As he always does, a few days later Tony delivered the finished job once it had gone through its final polishing and setting stages. The anticipation as the TSK van turned up outside Marks garage was great – our car had returned!! As the doors opened, there she was! Only 3 or 4 weeks after we sent off the bare, scrappy, rusty chassis to Arch, our car was back, newly powder coated, freshly panelled and now beautifully painted in our familiar blue!!
Once again I have to extend my thanks to the craftsmen who have helped return our car back to its former glory. Tony, ably assisted by his colleague Michael, has done a superb job. Thanks to him for giving his time to show me around, allow me to take pictures, and indeed for taking some great shots whilst he was in the middle of actually working on it! Like Bruce, he turned the job around very quickly, and like the work that Arch did, the finished result is perfect. The continuity of suppliers has been important to us – we know that our car has been rebuilt to the same, or perhaps an even better, standard than when she was first built over 10 years ago.
So, she was back with us – all we had to do now was put all those bits back together again….
Apart from you bare aluminium bodied polishers, most of our cars will have passed through Tony’s hands before we owned them. As I took pictures around the spray booth I noticed these surreal shapes, formed by the build up of overspray over the years. Cracking one of these open revealed rings, much like those found in a section of tree trunk. Chances are one of these rings was formed when your car was sprayed. Much like the revelation that our cars have all been built on one of 2 jogs at Arch, this little detail adds a special something to our Caterham ownership experience, and somehow connects us all!!