The restoration process

  • STAGE 1: Inspection and Report
    Stage 1
    This initial stage enables us to carry out a complete inspection and report. It entails a detailed inspection of the chassis condition, aluminium panels, originality and missing parts. If possible, an extended road test also takes place to ascertain gearbox and axle viability, along with engine performance.

    Once this information is collated, a detailed and accurate job specification will be agreed upon, allowing us to compile a detailed provisional estimate. With modern day practices and materials, the finished product can far exceed original standards.

    You might even want to complement your car with some of our exclusive upgrades such as our handling kit, engine modifications or air conditioning.

  • STAGE 2: The Strip
    Stage 2
    As soon as our initial assessment is complete, we undertake the process of dismantling every mechanical and body component, categorizing them for refurbishment or replacement.

    The major components – engine, gearbox and rear axle – are also dismantled, enabling us to fully evaluate their condition. At this point, a final estimate can be provided along with a timescale plan.
  • STAGE 3: Remove Panel Work and Shot Blast Chassis
    Stage 3
    Once stripped, the aluminium front and rear body panels are carefully removed from the steel chassis. The steel chassis is then shot blasted to remove the old under-body sealer, exposing any corrosion.
  • STAGE 4: Repair Chassis and Stove Enamel
    Stage 4
    Once the corrosion is removed, new replacement sections are fabricated on site and welded in place. As the value of these cars is steadily increasing, it is important to keep all repairs looking completely original whilst matching the original welding techniques. Once complete, the repaired chassis is stove enameled to ensure the best possible rust protection for years to come.
  • STAGE 5a: Refurbish and Refit Panel Work
    Stage 5
    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.
  • STAGE 5b: Refurbish and Refit Panel Work
    Stage 6
    Each panel is carefully assessed, and then either repaired or replaced depending on the condition. The aluminium front and rear panels are refitted, with the door fits, bonnet and boot gaps being set, and a full body-fitting pre-fit taking place.
  • STAGE 6: Prepare and Paint Body
    Stage 7
    The body shell 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 we are able to re-produce any original factory colour. Our dedicated bodyshop team use the latest products and techniques to ensure a finish of the highest standard.
  • STAGE 7: Initial Fitting out Stage and Mechanical Build
    Stage 8
    All of the refurbished and new body fittings are installed, and the re-chromed bumpers and doorframes being positioned and adjusted.
    Complete electrical systems are installed 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, as well as the front and rear screens.

    The mechanical build is then carried out, with the synchronized refurbishment of the key components vital to ensure a cohesive rebuild framework. The key stages are:
    • Powder-coated front suspension rebuilt with new components and overhauled rear axle installation
    • Braking system installed, including master cylinders, servos, pipework, pedal gear, discs and calipers
    • Fuel system, pipework and tank fitted
    • Full engine bay refit, allowing the rebuilt engine and overhauled gearbox to be installed
    • 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.
  • STAGE 8: Final stage and Finish
    Stage 9
    Now we have a fully rebuilt, repainted and re-trimmed car, the final test drive and inspection is crucial to ensure that every aspect of the work has been completed to our own exacting standards. Not only is it vitally important to us at Aston Engineering that every one of our restorations is cosmetically perfect, but it is also important that they drive and perform just as well. With extensive quality control measures in place and the drive to achieve perfection, our meticulous attention to detail, coupled with our experience and expertise, ensures we hit the target every time.