Engine back in ’65 Ford Zodiac Mk3 – Full Restoration

’65 Ford Zodiac Mk3 enters the last stages of the full restoration with the rebuilt engine slotting back into the fully restored and detailed bay. Everything has gone very smoothly so far which is always a good sign.

We were asked to undertake the project after our customer finally removed the dust-cover after a 22 year garage lay-up! The Zodiac has required work on nearly every aspect of the body and mechanicals and will need a complete refurbishment and re-trim of the interior.


The rest of the running gear will follow in the coming weeks then it’s onto rest of the fit-out and trimming.

If you have any questions about the restoration or have a similar project you’d like to discuss, please get in touch with Don directly on: 07785 723684

**We have relocated** New Address for Panelcraft Bristol

From March 2013 we will be in brand new premises a short distance from our old workshop.

Our new low-bake oven will accommodate an even wider variety of vehicles including light commercial, camper vans, large SUV’s and caravans.

We can now be found at the new address for Panelcraft Bristol:

Unit 25 Brookgate
South Liberty Lane (off Winterstoke Road)



Call on: 07785 723684




63 Mini Cooper Restoration Progressing Well

One customer has given us a wonderful opportunity to deliver a truly inspiring restoration – a one owner 63 Mini Cooper from the ground up.

It’s not often we get to bring a car back to original state for the first buyer and still current owner. Lots of fond memories to restore as part of the job.

After stripping out, removal of engine, mechanicals, electrics and metal that’s past it’s prime, we progressed very well.

Unfortunately, originality will be compromised as almost all body panels, subframes and steel structural needed replacing bar the roof. We’ve had the good fortune to have a budget that allows us to use all new panels and parts from Heritage and we’re nearing completion of major structural work.

Next stage, fill and paint.

Panelcraft and the Environment

Our policy is simple – get the job right first time, minimise waste and be efficient.

Repairing and restoring vehicles is, by necessity, quite a messy business.

We have to use a range of organic and synthetic materials to produce high-quality, long-lasting results.

We need to use energy at most stages – electricity to power grinders, cutters, drills, spray equipment, polishers.

Waterbased paints are used everywhere we can and, where we can’t, we apply with care and use the most efficient techniques possible.

Energy use is kept to the minimum required to do the job right and we are in the process of converting our low-bake ovens to use recycled fuel oil.

All told, we are as green as we can be and we’ll continue to improve moving forward.