The Aston Martin Restoration process
Whether it is minor refurbishment or a major back to basics reconstruction of a once derelict and forlorn car, the process of a restoration still contains the 4 basic elements. These are:
Much the same applies to engines and other systems. There are no shortcuts, only bad assumptions.
We at Aston Workshop are proud of the team we have assembled, the new and old technologies we have mastered and the state of the art tools and manufacturing facilities we employ. These we describe.
Above all, it takes team work, for access is perforce limited and the numbers working on an owner’s car therefore needs to be well managed to achieve the optimal outcome. These skills we illustrate.
Whether a major restoration or an engine rebuild, the acceptance of the car is only complete when it is handed over spotless, well polished, and with a completed historical record of everything that that has been undertaken.
Scoping and Defining the Restoration Key issues to consider in planning and executing a restoration When and over what overall timescale do I want this restoration to take place – is this a long term project or do we have an end date in mind, say a holiday or show date. Do I want to embark on a restoration to achieve a desired overall quality or am I going to set a budget[more...]
Introduction We have a fully painted body shell, suspension in pieces but with all new components ready to fit, an engine close to completion and a fully overhauled transmission. We have assembled all new or reconditioned brake components and we have a full inventory of wiring looms, instruments and trim ready to fit. We are now ready to start assembly. It would be shame if during assembly, we[more...]
Commissioning and Test Why systems have to be bedded in – When any mechanical system has been dismantled and new parts installed, each element of that system needs to bed in with its associated components before it is free, easy and will function as it has been designed to do. Typical examples are overhauled engines, braking systems, transmissions and steering boxes. They will often[more...]