The restoration




257A6509Restoration

Our team of more than 20 specialists in mechanics, bodywork, painting, wiring, upholstery and spare parts, can carry out a complete "Premium Restoration", within 10 to 15 months and between 1,500 to 3,000 working hours. All this within our own 10,000 m2 facilities, under full supervision and commitment, respecting quality standards throughout the stages.

The process begins with the meticulous disassembly of the entire car and the inspection of all of its components, right down to the body and / or chassis.

Bodywork

The bodywork is carefully sanded and all old paints removed. Once the bodywork has been exposed, all the panels are checked for possible deformation and damage, and are repaired or replaced if necessary by our expert bodybuilders, using traditional techniques. If necessary, the geometry of the bodywork is checked and adjusted to its original condition. The finished panels, the wheel arches and the lower part of the body are coated with an antioxidant component to guarantee perfect and lasting protection.
At the customer's request, it is possible to reinforce the structure of the bodywork or the monocoque against torsion, to guarantee better road holding.

Chassis

The chassis is one of the most delicate elements of the vehicle since it serves as a structure and support for all the parts that make up a vehicle. Therefore deciding whether to repair or replace it is of the utmost importance.
The vehicle chassis undergoes the same careful treatment as the bodywork. However, other treatments such as acid baths may be required to remove excessive oxidation inside the frame tubes and closed compartments. Finally, the entire frame is galvanized or powder coated to prevent rust.
In the event that the chassis shows serious deformations, cracks or breaks, it is possible and recommended to replace the entire chassis with an original spare part.

Paint

The painting process begins by removing residues of oxides and old paint, then by a thorough degreasing of the body, to finish on a sandblasting ensuring an optimal adhesion of the product. This last most tedious part of the process, as the body needs to be perfectly flat and smooth against the uneven areas.
The primer is then applied so that the individual coats adhere, ensuring good paint quality for a longer period. It also smooths out irregularities and provides the paint with a high quality finish.
For the painting, the color code is at the customer's choice, original or personalized. If original, the color is looked up in our database and the mix created to get the exact color.
The enamel is then applied as a layer providing color and shine. It can also be used in multiple layers for a completely personalized color.
Finally, a lacquer is applied to protect all external agents and provide the last desired level of shine.

Engine

Checking all its components during disassembly. Once disassembled, internal components are tested to diagnose engine condition, then rectified, rebuilt, or replaced as necessary. The assembly is carried out and the rectified elements are tested again. The crankshaft and flywheel assembly as well as the connecting rod and piston assemblies are balanced. Piston rings are calibrated to function properly. The assembly is done from the installation of the crankshaft to the positioning of the pistons, leaving the lower part of the engine done.
The process ends with the assembly of the valves in the cylinder head, after which the engine compression ratio is checked. Once the complete engine is assembled, it is mounted on a test bench, where the ignition and fuel system are tuned to their optimum performance.

Drivetrain

All of the drivetrain components get disassembled from the vehicle. The transmission gets taken apart, and all the different components get an extensive ultrasonic cleaning, after which, they are meticulously evaluated on their condition. If the transmission contains synchronizer rings, they are replaced with original replacements. All the internal bearings get replaced, and new gears can be installed if worn out or damaged. After the rebuild, the transmission is reassembled and filled with the highest quality transmission fluid. It is possible to upgrade the original gearbox with another gearbox that contains different gear ratios or an extra gear, to enhance the driving comfort of the vehicle. The shifting mechanism gets readjusted to guarantee a smooth shifting between gears.
The same process is applied to masterly restore the differential to its original condition. In case the vehicle is equipped with a solid rear axle, the internal driveshafts get balanced and the bearings replaced.

Exhaust

The entire exhaust system ranging from the exhaust manifolds in the engine bay, to the exhaust dampeners under the back of the vehicle, gets restored to its original pristine condition. When necessary, heavily degraded components will be substituted with an original replacement. If the customer wishes, it is possible to improve the exhaust system material to stainless steel or to increase the exhaust diameter increase flow and change the exhaust sound characteristics.

Suspension

The front and rear suspension is disassembled, cleaned and sandblasted. After this process, the different parts get either painted or galvanized to ensure perfect rust-proofing of the different components that make up the suspension. To ensure perfect handling of the vehicle, new bearings, trackrods, bushings, and silent blocks, are installed. New shock absorbers are installed that are to the original specification of the manufacturer, but it is possible to upgrade the original specification shock absorbers to “Koni Classic” or "Spax".

Brakes

The complete braking system gets disassembled from the vehicle, and all of its components are evaluated and fully rebuilt or replaced with original parts. All the seals and pistons get replaced or refurbished, and all the parts are ultrasonically cleaned, after which they are galvanized or painted to ensure a premium finish and rust protection. The brake lines are replaced with copper or stainless steel reproductions. The master cylinder can be adapted to fit a brake booster and the drum brakes can be upgraded to a disc brake system on request.

Wheels & Tires

The official Borrani restoration service includes repair, cleaning, re-polishing of the rim, renewal of the identification stampings, new spokes and re-chroming of the hub.
Painted wheels will also be restored to their original specifications, using the correct paint and color shades.
All restored wheels will obtain a progressive factory code that includes the restoration date, and can obtain a Certificate of Authenticity on simple demand.
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The tires that are mounted on the newly restored wheels are either made to the original manufacturers specification or upgraded on request.

Steering

The steering system of any vehicle ensures the predictability of a vehicle when making a turn. It is therefore important to restore or adapt the original steering system is such a way that it performs as originally specified or better.
The steering system that is installed in the vehicle, for example a steering gearbox or rack and pinion, gets disassembled and extensively cleaned. After this, the parts get regreased and the tolerances are set to the manufacturers specifications.
If the vehicle is equipped with hydraulic power-steering, the hydraulic pump gets a full rebuild and is mounted back in the vehicle, together with new hydraulic lines that connect the pump to the hydraulic steering module.
On request, it is possible to modify the steering system to upgrade from the gearbox-type steering system to rack and pinion and install an electric power-steering module to improve steering performance at low speeds and enhance the overall comfort of the vehicle.

Electrical System

The existing wiring loom gets taken out of the vehicle. If possible, the wiring is restored to its original condition and repaired where necessary. If the existing wiring has too much damage, a new wiring loom will be manufactured by our skilled craftsmen to the original specification and periodically correct materials. On request, it is possible to upgrade the wiring loom to include circuits for auxiliary lights, switches, electric fuel pumps, etc.
Electric motors, like starter motors, wiper motors and electric window motors, are evaluated on their condition, and repaired or replaced if necessary.
Energy production components like the dynamo or alternator, are restored or replaced, and consumables like carbon brushes in the dynamo are renewed to ensure its longevity.
It is possible to upgrade the electrical system in the vehicle from 6 volts to 12 volts and replace the original dynamo with a modern, high efficiency alternator.

Upholstery

The original upholstery gets removed from the vehicle when starting the restoration process. This includes parts like the seats, the door carts roof lining and floor mats.
All the textile or leather is removed from the seats after which the underlaying structure is checked and repaired where necessary. Once the structure is in perfect condition, the measurements are taken to start with the work on the new upholstery. After choosing the components such as the foam, the seam structure, the finishing material and colour, the new seat pattern is moulded.
Once the correct moulding has been obtained, the upholstery is carried out respecting the aspects of the original seats , door carts, roof lining, floormats, etc. All the forementioned details can be adjusted to the customer’s request. This includes sewing technique, type of yarn, and leather finish.
If the original upholstery is still in good condition, possible cracks, cuts, burns and discolorations can be masterly repaired so that the upholstery is returned to its original condition.

Interior Wood Trim

All the wood panels and structures are removed from the vehicle and checked for their condition. If necessary, the lacquer and veneer is removed from the panels and re-applied to bring back the original glory of the part.
New panels are manufactured and installed if the original parts have deteriorated too far to be repaired. After the necessary repairs are done, the parts are polished to a perfect shine and put back in the vehicle.
On request, it is possible to manufacture and install bespoke interior components made with exotic wood types.

Soft Tops & body seals

If the vehicle is equipped with a soft top, the textile or leather will be removed from the soft top framing and the frame will me meticulously restored to ensure a smooth operation of the opening and closing mechanism. The textile or leather cover, including the rear window material, is repaired and restored if possible or otherwise remanufactured by our craftsmen at Auto Storica. It is possible to personalise the design or material of the soft top on request.
The different seals that close off the cabin from the elements are replaced and modified on request.

Chrome

High quality triple chrome process. (Copper, nickel, chrome).

An authentic classic car you really can count on for long journeys and intensive use.
The warranty of a state-of-the-art restoration with the Auto Storica “Premium Certificate”
An excellent investment. A lot of fun and driving pleasure.


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WARRANTIES


* Engine, gearbox, transmission, mechanical : 1 year.
* Paint, Rustproof, trim : 3 years.

All “Premium” restored vehicles are always delivered with the following


* A mechanical warranty certificate.
* A paint – rustproof warranty certificate.
* A detailed “Premium” restoration process report certificate.
* An identification plate fixed on the body (Close to the manufacturer).