Thursday, 30 August 2012

Mini Moke full restoration

An icon from the swinging sixties. Restoration is just being with the integrity of the chassis being investigated. Watch this blog for further updates.

The Mini Moke chassis restoration begins

The reality in '60s London. Picture copyright Car magazine.

Removing underseal prior to sensitive "blasting" and restoring an Aston Martin DB6 chassis

Restoring a chassis as complex as one from an Aston Martin DB6 demands a range of skills and a sensitivity to the existing structure that is often missed.

Aston Martin DB4 chassis - Similar to DB6
The word "blasting" is often used for the removal of rust from a sound metal structure. However, the method we use makes this word a misnomer as it is much more gentle.

Jaguar E-Type Coupe full restoration

What more can be said? Another E-Type gets the full Mitchell Motors restoration treatment.

Notice bespoke roto to enable easier access to removing rust.

Jaguar E-Type coupe under restoration

Le Mans AC Ace from 1959 bare metal respray

All classic cars have a story. It could be simply running to the shops for the last sixty years, or of more historical significance like the AC Ace we were entrusted to conduct a bare metal respray on. This AC Ace won its class at Le Mans in 1959 and its foibles and idiosyncracies needed to be preserved.

Once again the use of our high technology equipment was combined with traditional methods of working to produce an end result that preserved and enhanced this period racing car and became in turn a part of its history.  

AC Ace - Le Mans 1959
Ac Ace - Mitchell Motors spray booth 2012

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

De Tomaso Vallelunga prototype featured in Classic & Sportscar magazine

The De Tomaso Vallelunga only ran to 53 cars plus a convertible...or spider as it was termed. We were privileged to extensively restore the prototype and the car post restoration was featured in Classic & Sportscar magazine.

De Tomaso Vallelunga
The full article can be found here and includes details of the restoration work we carried out.

Friday, 17 August 2012

MG PA Supercharged with Rolls Royce Phantom II painted and restored

David and Goliath. Little and large. Two totally different cars recently repainted and restored to a common high standard by Mitchell Motors.
Rolls-Royce advert from 1930. Mitchell Motors aim to bring
 back the grandeur to wonderful cars whatever their size

Rolls-Royce Phantom II and MG PA Supercharged

Bristol 100 series 6 cylinder 2 litre engine

Bristol 100 series 6 cylinder 2 litre engine

Alfa Romeo Guilia Sprint GT before and after blasting with plastic media

Alfa Romeo Guilia Sprint GT - Wings removed and ready for paint removal

Alfa Romeo bodyshell AFTER plastic media blasting and PRIOR to primer stage
Plastic media blasting - The sensitive way to remove paint from your pride and joy
As the pictures above show, plastic media blasting finished off with a light grit etching produces a surface devoid of paint but in a sensitive way that does not destroy car bodywork like other methods, or leave behind chemical residue that can appear at a later date ruining a restoration.

The finish left is so good that it looks like the car has been primed, but it was not at this stage.
If you need this kind of work carrying out on your car, then please let us know.