Some long hours have gone in over the last month or so and the body is completely painted inside and out now.
The entire boot interior and rear 1/4 panels have been lined out with noise matt, as has the rear seat bulkhead and parcel shelf. This product is often overlooked in builds but offers a significant reduction in exhaust and road noise transfer, into the passenger area.
This week will see the bumpers, spoiler and arch flares rubbed and painted and the black applied to the door frames and around the tail lamps.
Assembly is well under way, with the old factory central locking system removed in readiness for new alarm and remote central locking system.
Windows will be sent for tinting this week and outer door handles will be sandblasted to ensure a good key before being painted.
The 5 speed gearbox will be installed onto the engine, brakes will be bled up and radiator checked and fitted.
I will start posting pictures regularly now as there is progress to see.
This Build is now fully fabricated and in primer. The engine bay and entire underside is finished and Painted.
All modifications to the body, panels, Group C Race components, engine and suspension are completed. The list of one off and modified parts, (in order for this vehicle to appear as close to how factory would be), is long and painstaking in execution.
I did not want this vehicle to look like a Hotrod or just another replica with a fibre glass body kit, so many hours have gone into each individual part modified or made, to ensure it is well designed, finished and fitted and compliments the overall look and performance of the build.
Adjustability was also a primary objective in order that the chassis and suspension can be “tuned” and the vehicle made to drive as well as a modern Holden or better.
Paint will start on 24th August, through to mid September so I am looking forward to the final stages of the build and loading up some pictures of the completed vehicle in a couple of months.
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.
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.
This Motor Industry Bodyshop Approved Inverter Spot Welder Station with 14000Amps Welding Power and a clamping force of 610 daN, meets all vehicle manufacturers requirements. The use of this welder means we can restore your vehicle back to its exact strength and factory-welded specifications.
The newest project in is a VH SS Commodore. This car came in late last year for a fresh coat of paint in the engine bay while the engine is out and being freshened up.
The owner again is an old friend and an extremely passionate Holden fan. Its now been decided that the VH will get completely stripped back to bare metal, some minor rust repaired and resprayed to factory spec colour, inside and out.
Pictures of the car will be added shortly and this one has a special interest for me, so most of the work will be attended to as I can schedule the time myself.
The Gran Torino was finished last week and is undergoing final panel fitment and aligning before being delivered back to the owners for final assembly.
The white stripe and black pinstripe border are all painted on and cleared over along with the final coats of red colour and it looks terrific.
Thanks to Shane for his efforts and commitment on this project. We took this job on only a month before Xmas with still quite a bit of body work needed. Given that we closed for 3x full weeks over the Holiday season, this vehicle has progressed quickly and it is great to have such a great group of genuinely talented guys to help undertake these types of projects.