The Frost Story
Frost Ltd was established in 1905 in Rochdale, Lancashire, as a general Engineering company but soon becoming specialists in Sheet Metal Working Machinery. Mr Frost died in 1948 and the company was bought by the Wood family and moved to its Crawford street location in 1948.
In the 1980’s, the Company was spending time advising customers where to find various types of restoration equipment, partly because of the continued manufacture of the wheeling machine (English Wheel) and partly due to Mike Wood’s contacts from racing Classic Cars. Mike then had an idea to put his knowledge of car restoration into a little sales booklet and so Frost Restoration was born.
Frost Auto is a unique business where you can find everything you need for your Classic or Custom car or motorbike bike from Rust Treatments and Paints to Specialist Mechanical and Bodywork Tools.
We offer an outstanding range of brands some of which are exclusive to Frost UK such as POR 15 (Paint, Rust Treatment, Tank Sealer), Eastwood (Paint, Automotive Tools), Evaporust and Dinitrol (Rust Treatment) as well as hard to find tools which are not available from major retailers. We have also launched our own FROST branded products, offering a premium quality at a bargain price.
In 2016, due to the rapid expansion of the business and the need for greater stock holding and improved logistics, we relocated to a purpose built 50,000 sq ft facility between Manchester and Warrington, Cheshire.
Our local shop is based in Glazebury, Cheshire just off the A580 East Lancashire road. Our opening hours are Monday to Friday 08:30 to 16:00. We pride ourselves on being knowledgeable about the products we sell and are always happy to offer advice over the phone. You can order on our website www.frost.co.uk, by email [email protected], or by telephone 01925 648555
– 1988, Mike Wood took a stand at Classic Car Show at the NEC Birmingham. Lots of enthusiasm was generated and slowly this developed into a Mail Order business.
– 1989, Mike Wood took stands at 26 shows including the huge auto jumble at Beaulieu and the first full-time employee was engaged.
– 1999, The Frost Team had a website and had now grown to employ 7 full-time employees mailing out 50,000 full colour 62 page catalogues.
– 2000, The first shopping cart was made and Frost became a “multichannel seller” with both online and offline stores.
– 2007, Customers could create their own online account to search and save their favourite products. Technical articles and instruction videos were also added to the website for the better online shopping experience.
– 2009, The catalogue grows to 100 pages and contains over 1200 items, which Frost mails out four times a year to its 100,000 mail list.
– 2010, eBay shop launched followed by an Amazon store in 2011.
– 2016, Business moves to its new location and releases new catalogue with 116 pages produced offering over 10,000 lines.
– 2017, Frost opens shop in Glazebury, Warrington which stocks all lines.
– 2017, Fuzz Townshend of ‘CAR SOS’ joins the Frost Team as Technical Advisor.
Frost Sponsors & Partners
Vintage Sports-Car Club (VSCC – Website: www.vscc.co.uk)
Since 2006, the Frost Auto has sponsored VSCC trials. These trials are one of the oldest forms of motor sport, where competing cars must climb sections of varying gradient and difficulty,
the ‘Frost Trials Trophy’ is the VSCC award for Long Chassis Cars.
Andy Saunders (Website: www.andysaunders.net)
The UKs top custom car builder, used Frost tools for his various car projects and especially for the Citroen Picasso project.
Ron Covell (Website: www.covell.biz)
One of the most highly-regarded metalworkers in the US staged his first workshop in the UK in 2008 in collaboration with Frost.
Bluebird Project (Website: www.bluebirdproject.com/K7)
Frost supplied products to help with the complete rebuilding of Donald Campbell’s Bluebird K7 world water record challenger by the Bluebird project (particularly for the reconstruction of Bluebird K7’s nose section, skin and structure).
Bennetts Custom Bike Build
The world-renowned bike builder Roger Allmond has created a unique machine on a project that has taken over a year from idea to completion. Utilising the latest motorcycle technology and materials, the hand-built bike is set to create new boundaries of motorcycle engineering. Frost are amongst UK sources for materials, components and equipment used in the construction.
Mike ‘Spike’ Edwards (Dedicated coaching website: www.v121pro.com)
As the only ACU Certified Commercial Coach, Mike has quickly set the standard for intensive targeted on track coaching; he is a traditional mentor – a competitor with over 30 years race experience; with 4 separate British Championship titles, in-depth experience winning on the Roads, and at World and European level – his history in the sport runs deep.
IK Classics – Lead Loading Course (Organised by Michael Coman at IK Classics – November 2014 and February 2015)
One day course that covers the process of lead loading or body soldering as traditionally used in car body construction and restoration.The course provided practical instruction, demonstration and hands on experience.
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