[dt_parallax_title]1[/dt_parallax_title] :: Initial Estimate & Evaluation ::
We do write estimates. While this isn’t usually set in stone, after years of restoring muscle cars, we’re pretty good at it. Things can change during the restoration process that can affect the final price:
- a change in how you want the car built
- what you want the end result to be
- discovery of a re-body
- extensive metal damage
- safety concerns upon disassembly
- other unknowns
[dt_parallax_title]2[/dt_parallax_title] :: Disassembly & Part Inspection ::
After the initial paperwork and inspections are complete, we move on to the dis-assembly of your car. We inspect each part as it’s removed and make checklists and notes. This is an area where you designate how you want your car built. It’s completely up to you what type of parts you want on your build – reproduction, NOS, original, or we can try to save what you have. We will always offer our opinion and best professional advice, but in the end it’s your car, so it’s your decision.
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[dt_parallax_title]3[/dt_parallax_title] :: Chemical Stripping (Dipping) ::
Your car will be chemically dipped to remove all the paint and gunk that has built up. We will end up with a bare metal shell that will reveal just how little or how much metal repair needs to be completed. This process isn’t always necessary, each specific project designates it’s own needs.
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[dt_parallax_title]4[/dt_parallax_title] :: Fabrication & Metal Work Evaluation ::
Our fabrication experts will look over your shell thoroughly to put together an accurate metal repair quote which we will use to fine tune your original estimate. We will send you pictures of any and all areas that need to be repaired or replaced (or if you’re in the area, you’re free to come see the progress at any time). And as always, you will be included in the decisions of panel repair vs. panel replacement, original vs. reproduction.
[dt_parallax_title]5[/dt_parallax_title] :: Final Estimate ::
The metal repair portion is fine tuned in the original estimate you were give. This is usually a pretty simple step, our initial estimate includes metal repair, usually on the high side to cover what we may find after dipping. We do this step to insure both parties are 100% aware of where the project is headed.
[dt_parallax_title]6[/dt_parallax_title] :: Fabrication ::
This is where the magic starts. Every inch of rusty, dented, or cracked metal gets repaired or replaced, This is an extremely important step in the restoration process. In order for the body and paint work to be flawless, the metal work needs to be precise. It took us ten years to find the right guys, with the right amount of skill, artistry and care, but we did. This isn’t just a welder’s job, this is an artisan’s job.
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[dt_parallax_title]7[/dt_parallax_title] :: E-coat ::
We recommend this process to help preserve your investment. We’ve been using this dipping/e-coating process for over 12 years and believe it to be the right way to start your restoration. E-coating is a process where your car is dipped into washing tanks, then into a rust inhibiting priming agent, and then baked in an electro-statically charged tank (hence e-coat) to adhere the rust inhibitor. This readies your car for the body and paint work step of the restoration process. If you’re hesitant to go this route, we have a few other tricks up our sleeves to help preserve your restoration.
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[dt_parallax_title]8[/dt_parallax_title] :: Initial Body Work & Panel Alignment ::
Your car is completely worked over, every inch is inspected and perfected. At this level, when we’re done with it, it’ll be like glass, you almost can’t help but touch it.
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[dt_parallax_title]9[/dt_parallax_title] :: Component, Interior and Upholstery ::
In amongst, while all the other larger parts of your restoration are being worked on, we are also working on the smaller components that make your restoration shine. Interior parts and pieces are being restored or modified as well as interior fabrics and upholstery. Not to mention all the tiny pieces like the air vents that we carefully restored and perfect. It’s the details that set us apart from the competition, they don’t get away from us.
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[dt_parallax_title]10[/dt_parallax_title] :: Engine Completed & Run-in on Run Stand ::
After the engine build is complete, we run it in on the run stand for initial testing and diagnostics. This is an easy way to make sure it’s 100% perfect before we spend all the time and money completely installing it in your car. This is an area where the small things can eat away at your budget. We want to do it the right way… the first time.
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[dt_parallax_title]11[/dt_parallax_title] :: Final Block & Paint ::
This is the final body work stage. This step insures your restoration is set apart from the rest. At this level of restoration, there aren’t many other cars that will outshine yours.
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[dt_parallax_title]12[/dt_parallax_title] :: Drive-line Installation ::
This is a very delicate part of your restoration. There are no shortcuts or quicksteps. This is almost entirely done by hand. No air tools! We use pads, foam, covers, tape, and anything else needed to help protect the paint and restoration of your vehicle. So many times we see a nicely restored car with scratches on the bolts and washers. You won’t find that here.
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[dt_parallax_title]13[/dt_parallax_title] :: Sand & Buff ::
When it comes to the wet-sanding and buffing, you are in the best hands. This step requires the patience and dedication of a true artist. Every couple of inches your cars is looked over to insure a flat as glass, pure as gloss finish.
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[dt_parallax_title]14[/dt_parallax_title] :: Final Assembly ::
As your project inches towards completion it’s easy to get ahead of the project and start thinking nothing can go wrong. But it can, that’s why we’re still just as careful, patient and protective over the build as we were from day one. We aim for perfection, and we don’t like to fail.
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[dt_parallax_title]15[/dt_parallax_title] :: Test & Tune ::
With an in-ground Dynojet Chassis Dyno, we don’t have to road tune your car. We utilize our Dyno to get your car running strong and smooth before it ever sees the road.
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[dt_parallax_title]16[/dt_parallax_title]:: Final Buff & Detail ::
We go over your car one more time and pick apart every detail to make sure it passes our high quality control.
[dt_parallax_title]17[/dt_parallax_title] :: Delivery ::
Last, but not least, you need your completed restoration delivered to you. After twelve years of enclosed transport of anything from a $5,000 car to a $3,000,000 dollar car, we are incident free. We do this at an affordable cost and offer it at a discounted rate to our restoration clients because hey, after a year’s worth of work, we’d hate to see someone else touch it too!
We also offer display and show care for our restorations. In most cases. our clients like their newly restored cars entered into local and national award shows.
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