The Rod Jolley team brings together the skills of body builders, panel beaters, wing makers, fender manufacturers and wheelers - specialists in the art of classic car coachbuilding united by a love of the motor car.
At any one time the company has a succession of historic vehicle projects passing through the workshops, each project being worked on continually and moving from stage to stage without interruption or delay. Particular care is taken to maintain close contact with clients at every stage of a project to ensure that their vision is fulfilled. Clients are encouraged to visit and watch jobs progressing. This is an excellent way to maintain a working relationship, and enables any modifications to be thoroughly discussed and agreed. Careful project management ensures that the finished vehicle is on the road on time and on budget.
|Design & Development|
The measuring bridge enables us to map all the contours of a car's body, ensuring a precise duplicate is made in the workshop. The buck is a three dimensional form which ensures that car body panels are shaped precisely. As well as restoring and rebuilding original ash frames and aluminium bodies, many of our antique auto projects require the creation of car bodies from merely photographs or sketches.
Ash frames and body bucks are constructed in the design and development workshop and range from Figoni et Falaschi inspired creations, through to pre and post war racing cars and saloons. The company personally seasons the ash used in construction to ensure the highest quality work. Ash is stored in our workshops and cut, shaped and joined to restore original frames or to fabricate new ones from scratch.
|Panel Beating and Body Work|
Body panels are handcrafted in the panel beating and prototype workshops, where aluminium, magnesium alloy, brass, copper, steel or stainless steel is hand-formed into the exquisite compound curves of body panels or the functional beauty of fuel tanks, radiators, louvring, window frames and all bodywork accessories.
|Assembly and Finishing|
Body panels are welded or riveted depending on the original manufacture of the bodywork. Our welding techniques ensure a strong and invisible join, in aluminium or magnesium alloy. After assembly the bodywork joints are sanded and polished ready for painting or a final polishing if a bare aluminium body is preferred.