JANUARY 2017: PLEASE NOTE, WE ARE CURRENTLY REVISING OUR PRICING SCHEME AND OPTIONS PACKAGES FOR TVR CHASSIS REFURBISHMENTS. IF YOU REQUIRE PRICING OR INFO, PLEASE CONTACT US FOR FURTHER HELP.
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Welcome to the Chimaera page! Here you will find pricing info and details on which repair services are available for your Chimaera. For further info and a general overview on TVR chassis issues, please visit the TVR Chassis Corrosion Information and Q&A Page page: http://www.southwaysautomotive.co.uk/services/tvrchassis/
The TVR Chimaera was launched in 1993 and was in production at Bristol Avenue until 2003. Over 6000 were produced, not only making it TVR’s most successful model to date, but more successful that every TVR model produced until 1993 COMBINED! The issue of chassis corrosion affects all models of Chimaera, but it’s apparent that the later white coated cars (produced from late 1996 onwards) seem to fare slightly worse on average in terms of corrosion, though there are plenty of exceptions out there!
Where are the common areas for corrosion on the TVR Chimaera?
The most common place to find corrosion on your Chimaera are the outriggers. The rust process begins initially on the internal faces of the front and rear corner sections around the welds, hidden away from view almost entirely (it’s for this reason you quite often see Chimaeras with rotten outriggers still managing to limp through an MoT test!) The lower chassis rails are also susceptible to corrosion, and we’ve also seen cases of rot in the rails directly below the exhaust manifolds. Structurally speaking, the chassis rails are much more important than the outriggers, though neither should be neglected. Sadly, they often are.
What are my options?
DIY Refurb: If you’re confident in your own abilities, the lowest cost option is to bring us your chassis on its own. Being a company whose beginnings centred around the kit-car industry, we appreciate that it’s not just establishments like ours that are capable of stripping and rebuilding a TVR! To that end, we devised a system where you bring us the chassis alone, and we’ll do the rest.
...take home this!
All DIY option chassis' have the same process applied as our full in-house refurbishments
The Chimaera 450 this normally resides inside will be good for years to come
Why settle for a scrub and brush paint, when you have the skills to take it apart and have us do it properly?
The lowest-cost approach to achieving a higher-cost value of your Chimaera, is to bring us the chassis alone. Bring us this.....
The process of repair is actually the same as with the full refurbishment below, so all chassis’ get the same treatment regarding thermal zinc-spraying and fabrication as detailed above. The price is fixed, though if a situation is encountered where the extent of the work is considered to stretch beyond the remit of the service offered, no work will commence until the options have been discussed in full with the customer.
We also often have customers who’ve begun the job, and immediately regretted it! They have then brought us the collection of parts they’ve turned their car into, and we do the rest. Give us a call on 01329 220755, or email us for further information and assistance.
£2395.00 (incl. VAT)
Full Chassis Refurbishment: This is the most thorough and in-depth service available. The body is removed from your Chimaera, and the chassis then stripped to every last nut & bolt before being fully refurbished using your original chassis (we do not exchange chassis due to legal issues regarding registration and I.D of the vehicle). Your Chimaera is then rebuilt and with far better protection than it was supplied new from the factory with. There are two grades of full refurbishment currently available; Standard, and Comprehensive. The level of chassis repair remains the same for either option, the differences between the two relating to additional options and improvements such as renewing brake lines and suspension/drivetrain bushes.
1998 Chimaera 400 chassis
Underseal can't get everywhere, so no chassis is immune
1997 Chimaera *A chassis before.....
1997 Chimaera *A chassis after (same chassis!)
While lifting the body is the correct way to establish the condition of outriggers.....
....sometimes seemingly strong sections of chassis are actually weaker than they look
With the Comprehensive refurbishment option, the process isn't confined to the chassis itself
A seat belt mounting bracket. Doesn't look strong, huh? Well, the other one is the pile of crumbs in front of it!
1997 Chimaera *A2 before.....
1997 Chimaera *A2 after.....
The table below details what is included in both full-chassis refurbishment options.
|Standard Refurbishment||Comprehensive Refurbishment|
|New outrigger set (originals retained if possible, but it’s rarely viable)||*||*|
|Two shot blasting sessions; one before repair, the other before coating||*||*|
|Thermal zinc-spray (aka ‘hot’ zinc-spray – see Chassis info page for details:||*||*|
|Zinc phosphate primer & de-gas||*||*|
|Powder coat top coat (colour of your choice)||*||*|
|Two-pack polyurethane wet-spray (other options available)||Cost option||Cost option|
|Same process applied to wishbones, brackets & ancillaries||*|
|Stonechip spray & seal outriggers||*|
|Renew fuel lines (R9 grade hosing/Kunifer lines)||*|
|Renew brake lines (Kunifer)||*|
|Install braided stainless brake flexi hoses||*|
|Chassis & suspension nut & bolt kit||*||*|
|Replacement of exhaust manifold gaskets||*||*|
|Install Powerflex rear differential mounting upgraded poly bush||*||*|
|Install Powerflex suspension & anti-roll bar upgraded poly bushes||*|
|Full 12k service (incl. stamp in book if req.)||*|
|Photo-documented work||No cost option||No cost option|
|Live’ accounts sheet & planner||*||*|
|Substantially reduced hourly labour rate on additional works commissioned during the process||*||*|
Please note: ‘Deluxe’ package to be added soon, please phone for further details
Nothing allows you to enjoy your TVR more than knowing it's at full strength below you!
It's obvious which cars have a healthy chassis, even from the engine bay
White or silver was the original colour on all Chimaeras, but nearly any colour is available
1999 Chimaera 500 - before
1999 Chimaera 500 - after
In the 'Comprehensive' option, many other components are treated to the same process.....
....and the options to go even further are almost limitless
It lasted 18 years before, it'll be more than the same again before it needs looking at
During the process, most mechanical components are removed, and if you ask us to fit new during rebuild, many of them incur no labour fee at all!
They look so good like this, it's almost a shame to put the body back on
Comprehensive refurbishment includes all chassis brackets, as well as renewing every suspension & drivetrain bush on the car with a high-quality Powerflex upgrade
1998 Chimaera 450 begins the process....
....and then begins to complete it
Live Accounts Planner
Two weeks prior to commencement of the work, we will share with you an online, live, 4-page ‘spreadsheet’. This spreadsheet will provide you with a detailed list of planned work for your refurbishment, total projected costs and recorded payments on account you may have already made, an optional extras sheet full of fixed-price additions you may or may not choose to include in your refurbishments, and lastly an inventory of any parts you have supplied with the car yourself.
The advantage of this is that it becomes much easier to plan your refurbishment before it’s even started, and allows you to make a clearer distinction between what you would like carried out, and what actually needs to be carried out, as it’s easy to lose track of your total spend!
The live accounts planner is available on full refurbishments and all outrigger-only jobs.
Both the full refurbishment, and the DIY option both include the thermal zinc-spraying process on your chassis, which is explained here on our TVR Chassis Corrosion Information and Q&A Page:
To view a photo-documented restoration of a TVR Chimaera chassis on our Facebook page, please click the following logo:
For further information or assistance, please contact us and we’ll be only too happy to discuss your options with you.