Before any restoration work begins we document the entire vehicle with photographs and notations. These photos are then uploaded to a customers internet web page. We do a thorough inspection of the frame and all the sheet metal. We look at each of the panels gaps and how they line up with the adjacent panels. We also look for any prior damage from rust or a collision and inspect for prior repairs, parts that have been changed and document any alterations that have been done to the vehicle.
Before disassembly, damaged panels or panels that appear to fit poorly are addressed. We first work to get all of the gaps aligned and each panel properly shimmed.
We then completely disassemble the vehicle down to the frame. During disassembly, documentation continues and salvageable parts are itemized and inventoried. The actual time spent on a vehicle, the parts and materials purchased for each project are recorded and are part of the invoice released to the customer each and every month.
All body parts are stripped of the paint, fillers and rust corrosion. We media blast the body and chassis, sometimes we will chemically strip a panel, other times we will sand to strip. If panels are not salvageable we will fabricate one if replacement panels are not available from any of our trusted sources. We also check that each panel has good structural integrity and will endure the test of time.
Salvagable powertrain and chassis component are completely disassembled, cleaned, inspected and reassembled with new OEM parts when available. Upgrades to components can also be done to provide better performance and reliability.
Engines can be rebuilt, replaced and upgraded, coyote hemi and LS swaps are some options that customers often consider.
The replacement of all interior components like door panels, seats, center consoles, arm rests, windows and frames, sun visors and mirrors, headliners, dash pads, carpeting for the floor all come from either quality reproduction kits or through a custom upholstery makers. The replacement materials can be an almost exact authentic reproductions of the original.
Vehicle chassis harnesses can be replaced if they are available, we can fabricate and repair any wiring damage, and retrofit a Painless performance or Kwikwire wiring harnessess.
After all metal repairs and we have stripped the vehicle down we cover all metal with 2 coats of an epoxy primer. We then begin a detailed process of sanding, leveling, priming, and then finally applying a PPG basecoat/clearcoat finish. There are dozens of steps that the paint shop goes through to make sure the body appearance is perfect.