1964 Aston Martin DB5 Black Pearl Restoration
This Aston Martin DB5 came to us as an abandoned project. The new owner of the car kindly entrusted us to carry out the restoration to concours condition.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. Prepare and paint body
The bodyshell is meticulously prepared for the paintwork using the latest products to ensure a finish of the highest standard. We have the technology available to match any colour, or to re-produce any original factory colour.
5. Rebuild Engine
Having been chemically cleaned and pressure washed, the engine is completely stripped, and all components are thoroughly inspected. The cylinder block and head are vapour blasted, whilst other items are re-plated, re-chromed or stove enamelled to achieve the required finish. The engine is then built to the customer’s unique specification.
Having an in-house dynamometer allows us to fully run-in, set-up and power test each engine to maximise performance, reliability and efficiency.
6. Fitting-out stage and mechanical build
All of the refurbished and new body fittings are installed, and the re-chromed bumpers and door frames are positioned and adjusted. Complete electrical systems are fitted with new or refurbished wiring harnesses and components.
A brief visit to our trim shop at this point takes place to install a new headlining of the customer’s choice, followed by the fitment of the front and rear screens. The mechanical build is then carried out, with the synchronised refurbishment internally of the key components, which is vital to ensure a cohesive rebuild framework.
The key stages are:
1) Powder-coated front suspension, rebuilt with new components and overhauled rear axle installation.
2) Braking system installed, including master cylinders, servos, pipework, pedal gear, discs and calipers.
3) Fuel system, pipework and tank fitted.
4) Full engine bay refit, allowing the rebuilt engine and overhauled gearbox to be installed.
5) Cooling and exhaust systems installed.
This stage culminates in a fully functional car, allowing the final visit to our trim shop. New Wilton carpets are handmade for the car, with all the leather replaced by craftsmen with over 30 years’ experience of Aston Martin trim work.
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Gary Williams - Workshop Manager
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