Metalwork is the heart and soul of an good restoration shop. Our experts fabricate and repair body panels, interior pieces and any number of other parts for a project. That's because we know that no amount of body filler can hide bad work.
Many of the cars we work on have heavy rust damage, collision damage or old bad work. That's why we are proud to offer custom metal fabrication. Many of the vehicles we restore don't have replacement parts readily available. So our pros will make replacement parts from scratch. That can be anything from a new front end to a custom-fabricated heater box - like the one we just made for a 1961 Ferrari 250GT.Read about it below.
One of our top metal pros made this heater box for a Ferrari 250GT from scratch - matching perfectly another that we had as a model. We had to do this after we ran out of options finding a NOS replacement. This is a perfect example of the kind of work we do, and the standards that we live by when it comes to crafting restorations that truly honor these iconic cars.
We built a special metal cage to measure the body and check for imperfections.
We then used a laser to mark the body in square grids. By doing this it allowed us to see if the body was symmetrical.
We were then able to correct areas as necessary.
We found this tail light was originally built crooked.
The customer did not like that so we straightened the body part and made it look symmetrical with the other side of the car.
Here you can see the metal after it was adjusted and welded into place at the correct angle.
The taillight now aimed straight up instead of being angled to the right.
Once we replaced the inner rocker panels we created new outer rocker panel covers and welded them in place.
The welding was then finished and ready for the next step.
It was then ground smooth in preparation to be smoothed by a metal sander.
Small holes in the rocker panel were filled.
Then promptly finished with the metal sander.
This is the grill for the front of the car disassembled.
We metal finished each piece and then sent it out of state to be anodized as the factory did originally.
Once the grille was reassembled, we took the chrome off of the grille surround and exposed the brass so that we could metal finish and shape it prior to new chrome.
We had an area previous damage on the left front fender.
We cut out and made a new section to replace it.
The piece was then cut to match the area we cut out to replace.
We then welded the new piece in place.
We then metal finished it in so it looked like it was never replaced.
The bumpers on this car we're in bad condition and we had to remake entire sections.
All of the pieces for the bumpers were handmade and welded in house.
Most of the metal work was concluded and we put the car into an epoxy primer so it didn't rust while we were working on other areas.
This Barracuda had rust damage to the front fender. We started by creating the new piece on the English Wheel.
The piece was pinned to the body panel with Cleco fasteners to ensure the perfect fit.
The new panel was then tack welded into place.
The radius tool was then used to make sure the new piece was identical to the other intact fender.
After welding, the grinder was used to smooth out the welds.
Here, the repaired fender has been re-intalled.