Once we have an 'as new' shell painted in the colour of choice, it is time to consider the spec of the rebuild stage. At this stage we discus with clients how far they would like to go with refurbishment and replacement which often comes down to budget. We ALWAYS recommend replacing rubber seals, 40+ year old wiring looms and brake systems. After investing so much into restoring the shell back to it's former glory, it makes little sense to refit old brake systems and wiring looms due to the risk of brake failure and/or electrical faults. Cosmetic items such as body chrome/trim and bumpers can also be stripped, re-chromed and rebuilt at this stage. We ALWAYS clean and re lubricate door mechanisms and latches so they shut with that satisfying 'click'.
Engine and Gearbox
Whilst it is not always necessary, at this point it is a good opportunity to have the engine and gearbox rebuilt. We work closely with very experienced engine and gearbox specialists to provide reliable rebuilds with a 12 month/12,000 mile warranty. It is also a good opportunity to upgrade items for extra power and improved cruising speeds.
With the suspension stripped off of the shell, we can split it down to component form and refurbish all the individual items. In the image above, we have had the suspension arms and brake backing plates media blasted and powder coated. We have then replace all wheel bearings and bushes meaning the suspension arms are now as good as when they left the factory. Not only will the underside of the vehicle look as good as the outside, it will drive like a brand new car too.
At CCR, we like to drive our classics as much as possible, but understand 50 year old technology can be a big change from driving your every day car. That's why we believe that if you can improve upon an old design and make your classic car more enjoyable, you should! In the above image, we have replaced the 45 year old torsion beam suspension with a modern wishbone equivalent and replaced the old, tired steering box with a modern steering rack. This modification made the drive of the VW T2 much more comfortable and the steering as light as a modern vehicle.
With the bodywork looking like brand new, and the chrome work nice and shiny, the wheels will more than likely need to be brought up to standard. In the picture below we have split these 3 piece Porsche wheels and refurbished each individual component separately. The barrels were powder coated, centers repainted to a high gloss finish and the outer rims re-polished.