Classic Cars

Renovation and repairs using laser welding technology

Maintaining the value of an historic car is frequently dependent on the vehicle’s originality. As genuine spare parts become scarce or obsolete, pattern parts may emerge but are frequently not of the high standard of the original fitment.

The intrinsic benefit of laser welding is that original parts may be repaired or rebuilt rather than resorting to replacement. Welding wires are matched to the original material for an often invisible, but high integrity repair; this is rarely possible using conventional welding techniques.

Carrs have worked on numerous classic and high specification modern vehicle parts and here are just a few examples:

Cylinder block rescue
An historic car from the 1970’s suffered an engine block failure due to corrosion of an area of the block left unprotected by the cylinder head gasket, permitting coolant to enter the crankcase. Laser welding enabled the porosity in the casting in this area to be repaired successfully, avoiding more expensive and less desirable alternatives for this historic vehicle.

Aston Martin Alloys
One of the exquisite alloy wheels on a customer’s AM V8 Vantage Roadster was unfortunately damaged in a kerbing incident. Carrs laser welding techniques were employed to rebuild the surface of the badly scored rim prior to hand refinishing and re-lacquering, resulting in a near invisible but high integrity repair.

Titanium exhausts
With the latest in laser technology at Carrs’ fingertips, owners of prestige cars and motorcycles with titanium exhausts now have a viable remedy for cracked pipes and manifolds. With conventional welding methods one runs the risk of overheating the titanium components, accelerating their subsequent corrosion and failure. Laser welding reduces the heat input to the repair and, consequently, the work will last as long as the original material.

Classic Cars Case Studies