How much will it cost?
The total cost depends on the cost of parts and materials as well as labor for the work the customer agrees to have us do. Once we have reviewed the vehicle, but before we start work on it, the customer can be given an estimate of costs that they agree to. If a flat rate build number is desired this will take one to two days. Estimates are just that, estimates. They are not a final bill and can fluctuate depending on customer additions/subtractions and other factors.
(Example: Paint a car and reassemble is one price. The customer comes and doubles the amount they wanted initially done that price will increase. There are untold mechanics and fabrication needed to make the car work. That increases the cost. The car is not ready for paint in many cases at a glance it is hard to say what will be needed body wise and it takes one to two days to complete a estimate on a full build. If a customer just drops off the car we go by what the customer tells us and if is not ready for paint there is an extra charge for body work. Fabrication, body work are very labor intensive and we simply can not do that for free. In short a estimate when the car has not been studied and how close we can stay to that estimate depends on the customer knowledge and how forthright they are with all the issues.)
Can you give me a quote?
The customer would need to make an appointment with us to go over their vehicle. Then we can create a realistic estimate based on what we saw when looking at the vehicle. It is impossible with restorations to look at it quickly and give an estimate that is realistic, An estimate without seeing the vehicle and spending time studying the vehicle, is just that our best guest. When given a one of these quotes, it is just a guesstimate and if the vehicle owner comes and adds to the build, then the price goes up accordingly. There is great variability in the work when dealing with Classic cars, and that requires a complete understanding of all the required work, we will not commit to a “sight unseen” quote or estimate for restorations or major repairs.
In many cases there are add-ons by the customer, unknowns and a wish list. In theses cases we generally do open ended builds and let the customers decide how much to spend. If a vehicle is dropped off/delivered and the customer wants a “build estimate", it will take one to two days.
What is the payment schedule like?
We get a down payment and we will send the customer reports of the progress made.
The customer will be asked to pay to pay some payment toward the total bill.
How much does it cost to fix electrical problems or rewire a vehicle?
The nature of electrical problems are intensely variable. If a harness has been badly cut apart, modified, instrument lights, gauges, wiper motor or even core basics to make the car function properly which had a failed because of the previous work.
How much does it cost to do an engine swap?
Engine swaps have many factors.: Same Size, Type, Era:of engine. Engine cost is up to the customer and what there end results they are looking for. Installation depends on all of the above.