Innovative Engineering

What makes us Thwaites Engineering?


Who we are

We are a small, family-run business with over 20 years of engineering experience, including global product development. We are passionate about repurposing, refurbishment and bespoke engineering and fabrication opportunities.

As a micro team, we are bold, innovative, forward thinkers in a world of unique vehicle
restoration, committed to high quality every time. Chris, the proprietor, gained his Engineering Degree in 2011, and worked as a design engineer at Princess Yachts, developing production 3D and 2D drawings for motor yachts.

He then moved onto a Development Role at CAT which he held for X years, developing and validating Industrial Diesel and LPG engines, involving global travel to fault find issues and lead engineering activity on new projects. He gained CEng Status through the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Previous experience also includes:

  • SHP in Ely, race car chassis
    fabricators and customer vehicle
  • Coach Building in New Zealand
  • Metalwork for Holiday Homes
  • Duchy Properties in Cornwall

The types of work we do

As an engineering business, we are diverse and adaptable with the ability to offer an eclectic range of creative capabilities. On classic commercial, unique and motorsport vehicles we can offer:

  • Full, bespoke, bare metal restorations
  • Engine rebuilds and conversions
  • General servicing

Each individual project will have a personal Google Drive Folder where live photos and videos are uploaded for customers to track the progress in real-time from the comfort of their own homes.

We have extensive experience in problem solving and creative engineering. We are able to support clients through our network of contacts with Consultancy, 2D and 3D CAD design, concept design, renderings, 3D printing, design for manufacturing and fixtures for production lines.

We have a wide variety of vehicles for sale, on behalf of or sourced by ourselves and can meet a range of customer needs.


An end-to-end experience

We deliver an end-to-end service from sourcing to design, re-manufacturing both body and mechanical parts to bodywork and paint. Providing a vehicle that is fully ready to use, regardless of its original condition.

We are strong believers in collaboration and have a network of esteemed suppliers that support us in delivering all aspects of a restoration.

The skills we utilise as a team:

  • Engineering
  • Fabrication
  • Sheet metal work
    CAD and concept design
  • Bodywork and paint
  • Problem solving
  • Customer Service
  • Strong interpersonal skills in communicating technical matters
  • Effective risk management
  • Change management
  • Black Belt Continuous Improvement

What our clients say

I needed a custom steel tray to hold the electrics on a Honda 550 K four. Thwaites engineering surpassed my expectations with the skill and attention to detail. Would recommend highly.

John Gaudin

Chris has been carrying out sub-contract welding for us at Clifton Rubber over the past year. His welding is excellent and his strong work ethic ensures we always have parts when required to meet our deadlines.

Ben Burton - Clifton Rubber

Excellent communication and flexibility, with great prep work and welding on classic cars. Chris is a great guy and easy to work with.

Hazel Quest - Quest Brothers Classic Cars

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