Portfolio of Projects
Finch Restorations Portfolio
The following is a portion of our project portfolio showing some of the wonderful vehicles that we have worked on. It provides an indication of the diversity and complexity of the projects that we undertake for our clients around Australia and internationally.
The vehicles are listed in order of their year of manufacture.
This is the project page for this wonderful Brass-Era / Veteran-Era truck - a 1910 Halley chain-driven lorry - that arrived at Finch Restorations.
Halley Motors was a Scottish manufacturer of trucks (lorries) in Glasgow from 1901 to 1935. They first built steam-driven trucks before changing to petrol-driven in 1906. Halley Motors was very busy supporting the war effort during WW1. However, after the war, the market for new lorries was critically eroded by a flood of low-priced war-surplus vehicles. Halley entered liquidation in 1935 and their assets were purchased by rival Glaswegian company Albion Motors.
This 1910 Halley truck will be gradually restored by Finch Restorations as a non-operational museum piece on behalf of our Northern Territory client - a Trucking Hall of Fame inductee.
|1910 Napier Type 31 “Colonial Model” - Two Seat Roadster|
|Inline 4 Cylinder||2700 cc | 164.8 cu in. | 2.7 L.|
|Transmission||3 Speed Manual|
A slight change of pace from many of the projects and restorations we do, this Thornycroft truck was designated to be a museum piece from project start. Owned by the same family business for nearly a century, the 1930 Thornycroft A1 truck is one of only a handful ever brought to Australia from its native England.
The MG F-type Magna is a rare machine, with just 1250 examples built across three models, of which only 40-odd were roadsters. This example came to us with bent, rusty chassis members and a heavily oxidised aluminium body, but scarcity and prestige ensured it was well-worth saving.
When Margaret Rose rediscovered a truck from her childhood, she was surprised how badly it had deteriorated – and just how much the ‘old red lorry’ meant to her. She talks about the restoration of her three-tonne 1948 Commer 'Superpoise'.
This project is the 'resto-mod' (restoration-modification) of a 1948 Jaguar 3½ Litre ‘Mark IV’ saloon. The owner in Victoria is looking for a comfortable and reliable daily driver and highway cruiser to complement his collection of authentic Jaguar vehicles.
This 1959 Mk2 Jaguar was the 59th Mk2 3.4 Litre built. The car is owned by Chris, a prominent South Australian wine-maker. In the late 1980s, Chris' wife had a scary accident when the brakes failed while she was driving the Mk2 through their local town.
Circa 2004, Finch Restorations was commissioned to coachbuild a series of re-creations of the 1959 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. These cars were effectively rebodied later-model Ferraris using a combination of donor cars and significant Ferrari components supplied by the client.
1982 Toyota FJ40 Landcruiser
For this FJ40, Finch performed rust repairs and painted the chassis, body and panels. Our client had previously dismantled the Landcruiser and delivered the body, chassis, and loose panels to us. After completing our scope, our client collected the completed items and will proceed to rebuild the FJ40 himself.