Frame-off Restoration

’69 Barracuda Formula S 340 three quarters front left

Have a high value car that you want restored factory fresh?

Bring your classic back to showroom condition with a no-compromises restoration. Our process demands complete disassembly, catalog and restoration of every component. Using our network of parts hoarders, contacts and car nuts we can get the right stuff for a nut and bolt restoration.

’69 Barracuda Formula S 340 engine
68 Valiant parts

Our Process starts with a complete teardown and catalog

The first thing we do is completely disassemble the car. Every nut, bolt, piece of glass, wires, piece of trim is removed, cataloged and marked. Along the way we take notes for broken bolts, missing parts etc. From here we start a list of what we will need to complete your job in detail. Once the car is back from the media blaster - We will assess body damage and metalwork required - and which panels will be replaced or repaired.

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The devil is in the details

After years under cars, we've honed the best installation matched with the right parts to do the job right

It’s all in the details when it comes to restoration

We can repair even badly damaged factory sheetmetal and use original parts when necessary for a high value historic restoration. We will use new old stock parts if available and keep your car numbers matching. We’ll sweat the details right down to date coded hoses and factory grease pencil marks if that is your aim.

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67 Nova green wiring shop

Can you handle it all from paint to interior and small finish work?

We do all metalwork, body and paint work in house - as well as all mechanical and fabrication work. We send out our engine machine work, some interior work and other specialties like driveshaft balancing to local vendors we know and trust. In short - you won’t have to drag your car from shop to shop - we’ll make it all seamless to you.

Looking for something special to restore?

We can use our network to find a suitable donor and get it here to start the process. Our list of industry friends is long and we can find even obscure cars that are looking for your love and attention. Let us realize your dream today.

We can find the right donor car for you

What does it all cost?

That’s a very loaded question! On the lower end our paint service requires at a minimum exterior disassembly with all trim and glass removed and stripping to bare metal. On the higher end and rotisserie restoration to concours level or a magazine feature worthy custom Resto-Mod and anything in-between is in our wheelhouse. Price really comes down to level of fit and finish, modifications and parts we use.

There is no single price - but see the table below that details the basics for 3 levels of build level based on labor and components / modifications. There is crossover from one extreme to the other and every job is different - but you can use this as a guide to see how low - or far we can go.

Custom / Resto-Mod build - Low / Med / High depending on condition of car and modification level.

Description Rate Hrs Low Hrs Med Hrs High Cost Low Cost Med Cost High
Build Spec $185.00 4 8 12 $740.00 $1,480.00 $2,220.00
Design Renderings / Vision $250.00 20 40 60 $5,000.00 $10,000.00 $15,000.00
Basic Disassembly $100.00 20 30 40 $2,000.00 $3,000.00 $4,000.00
Metalwork $185.00 30 60 150 $5,550.00 $11,100.00 $27,750.00
Body / Paint prep $140.00 80 120 150 $11,200.00 $16,800.00 $21,000.00
Paint / Finish $150.00 40 80 150 $6,000.00 $12,000.00 $22,500.00
Re-assembly $140.00 20 60 150 $2,800.00 $8,400.00 $21,000.00
Paint / Body Materials $4,500.00 $6,500.00 $8,500.00
Weatherstripping / Rubber $500.00 $800.00 $1,500.00
Trim / Bumpers $1,000.00 $2,000.00 $6,000.00
Engine Parts $1,000.00 $10,000.00 $20,000.00
Engine Labor $185.00 5 20 40 $925.00 $3,700.00 $7,400.00
Transmission Parts $200.00 $2,500.00 $5,000.00
Transmission Labor $185.00 1 10 20 $185.00 $1,850.00 $3,700.00
Differential Parts $50.00 $1,000.00 $3,000.00
Differential Labor $185.00 1 10 20 $185.00 $1,850.00 $3,700.00
Suspension Parts $2,000.00 $5,000.00 $15,000.00
Suspension Labor $185.00 8 20 50 $1,480.00 $3,700.00 $9,250.00
Wheels / Tires Parts $600.00 $2,000.00 $6,000.00
Wheels / Tires Labor $185.00 1 3 6 $185.00 $550.00 $1,110.00
Brakes Parts $100.00 $5,000.00 $10,000.00
Brakes Labor $185.00 1 15 30 $185.00 $2,7750.00 $5,550.00
Cooling system Parts $200.00 $400.00 $1,000.00
Cooling system Labor $185.00 1 6 20 $185.00 $1,110.00 $3,700.00
AC / Heat Parts $300.00 $2,000.00 $3,000.00
AC / Heat Labor $185.00 1 6 20 $185.00 $1,110.00 $3,700.00
Fuel System Parts $200.00 $1,500.00 $2,500.00
Fuel System Labor $185.00 1 10 20 $185.00 $1,850.00 $3,700.00
Wiring Parts $100.00 $500.00 $1,000.00
Wiring Labor $200.00 5 25 25 $1,000.00 $5,000.00 $5,000.00
Exhaust Parts $50.00 $500.00 $1,500.00
Exhaust Labor $200.00 5 10 30 $1,000.00 $2,000.00 $6,000.00
Sound System Parts $0.00 $800.00 $5,000.00
Sound System Labor $185.00 0 6 20 $0.00 $1,110.00 $3,700.00
Interior Parts $500.00 $5,000.00 $10,000.00
Interior Labor $185.00 20 40 80 $3,700.00 $7,400.00 $14,800.00
Subtotal $53,990.00 $142,290.00 $283,780.00
Labor only $42,690.00 $96,790.00 $184,780.00
Parts/Materials only $10,300.00 $43,500.00 $93,000.00

At this point we have seen most everything - and even if we haven’t there is enough information on concours restorations of every vehicle to arm us with the information we need to do the job right. If we feel something is out of our realm - we’ll call an expert for advice using our network.


Sure thing - we are happy to find the right original and NOS parts. They may cost more - and the time involved to find them will be billed - but we can do it.


We have a 25 year limited warranty on metal / paint / bodywork that is detailed in each estimate. Parts warranty is from the manufacturer, and installation is 1 year / 10,000 miles (whichever comes first) for installation.


This varies based on condition - but a restoration can take 4 mos. to 24 mos. depending on level of build, components and parts availability.


No way - we work on time / materials and parts. Once the car has been disassembled and blasted we can hone in closer on what it will take. But some cars need more work than others for metal and body, and some cars have parts that are expensive and hard to find.


We take a small portion for the build spec and design work if that is a part of the process. From there we bill on a regular schedule based on job length for parts, materials and labor. The payment terms will be defined in the build spec and estimate - but in general we bill every 2 weeks for shorter jobs, and every 3-4 for more complex longer term jobs until complete. It can be 4 payments or up to 30 payments depending on the job.


Totally! This happens all the time… “Restoration shop jail” is a terrible place to be. Just know that we may have to re-do some of the work that they already did to make sure it was done right - and we won’t get involved with getting your car back for you.


Pump the brakes! Although our facility is 20,000 square feet - we don’t have the room to get every car in right away. Our work is in high demand and we always pre-schedule. After we have given an initial estimate and have been given approval - getting your car in to start work can be weeks away - but we’ll schedule the next slot based on that approval and a small deposit.