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VH SS Commodore

The VH SS Commodore project is finished and ready for delivery to our customer. A few small parts (grille, bumpers and rear spoiler etc) still require painting however they will be completed as they are able to be fitted in around our daily work load. The car will mean time be delivered so the owner can refit the engine and interior etc while we are finishing the small parts.

The White and Black colour scheme looks crisp and fresh and we will post pictures once it is completely assembled.

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AutoRobot Chassis Alignment

At Brads we have an AutoRobot chassis alignment system which is a fast, jigging bed system supporting your vehicle entirely throughout the repair and alignment process.  Coupled with the AutoRobot 3D satellite measuring system, your car is returned to its original condition and tolerance to within a millimetre of the factory specifications.
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SprayPaint Professionals

Spray-Booth-GL1Our full downdraft GL1000 Spray & Bake Booth ensures that your vehicle’s paint is applied, cured & surgically cleaned during the full application process, reproducing a factory-quality finish.

Every paint job we do carries a 3 year minimum warranty.

Welding test

Recently I have sat and passed a trade welding test with a 100 % pass. This test has now been mandated as a compulsory requirement by the Collision Repair Association for those panel shops wanting to remain as Structural Repair Centre’s in future, however I understand that I am the only panel shop owner to have achieved this in Nelson and is an example of my personal commitment within our business.

Further to the welding test will be the requirement to have an inverter spot welder by June of 2009. We have allready bought this machine and are using it regularly in order to ensure that vehicles are repaired to exacting factory specification.

This has become increasingly important now with airbags, crumple zones and the prolific use of high strength steel in all modern motor vehicles and in order to retain their design function and safety system perfomance following accident repair.

You can be sure that when you nominate Brads to your insurance company for vehicle repairs, you will be getting the best quality service available.

55 Chevrolet Belair

Chris and Kaye’s 55 Chevrolet Belair is painted and reassembled and ready for delivery. It has been a big panel and paint project involving a full strip to bare metal, which exposed a very poor previous restoration attempt.

Dash and interior have been stripped and resprayed in the customers own shade of yellow and every body panel removed and paint stripped. The engine bay, door edges and outer panels were all epoxy primed and sealed before some minor rust and general damage and old repairs rectified. The body was then fully sprayed with Polyester spray filler and hand blocked, 2 pak primed and sprayed in white 2k to “base up” for the yellow final colour. This first colour coat also makes it easier to see any imperfections which can then be addressed again before the final top coat is applied.

The final Yellow/White 2 tone colour combination looks great and very original and clean.

Thanks to Roy and Steve, (2 of my very qualified painters) for their tireless efforts and helping to deliver such a great result and high standard.

Thanks for trusting us with your project Chris and Kaye and happy motoring.

Mitsubishi Triton Ute

We have taken some more photos of the Triton Ute now that we have lowered it so that you can see how it looks, we have also added a hardlid.001.JPG

This is what it looked like before the hardlid and lowering…
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If you scroll down to the heading Mitsubishi Triton V6 Ute you can see all of the other modifications that it has had done.

Mitsubishi Triton V6 Ute

We have just replaced the old company Ute with a new vehicle supplied by Houston Motors in Nelson.  The Mitsubishi Triton is a one-off 2wd, V6 Petrol, 5-speed manual double cab.

It has undergone our own in-house modifications transforming it into a great looking Truck.

We imported the 22″ chrome wheels from the USA.  The arch flares are from the 4 wheel drive model and the roof spoiler is made by us in-house.  We have painted the bumper, grille, mirrors, arch flares, deck caps and door frames.  The windows have been tinted and yet to be fitted are our lowered springs and dual exhaust exiting through the rear bumper.

holden-crewman-hard-lid-004.jpgBrads Smash Repairs is quickly building a reputation for Drive-in Drive-out vehicle transformations that genuinely suit and improve on the original.

If you are looking for a better than ‘Bolt on’ look like everyone else in town, to enhance your vehicle, contact Brad with your requirements.

Vero Approved Repairer

Brads has been selected by Vero to become an Approved Repairer. We are very proud of this achievement. To be considered a Vero Approved Repairer, we have had to meet very strict criteria and we have had to be able to demonstrate that our work is consistently of a high standard, that we employ skilled staff, we are customer service focused and we also have sound business practices.

Just one more reason why you should always insist on using Brads Smash Repairs.