Bill Ackroyd, the 'manic mechanic',
started Automobills in January 1995.
His aim was to be more than your standard
'garage', he wanted to be associated with
restoring classic cars. He has
worked on American classics such as a
Lincoln Continental, A Cadillac, as well
as a Mustang. Bill also has worked
with British Classics such as, MG's,
Triumph TR5's, Wolseley's, Minis, MG
Rally Kestrel, as well as the Sunbeam
Rapier, Morris 10, the Doctor's Coupe,
Ford Mustang, and is currently working on
a Triumph GT6.
We have included photo's showing Bill's
restoration techniques on the following
pages. To access the pages, simply
click on the chosen subject.
10 (DOCTOR'S COUPE OF 1930)
Bill usually arranges with the owner of
the vehicle how the work will progress.
Several factors come into play, not only
the ability to pay for the work as it
progresses through the stages leading to
the finished article, but how much work
requires to be done. Bill's
expertise lies in restoring bodywork, so
he has engines and upholstery restored
elsewhere using his vast knowledge gained
from many years working in the
Some owners like to keep a 'hands-on'
approach with their car, and there are
welcomed, as long as they realise that
the garage is a place of work, and Bill
is the boss.
Bill also does other car work such as
servicing, gaskets, and brakes. He
has gained an enviable reputation for his
work on light commercials up to and
including Transit Van size. In fact
much of his work comes from local car
sales showrooms, MOT Weldings and light
So should you need the 'manic mechanic'
give him a call on 01668 213 264