beyond repair, and for structural security repair isn't always the best option. Together with new front and rear floors and some general repairs and tidy up of the main chassis leg, the work is coming along nicely and we can start to see some real changes since first receiving the car.
It was clear from the beginning that Bob had been involved in a sizeable accident at some point in its lifetime and so a large amount of repair was required, and as you can imagine, the front end of a DBS has an awful lot of parts involved! In order to undertake the work required, the inner wheel arches were removed, as were the engine compatment side panel, which were ultimatey replaced. There was damage to the original engine mounting panels and blocks as you can see in the photograph and so these were relaced on both sides, this unfortunately seems to be a reoccuring repair required in DBS restoration, as this is not the first time we have come across it. As such we do manufacture these parts if you find yourself in a similar position. On one side, as you can see, the angled rail front extensions and anti roll bar mounting were replaced due to sustained damage and new servo mounting brackets were fitted.
Bob has required a sizeable amount of work to the front end, which is not surprising when you look at the original panels! We have been busy making and fitting new bonet landing panels for both the front and side, which aid in building the shape of the front of the car, and once secured will allow for work to commence on the bonnet. The front end/ headlamp panel, which comprises of many smaller sections including top hat sections, headlamp mounting brackets etc which all contribute to the instantly recognisable DBS front end have been completely replaced. We do manufacture and sell the bonnet landing panels which you can view here if you re undertaking your own DBS restoration project, along with the majority of the parts we have replaced on Bob.
Bob is about to undergo a sizeable milestone in his restoration, which hopefully we'll be able to share with you the other side of the New Year. However for now work has continued on Bob, and still focussing on the front end, these photographs show a complete replacment of the footwell gusset to the right hand side of the car, the left only required minor repair in comparison. As you can see from some of the previous photos, the footwell gusset is located on the upper section of the chassis and provides support and structure to the car. We do sell Footwell Gussets, which you can view in our "Parts" section of the website.
Happy New Year! As you can see from the new photographs, Bob has both bonnet side landing panels fitted and fixed in place, and is patiently awaiting the ever important bonnet. The front wheel arches on both sides have also been welded in place and the front end is far more structurally sound than when he first arrived. All of the work completed on Bob so far, including the replacement sills, B post structure and various parts repaired and replaced within the front end/headlamp panel are finally coming together and we can see real progress in this whole car restoration.
Its been a little while since we last checked in on the restoration of Bob the DBS, and while this documentation of his restorative journey has predominantly focussed on the front end, we have also been busy repairing and replacing the rear of the car too. As you can see, when Bob came to us, the rear boot panel was split and pretty rusty, and so this has been replaced with a new one, as has his battery tray, which now sits upon a new boot side panel, and a complete new boot floor too. You can find all these components in our "Parts" section here.
We featured the repair of the "B Posts" a while back, where we also undertook repairing the rear wheel arches, as you can see it required some extensive structural repairs. While we stock a large range of Parts for the Aston Martin DBS, we do not manufacture many of the rear wheel arch parts, this is mainly because experience tells us, most of the time a little localised repair is all thats required (this is beneficial for us, as it is particularly difficult, in comparison to the front arches, to completely remove the rear wheel arches and replace with new!)
Bob is booked into be sandblasted and powdercoated soon so it has been all hands on deck these last few weeks to get him ready. You can see in the new photos added below that we've been busy on last minute welding and final touches to the chassis work, we have a roll over jig that we have used whilst working on Bob to allow slightly easier access to some of the more difficult to work on parts. We unfortunately don't have the facilities to sandblast or powder coat at our workshop but we are happy to give our recommendations if you're in need of a similar service. We can't wait to see how he looks afterwards and will be sure to take plenty of photos.
Its been a couple of months since we last checked in on Bob's restoration progress and as promised here are the photos of him post sandblasting and powder coating, this is a very important and significant stage of the restoration journey as it marks the finish of the structural chassis work. He has already been sandblasted once before at the begining of the chassis repairs, so this is classed as as reblast. This initial sandblast allowed us to see the full extent of the work required, and any damage that may have been masked by underseal etc.
Sandblasting and powder coating are two separate processes in which blasting the steelwork work removes any dirt, remaining paint or surface rust etc, it also gives an ideal surface for the immediate application of the protective powder coating, a happy concequence is the sandblasting and satin black powder paint give a nice uniform appearance to the chassis. It makes a huge impact to the overall appearance of the base chassis work to have this step completed and means that focus can start to shift towards the more cosmetic panel work, the next challenge being where to begin! You can see from some of the early photos in Bob's restoration that unfortunately there is not much original panel work, particularly the Front End, that can be saved due to sustained damage in his litetime.
As you have seen from the photos of the original panel work, and as we've previously mentioned, the front end in particular was beyond saving due to damage previously sustained and repaired. So we have had to form a new lower front valance, this particular part is known by a few names such as the "Chin Panel" or even the "Shark Mouth" given due to its unique and recognisable shape. As you can see from the latest photos the newly constructed panel has a much more polished finish than the original! While this panel is not currently listed in our Available Parts , it is something we can make so please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need one.
What a difference a brand new front end makes! Bob's front end, which we've featured heavily, is nearing completion, the grille will need fitting and some work to the bottom to ensure correct fitting, however he looks in much better shape, and as you can see the "chin panel" we previously mentioned fits beautifully. It feels like with a restoration the do list gets longer rather than shorter, but I think we're finally getting there with Bob's front end!
Work has begun on Bob's rear end, and as with the front end, there are some parts that can be repaired, and some parts that can not. These may need to be completely replaced with a new part, especially if structure or strength has been compromised, or may become compromised if the entire part is not replaced in one go. As you can see from the photos, the rear end looked pretty bashed about, but actually bashing it was part of the solution! Shown in the progress photos is Shaun using a hammer and flatter to smooth out the line along the edge of the rear end, this line will eventually sit flush with the boot lid so its very important that its as smooth as possible! On our facebook is a video of this process for you to view if your interested.
Update: A slightly different aspect of Bob's journey that has been ongoing, is the restoration of the engine. The engine Bob has is a 6 cylinder engine and as you can see from the photos it is a huge piece of machinery that had to be moved very carefully, everyone had their concentration faces on that day. We are only responsible for the restoration of Bob's body work, so the engine had to go elsewhere to be worked on, but it was important that it came back to us, as at some stage it will be fitted into the car and we will need to ensure all the supporting structures are in place and doing their jobs properly, we wouldn't want this falling or moving out of place. As you can see from the photos the engine was in a pretty dire state prior to restoration, it now looks much better, and fingers crossed we'll get to hear it in action soon.View Project