FRAME-OFF RESTORATION

As you search through our website, you will become aware of our commitment to excellence.  It is our belief that classic, collectible, antique and special interest vehicles are truly a distinction and pleasure to own. They deserve the meticulous care and restoration we provide. Upon completion of the restoration, the vehicle will be the pride of its owner and the envy of others. Any vehicle that has survived this long certainly deserves a second chance.

America has a love affair with classic cars, whether it's a Stock Driver, Classic Street Rod, Low & Slow, Rat Rod, Show Car or Cruiser.

The Process

Here are the major steps in doing a complete restoration

The first question usually is about the cost. That will depend on a number of factors starting with the current condition of the vehicle and the level of quality you want in the final process. Are you looking for a concourse car, show, street show, or a very nice driver? Depending on the level you want ,a restoration project can cost  $50 to $100k or more for a partial. Complete restorations can cost $150 to $200k or more. Contact us to discuss your restoration goals.

PREPARATION:

Classic cars are several decades old and require special attention during disassembly. Everything has to be removed from the body, interior and chassis. The body and frame need to be sandblasted to remove paint, rust, dirt, etc, during this process any old body work is exposed and any rust holes show up. This is when we get a good picture of the extent of body work needed to repair the old work or rust damages. 

PARTS:

Depending on the condition of you vehicle, new parts may be needed to make the car function again. There are quite a number of restoration parts manufacturers that supply many parts that look just like the original factory parts. But they don't make all parts for every classic car, sometimes we look to the salvage industry to get good used parts and they might need to be refurbished to make the look new again, or we might need to fabricate components sometimes. If you are looking at a"matching numbers" level of restoration, the cost may be higher due to the additional work needed on those parts because they are sold as-is.

LABOR COSTS:

All labor is billed by actual clock time working on the vehicle. Our technicians  clock onto the project when they start each day and clock off each time they stop working. There is no set standart time for the restoration process, each job has different concerns and different levels of labor required.  The following is a general guide as to the general times involved.

 

PROCESS                                                                                                          HOURS

Body disassembly and install on a rotisserie...………………………………...…10-50

Frame/Suspension/Steering/Brakes disassembly...……………………….....10-50

Frame/Suspension/Steering/Brakes clean up and paint...………………... 30-40

Frame/Suspension/Steering/Brakes assembly...……………………….…….. 30-40

Disassemble Drivetrain & Accessories..………………………………………..….....5-10

Assemble Drivetrain & Accessories...………………………………………………...30-40

Body/Trunk/Under-car/Interior/under-hood clean and repaint...…......120-160

 

TOTAL PROCESS                                                                                         395-550 Hours

Media blasting: Body & Frame components                                 (price varies with each job)

 

 

These times do not take into consideration how much time would be required to repair rust spots, use patch panels, repair dents or replace body panels that are welded on. 

Tasks That a Complete Frame -Off Restoration Involves

 

Assembly                       Body Repair                                              Brake Repairs           

Conversions                  Cooling System Upgrades                      Metal Fabrication

Electrical Repairs        Engine Rebuilding                                    Tuning

Interior Work                Rust Repairs                                             Metal repair

Priming                          Painting                                                    Color Sanding

Buffing                          Detailing Work                                         Suspension Rebuilding

Glass Work                  Chrome Plating                                        A/C Repairs

Instrumentation          Fuel System Work                                   Paint Materials and Parts

 

 

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