Classic car restoration process
Whether you are bringing your classic car to us for a simple tidy up, repaint or a full “nut and bolt” restoration – we give each job the same level of care and attention at NJ Restorations Ltd.
Please Note: A full restoration can take from 12 to 18 months (or longer) depending on vehicle condition, parts availability, outsourcing services, etc. All work is fully documented and photographed throughout.
Whilst we are able to carry out the vast majority of the vehicle restoration at our workshop, we do outsource certain aspects to our network of trusted partners (For example – engine rebuilds, interior trimming, etc).
Below is a high-level summary of the full restoration process:
This is where we strip the car of all components, interior, exterior trim & all mechanical items. Once the car has been stripped, we will conduct a thorough assessment of the vehicle to determine the condition of the bodywork and which areas require attention. In addition to assessing the body & mechanicals, we will assess all other components to determine which components can be re-fitted to the car and which require refurbishment or replacing.
Bodyshell – Paint strip
Depending on the construction of the body, we will strip all of the paint using the correct method – whether it be a chemical stripping process or media blasting.
Once the body shell has been fully stripped of all paint and filler it is then sprayed with an anti-corrosion primer before we carry out any necessary repairs, using repair panels where available. If a panel is unavailable, we will fabricate our own panels in-house.
Once the body shell has been fully repaired, the body is sprayed in primer to protect the shell and prepare it for paint. We also spray any exposed areas (underbody, wheelarches, underneath wings) with stonepaint for ultimate protection – this ensures the best possible prevention against rust and corrosion.
We are able to mix any number of paint colours up in-house, this gives our customers free rein to choose what colour they would like their classic car re-painted in.
Once the body and ‘loose panels’ (doors, wings, bonnet, boot) have been sprayed with several coats of colour we apply a clear coat (or lacquer) which as well as enhancing the new paint, protects the paint from chips, scratches & fade.
Once the paint process has been completed, we will usually install the wiring first (after thoroughly checking it & repairing/replacing where necessary). This is shortly followed by the fitting of all the major mechanical components such as steering, brakes, suspension & engine. Where required, we will either refurbish or replace any worn or damaged parts.
Once the mechanicals of the car have been fitted and tested, we fit the interior as per our customer’s requirements. As with the exterior, if any part of the interior requires attention we address this accordingly – whether it involves ordering new parts or arranging for the car to be re-trimmed by one of our trusted specialists.
We ensure that during each stage of the restoration process, extensive quality checks are carried out. This allows us to closely monitor the progress of your restoration project and we will not move onto the next stage until we are fully satisfied with the quality of work that has been carried out.
We have built up a reputation for quality, workmanship and attention to detail over the years and pride ourselves on customer satisfaction.
Final checks & delivery
Now that the car has been fully assembled, we carry out a series of comprehensive road tests to ensure that all aspects of the car are working as they should. This gives us a chance to carry out any final maintenance/adjustments. The MOT is also carried out if required.
From the moment they first turn the key, the owner can start enjoying their pride & joy for many years to come…
Visits & updates
Throughout the restoration process, we encourage customers to visit our workshop to see the progress on their car. We also send our customers images of progress during each stage of the project. In addition to this, we upload photographs of our current projects to our website, Facebook & Twitter.
With each project being different, if can often be difficult to give an exact timescale or delivery date. We work with our customers to find out if they have a particular date they are aiming for & provide a full estimate as to how long we think the project will take.
For more information on our restoration services or if you just want to talk to someone about a project, please contact us.