So what does a restoration cost?

And how long does a restoration take?

Well, I’m glad you asked.  Those are the two most popular questions.

Believe it or not, if you do restoration the RIGHT way, it can actually cost less money and take less time than the way restoration is normally done in 99% of the shops in America today.

Especially if you avoid open-ending labor billing with a WRITTEN ESTIMATE in advance.

How is this possible you ask. Simple, we review every car with our Production Manager and the customer. Working together it’s not only possible but relatively easy to review what needs to be done, discuss options with you, and give you a WRITTEN ESTIMATE. Unlike everyone else we estimate all our restorations in advance. Plus we revisit and revise as needed the estimate once the car arrives and is reviewed here in the shop.

The photos you see on the PROCESS page of this website are my personal 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Cross-Ram restoration project which was done the RIGHT way from start to finish as an example of our 32-step restoration process. Which was accurately estimated in advance at 445 labor hours. Please note that I replaced all the sheet metal panels possible even if they didn’t need it so that the final budget would reflect a worse case or maximum restoration scenario. Obviously, most restoration projects do not need every single metal panel replaced so their final overall budget and time frame would be less. I also replaced all wiring harnesses, lights, glass, seals, chrome trim, and just about every other part on the car with brand new replacement parts. Again, the maximum cost worst case scenario possible. Of course, the final product was basically a completely new car, which was best case scenario for me personally. It all depends on your final restoration objectives.  And, you get what you pay for. It was not a cheap project, but a fantastic final result. Obviously, I was extremely satisfied.

My actual complete restoration budget estimate can be viewed on page 138 of my book on this website including the $15,000 I paid for the car on eBay. A blank restoratiopn estimation form can be found on page 139. Check out the pictures on the PROCESS page. I spent another $83,000 restoring it. Again, worse case scenario. Therefore, my total investment, that’s how you should look at it, was $98,000. Of course the final appraisal came back at $125,000 so I was still in the black, not that I would've ever sold it.

Contact me and let’s discuss your project and budget one-on-one.