Ford Focus ST – British Touring Car Championship

Any BTCC fans out there? You might recognise this Ford Focus ST if so! It’s driven by Alex Martin of Team Dextra Racing (currently 28th in the driver standings), and came to us toward the end of last year to be completely stripped ready for new season colours and livery.

The guys behind Team Dextra, Team Parker Racing, definitely keep busy, with their BTCC bio mentioning ‘track days, drift days, slalom days, technical support and looking after customers.’ to name but a few of their offerings.

If you’ve not spotted them yet, keep a look out on the 27th-28th August, as the Touring Cars are next racing at Rockingham – which happens to be the track where Alex finished best last year!

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1979 MG B

This MG B was stripped using our crushed glass media.  The owner decided he would prefer the filler to be left in place, which you can see in the common areas – particularly around the rear wheel arches.

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Porsche 911

This Porsche 911 was used for racing.  It’s owner removed as much weight from the vehicle as possible, including cutting holes into the rear arches, which will most likely be replaced to reinstate the strength that could have been lost from the shell.

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Once the paint had been stripped:

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Finally, we primed the Porsche to protect it on its journey home!

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Ford Escort 1300

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Work has been finished on the body, and plans are for it to return to us in the next few weeks, to have the primer removed just prior to it going to the painters. We’re definitely looking forward to seeing the progress!

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Matchless Motorbike

A great example of the finish we can get on motorbike frames.  This frame is from a Russian WWII motorbike, and looks terrifying to us!

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VW Campervan

This Campervan is currently undergoing a complete restoration.  The owner took the decision to cut out the floorpan and buy a new one, as it was completely rotten.

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The majority of the van was cleaned using crushed glass, however the larger areas, such as the roof, we’re blasted using bicarbonate of soda to remove any risk of distortion or warping from heat transference.

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The finished Van, primed and ready to leave:

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Jaguar XJ6

This Jaguar XJ6 was stripped using our crushed glass media.  The owner only needed the exterior paint removing, so we were able to work on the car with the suspension in place.

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There was quite a lot of filler on the car panels, but the owner wasn’t concerned – he commented that for an XJ6 this wasn’t very much at all!

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Lagonda

This 1920′s Lagonda (pre-Aston Martin) was quite the monster task. The photos we have really don’t show how much work was required, as it was so long it almost didn’t fit into our blast room! The owner covered the engine over, but was aware that dust would still most likely creep into every corner, and decided not to have work on the original wooden inner frame. The exterior of the car was cleaned using bicarbonate of soda only (another reason it took quite some time!)

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Renault 5 GT Turbo

The owner of this Renault 5 plans to re-build it as a track car.  We actually worked on the car quite a while back, and hear through the grapevine that it is well on the way to completion! Here’s the before and after photos – we used glass only to strip the paint from the car, as it was the quickest and most effective media on this occasion!

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Saab 900 Engine Bay

We don’t often work on engine bays only, but on this occasion the car was completely stripped down (except for the suspension), so dust getting everywhere wasn’t a concern.

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