"The preservation of motoring history by providing world class restoration services to vintage and classic vehicle enthusiasts."

Services

Also...Body Work

Mechanical Work

  • > Machining
  • > Shock Absorbers
  • > Engine Reconditioning
  • > Servicing
  • > Repairs
  • > Specialist Tools

VMG commonly perform the impossible in our fully equipped machine shop, with the recreation or repair of the most complex parts of a motor vehicle. From machining new castings made from our own patterns, to the reclaiming of what many would deem as irreparable, no job is too difficult. VMG machine shop is regularly working on not only the incredibly complex, but also the ordinary and mundane. From nuts and bolts to shackle pins, water pump bushes, valves and guides, and transmission gears there is no component outside our capability.

Modifications to engine and other components can be designed and built so as not to detract from your vehicle's original design integrity. Power steering, air conditioning, gearbox conversions, supercharger drives and fittings have all been successfully integrated at VMG.

Shock absorbers are one of the most neglected mechanical devices on old cars. Our machine shop has experience in the dismantling and reconditioning of all types of friction and hydraulic vane or piston shock absorbers to restore the original comfort and appropriate ride of any car.

Engine reconditioning is a major facet of restoration work carried out at VMG. All types of engines can be overhauled or remanufactured, whether they are vintage and veteran engines with cast white metal (babbit) and bored in place bearings and complex drives or more modern muscle cars or exotica. The white metal bearings are poured and bored at VMG. All types of machining of various components are also carried out to reclaim the impossible, whether new billet components or castings, welding and reconstructing. These are regular procedures in our fully equipped machine shop. Welding of all engine castings is also carried out in our specially constructed furnace, both with gas, TIG and MIG as appropriate. Cracked, broken and corroded cylinder blocks and crankcases do not pose a problem.

Mechanical repairs and servicing is also a major consideration for a motoring enthusiast. There’s a lot more to the mechanical restoration side of VMG than just restoring your vehicle. Once on the road no vintage or classic vehicle can continue to perform at its best without regular and proper servicing. From simple ‘lube services’ to checking and adjusting of any or every component, our team of experienced mechanics can ensure your pride and joy is maintained in as good or better condition than the factory intended. This often involves lots of specialist knowledge, something we have lots of, and in the rare instance that we don’t already know about your vehicle, our extensive library makes the research a simple exercise.

NSW registration 'pink slips' are also issued at VMG by licensed inspectors who are very experienced in assessing the safety of these types of cars.

Many vehicles require some very specialist tools to carry out various repair and restoration tasks. Our extensive collection of special tools covers a wide range of vehicles, in particular Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor vehicles.

We have the experience and know how to repair the most complex vehicles. Many cars were never intended as D.I.Y repair projects. We have an extensive collection of special pullers, spanners and keys to dismantle and reassemble many components. Many tools are naturally no longer available and if we don’t have it or can’t buy it we simply make it in our machine shop. We are constantly adding to this range of equipment. This way we ensure that all work is completed to the high standards of the original manufacturers – “Whatever is rightly done, however humble is noble.” Sir Henry Royce

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Body Work

  • > Repair and Reconstruction
  • > Panel Making
  • > Radiators and Fuel Tanks
  • > Coachbuilding
  • > Paintwork
  • > Trim

VMG is expert in all types of sheet metal work, steel or aluminium, nickel silver, brass and stainless steel. There is no motor body that is beyond repair. Whether it be rust in steel or corrosion in aluminium panels or more serious decay in structural members, sills or pillars we have the skills and machinery to remanufacture any body part. There is no panel that cannot be reproduced, whether a complete body skin, scuttle vent or mudguard. All these and more are being constantly fashioned by the Body Section at VMG.

Chassis sections, cross members, or other complex shapes can also be reproduced for serious rust, decay or collision damage. We liaise with all Classic Car Insurers to facilitate restitution to pre-accident condition of your favourite vehicle should it suffer accident damage.

Radiator grills and steel cowls can be repaired or re-made. Radiator cores of all varieties including honeycomb, cell and tube types can be dismantled and chemically cleaned to restore original efficiency. Honeycomb cores in particular are our specialty. These can be thoroughly dismantled and reassembled after cleaning. Replacing whole cores is also regularly carried out at VMG.

Most old fuel tanks are rusty and troublesome due to metal decay simply because of its age. New tanks can be made from correct materials, using original methods, such as rivets, that will restore the originality and reliability of your vehicle. Original tanks can of course be repaired if practical.

VMG have a fully equipped coachbuilding section. Partial wood frame repairs or complete reframing of a badly decayed body are routine tasks. New bodies are designed and built or replicated from photographs or sketches as required. Closed or open bodies, sports cars and convertible bodies are all routine exercises. All special locks, hinges, pivots and fittings related to these bodies can be specially manufactured or procured as required so that the details on new bodies is absolutely appropriate to the vehicle and its age. Researching these details can be quite extensive but with our immense range of contacts around Australia and internationally and our own resource library, it is not impossible to verify the correct item.

Premier veneer work to dashboards and window trims, custom cabinets for drinks, stereos or even air conditioning are carried out by talented tradesmen. Whether it is a hearse, a tourist bus or other commercial vehicle, a Maharajah's exotic Rolls-Royce or a sports car, our woodshop can expertly repair or construct any vintage body.

The first noticed and most admired part of any restoration is the obviously the paintwork. The finish of any vehicle painted at VMG will impress even the most fastidious owner whether painted in the recommended two pack baked enamels or the more authentic lacquer. Only quality paint products are used at VMG by our skilled painter.

To complement impressive and flawless paintwork, all brightwork is carried out to the highest standard by trusted electroplaters. Whether it be delicate brass headlights or bolts for the engine bay, the appropriate type and standard of plating is painstakingly carried out.

Upholstery, convertible tops and interior trim are designed and made along side the vehicle onsite at VMG. Whether it is the production of complete seats with custom trim styles and logos, or faithful restoration of an original, it is completed to our own high standard. Any desired fabric can be used - from the famous Connolly leather to French tapestry reinforced for automotive use. VMG have a number of sample swatches of leather to choose from, ensuring you get just the right colour to compliment the paintwork. From Spartan functionality to pure opulence, nothing is an obstacle to achieving the desired result at VMG.

Of course, to protect these interiors when in open cars, we also design and construct convertible top mechanisms and coverings. From simple Edwardian wood and steel frames to the much more complex power operated mechanisms of more recent times, we can do, and have done, it all.

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