|The full restoration of classic cars involves without a doubt the supreme discipline of body work as well as all other departments in our company. Only the skillful interaction of all participants guarantees the perfect result at the end.
The initial situation for full restoration is often the same. Whether for reasons of long-term value conservation, increasing the value, or other intangible motives, the car to be worked on will be returned to the condition it was in at the time of delivery to the original owner. Authenticity and love of detail have the highest priority here.
We offer many years of experience in the area of restoring classic cars and the skilled craftsmanship needed, as well as an understanding of the history of these special cars so that we can guarantee professional execution. The many projects successfully completed by us and the resulting satisfied customers are the best evidence of this.
The main distinguishing feature of a full restoration is the fact that the car is disassembled down to the last screw in order to completely rebuild it after the body is repaired. In so doing, each individual part is viewed and then a decision is made as to whether it can be reworked or must be replaced. Parts that are to be replaced and are no longer available on the market have to be rebuilt by hand. This extensive process always occurs in coordination with the customer and is continuously documented.
The normal process for a full restoration generally takes place for us according to the following scheme:
- Retrieval of the car from you, or you deliver it to us
- Determine the actual condition, in the best case scenario while you are present, and determine the restoration objective
- Disassemble the car component by component
- View, catalog, and store the individual parts
- Start the component-related reconditioning or order new parts
- Start of any needed engine or transmission overhaul work
- Completely strip all paint from the body
- Start the rust repairs and welding on the body and framework parts on the rotisserie
- Complete leather or upholstery work, parts are transferred to external companies, like bumpers for rechroming
- Repair mechanical functions, like door locks, window levers, convertible cover mechanisms, or braking systems
- View and repair electrical systems
- After the welding work is completed and the adjustments are made to the body parts, the paint prepping starts. This consists of tinning, minor filling work and body sealing, which is then followed by application and the sanding the various coats of primer
- After the paint prepping is done, the vehicle can be painted
- Completion of frame and chassis components
- After the painting is completed, the final assembly can be started
- All commissioned third-party work should now be completed as well
- Completion of the final assembly, all functional test are completed, and the now-flawless car is delivered to the customer
|Of course, the list above is not complete, but it can be used as a general overview of the work that needs to be done. As is so often the case, with classic car restoration the devil is in the details. Unavoidable small details are therefore very often responsible for time delays or frustrating additional effort.
But in the end, only one thing counts: a perfectly restored car in which you, your environment and your successors can take great pleasure.
Because the topic of restoring classic cars is very extensive, we are available to you at any time for a personal discussion of your project.