Since 1978 and for the last 25 years we have been involved in the ownership and restoration of these cars.
As mentioned we have been responsible for the constant flow of Alpines, Saloons and Coupe`s through the workshop
restored to a very high standard. Of course we under take full or part restorations and refurbishment on all models and makes
Most of the Sunbeam Talbots by now will benefit from a chassis up restoration
and this is the most cost effective approach if a little more expensive initially but it does sort out all the problems improving
long term reliability and stabilize the whole cars condition. With the body off approach, where appropriate, we have the bodyshell
and panels blast cleaned by a specialist in this type of work. It is primed ready for repair and most non-structural repairs
are done whilst the bodyshell is off.
The main structure is refitted and realigned with
all the panels, grille etc. and checked for dimensions and fit, braced accordingly and is then repaired to meet the original
method of construction. The body is then either removed to paint or completed in situ. Rust proofing is then carried out after
painting. Whilst the shell is off the chassis is stripped, blast cleaned and any repairs carried out, then hot zinc
sprayed. After this a process of priming and a durable top coat is applied, then the chassis is rust proofed
Most of the cars by now will require a new wiring loom and represent a serious fire hazard, the new loom is put
in at this stage. As parts are replaced they are either reconditioned or renewed as required. This approach we have is
the backbone of reliability and preservation, compared to a " just patch it up and keep it going" ideal is
false economy. It invariably costs more and just puts off the inevitable rebuild at the current costs of labour and parts.
Of course our approach is not the cheapest but we feel it offers better value longterm.
We can also offer a paintwork and full re-trimming service to customers and where possible with modern pigments we strive
to match the original paintwork colours. With our re-trimming service we use Connolly leather as its quality can be relied
upon, and the best quality carpet and materials are used throughout.