Restoring a classic car is almost always a long term project involving many, many hours.
First, the car must be completely disassembled and all components cleaned to the bare metal. The body and all body parts are stripped of paint, and the tectile at the underside and all the kit are painstakingly removed.
With the body and body parts completely bare, everything is sand-blasted. In 9 out of 10 cases, at this stage it becomes clear, that the damage to the sheet metal is much greater than at first visible.
Once the car and parts are sand-blasted, they are immediately sprayed with primer. After that, we can start the repairs. This means cutting out the rotten parts and replacing them with new or homemade sheet metal. The latter is very labor-intensive.
We then put the car back together to make sure all seams are good and that everything is connected properly. Next, we disassemble the car, and all the separate parts go to the car painter. In the meantime, the technical parts (brakes, chassis, steering, springs, etc.) are restored. We always try to arrange it so that, when the car comes back from the car painter, the engine and the gear box are back from the revision company. Now we can build off the car.
Finally, the car goes to the upholsterer, who is responsible for the finishing touch.