2CV Shop Rebuilt 2CV's are the closest
thing you will get to a brand new 2CV!
The first stage of the 2CV rebuild is to totally strip down
the car. The 2CV is very carefully dismantled right down to
the last nuts and bolts; and then stored in our special
boxes, as it is very important to us to keep the original
parts together and not get mixed up with other 2CV's.
All of the panels and body shell are then taken to get
shot blasted where
they are shot blasted back to bare metal. The shot blasting
process removes all paint and rust and this is the only
effective way of ensuring that everything is removed.
Only The 2CV Shop have perfected
the Shot Blasting process - accept nothing less!
- When a panel starts to rust, it will usually start
from the inside of the panel and is, therefore, not
obvious immediately. If there is rust on the inside of
the panel then it will become apparent to us during the
shot blasting process as small pin holes in the metal
will appear. In particular the 2CV doors will start to
rust inside at the bottom. Our experience has proved
that by cleaning a panel back to bare metal with paint
stripper or wire wheel; you do not find the growing
problem within the panels.
When rust problems are identified during the shot blasting
process, the panel is taken back into our workshop where our
welders will cut it out and weld in new metal.
Once all of the panels have been shot blasted for the
first time and any welding, including new floors, sills,
inner and outer toe board and as necessary boot floors,
inner wings, windscreen surround panel and rear number plate
panel are welded in; all of the panels are shot blasted
again for the second time.
There are two reasons that we shot blast for a second
- Firstly to remove any rust that may have occurred on
the bare metal.
- Secondly, and more importantly: because when we
carry out any welding, a lot of heat goes into the metal
and it goes blue and this thins the metal. If too much
heat goes into the panel it will thin it to much and you
will have rust within 6 to 12 months. So by shot
blasting again, the thin metal will show up and it will
again be welded until we are happy with the finished
The rebuilt bodyshell is now treated and finished as
- The 2CV bodyshell is turned over and a good quality
zinc primer is applied to the underside of the 2CV.
- We then go on to apply a seam sealer to every seam
on the 2CV and then underseal the underside of the 2CV
to give it the best possible protection.
- From here the 2CV is taken into our Body Shop where
we apply filler to take out any small blemishes. We do
not use filler to fill any holes or big dents as this
would lead to problems after a short while.
- Once we are happy, we go on to apply a coat of high
quality etch primer, followed by 3 coats of high build
primer. The high build primer is then sanded down to
give a smooth base for the 3 colour coats. The paint
that we use is of a high quality and will not fade over
a few years as a lot of the cheaper paints do.
Whilst all of the above stages are underway, the
running gear, engine and chassis are taken to our Mechanical
Shop where the chassis is replaced with a new chassis, all of the running gear overhauled, i.e. wheel
bearings, king pins, shock absorbers, all new brakes i.e.
shoes, pads, discs, wheel cyclinders, rebuilt front
callipers, all new brake pipes and reconditioned steering
rack, coil starter motor, alternator, fuel line, fuel tank
sender, etc. et., a reconditioned gear box is fitted, the
engine is stripped down and overhaulded . We now have a
rebuilt rolling chassis awaiting its newly painted body
We will then fit the body to the chassis and reassemble the
2CV to your specification, at this point we can wax oil your 2CV should you require it. As the rust will
mainly start from the inside of a panel, the cavity wax is
injected into the panels of your 2CV and helps to prevent
rust from starting within your panels. Re-assembling your 2CV
will take about 80 hours, and in total the rebuild will
take approximately 450 hours..
Once we have fully reassembled your 2CV for you, we will
have it MOTd and then test drive it for a few days before
you collect it. All rebuilt 2CVs come with a 1 year parts
and labour warranty.
Before any wear can commence, we spend quite a time
discussing with you your personal requirements and we will
give you a tour around our workshops showing you every stage
in the process of rebuilding your 2CV. There are not many
places now that you can have a say in the specification of
your car before it is built for you, visit it at any point
in its process, have photographs taken of it through the
stages, choose the colour of your seats, roof, the colour of
the 2CV, plus many options available to you, and have a
beautiful classic car at the end of it all that you can
drive on a daily basis.
The labour cost for all of the above is £8650.00 + vat and
(options and specification will affect the price, we will
provide written quotations based on your individual
requirements on request).
We can also rebuild 2CV Vans, but this will cost
approximately an addition £1500.00 +VAT on parts and labour.
If a van needs to be purchased; at the moment you will
expect to pay between £800.00 to £1500.00 for one that needs