A BREAK DOWN OF VEHICLE RESTORATION COSTS

There is no “scientific” way to project vehicle restoration costs. We will quote an hourly rate for our time and tell the client that we work on a “time and materials” basis. That means “X” many dollars per hour of time, plus the cost of parts and supplies. Most shops also charge for research time, shipping of parts, recycling and so forth. Sales tax is also collected as well.  The typical process and average time for a complete frame-off restoration of a mid-sized classic performance car includes nine processes with a total typical time ranging between 400 and 600 labor hours.


The following tables below are based on an approximate range expected for a vehicle restoration.


Table 1.
Typical Process & Average Time For A Complete Frame-Off Restoration

Process

Hours

Body dis-assembly and install on a rotisserie

10-50


Frame/Suspension/Steering/Brakes dis-assembly

10-50


Frame/Suspension/Steering/ Brakes Clean Up & Paint

30-40


Frame/Suspension/Steering/Brakes assembly

30-40


Disassemble Drive-train & Accessories

5-10


Drive-train & Accessories Clean Up & Paint

20-30


Assemble Drive-train & Accessories

30-40


Body/Trunk/Under-car, Interior & Under-hood Clean & Paint

120-160


Total Process

395-550

Table 2.
Jobs That A Complete Frame Off Restoration Involve

Assembly

Body Repair

Brake Repair


Conversions

Cooling System Upgrade

Metal Fabrication


Electrical Repair

Engine Building

Tuning


Interior Work

Rust Repair

Metal Repair


Paint Booth

Paint Refinishing

Color Sanding


Buffing

Detailing Services

Suspension rebuild


Upgrades

Sandblasting

Chrome Plating


Zinc Plating

A/C Repairs


Table 3.
Dream Shield Auto Restoration Paint Process

Paint Stripping Options

Start the Body Work

Paint the Car


Chemical Dip

Complete all body filler & block straight-finish with 80-grit

Epoxy Seal the car


Sand off

Prime with spray poly

Apply 3 coats of base


Sand Blast

Block sand w/80 grit

Apply 3-4 coats of clear


Media Blast

Prime w/spray poly

Polish the car


Soda Blast

Block sand w/180 grit

Color sand w/800 grit


Paint Stripper

Prime w/spray poly

Color sand w/1500 grit


Seal the Steel

Block sand w/180 grit

Color sand w/2500 grit


3 coats of epoxy

Prime w/high build

Buff w/compound wool pad


Repair Rust

Block sand w/220 grit

Buff w/glaze cotton pad


Repair Dents

Prime w/high build

Polish w/glaze foam pad 1


Fit Panels

Block sand w/320 grit

Polish w/glaze cotton pad 2

Prime w/high build

Wax

Wet sand with w/400 grit

The following tables above are based on an approximate range expected for a vehicle restoration.