Restoration of Lancia Aurelia B52 PF 200 | Diary End April 2009

Diary End April 2009

Soft top restoration (structure)

All existing wooden parts in the soft top structure were stripped down, cleaned, and where excessively damaged by nails and molds, replaced (photo 1).


Soft top fabric replacement (photo 2)

Soft top restoration (structure)

Photo no. 3, on the left: here shown is the complete soft top arms & lever structure assembly dismantlel

Photo no. 3., on the top right: the same structure detached components repaired and re-chrome

Photo no. 3, on the bottom right: restored structure components reassembly on the special jig tool


Trim and chrome parts

All chromed trim parts detached from the car are listed and carefully inspected before proper aesthetic and functional restoration is made (photo 4)


Soft top restoration (structure)

The front locating pins and hook latches for the soft top were missing (photo 5).

Starting from the centre one (the only complete remaining), the sides were rebuilt as shown in the photo no. 6, on the bottom right.


Electrical wirings

In the photo no. 7, on the top, the complete electrical and wiring assembly is shown here as stripped from the car on the bench test. All harnesses and connecting points are labelled and individually inspected.

In the photo no. 7, on the bottom, the same electric plant with renewed and overhauled components are shown. All wirings and connections were replaced with corresponding materials on the original wiring diagram. Fuse box and relays were carefully overhauled and tested.


Restoring interiors

In the photo no. 8 the interior covered trim panels are shown.

They were stripped down, and the panel board rebuilt where rotted.

In the photo no. 9, on the left: the door panels and centre medallions with their pockets stripped down to the panel boards and frame edges.

On the right: the rear quarter side panels stripped down

Here shown is a trial upholstery for cushion and backrest of the front seats, looking for the original shape and refinements (photo 10).


Colour paint tone definition

Starting from the colour history, a careful research was conducted for correct matching with reference samples.

Investigations were mainly on the original dark metallic green, ivory white, light met., gold and light met., silver grey (photo 11).


Body restoration

The bare shell was chemically treated to eliminate every trace of old paint, rust and even lead fillings. This was intended for the most accurate removal of corroded parts without damaging original sheet metal panel as it happens for shootpeening or sandblasting procedures (photo 12).

It is now possible to know all the assembly process of the body panels, and recognize old repairs and badly corroded parts (photo 13).

In the photo no. 14, the perfect cleaning to bare sheet metal work are shown. In the photo on the right, old repairs on sills. 

In the photo no. 15, a dramatic rust corrosion on the lower part of the rear fenders.

We are now able to provide for proper sheet panel replacements and repairs all around.