Romanian vintage cars
Vintage cars are in our genuine artifacts. Amounts for which bids are sometimes equals those that sell paintings of great painters.
Difference do the costs of maintenance and restoration of these jewels on four wheels, so that, ultimately, be worth as much. For this reason, not everyone can afford to stay among the owners of old vehicles.
Here, collectors of antique cars were behind a relatively short history, true devotion to their passion is producing only after 1989. With the establishment Retromobil Club Romania, in 1998, crystallized their identity by organizing demonstration flights, parades and showrooms.
Restoring old cars was made but, long, crude, makeshift places and improper means. Restorer Ovidiu Ionescu, an enthusiast of the first cars made in Romania field, ARO M461, understood that it is time for things to change.He bought one and has proposed to restore shine and last three decades, when it came out the factory in Campulung. Just a taste of auto restoration. He then started to invest in the tools necessary for such activities, along with buying antique cars, more or less degraded. And because I needed a proper place, Ovidiu Ionescu has installed the 40 cars and their restoration workshop, called Studio Old Timer, a former poultry farm in the village mill Vlasiei. Never long before vintage car owners rushed the door or workshop.They then passed through hand cars like Ford Consul Coupe, Land Rover 2A, B Ford, Fiat 124, Triumph Speedfire, Steyr Convertible, and currently is in the works, among other valuable car, a Mercedes 230 SL, a Jaguar E-Type, a Rolls Royce and a Singer.
Restore a machine made pieces retromobil supposes a long and difficult. The first step is dismantling the assembly. At this stage, each vehicle are assigned boxes which are stored only in her songs.Instead, painted metal parts, especially body, enter the blast. The process takes place in a special room where paint and grout are removed using a sand turbines that splashes over them. He who wields the tools wear a suit like the astronauts, so that sand does not affect the airways. Immediately after blasting, metal parts are subjected to treatment with a phosphate-based agent for the rust to no longer make head. Point and over again.From now on, the car starts to come alive again. Body enters the stage reconditioning and defects are addressed by classical methods of bodywork: welding, grinding etc. Finish, which will bring a perfect body line, but that is no longer in autoserviceuri with putty. There is a special alloy, lead-based, covering the hot plate and is durable over time, unlike the putty, which may crack anytime. In parallel with these operations, identify parts to be replaced. Car owner can personally take care of their purchase, but Old Timer Studio can take this task himself.Source parts is as diverse as it is uncertain, so no one can stop for long restoration process.
A valuable vintage car must have all parts in series and, moreover, to present the same number of manufacturing. Course, can be used and parts of other series, as well as some made crafts, but the result will be decreased drastically car value.Installation: Once completed the final step to buying parts, and lack of defects, move to restore the mechanical components (engine, transmission, steering, etc..) And recover electrical installation. At this stage, the body is subjected to the process of painting and upholstery is reconstituted. Installation completed vehicle restoration practice, but the job is finished until the latter has all the ornaments which adorned shipped.And here’s the rule that works well as a car have the original trim, the more so as, in Romania, chrome or nickel operations, performed only by state factories, are of doubtful quality.
Usually, this whole chain of operations takes 4-6 months if all goes smoothly. The price of a complete restoration varies depending on the complexity of operations and technical condition of the car, very important, it is not about the actual value of the model. For a car in good condition, restoration cost about $ 3,000, reconditioning damaged one assumes, besides very long time spent repairing, costs that reach $ 15,000.Photo: Victor Ciupuliga
Retromobil Club RomaniaFounded: 1998 Headquarters: St. Farmers no. 93, sector 2, Bucharest correspondence: OP 63, CP 180, Bucharest Phone: 0722/856102, 0745/089096 E-mail: email@example.com
Old Timer Studio He was born in 2002. Its aim is to help owners to maintain their retromobile (revision, conservation, small repairs). Meanwhile, the OTS advises those who want to restore strength and its own car or, more interesting, recondition car parts and then provide the owner, because he set it himself. Address: No Sighisoara. 7, Sector 2, Bucharest Phone: 021/267 9:44 p.m., 021/267 9:45 p.m.
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