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.

Is your faded photo beyond help? Maybe not!


This faded photo looked beyond repair...

Jone contacted me about repairing a couple of old photos that had faded away to virtually nothing. He’d been to a shop to see about fixing them- it was beyond their skills so they sent him to me.

With age the photo had lost virtually all its detail and colour. However I was able to bring a resaonable amount of detail to turn it into a black and white photo. Even though it’s still not perfect, Jone was more than happy with the end result.

Restoring Glass Damaged Photo

Pam contacted me about having this damaged photo brought back to original condition. It’s a photo of her old family homestead situated in Whananaki Northland.

The glass pane covering it had partially stuck to it, with the rest of it having broken off and tearing off portions of the photo.

The photo was scanned complete with broken glass attached, all the marks removed and missing pieces filled in. The photo was enlarged and printed off. Pam was extremely happy with the result.

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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!

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.

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Canvas Prints & Photo Restoration Whananaki Aerial Photos


I had three photos dating back to the 1960s to be printed onto canvas. They were aerial photos overlooking the Whananaki coast and estuary. The example above was severely cracked all through the photo, also with a large tear on the right.

The photos were scanned restored and printed onto canvas 420mm wide.

Whangarei Highschool Pupils Photos Restored


This project completed for the Whangarei Boys’ High School Old Boys Association. These photos were taken back in the early 1930s when Whangarei Girls and Boys High School pupils attended the same school.

The photos were scanned, restored and printed. The photos are so detailed individual faces could be made out. Being an old boy myself, I donated the labour and prints for free. Anyone interested in joining the association can contact Greg Weaver, Ph 09 4700196, email

Restoring Damaged Aerial Photo


Dorothy dropped off this aerial farm photo in severe need of photo repair. The top part of the photo had a liquid spilled over it giving this red stained look. I was able to remove all the marks and enhance the colour. The original photo was 5 x 7 inch in size, but was enlarged to A3 size without losing any detail.

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Restoring Faded Photos

Sharyn contacted me about having 5 faded photos restored. They were recent prints done in the last 10 years of family ancestors. Printed using the Fuji Pictrix printer, many of these types photos have severely faded within a short period of time.

Sharyn thought they were beyond help, but I was able to bring back nearly all the missing details, adding a sepia colour tone to give back that old aged look.
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Restoring Photo – Removal of Red Colour Cast


Ivan called in with this photo taken in the 70s in need of photo restoration. Typical of many photos taken in the 70s and 80s, the image has gotten a progressively worse red colour cast to it. Fortunately, there was enough remaining colour left to bring most of the colour back without spending a lot of labour on it.

Measuring approx 9 x 12cm the image was enlarged to 8 x 12 inch without losing any detail.
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