Prior to every restoration, the car is very carefully inspected. Everything is documented before and during the strip down procedure. Each component is assessed, carefully labelled and stored.
Following the strip down procedure, paint is then carefully removed by media blasting or chemical cleaning. The body can then be fully assessed for corrosion, accident damage and previous repairs.
The body is then jig mounted whilst the necessary repairs are carried out to ensure correct alignment and excellent panel fit. Door rubbers and exterior trim are fitted to the body-shell during reshaping and panel gaping to ensure the perfect result.
We are fully equipped to carry out work on all types of car body construction including those built from wood, aluminium, GRP. Whilst paying particular attention to originality and detail in using both traditional and modern materials.
Restorations are often judged on panel fit and the quality of paint finish. Here at Pitt Lane, we pride ourselves on a concourse quality finish achieved in our low bake oven. After careful de-greasing an epoxy primer is applied. We then use a high build polyester filler which is carefully blocked to ensure a flat finish. Next we use a Spray filler primer and re-block to gain the perfect result, then a high build primer blocked / flatted down and the final top coat. This could be a traditional cellulose or a quality solvent based paint or if required a water based paint. It is carefully machine polished to the desired finish.
All mechanical components are stripped assessed, overhauled, and carefully rebuilt. Engines are rebuilt to either standard or upgraded specification depending on the customers’ requirements.
Many other mechanical upgrades are available.
Our restorations use new or bespoke wiring looms and, if required incorporating modern connections and upgraded fuses and relays. Charging systems and starter motors can also be upgraded. Lighting systems are often improved by introducing halogen and LED lighting.
The same level of craftsmanship is applied to our concourse standard interior trim. We work with leather, wood, fabric and carpet. We can even incorporate upgrades such as improved seating and inertia reel seat belts.
All vehicles are given a dry weather only road test and shake down. Once we are happy with all aspects of performance and final fettling, an optional rolling road set up is available if required.