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Making classics better
There are times when driving older cars is a bit of a challenge. Heavy steering, slow-changing gearboxes and out of puff heaters are some of the failings of classics compared to modern cars.
Most owners want their cars to be full of character, look original, whilst being easier to operate! In many respects the market does not penalise these cars as it used to, either. From Henry Pearman’s hopped-up Eagle E-types, to a myriad of other models from Minis to Range Rovers, owners can now benefit from ease of use and increased reliability.
If done well a classic upgrade can make the world of difference to how easy your classic is to live with on a day to day basis. So what can we do to make your classic better? Here are just a few of the more popular ones:
- Halogen headlamps
- Water-repellent glazing
- Electric fans
- Oil breather catch tanks
- Five speed gearboxes
- Power steering
- Electric windows
- Air conditioning
- Alternator conversions
- Negative earth conversions
- Wheel and tyre upgrades
- Suspension upgrades for rally or track use
- Sound deadening to period look but modern spec
Integrity and engineering
The key to carrying out any of these upgrades is to do it with integrity to the car and do it with sound engineering practice. Over the years we have seen some truly dangerous attempts:
One Mk 2 Jaguar, imported from South Africa, had a five-speed gearbox cross member made from wood! Project Shop engineers fabricated a new cross member, which was measured to ensure that the propeller shaft was running at the correct angles, which the arboreal based creation did not!
We have also re-engineered the heater controls on a 1964 Wartburg. This got around the weaknesses in the original East German design, without compromising the down to earth character of the DDR-built car.
Our intention is always to upgrade any car in a sympathetic way. We will install anything the owner desires. And do it so that the upgrade does not inhibit other components or damage the car or its dynamic ability. To sum up, we will engineer your car to retain all of the manufacturer’s inbuilt qualities, while improving it.