Restoration, Servicing, Maintenance & Engineering
of Vintage, Classic, Road and Race Cars.

01844 237591

Based in Buckinghamshire covering Bucks, Oxfordshire & UK and overseas.

Restoration Work by Ricketts Automotive Engineering

We appreciate that a restoration project can seem particularly daunting and have the potential to scare a number of people off (even the most experienced). It can however, also be incredibly rewarding and you will have reassurance in knowing that your car has had the attention and time spent in ensuring that each and every element and component has been cleaned, machined, re-built and modified (where necessary) to an exceptionally high standard.

Below is an example of a completed full restoration project of a 1927 Delage.

The Delage came to us as a rolling chassis and lots of boxes of parts! The car was built up over a period of 3 years. With any restoration, there are complications and the Delage was no exception to this. The single side draft carburettor was removed and a supercharger fitted instead - The assembly of the supercharger and its drive system needed to be compact so from the outside the body line flowed without any unsightly lumps and bumps. A plumbing system was been built to include water gallery rails to help with engine cooling and a pressured tank system. A completely new exhaust system was designed and built to suit the car both mechanically and aesthetically. The car today, exists as a fully restored and reliable vehicle which is a pleasure to look at as well as to drive.

We are currently working on the full restoration of a 1959 Austin A35.

The car was purchased online (without being seen) and believe it or not was taxed, MOT’d, running and was in a fair condition…on the surface. To date, the car has been totally stripped of its interior and paintwork. As a result of stripping the car the true extent of the restoration has been revealed. The seats are to be reupholstered, along with a complete new carpet set, door panels and hood lining. The body tub needs a number of repairs and some general attention to the areas prone to rust. The engine and gearbox will be completely stripped, rebuilt and tested on our dynometer to ensure it runs to maximum capacity. (We will update the pictures as the project progresses).