When the book was written there was some interesting material that was left unpublished. New material is also continously being added so we have decided to publish new additions in the form of a blog. Some blogposts will be quite substantial whereas others will be kept shorter.
We do this primarily to address particularly important and interesting moments in the often difficult art of repairing bodywork without leaving any visible traces of the work that was done.
Video: Shaping of an Alfa-Romeo 2000 Berlina chassis detail using a beakshaped stretching tool
With the skin prepared it was joined to the frame. Correct position on the frame was controlled with the L-square and the markings done earlier at the tape, Image 1. The position was controlled as exactly as possible in all directions (Z, X and Y). It is now the fitment to the rest of the car is decided!
The part that plays the most important role during a rebuild of the body is the door. If the work starts with a proper door repair the chance to be successful with the rest increases.
The trip from the paint shop to the sign maker expose a new kind of skills. Cutting out and fitting the letters are a job which is dependent on a sure eye.
At last, the panel is ready to fit. In Image 1 the panel is hold in place with help of welding clamps. The clamps are converted for fitting roof panels, se Image 2. When looking closer at Image 1 the new flange can be seen. Careful fitment makes the welded flange impossible to discover.
At this point in my life when I was about three quarters through the medical schooI I discovered the English wheel and the Eckold machine, and, one thing leading to another - no more time for med school.
This book, with around 1,500 pages of reader-friendly text and about as many illustrations, is a summary of 40 years of working with vintage, collectors' and racing cars.