Griffith

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.

PLEASE BEAR WITH US – THE WEBSITE IS BEING UPDATED OVER THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS OR SO.

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Welcome to the Griffith page! Here you will find pricing info and details on which repair services are available for your Griffith. 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/

General info:

 The TVR Griffith was first revealed to the motoring public as a prototype in 1990 at the British Motor Show. The reaction to the car from the press and public made it immediately obvious TVR had created a winner, and the car promoted the company up a league or two overnight. Production began in late 1991, and apart from a brief spell in 1993 (the pre-cat ended production and re-emerged as the 500 to allow the Chimaera to begin production) the Griffith was produced right up until 2001, signing out with the ‘SE’ model. Mechanically very similar to the Chimaera, the Griffith today suffers the same corrosion issues that plague its sibling, and like the Chimaera, 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.

Where are the common areas for corrosion on the TVR Griffith?

The most common place to find corrosion on your ‘Griff’ 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 Griffiths 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.....

(Images/text are from Chimaera page, but the information & process is identical)

 

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.


Full Chassis Refurbishment: This is the most thorough and in-depth service available. The body is removed from your Griffith, 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 Griffith 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.

  • The most thorough solution to prolong the life of your TVR
  • Even if a chassis looks to be sound (if not a little unsightly).....
  • .....probing deeper can yield disturbing results!
  • Many Griffiths have immaculate bodywork, but what about the mechanically functional aspect underneath?
  • In some cases, the chassis' we're brought only display surface rust, but as the old saying goes, 'Prevention is better than cure!'
  • It's not just the chassis that corrodes, sadly
  • Full strength restored! Now for some colour.....

 

 The table below details what is included in each option.

Standard Refurbishment Comprehensive Refurbishment
New outrigger set (originals retained if possible, but it’s rarely viable) * *
Two shotblasting sessions; one before repair and the other before coating * *
Thermal zinc-spray (aka ‘hot’ zinc-spray) * *
Zinc phosphate primer & de-gas * *
Powdercoat top coat * *
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 * *
Coolant change * *
Gearbox oil * *
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 * *
Substancially reduced hourly labour rate on additional works commissioned during the process * *

 

  • Once your chassis is at full strength, it's time to protect your investment.
  • Function over form - this chassis is now coated in a far more durable method than before.
  • And it looks pretty to boot!
  • Comprehensive refurb option covers more than just the chassis.....
  • ....and also adds an additional protective coating to the outriggers
  • We've already got it in bits, so if you opt to change some components along the way, there is often no labour charge!
  • Two of the most thorough and detailed chassis refurbishments we've done have both been a Griffith 430.
  • Rolling chassis phase is the final stage before the body tub is reunited with your fresh chassis.
  • They still look good, even from underneath!
  • This 430 didn't just pop by for a chassis; A new camshaft and stage 3 cylinder heads were fitted, along with ACT's carbon-flare intake trumpet setup. The results were fairly electric!
  • In the case of this (genuine) 430BV, the order of the day was to present the engine bay as nicely as the chassis. The exhaust system coating is a finish we can reproduce in-house.
  • The value of this car is assured once more.

 

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:

http://www.southwaysautomotive.co.uk/services/tvrchassis/

To view a photo-documented Griffith 430 chassis restoration, please visit our Facebook page by clicking the logo:

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For further information or assistance, please contact us and we’ll be only too happy to discuss your options with you.