Tom Fischer Classic & Race Car Service was established in 1991, and has been at home next door to OELCHECK in the Upper Bavarian town of Brannenburg for the last 12 years. The workshop employs 15 highly qualified members of staff, each of whom set themselves high standards, are passionate and pay great attention to detail.
Tom Fischer is a big name in this industry and clients from around the world entrust him with their vehicles, be they from Moscow, Los Angeles, Vienna or Frankfurt. High-value vehicles from famous makes are restored, primarily those from the 1930s to the 1960s, even if there are a few mavericks along the way. Some of these dream cars, of which often fewer than 100 were made, are worth a seven-figure sum.
Quality with no compromise
Before you even lay a finger on such a vehicle, complex material analyses and research into the historical archives must be carried out. High-quality restorations are extremely complex and, depending on the value of the vehicle, the preparatory work alone can take more than a year. Yet Tom Fischer and his team know no compromise when it comes to quality. Only by restoring the vehicle in this way will you retain the car‘s originality. The workshop in Brannenburg is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, but the traditional work processes mastered by the team are the decisive factor.
Use grease – but in the right way
The car‘s engine, gears and rear axle will be thoroughly overhauled and supplied with fresh lubricating grease. Yet sometimes this is easier said than done, as the high-additive lubricants used today are generally not suitable for classic cars and are often incompatible with the sealants and metals used in the past. Furthermore, modern engine oils have such a strong cleaning effect that they remove deposits on the engine‘s interior, which may cause blockages in the oil lines as well as severe engine damage as a result.
Classic cars require unalloyed or very mild alloyed lubricants. In their engines, for example, many single-grade engine oils are used. Depending on the season and the climate, a high-viscosity summer engine oil SAE 40 or a low-viscosity winter engine oil SAE 10W will be used. Manual gearboxes with reduced loads require an unalloyed gear oil with a GL-1 API classification. A GL-3 gear oil, on the other hand, is mildly alloyed and contains EP additives. As a rule, this can also be used in manual gearboxes with non-ferrous metal components. Yet sometimes there is a difference between the theory and reality – an Alfa Romeo 8C, winner of the Mille Miglia 1936, for example, has a gearbox made out of non-ferrous metals which cannot withstand any organometallic EP additives. This requires extensive knowledge to avoid the wrong gear oil being added. Knowledge that Tom Fischer and his team possess, even though they are challenged on an increasingly regular basis. Should changes be made to a classic car‘s drive or engine without being logged, their experience is particularly sought after.