Building a car from scratch – the old school way


Building a car from scratch by hand – old school

John brought these old photos in to be enhanced and enlarged. It shows his father sitting in his home built car. Built from scratch in the 1930s, England, using only hand tools, John’s father made this little sports car. It just goes to show what you can make with skill & patience.

John thinks the car was later on sold and used for racing events. It’s whereabouts today is unknown.

Scanning Photo Print – Pet Lamb

Christine called in with this photo of a pet lamb her son had quite a few years ago. Christine had been to a local shop to get it scanned then enlarged and printed. While it didn’t cost very much at all, the shop cropped off most of the hat! The print was also fuzzy and had a blue tinge to it. Christine was not impressed.

Christine contacted me, showed me the offending reprint and hoped I could help – most definitely! I was able to scan it, enlarge it, make it purely black and white and make it look sharper.

Fixing colour stain in photo

Deborah from Auckland sent me this photo in need of restoration. The main part of the image had suffered from light damage, giving a brown stain to the photo. The photo was brought back to original B&W tone again.

Of the photo Deborah said:”The photos are of me and my Mum and Dad and our dog Joe, probably around 1984 when they won the Sharemilker of the Year competition for the Bay of Plenty.”

When Deborah got the print back she replied: “I just wanted to let you know that I have received the prints and am so pleased with them! You’ve done a fantastic job and I know Mum and Dad will be thrilled too!

Photo Print Enlargement – Hitachi EX3600-6 Digger & Scania R620 Truck

Eric Hoyle, operations manager for Cable Price NZ Ltd, Whangarei, sent me this photo of this large digger and truck. The digger is a Hitachi EX3600-6, the truck a Scania R620. The digger weighs 369 tonnes empty and makes the truck look like a toy.

This photo was taken by one of Cable Price’s sales rep at the MaCraes Gold Mine north of Dunedin. Eric wanted four large sized prints made (840 x 580mm). The original photo was angled, so I straightened it and filled in any missing pieces on the edges. The photo prints looked stunning.

Restoring Old Panorama Photo

Shirley contacted me about have this old panorama photo fixed. It was three photos hand joined together looking over her farm near Hikurangi, Northland. The photo was suffering from some colour shift as well.

Shirley wanted the joins removed and the print doubled in length and size. The photo was scanned in, all the joins meticulously removed and the colours bought back to normal.

Photo Restoration link

Scan & Prints of Whangarei Hospital Architect Sketches


Ann came to see me about having three old architect conceptual sketches copied and printed. They were old sketches made of the old Whangarei Hospital and newer base hospital. They had been laminated over, were looking tatty, with rips and tears.

The images measured over 600mm wide. They were scanned, restored and printed onto my matt art paper. The images came out looking colourful and vibrant. Ann was very pleased with the final prints.

Fixing and Enlarging Photo Print

Jo Walker came to see me about having this 70s photo scanned, enhanced and then enlarged. Her mother, seen bottom left holding the boy, has fading eyesight, and Jo wanted to know if I was able to make it bigger. I said no problem, the original photo was clear enough to enlarge.

Jo provided me with a new picture frame, allowing me to enlarge the photo to the correct dimensions. The photo was scanned, marks and redeye removed, colours enhanceed then printed to a 16 x 22 inch size, with excellent clarity. When Jo saw the final print mounted she was overjoyed with what she sure. I was going to make her mother very happy!