In my last post, I explained that Ol’ School Garage would now be focusing on full, bare-metal restorations. So, what is a full, bare-metal restoration?
I should begin by saying that I use the word ‘restoration’ rather loosely. Our restorations often involve considerable fabrication work to accommodate an upgraded drivetrain, larger diameter wheels, a lower stance, etc. At the very least, our customer’s want more power from the original engine and upgraded suspension and brakes for a better driving experience. The term ‘resto-mod’ has been coined to describe this process (i.e. a restoration incorporating modifications).
To qualify as a ‘bare-metal’ restoration, we believe the restoration process must start with the car being completely disassembled. Once stripped, a specialist automotive media blaster removes all old paint and surface rust from the body, panels and parts. Removing all old paint product and surface rust is the only way to guarantee the integrity of the new paint. In addition, it is only when the car is in bare metal that all accident and rust damage be identified.
We consider a ‘full’ restoration as one where all parts and systems are reconditioned or replaced. This includes accident and rust repairs, new paint, rebuilding or replacing the engine, transmission and balance of drivetrain, rewiring the car, reconditioning or replacing brakes, suspension and steering components, re-trimming the interior, reconditioning, re-chroming or replacing stainless trim and bumpers, etc, etc.
The objective of a full, bare-metal restoration is to restore and modify the car so that it looks like new and performs and functions better than it did when it first left the factory.
I have included some photos of some typical tasks we would undertake as part of a full, bare metal restoration.