At EMC we pride ourselves on building some of the finest cars in motorsport, our cars are not only competitive in their disciplines but also finished with pride and attention to detail. Just because a car is capable of winning championships doesn't mean it has to look anything less than immaculate.
Here's how we do it…
First we dismantle the vehicle to be prepped, everything is catalogued and stored and the body shell is then sent away for alkaline submersion. Once the shell is dipped it comes back to us bare metalled and ready for work to begin. We first seam weld the shell (if required) making sure that whilst the car is strong it doesn't lose any crumple or energy dissipation zones. Next job is a roll-cage, at EMC we don't sell bolt-in cages, only a substantial weld-in cage can offer the safety and quality our customers expect, and when tied into the body shell offers superior chassis rigidity. Safety is our number one priority in car preparation so EMC and Safety Devices work together to develop cages for all our customers.
Once the cage is fitted and any additional strengthening/gusseting completed the body shell is cleaned and acid etched. (Acid etch keys to the bare metal and gives the paint a surface to adhere to). Any potential rot-spots are zinc coated and the body seams are now sealed with lightweight seam-sealer. Why? Our shells are made to last and any water ingress can very quickly cause rot in a bare metalled shell, also the noise of unseamed panels vibrating is deafening inside the car, zinc reduces the potential of rust and sealer stops panel vibration.
The shell is now primered in grey and ready to paint. For extreme use cars (i.e. stage rally, off-road) additional under body stone chip guard is used. The shell can now be painted underneath, inside and outside in the colour of your choice. One of our finished shells has the same paint finish underneath and inside as it does on the outside.
The shell is now ready for re-assembly.