COVID-19 Coronavirus Message Updated: 26th May
Mail Order Customers:
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Our carrier DHL is operating near normally across the world (including in Italy). Allow an extra day for delivery (6 days for Australia & New Zealand), just in case. However, regular international postal services can have additional delays, and are not recommended for anything required within 6 weeks.
  * For the UK only, Royal Mail are delivering the vast majority of orders on time according to our data, but is experiencing higher levels of staff absences, so there may some local delays.
  * We will be working normally and have a large warehouse full of parts that will help keep your car on the road even if many of the parts manufacturers are now closing.
Workshop Customers:
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Following government guidance, we are open as usual. Taking your vehicle to a garage for repairs is a permitted activity (safety) as long as you observe the social distancing rules. We have strict social distancing processes internally and disinfect daily (not least because we have staff in vulnerable groups). Our mechanics wear gloves at all times and we will disinfect your vehicle with our Zaflora sprays on handing back to you. We would respectfully ask you to show our staff the same courtesy. We also have full amount contactless payment systems.
  * To help those in self isolation, we are now offering a free Collect & Return Service of up to 30 miles, so if you have any servicing due in the next 3 months now might be good time to get it out of the way without even having to open your front door. We will disinfect your car on collection and return.
  * MOTs due for renewal from 30 March will be extended for six months. However, you are still legally obliged to keep your vehicle in a safe and roadworthy condition, so if you need to use your car in this period, it is still recommended to get one done.







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Repairing the 101 chassis

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This repair looks interesting, we are unable to buy this part of the chassis of the shelf and so we are going to have to fabricate it from sheet steel.

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Next we need to make a pattern (Using an Alfa Romeo Box) this is a simple profile of where the metal should go, note how the new chassis rail does not blend smoothly into the curve of the cardboard profile.

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Next we use the cardboard pattern to cut out the new steel plate

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We then use the same process to make the other two sides of the box section, once we have all three sides we fabricate the new box section off of the car.

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Next the new chassis panel is welded into place, the box section it has been welded to has been re-profiled so that it blends seamlessly into our new panel. the welds are then dressed until they are smooth

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A coat of primer and we are ready to move onto.........

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The next challenge!

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