When your vehicle first enters our workshop we take a little time to assess the vehicle and the condition it is in. Once we have done this we can start a full strip down of the vehicle. This is not a simple case of ripping apart the shell but actually a very delicate and time consuming process. We take our time to remove every part as carefully as possible without damaging clips, screws or trims. Every single part is carefully packaged and catalogued so if we need the part at any point throughout the restoration it is easily located. Not only that, we take notes of any parts that require refurbishment or replacement so this does not hold us up during the rebuild stage. Finally, we take pictures of any complex mechanisms or wiring loom routing to ensure every last piece goes back as the factory intended.
Once every last nut and bolt has been stripped from the body shell we carefully asses the extent of the rust. At this stage, if there is considerable rust, we sometimes chose to weld in braces to stiffen the shell before it goes off to the blasters to stop the body twisting out of shape. Prior to blasting we also remove any rusty body panes so inner panel work can be blasted and cleaned. Finally, once all checks have been made, re remove all seam sealed and under seal so the media blaster can made sure that all areas are taken right back to bare metal
We will cover the next process under the bare-metalling page but once the above processes have been completed the vehicle is loaded up for transport to our media blaster who has years of experience in blasting all kinds of materials, from delicate glass to million pound classic cars.