Vehicle Restoration Courses

Contour Academy provides courses in traditional sheet metalwork aimed at professional and amateur restorers of classic cars, motorcycles, vintage aircraft enthusiasts, customisers, kit and special car builders.


The techniques involved are relevant to vehicle metalwork where complex shapes and structures need to be reproduced or restored.


The courses – Stage 1 and Stage 2 - deal with all levels of competence, from complete beginner to the experienced professional. We teach students how to work with basic hand tools through to specialist machinery; some of which we have developed ourselves.


The courses are run with the individual in mind allowing time to ask questions particular to your needs. We limit the number of pupils so that you are given a significant amount of one-to-one tuition.


The Courses

Stage 1 - Foundation

This course is an introduction to the principles of complex double-curvature sheet metalwork and will give you the confidence to tackle repair work and form and butt-weld double-curvature panels.


It’s designed to suit all levels of experience and allows for varying degrees of competance.


During the course we will demonstrate how to manufacture professionally-finished panels with basic tools and equipment as well as using more sophisticated equipment such as the wheeling machine. There is time available to discuss your own projects.


Course aims

To enable students to produce double-curvatures panels and alter and fit obtainable panels.


You will learn


Pattern making - measuring and marking out complex shapes and structures accurately


Jig building - constructing basic jigs and fixtures to aid reproduction of original parts


Body construction - aligning panels to create flowing bodylines and parallel gaps


Tool making - how to construct simple tooling to replicate original recesses etc


You will learn and practise


Flanging - shrinking and stretching metal to form convex and concave curved flange. You will also learn how to wire a flanged edge


Shaping - hand forming and smoothing double-curvature panels to accurately fit a jig and hammering smooth over a steel dolly. We will also teach you elementary use of the wheeling machine


Butt welding - joining thin sheets of metal using a tig welder without adding filler rod to create a smooth finish. This is an important technique used in the making and fitting of repair panels to achieve a seamless joint


Annealing - annealing aluminium alloy to aid shaping


Course costs

 

Four days - £1140 (£1368 inc. VAT)

 

2018 Stage 1 - Foundation Course dates

  • 19th - 22nd February
  • 19th - 22nd March
  • 23rd - 26th April
  • 14th - 17th May
  • 18th - 21st June
  • 16th - 19th July
  • 13th - 16th August
  • 17th - 20th September
  • 15th - 18th October
  • 12th - 15th November
  • 10th - 13th December

 

 


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Stage 2 - Construction

This course covers the principles and practise of designing, making and use of patterns, jigs and tooling for the manufacture and restoration of complex sheet metal panels.


The course is designed to follow and build on the principles established during the Foundation course, focusing on aluminium shaping and welding.


Course aims

To enable students to design, produce and use patterns, jigs and tooling to make and restore complex panels and structures and to shape and weld aluminium alloy.


You will learn


Developing jigs - purpose, design, construction and use


Developing tools - purpose, design, construction and use


Materials - understanding the properties and appropriate use of various materials


Joining materials - exploring the various methods of joining panels


You will learn and practise


Taking profiles - replicating complex curves and configurations


Making patterns - developing patterns to accurately reproduce original parts


Forming on tooling - Using bespoke tooling to replicate original detail


Flanging & wiring edges - forming flanges around tooling using advanced techniques


Shaping - forming and smoothing complex double-curvature aluminium alloy panels to accurately fit jig


Butt welding - using a TIG welder to join sheet aluminium alloys without filler rod enabling a joint to be hammered to a smooth finish


Course costs


Four days – £1240 (£1488 inc. VAT)

 

2018 Stage 2 - Construction Course dates

  • 22nd - 25thth January
  • 26th - 29th March
  • 21st - 24th May
  • 23rd - 26th July
  • 24th - 27th September
  • 19th - 22nd November

 


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