restoration of Sunbeam Talbots and Rootes
Since 1978 and for the last 25 years we have been involved in the ownership and restoration of these cars.As mentioned we have been responsible for the constant flow of Alpines, Saloons and Coupe-s through the workshop restored to a very high standard. Of course we under take full or part restorations and refurbishment on all models and makes of cars.Most of the Sunbeam Talbots by now will benefit from a chassis up restoration and this is the most cost effective approach if a little more expensive initially but it dös sort out all the problems improving long term reliability and stabilize the whole cars condition. With the body off approach, where appropriate, we have the bodyshell and panels blast cleaned by a specialist in this type of work. It is primed ready for repair and most non-structural repairs are done whilst the bodyshell is off.The main structure is refitted and realigned with all the panels, grille etc. and checked for dimensions and fit, braced accordingly and is then repaired to meet the original method of construction. The body is then either removed to paint or completed in situ. Rust proofing is then carried out after painting. Whilst the shell is off the chassis is stripped, blast cleaned and any repairs carried out, then hot zinc sprayed. After this a process of priming and a durable top coat is applied, then the chassis is rust proofedMost of the cars by now will require a new wiring loom and represent a serious fire hazard, the new loom is put in at this stage. As parts are replaced they are either reconditioned or renewed as required. This approach we have is the backbone of reliability and preservation, compared to a just patch it up and keep it going ideal is false economy. It invariably costs more and just puts off the inevitable rebuild at the current costs of labour and parts. Of course our approach is not the cheapest but we feel it offers better VALUE longterm.