Published on May 27th, 2018 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez1
From Rust To Rave. The Carcraft Way
This is now a multi million-ringgit business in developed countries but not yet in Malaysia. Why? Well, most classic car owners in Malaysia cannot afford the high cost of parts, bodywork, paint and some of the classic car owners that can afford it want a short cut job just enough for them to parade their classic car on a drive or when friends come over to admire their ‘classic babe’.
The classic car movement in Malaysia is however strong and growing and new talent are emerging and as well restored cars start fetching good prices the need for more one-stop ‘restoration’ centers that can be ‘trusted’ is needed despite the many that already exist around the country.
Carcraft is a new one stop classic car restoration outlet started by a passionate classic car owner, Desmond. His objective is to prevent classic car owners from being ‘played’ and losing lots of money by the many shoddy operators we have in Malaysia.
Through his own bad experience of trying to restore 5 classic cars, the idea to start a ‘one stop restoration center’, Carcraft was born. It is brand new and ready to serve a new community of car lovers that want an honest job done. Located at No.29 along Jalan Industri, in USJ1/10, 47620, Subang, Carcraft may be new but its master mechanic Arvind has been working on old cars for years.
Classic car restoration is the process by which the car is returned to its former glory and splendor. With the right ‘woman’ standing behind the ‘classic car owner’ restoring classic cars can be a memorable and enjoyable experience.
When restoring a classic car in Malaysia, a major part is the bodywork and restoring the lines back to its seductive glory as we see in this Volvo Amazon, Alfa GTV and Ford Escort Mk1. Rusty or damaged body panels should be replaced and the biggest challenge lies in finding replacement panels or a painter that can bring the rusted panel back to life.
The engine is next and as the heart of the car so it is advisable that a well trained mechanic is given the responsibility of getting it right the first time.
Once the engine starts smoothly, the gearbox is the second part which needs to be checked. Now comes the electrics. An easy task for a trained person as old cars have simple electronics and zero tech.
Now you are ready for the upholstery. There are many well recommended shops one can visit but to get it right is the issue. This is why Carcraft has opened for business, to take away all the worry of finding the right restoration partners for your classic car. Let them take on the work.