Monday, 14 December 2009

Sahara Gold

Ron's GT sporting its new Sahara Gold colour scheme - great looking colour...



Also seeing some paint - front valance had been painted at least 4 times - and all that paint was starting to crack. Basecoat'd up....



then the full Autostyl beauty treatment.... masking up ready to mop...



Also a quick snap of Sidney of 5 Star Performance picking up the Brasilia - he drove it home to Dortmund, Germany in one hit.... and he said i was crazy for building such a mental car....

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Ultra VW Brasilia feature...out now...

Its here, perfect timing, the Autostyl Brasilia has an awesome 6-page feature in Ultra VW, thanks to KS and the Ultra Team....







Just in time for its new owner to grab a copy the same time as picking the car up, to live over in Germany.

Shock drop fitting...

For all the peeps who've just bought a set of our Shock Drop's - here's a quick walkthrough of how to fit them correctly. I use an air powered high speed sander/grinder , but you could use an angle grinder with a flap wheel, a power file, even a hand file i guess.

So first up here's how your arm should look...



In order to fit the plates, you need to remove material from the flared lip where the shock usually bolts up to...



remove only the material top and bottom to allow the plates to push on. It is important to take it slow, to ensure that only the required amount is removed, no more...



Ensure that the top and bottom 'flat' that you create are parallel, and offer up the plate, grinding a small amount off the arm each time until a snug fit is achieved.

When fitting the plates ensure that the tube sits up against the casting on the arm.
The best fit requires a very light tap with a rubber mallet or similar to achieve a good play free fit with the tube hard up against the casting.



Under no circumstance hammer the plates on to get them to fit, or run the shock drops if there is any play in the mounting once bolted up. Use your original nut and washer to secure the shock drops to the original mounting. Torque to factory settings.

The final picture below shows the new shock fixing arrangement. Use washers inside the 'u-shape' to shim the shock to centre.



Once refitted to the car - great care must be taken to ensure clearance's are correct, there is no interaction with steering arms, bodywork, brake lines or the shock itself. It is crucial to ensure correct operation throughout the full range of travel of the suspension. The kit is designed to improve the operation of airshocks on show vehicles, and should only be fitted by qualified and/or competent fitters. In no way is this designed to be run on a vehicle with no other means of bumpstop, or failsafe in the event of failure of any part of the suspension.

Any problems fitting give us a call on 01872 561140 or email anthony@autostyl.co.uk

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Opel GT ready for paint

Ron's Opel GT has had the door shuts etc coloured, and is now ready for topcoat - Great looking cars these, early ones came with an 1100cc motor - all show no go, although a 2.0 red top with a 5 speed box is more common place in resto'd ones.





last week we finished off Ash's mini - lots of reconstruction replacing a shit old flip front with steel fixed panels, then full repaint. Not bad for a first car, especially once the metalflaked banded steels go on!!!





and also through the paint booth this week... Keith Seume's T25 for a quick freshen up....





more paint to come by the weekend - Keith's ain't finished yet....

Monday, 12 October 2009

Dragging

Luckily today the Cops spotted that our suspension had dropped on the Brasilia, but just before that happened a passing driver managed to capture this footage and got in touch...





Thanks to the Traffic Dept. for their understanding...

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Ulta VW photoshoot...

Keith kindly spent the day with us last week taking photos for a feature in Ultra VW mag. Should be in the November issue, but in the meantime here's a teaser or two...





The Brasilia is for sale - if you are interested please email me at anthony@autostyl.co.uk

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Notch progress

After a week off in Spain, the rest must have done us good... as we're flying this week....



off with the waxoyl...



roof got bare metalled... and filled...



more tomorrow...

Friday, 4 September 2009

Out one door in the next....

Team playas Evil Ben's and Autostyl - hooking up some more collaboration on this Notch...

Out of Benny's metal work all done....



and into Autostyl for paint...

Monday, 31 August 2009

Brasilia and Jamboree....

Been a very busy couple of weeks at Autostyl...

first off with our local show approaching - The Cornwall VW Jamboree, the Brasilia got a makeover... and looks all the better for it!



First, some hours flatting and masking up to lay in some panelpaint.



silver sealed...



gold base and gold metalflake laid down, then off with the masking...



House of Kolor Tangerine Kandy applied over the lot - and cleared...



after a couple of days - the clear was flatted back to lose the edges of the artwork, then masked up for more detail...



On with some black base - and then the GREEEEN Flake...

Then off again with the masking - uber carefully... and on with a nice flowing few coats of clear....





With the car back together and the marquee packed up - it was off to the Jamboree...

a great weekend, great people and some more silverware for the Brasilia, this time in the Aircooled Sedan Modified class - up against some super clean bugs.

Mike and Glenda's westy also took first in the Bay class, hopefully first of many...

Over the weekend George striped up an award we'd flaked and kandied the week before - and the Autostyl Car of the Weekend award was born....

The first lucky recipient(s) were Mark and Paul with their Airbus- nice car guys... had the type of stance we like..... on the floooorr! Pictured here - Ant and Mark outside the official prize giving...

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Country buggy madness...

Been ragging the country buggy round the yard this morning terrorising some ants....

Monday, 24 August 2009

52 Barndoor samba...

The motor has come out of the Country buggy and now resides in Chews '52 Barndoor Samba, Chewies been busy getting the brakes all sorted...i think he's gonna need them...

As anyone who's seen the country buggy under steam will tell you, the 912 motor sounds nuts with its straight thro exhaust. Its certainly has plenty of grunt to push this old shed about too...

The brasilia has had a bit of detail work this weekend too....sneak pics to follow.

Be sure to come check it out at the Cornwall VW Jamboree this coming weekend, pop by to the Autostyl, and Evil Ben's 'lounge' where you can also stock up on all you aircooled parts from Justin at Retrodubs.






Sunday, 16 August 2009

Collection day!

After a full Autostyl remanufacture, where we remove every nut and bolt, paint inside and out, then rebuild as new, Mike and Glenda collected their '73 Westy this weekend.





Always mixed emotions when a long term project leaves the shop - after so much time and effort invested in the vehicle, its always hard to see someone else drive it away, but equally great to move onto the next project - this time a super sweet early notch... pics to follow this week...

Also the Brasilia is getting a re-vamp for the Cornwall VW Jamboree! Come check it out.... mad plans....

Sunday, 2 August 2009

Westy waxin...



weighing it down with some cavity wax....nearly there now....

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Brasilia for sale...


Well sporting a fresh MOT with no advisories, and only positive comments about the heavy modification.... the Autostyl Brasilia is up for sale... check out the pictures back through the blog.... and see the ad on vzi

Autostyl brasilia advert

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Sunday sunshine and showers...

The first Sunday Dubs meet went really well today, lots of peeps, some sunshine, and some showers - thanks to everyone who came, and hope to see you all at the next.



Keith getting his car ready for the trip to EBI, we got the wings painted for him last week, and he's got the engine all up and running, sounding great!



Nice sunny day for the first Sunday Dubs meet...



Loving the look of this golf....



Pinstriping by Georg went down well, and the autostyl audi went home sporting some fine lines.... looking forward to the next meet!

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Brasilia's...the next fridolin?

Thanks to Keith Seume for spotting ours and Paul's bras on oldbug.com, and thanks to Randy Carlson for the kind words....

Autostyl brasilia on oldbug.com



Just a reminder that this Sunday we've got an open day here, along with Retrodubs and Evil Ben's, so if you fancy a trip out feel free to call in.... 11am - 3pm.

Laters....

Sunday, 7 June 2009

Bolt On Shock Drop



Got the first prototype run of the Bolt On Shock Drop plates back from the Lasermaster. (Image above does not show completed units/kit - pics of that to follow!)

These bolt on brackets drop the bottom mount down, so you can gain more lift, and by dropping the mounting back from the beam, the pressure needed to lift is reduced too! A Winner all round.... and the best bit - no welding required and all fixings required are included!!!! £37.50 per pair.

Taking orders now....

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Sunshiiiiine!

Since RTTS the sun seems to have been out non stop, and we've been pretty non-stop too...





Damien's bus box all raised, height tweaked down... happy customer...



Notch body off...





Evil Ben's tubs are done, really neat fab work as always, and new seats to suit!

Friday fun - country buggy photoshoot - ice creams and sunburn were order of the day!!!





and Jay's been narrowing like a mofo on his new project the burnberry!!!!