1955 Aston Martin DB2 / 4 ‘Mark I’

DB2/4’s Dodgy Bonnet

We’re in the process of reconstructing the Aston Martin DB2/4 bonnet which is showing signs of dubious structural integrity. The team have removed the frame

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Aston Martin DB2/4 Interior Final Piece

It’s the final piece to the Aston DB2/4 carpet remanufacturing. Kath has done a sterling job re-producing the carpets to the factory specification of grey with grey piping.

The very last task on the interior is to complete the rear seat assembly but for now we can move on. Once the body shell is nearing completion we can then line up the rear seat to ensure all measurements are accurate.

Aston Martin DB2/4 Rear End Rebuild

Clinton is continuing to work his magic and do an incredible job to the rebuild and re-shaping of the rear of our 1955 Aston martin DB2/4.

At some point in its life, evidence suggests that the car was involved in a rear collision leaving lasting damage to the back area of the vehicle.

Although we can’t be sure, this could be the reason why the car arrived to us with chrome handles on the rear. These could have been used as a way of further clamping down the boot.

The initial repairs carried out were enough to help shape the rear of the car but we certainly not done to an acceptable standard in our opinion. They were also very much different from how the vehicle would have left the factory, with extra strengthening steel supporting the shape rather than the body supporting itself.

Clinton has removed all of these strengthening bars and is currently, completely rebuilding the rear aperture to once again add strength but in the way it is supposed to be.

This week, Craig and Clinton took a trip over to Stratton Motor Company to have a look at a truly stunning example they have in the showroom. Thank you to Nick and the team for letting us look over the car. We got some useful measurements and dimensions to be able to build our one back up to the way it should be.

Carpet re-fresh continues for the DB 2/4.

Kath has been continuing her work on the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4’s carpet. This time, she’s re-made the left-hand footwell carpet, right-hand boot side panel, right-hand rear floor, right-hand rear under-seat, right-hand rear corner, right-hand rear sill, rear quarter panel (which needs the wood in still) and rear scuttle panel.

Aston Martin DB2/4 Carpet Work

Although the interior of our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 has been re-manufactured not that long ago, it was been carried out to the customer’s preference and not correct in correspondence to the original factory specification. The interior of our Aston is currently undergoing a complete transformation by Kath, Brian and Lydia in our trim shop and the new fit out will see the original colour return.

Right now, Kath is working on re-manufacturing the interior carpet using the existing as a template.

Starting on the Aston Martin carpets!

Kath has been starting on the carpet for the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4 this week.

The list of carpet pieces she’s made includes the front tunnel carpet, the rear under-seat carpets, the carpet that goes underneath the front of the gearbox, the top gearbox carpet, the gearbox tunnel carpets, the right-hand and left-hand foot well carpets, the carpet that goes around the throttle peddle, the rear foot well carpet and the rear boot-side panel carpet.

Each piece of carpet has got binding around some or all of the edges. This is made from the dark grey leather that was chosen, and is sewn on, right-side to right-side of the leather and carpet. It’s first stitched along the edge, and then the leather gets folded over to the under-side of the carpet and gets sewn again. The new carpet is grey to match the leather binding, whereas it was green and white carpet originally, with green binding.

Front bases now finished for the Aston!

Kath has been fitting the second front base seat cover to its foam and frame for the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4. It’s exactly the same process as the other front base, which you can read about here.

New sun visors for the Aston!

Brian has been re-covering a few more pieces for the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4’s interior.

The rear seat top panels have been done. He took the original leather off the wood and cleaned off any old glue that remained. He used the original leather covering as a pattern on the new leather to draw around and then cut out. Brian then simply had to glue the new leather onto the original wood, wrapping the leather around the edges and sealing underneath to provide neat edges. This panel will sit on top of the rear seat once in the car, which just provides a cover so there isn’t a gap. If you think of a modern car and its parcel shelf, that’s the position this will be in.

The sun visors have also been recovered. Brian started the process by taking the original material off the boards that formed the sun visors. He then used these boards to work out the measurements of new fabric he needed to cut out. He cut out new boards and then glued the new headlining fabric to one side and wrapped around the edges, sealing in place. Brian trimmed down the flange down one side on lengths of piping and glued it to the inside edge of one board. He then attached the other side of covered board to finish the sun visors.

Hand-sewn straps for the DB 2/4!

Another little update on the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4 coming your way!

In the trim shop, Kath has been re-covering the door straps. She began the process by taking the original leather off one of them and using it as a pattern for both of them on the new leather. Once cut out, she sewed the new leather piece onto each one, by hand. The way that it was sewn couldn’t have been done by machine.

DB 2/4 seats coming along.

Kath has been doing more seat work for the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4. This time around she’s been fitting the front base seat covers onto their foams and frames. She’s already sewn up the new front bases, which you can read about here.

The process started with Kath adding sections of new foam to the original, where it had deteriorated, and blending it in. She then cleaned off old glue from the wood around the straps and re-painted it. She also tightened up the straps after becoming loose from age. Kath took the original strip of wood from the gap in the foam, cleaned it up and attached it to the end of the calico piece that was sewn into the new front base seat. This piece of wood gets attached to the underneath of the foam and straps frame and helps keep the middle piped section down into place. Kath glued a piece of black calico to the wooden frame, to give a neat finish behind the straps. The front base seat could then finally be stapled onto the wooden frame. After that was done, the metal seat sliders were fixed onto the underneath of the seat and the matching front squab was attached to it on top.

Kath is now in the process of fitting up the other front base, so stay tuned!

Uncovering questionable repairs on Aston Martin DB2/4

Up to now, our 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 was not uncovering too many hidden issues. Naturally, we had a lot of repairs and re-shaping to do but nothing too scary.

Having carried out a full bare metal strip down of the car Clinton has uncovered some very questionable repairs that have been done at some stage in its life. The entire rear opening is completely out of shape due to previous damage. Most of the opening is being held in by reinforced steel attached to the aluminium body to strengthen and hold the shape.

This is absolutely not correct and must be addressed. Not a small job to carry out but one that is essential if we are to complete this project to the exacting standards that it should be. Clinton will need to cut out sections at a time, remove the steel work and re-shape the aluminium back to what it should.

The video shows the entire area and how extra metalwork is fitted to help strengthen the aperture.

Clinton Continues DB2/4 Fabrication

We check in to our DB2/4 restoration as Clinton is finalising the bonnet fabrication. Clinton has fabricated brand new hinges and completely reshaped the lower bumper moulding, letting in fresh metal when neccaasary. ‘The car can warp over time, so what may be a very small warpage has a knock-on effect and can result in panels sitting out of alignment across the entire car’ Clinton explains. The only way to ensure we achieve the best possible restoration is by going to the extent Clinton has with the fabrication and preparation of the bodywork.

The next step will be to make sure all of the panels are correctly aligned, ensuring the gaps are all uniform and tidy.

Dash tray work on the Aston.

Brian has been continuing the interior trim work for the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4.

This time, he’s been working on a pair of dash trays and a pair of under dash panels. For the dash trays, Brian started the process by taking off the rubber lip that went around the hole, then took off the original fabric pieces. He cleaned off as much original glue from the metal frame of the under dash panels. He then lay out the new headlining fabric chosen for the car, and placed the original fabric pieces on top of it, using them as patterns. Once marked out around, Brian cut out the new fabric and the first piece to glue onto the metal was the centrepiece. Glue was applied to the back of the fabric and to the metal and then Brian slowly attached the fabric to it, after the glue had gone tacky, making neat cuts around the hole so the material sat nicely. The inside sides were also covered in headlining fabric. Brian then cut out grey leather for the outside of the under dash panels. These pieces were glued on, then the finishing touch was to place the rubber lip back on.

For the under dash panels, Brian simply took the original headlining fabric off them, sanded down the excess old glue, used the original fabric pieces as patterns on the new headlining fabric, cut out, and glued the new material onto them.

Progress on Aston Martin panels!

Brian has been re-covering more panels for the 1955 Aston Martin DB 2/4.

This time it’s been the lower A posts, the dash side panels, the rear seat front rail and the boot side panels. He took the original leather off all of them and cleaned off any old glue that was left behind. He then used the original leather pieces as patterns on the new leather, marked out around them and cut them out. The new leather pieces were then glued onto their associated panels, and any foam was added where need be.