FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are your fees? How is the project cost assessed? How much will it cost?

This is probably the most asked question if not verbally surely in every one’s mind. The actual total cost for a complete project is very difficult to determine. There are many factors and variables for original restorations that play into the total cost equation. Each project has its own unique problems that are not always seen in pre-restoration condition. Fresh paint finishes can always hide poor metal work or body repairs. Mechanical and electrical issues are difficult to evaluate if the project is not in running condition. Our fees are based on a $55.00 per hour shop rate for most work. For standard items we can often quote a fixed price to complete your project after inspecting your car and discussing the exact scope of the project. With many older cars, unexpected costs nearly always arise (unseen rust damage, hardened plastic and rubber, etc…). We work with you to provide the most accurate estimate possible, but will also keep you informed as soon as we uncover a surprise.

How long will it take?

The length of time for most full body off restorations takes at least twelve months for large vehicles and possibly less for smaller unit body cars. The duration factor or the overall time the project is in the shop is proportionately related to the condition of the project upon its arrival and the work load in the shop. Custom or modified cars have a similar duration, however, changes or components for the project must be designed, fabricated and pre fit then the entire project must be disassembled for final finishes and reassembly.

How much for just a paint job?

The “Paint Job” is just one part of the entire restoration commitment. When we do “just a paint job” it will include:

  • Complete disassembly of all vehicle panels (weather strips, trim, hardware, etc.)
  • Removal of all surface coatings
  • Repairing all metal problems
  • Insuring proper fitment of all panels
  • Complete body work from initial primer to final top coats on all surfaces of all panels
  • Color sanding and buffing all top coated surfaces
  • Reassembly of the panels to the vehicle.

We do not do sand and repaints over existing paint or repair/salvage someone else’s poor work.

Do you require a down payment?

This really depends on the size and scope of the project. For projects lasting less than 2 weeks, we will typically require payment when you pick up your vehicle. For longer projects, we may require progress billing once or twice per month so that you know where we are on the project.

How do I know my money won’t be used on another project?

We provide detailed billing and use statements that accurately show progress and parts purchased. We never borrow funds from customer projects, and therefore don’t require large deposits or down payments.

What happens if I need to put the project on hold?

Contact us immediately and discuss it with our management team. We can help determine the best stopping point, what the bill will look like, and what we may need to do for you to adequately “put the project to sleep”.

What is the difference between Restoration and Restomod?

Restoration means taking a classic car and restoring it, using original factory parts. Restomod involves keeping the classic appearance of the original car, but replacing critical parts with more modern, high-performance parts of today.

What is the typical timeframe for project completion?

1-2 weeks for simple upgrades to up to a 1 year for a complete turnkey car. There are numerous variables; including your decision making time, our shop backlog, and the availability of any specialty parts that may be needed.

Do you arrange for shipping or do I?

If you are outside the Northeastern Ohio area, we will work with you to arrange transportation.



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