Tin Rab­bit Restora­tions

New Zealand Classic Car - - Advertising Feature -

Chris Schouten is the epit­ome of the clas­sic Kiwi busi­ness­man done good, as he started out of his garage as a tin­kerer and slowly built a vi­able business. When jobs changed and op­por­tu­nity arose, Chris de­cided to tackle the business head on, and Tin Rab­bit was born. Fol­low­ing a stint at Christchurch Polytech­nic In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (CPIT) do­ing a restora­tion course un­der the watch­ful eye of Craig Erick­son, Chris took his es­sen­tially self-taught skills to mar­ket and be­gan pro­duc­ing high­qual­ity work, and more came in than he could keep up with. Tin Rab­bit has re­cently out­grown its Ran­giora unit and headed to Ka­iapoi.

All of this took place in seven-and-a-half years, and, as you can imag­ine, Chris is a busy man: with his team along­side, he’ll be found do­ing any­thing and ev­ery­thing to make sure clients are get­ting their projects on time, in the state they want them.

Tin Rab­bit is cur­rently work­ing on a Daim­ler 250 ute, two Kom­bis, a ’47 Light 15 Citroën, and a ’72 Bar­racuda — an eclec­tic bunch, you might say.

Tin Rab­bit un­der­takes sand­blast­ing and trim pol­ish­ing in-house, and works with a num­ber of spe­cial­ists around Can­ter­bury to com­plete the work to its high stan­dards. It is a cer­ti­fied I-CAR welder and also spe­cial­izes in TIG, MIG, and gas weld­ing for mild steel, stain­less, and al­loy.

Tin Rab­bit gives each of its clients per­son­al­ized at­ten­tion and keeps them in­formed through­out the project with ex­ten­sive pho­to­graphic records, and it will also source parts and pan­els from around the world.

Coven­try Clas­sics has been re­man­u­fac­tur­ing the alu­minium-bod­ied Jaguar C-type with the cor­rect steel tubu­lar chas­sis and tor­sion-bar sus­pen­sion sys­tems to the orig­i­nal de­sign since 2002. These beau­ti­ful re­pro­duc­tions of the fab­u­lous Jaguar C-type sports racer are built to the orig­i­nal fac­tory spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

Each car is con­structed us­ing Jaguar MKVII/ XK120 com­po­nents and parts unique to the C-type fab­ri­cated from raw ma­te­ri­als, ex­actly as Jaguar did back in the 1950s.

There are a num­ber of com­pa­nies pro­duc­ing kit­set C-types with fi­bre­glass bod­ies and XJ6 run­ning gear, but Coven­try Clas­sics builds only gen­uine-spec­i­fi­ca­tion C-types, with qual­ity and ac­cu­racy the fo­cuses of their business model, com­ple­mented by the rare skills re­quired to work with the alu­minium body­work.

Most de­mand comes from over­seas, with 90 per cent of the cars built end­ing up in the UK, the US, or Aus­tralia.

Their alu­minium coachbuilding skills and their back­grounds in the air­craft restora­tion in­dus­try drive the fab­ri­ca­tors at Coven­try Clas­sics to pro­duce a C-type of un­matched qual­ity, spec­i­fi­ca­tion, and value. Avi­a­tion stan­dards are ap­plied through­out.

Af­ter many years of re­search­ing and build­ing C-types, the lat­est cars are vir­tu­ally in­dis­tin­guish­able from the gen­uine fac­tory cars and are be­com­ing col­lec­tors items in their own right. Coven­try Clas­sics is also con­struct­ing a light­weight E-type, which will be fin­ished later this year.

Ngatea Panel­beat­ers has been ser­vic­ing the Hau­raki Plains for over 40 years, pro­vid­ing top-qual­ity panel work, smash re­pairs, automotive paint re­fin­ish, and su­pe­rior cus­tomer ser­vice. Phillip Broad­bent has been at the helm for 13 years and was in­volved be­fore that for nine.

Ngatea Panel­beat­ers is com­mit­ted to qual­ity sys­tems re­in­forced by its mem­ber­ship with the Col­li­sion Re­pair As­so­ci­a­tion (for­merly the NZ Mo­tor Body Build­ing As­so­ci­a­tion Inc).

Ngatea Panel­beat­ers is a metal-shap­ing and ve­hi­cle-restora­tion spe­cial­ist and is able to re­store your ve­hi­cle to the same stan­dard as when it drove off the show­room floor. The com­pany does full strip­down restora­tions to en­sure that both the parts which can be seen and those that can’t — in­clud­ing the frame, driv­e­line, and en­gine — are dealt with and brought back to the best stan­dard pos­si­ble.

Phillip and his team pride them­selves on their metal-shap­ing skills, as well as their abil­ity to rid your car of rust. On top of its restora­tion work, Ngatea Panel­beat­ers still un­der­takes tra­di­tional in­surance and panel work.

you’re go­ing to do it, do it once and do it right’.

Smash Palace takes no chances. Over the years, it has de­vel­oped a best-prac­tice bi­ble us­ing in­dus­try-lead­ing meth­ods and qual­ity prod­ucts to en­sure it builds its cus­tomers’ cars ef­fi­ciently, pro­vid­ing good value for money while mak­ing sure their pride and joy is stun­ning and will last for gen­er­a­tions.

“We’ve got too many cars in our work­shop that have come out of other work­shops only to have to have the work re­done prop­erly. It’s such a waste of money,” Hamish says.

He and his staff also know trans­parency is im­por­tant to their cus­tomers, so they take hun­dreds of pho­tos dur­ing the build process, which their cus­tomers can then view, via an ap­pli­ca­tion, in al­most real time. “Our cus­tomers love it. They get to see what’s go­ing on.”

Smash Palace not only con­ducts full restora­tion and fab­ri­ca­tion; its paint depart­ment also pro­duces high-end paint finishes, spe­cial­iz­ing in candy paint jobs, with a large range of vi­brant colours to choose from.

Give the team a call, and ask about its free of­fer on its ex­clu­sive Chip Pro­tec­tion Clear Coat­ing.

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