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RE: Aston Martin exposed!
Saw a tv program about AM last year, seems that the factory is in two main
buildings, one on each side of a busy road. Engine shop is one side, body shop
the other. There is NO overhead conveyor or anything like that, when an engine
is finished two guys load it on to a hand trolley and walk across the road
with it, dodging the traffic.
I heard about a guy who was restoring a DB5, some bits were dead easy, the
rear lights and other bits come from more humble origins (Hillman Hunters and
cars of that era), but the body parts were another story, it was either repair
what he had or take it to the factory for new ones to be made. Every body is
hand made, so if you CAN find a used panel at a breakers or an autojumble,
there aint no way its going to fit.
It rather reminded me of a friend who bought a Lamboughini Miura for
restoration. The look on his face was a wonder to behold when he was stripping
the interior and found some of the trim had wooden supports with the word
'JAFFA' printed on them.
88 Ur quattro (headless)