General Rust Repair Specialists

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by DeviateDefiant, Monday 12th Jan, 2015.

  1. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Thought I'd start this discussion as it's something I'm going to have to tackle later down the line with my Type-R, though not for a few weeks at least yet.

    So I need numerous bits of cutting, welding and sealing to do throughout the car including:
    • Front chassis sub-frame mount points.
    • Boot floor/spare wheel well.
    • Firewall/bulkhead.
    • Likely massive rust issues behind the wings.
    While cost is a concern given the size of the job, what is most important to me is getting all major rusted metal replaced, all minor rust patches neutralised and finally the whole car sealed - professionally. I'm still yet to do a complete inspection removing body panels.

    Suggestions?
     
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  2. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    What you want to find are one man band outfits who restore classic cars as they will have the skills to do it.All major bookshops will refuse to take on work like this and their charges will be prohibitive.
     
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  3. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    I agree with that sentiment entirely, an outfit I can just say to - here's a weeks work, go nuts and they'll give their all to it.
     
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  4. Harvey Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    there is a restorer of classic MG's in Rhostyllen near Wrexham, I don't know what their work is like but that is the sort of thing your after I think.
     
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  5. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    take it to the states and let gas monkeys do it. have you seen it on sky? lol yeh classic car re-storers are your best bet. either way won't be cheep, you are going to get what you pay for in the end. so it depends on what level of job you want carrying out as to what price you agree with the coach builders. inspect and take pictures yourself, removing the front wings, bumpers and body kit. whatever you can remove within reason. once off the road it may be advisable to even strip down to shell and transport on a low loader. that may or may not reduce the cost so worth talking through with the restorer first.
     
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  6. Nighthawk Guest

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    As I have already mentioned a few times, its like a cancer, so the better the job, the better the car will stay on the road. If it is restored properly, there is no reason it won't stay on the road for another 20 years. As soon as your CL9 is back on the road mate, you need to get that rust sorted before it gets any worse.

    I agree with the sentiments of using a classic restoration company. Mainstream body shops just want to get cars in and out as quickly as possible. Classic restoration companies take time and pride in their projects, and whilst it may take a few weeks longer, you know it will have been done with pride to the best of their ability rather than, just get this car out so we can get another one in.

    Something like this from a quick google search - check out their pictures, if they can do this to 50 year old cars, your one should be a breeze

    Classic Car Restoration | Vintage Car Restoration Specialists in the UK
     
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  7. Harvey Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Shropshire Bodywork - coachbuilders.co.uk this is something I found on the interballs as well, just to add some more, not all are body specialist and some are commercial truck bodies, but its worth scouting about.
     
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  9. Pottermus Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    It's a shame you're not up in Liverpool still. I've a good friend who runs a bodyshop there.
     
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  10. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    I'm thinking classic car restorers are the way to go as it stands, while it may be pricey - they're used to taking pride in their work at the least. I'll start getting in touch with them in a couple of weeks, I hear what you're saying about getting it stripped down @Beefy - reckon I'll start by getting prices in and trying to negotiate down with providing things ready stripped.

    @Pottermus - I'm not out of Liverpool yet, I'll be back up there for at least a few weeks, maybe longer - will be going up soon as the ATR is out.
     
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  11. Pottermus Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    I'll speak to you about it when I see you next. The last car I saw my mate do was a DB9, so that gives you an idea of his standard.

    I know him through the Ford club so I've seen quite a bit of his work
     
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  12. DeviateDefiant Co-Founder Staff Team

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    Thanks man, sounds like a good place to start.
     
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  13. Beefy Expert Advisor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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    I think I may know this gentleman you refer to @Pottermus top bloke.
     
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  14. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Is this who I am think its is he works at Bentley with the nice Landy?
     
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  15. Pottermus Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    He doesn't work for Bentley, he runs his own place. He does have a nice Landy though (amongst other nice cars).
     
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  16. Ichiban Founder Staff Team

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    Last time I met him at Tatton did he work there then? Leo you will be safe there mate.
     
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  17. Pottermus Valued Contributor ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Nah, he's always had his own place. Geoff, the other scouser works at Bentley.
     
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