1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series 2 Restoration
1. INSPECT AND REPORT
This initial stage enables us to carry out a complete report of the vehicle. It entails a detailed inspection of the chassis, aluminium panels, originality and any missing parts. If roadworthy, we carry out an extended road test to ascertain engine, gearbox and axle condition.
Once our initial assessment is complete, we dismantle every mechanical and body component, categorising them for refurbishment or replacement. The major components (engine, gearbox and rear axle) are also dismantled, enabling us to fully evaluate their condition. At this point, a final estimate can be provided along with a timescale plan.
3. REMOVE PANELWORK AND SHOTBLAST CHASSIS
The aluminium front and rear body panels are now carefully separated from the steel chassis. The chassis is then shot blasted to remove the old under-body sealer and expose any corrosion.
4. Repair Chassis and Stove Enamel
Once the corrosion is removed, new replacement sections are fabricated on site and welded in place. This is done in such a way as to keep all repairs looking completely authentic, whilst matching original welding techniques. Finally the repaired chassis is stove enamelled to ensure the best possible rust protection for years to come.
5. REFURBISH AND REFIT PANEL WORK
The front and rear body sections, along with the bonnet, boot lid and doors, are chemically dipped to remove the old paintwork. This process is far more advantageous than the traditional method of paint stripping and sanding, which thins the aluminium. Each panel is carefully assessed, and then either repaired or replaced depending on condition. The aluminium front and rear panels are refitted, with the door fits, bonnet and boot gaps being set, followed by a full body fitting pre-fit.
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