A peek at a restoration in this exclusive Sao Paolo shop
I travel quite extensively on business and on a recent trip to Sao Paulo, Brazil, I discovered a restoration shop around the corner from my hotel.
Down the street on Rua Santa Justina was a repair shop called “Frison” and from the outside it really did not seem too interesting. As I peered in from the sidewalk, I noticed a Bentley, a couple of BMW M5s, a Porsche Cayenne and a black Ferrari. This seemed interesting enough so I ventured inside. The place was immaculate. You could make a sandwich on the shop floor without getting the bread dirty. Then on the right side of the garage, I noticed several individual work cells with OEM diagnostic equipment. Each cell was caged off with signs bearing the logos of Ferrari, BMW, Mercedes and of course Porsche. It seemed these guys knew what they were doing.
Each cell was caged off with signs bearing the logos of Ferrari, BMW, Mercedes and of course Porsche. It seemed these guys knew what they were doing.
So far no one asked who I was or what was I doing there. Other customers were siting around a bar having a coffee and some snacks. I continued my walk around and saw in the distance, front bumpers, door panels, and other components of various car models hanging in the air after being painted. I am sure if they hang around long enough they will be reunited with their underbody. Then as I turned, I saw a vintage gold coloured 911 under a complete restoration. It was a great sight to see. The car was completely stripped of everything and the shell must have come back a few weeks ago from being painted. The engine and exhaust system were already installed. It was sitting on a scissor lift which enabled the mechanic to raise the car to the perfect height for working on the braking system. He already installed new brake lines and rotors and he was currently in the midst of installing new brake calipers. All the parts for brakes were laid out on a cloth and trolley that can be rolled around to each wheel hub when required.
Everyone in the shop was totally engaged in a vehicle and I was not approached by anyone. I hung around for a while and then I finally asked if it was okay to take a few photographs. I was directed to a person walking around the shop with a clipboard in his hand. I said I belong to the Upper Canada Porsche Club and I am sure some club members would like to see the fine work you do at Frison. There was a big smile and then I was given the go ahead.
The spray booth, where painting applications are made, is almost like a laboratory: the conditions of internal pressure, air flow, temperatures, heating and cooling gradients are controlled by software that takes into account the types of materials used and parts to be used.
I spoke to the gentleman for a while and he said they have been in business for over 37 years as an automotive repair company with expertise in car maintenance of any kind, ready to service all areas of vehicle repair and maintenance.
Frison’s story begins in 1975, when Marcos Frison, a car lover, decided to set up a machine shop. It was one of the first workshops to purchase fully electronic diagnostic equipment exclusively for engine tuning. With the reopening of the Brazilian market for imported vehicles, Marcos Frison decided to focus on high-tech vehicle service and for customers looking for quality above all. The simple and basic idea was to make the vehicle as original as possible.
For bodywork, they only use water-based paints, high solid varnishes including some special scratch-resistant ceramics, special substrate bases such as aluminum and carbon fiber. The spray booth, where painting applications are made, is almost like a laboratory: the conditions of internal pressure, air flow, temperatures, heating and cooling gradients are controlled by software that takes into account the types of materials used and parts to be used.
They also have VPN internet connection with several car company head offices in Europe for any adjustments and remote diagnostics, or software updates. In the body shop, the aluminum repairs have specific and isolated boxes and tools, and for structural corrections the chassis drawing table is computerized, with an electronic measuring arm and a database with the structural measurements of the vehicles. We had quite a conversation but it was time for me to depart. I thanked him and I was on my way to my next business meeting. </>
Story and photos by Chris Peitchinis, UCR Member