Dear Mr Miller
Thankyou for choosing A.M. Restorations (UK) Ltd to carry out the restoration of your Triumph Stag and welcome to your personalised update page.
You are of course welcome to contact the workshop or make a personal visit at any time to discuss any of the work that is taking place.
This week sees the prep of the spray filler on the shell completed and then the car visits the booth for the coats of primer. The panels will be stored and primed at a later stage. The next job on the list order the paint and apply the protective RAPTOR underbody system tinted to the new body colour.
This session of work sees the filler work completed on the shell and panels. Once we are happy the car visits the booth to have a final coat of spray filler applied getting rid of any final imperfections. The spray filler is left for a few days to settle and then hand sanded ready for the next stage which will be to apply the primer.
Welding & Filler work
This week we do a final line up of the front end panels to ensure we are happy with the panel gaps then weld on the two new wings and front lower valance. The inner arches and rear of the new panels are first primed and painted for rust prevention. At the rear of the car we begin the filler work to finish off the rear quarters.
This week sees the repairs finished to the tonneau seal channel. The new rear top deck panel is welded in and repairs carried out around the area that meet the rear quarter panels. The radiator support panel is trial fitted with the radiator and then welded in place. We then mock up the front end trial fitting the bonnet, wings and front valance to get nice panel gaps and be ready to weld.
This period of work sees final tweeks to the rear quarter to align to the door. The panel is then metal finished. Staying in the rear quarter area we repair the area around the rear quarter behind the rear wheel. The sill closing panel is then trimmed and fitted. Attention moves to the near side A post. When the gutter trim is removed the area is worse than first thought and requires some reconstruction before the new panel is trimmed and fitted.
We start work on the offside and after bracing the floors are removed along with the sill and quarter panel. A new section of cross meber is fabricated and fitted. The new floor pans are also welded in and metal finished. Welding is also carried out on the inner sill.
Repairs around the gutter for the tonneau cover are also completed, sections removed, new sections fabricated and welded in.
Attention moves to the front and the wings and front valance are removed. Removal of the radiator support panels reveals areas that require repair work before the new panel is fitted. Removal of the wings also reveals that the inner wheel arch tubs have been replaced before and been welded over other work causing a water/rust trap. We decide to remove the tubs completely to carry out repair work and clean all mating surfaces so they can be rewelded in correctly. We also remove the damaged wing rail, fabricate a new panel and weld in place. The battery tray is also repaired and a new panel (no longer available) fabricated and fitted under the expansion bottle.
While the welding takes place we also carry out the required filler work to the offside door and apply a coat of spray filler.
This week sees the removal of the front floor pan. Large sections of the inner sill are replaced. We replace the near side front outrigger and weld in the replacement front floor pan. Areas are metal finished and coated in epoxy primer. The outer sill is then trial fitted and trimmed. While that work continues on welding we finish filler work to the bootlid and bonnet and coat with spray filler.
This week sees removal of the near side front wing giving access to the front of the sill. A new section is fabricated and welded in to the bottom of the A pillar area. The near side rear arch is removed and we weld in a new inner arch repair panel. Welding repairs are carried out to the rear of the inner sill. We then brace the body and remove the near side rear floor pan. A new section is fabricated for the end of the centre outrigger. While the metal work continues we also start the filler work on the panels that do not require welding repairs.
The project starts with work to the near side door. The old skin is removed, repairs carried out to the door frame and a new lower door repair panel welded in. The inside of the door and reverse of the door skin is then painted before the new skin is fitted. The door is trial fitted to assess panel gaps which will be corrected as new panels are fitted. Bare metal areas are painted with epoxy primer.