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.