How large is the vehicle?
The size of your vehicle is important when estimating the cost of a restoration process. Small vehicles include compact cars, two-seater sports vehicles, and simple vehicles such as model T's.
Mid sized vehicles include your average 50's and 60's trucks, 60's Camaros, Mustangs,
Large sized vehicles include Cadillacs, Lincolns, Wagons, and Buses.
Mid Sized Vehicle
Be honest here. It's rare to find a vehicle that has absolutely no rust, even if it isn't visible. The time involved to repair the rust can be one of the most labor intensive expenses for restoration. Take a close look at your vehicle and see if you can spot any problem areas. Any holes larger than a quarter would be considered a "fair amount". If there is more than 10 quarter size rust holes visible consider it Major amount of Rust. If panels or sections are obviously missing, consider that a Severe amount.
A Fair Amount
How popular is the vehicle?
Although your vehicle may be popular in your circle - a vehicle's overall popularity can determine the availability as well as the level and quality of parts for that particular vehicle.
One of a Kind
How much chrome is there?
The price of chrome plating is extremely varied depending on the condition and form of the parts as well as the number of parts that need to be chromed. For instance, a single bumper can vary between $600 - $1000. If your vehicle has very little chrome - comprised of a simple bumper and some lining, choose "Basic". If your vehicle is more like a 1957 Cadillac Seville, choose "Excess" below. If it's somewhere between, choose "Average". Be aware, that this is only an estimate, and again it depends on the condition and form of the parts that need chrome plating. Don't forget about the chrome inside the car.
How many layers of paint are there?
In order for us to do a restoration, the paint must be completely stripped from the vehicle and then media blasted. Depending on how many layers of paint a vehicle has, it can be more time consuming
to remove, and thus, more labor intensive. Be aware that multiple layers of paint could also indicate that there is underlying damage which may have been covered up rather than correctly repaired.
Layers of Paint
Between 1 - 2
Between 3 - 5
What level of restoration do you want?
The level of restoration you wish to have done to your vehicle is important in order for us to determine a more accurate price. Do you plan to drive the car regularly or Do you plan to show the car at local events? Are you looking for something unique and custom or do you want a 100% original Concours Restoration?
Has the car been previously restored?
A restoration consist of more than a paint job. "Restore" has become a very loose term in the automotive restoration industry. For some, a fresh coat of paint on the outside of the car, a little rattle can paint on the engine, and cheap seat covers constitutes that the car has been restored. A well done restoration should last for many years. If the car has been previously restored, the level of the prior restoration could severally effect the cost. There is a reason the car is in need of another restoration. If the first restoration was not done correctly we often have to redo many of the previous repairs which are now in worse condition due to a bad repairs. We also find that when a car has been previously restored, many bolts are broken or snapped off and parts are missing thus adding to the time and cost.
No - All Original
Frame On Restoration
Frame Off Restoration
Do you want to upgrade your engine?
Whether you want to stick to your original motor, need a new motor, or wish to upgrade to a higher performance motor, displaying a shiny engine at car shows is a plus for many classic car enthusiasts. Depending on the motor popularity, as well as how much you'd like to alter the motor - price will alter considerably. Be aware that upgrading to a higher level of performance is significantly more expensive than a rebuild or swap.
Please note that if choosing the High or Extreme performance option, additional bracing and upgrades to the rest of the driveline will be recommended and often needed. What is the point of having all that power if you can’t use it without breaking other parts or even twisting the body of the vehicle?
Mild Performance Upgrade
High Performance Upgrade
Extreme Performance Upgrade
Do you want any transmission upgrades?
Most vehicles prior to 1980 have either manual or 3-speed automatic transmissions. The lack of overdrive on these vehicles wears out the motor very quickly and uses more fuel due to the high RPM, making it impossible to keep up with modern-day speed limits. An upgrade is necessary if you wish to restore your vehicle for driving purposes. If you plan to show your vehicle and wish to save a little on cost, consider using your stock transmission, or rebuilding it if it does not work.
Do you want to upgrade your suspension?
Suspension is an important aspect of any vehicle. Whether you wish to remain true-to-form and keep the stock suspension your vehicle already has or upgrade, the price will vary accordingly. A lowered suspension will bring your vehicle (of course) lower to the ground, but in doing so - the caster, camber angles and shock absorbers will need to be adjusted as well to align with the new, lower height - this adds to labor, and will cost much more than the stock suspension. The Suspension is paired with what you plan to do with the car. If you just want the lowered look this is simple. Where as if you are looking for a suspension that will handle that extra power you have added to the engine than all new components may be needed.
Do you want to upgrade your brakes?
Brakes are the most important part on any vehicle, and depending on the power of the engine you choose - it may be necessary to do a disc-brake conversion. Most cars today have disc brakes, and some have front disc brakes and rear drum brakes. Both types of brakes have their pros and cons, but it really is what you prefer on your classic car. Be aware though, with heavy braking, drum brakes experience brake fade may fail or even pull hard to one side or the other, thus disc brakes are not only safer but they will stop your vehicle faster.
Front Disc Brake Conversion
4 Wheel Disc Brake Conversion
Do you want to upgrade your air or heating system?
Some classic car enthusiasts prefer to keep their vehicle as though it were "straight from the factory" disregarding the luxury of air conditioning. While that's perfectly fine if you have a show car, we suggest an upgrade, conversion or installation if you plan to drive the car regularly, especially in Florida.
Air or Heating Upgrades
Original AC Upgrade
Aftermarket AC Upgrade
Do you want power steering added?
If you're planning on using your vehicle as a daily driver, it might be a good option to convert to power steering. It's not a necessity, and your vehicle will drive fine without it, but it does make it much easier to turn if you have a heavy vehicle.
Conversion to Power Steering
What would you like to do with the upholstery?
A lot of people who begin a restoration project under-value the cost of the restoration. Unfortunately, if there aren't enough funds after the mechanical aspects are complete, the upholstery is usually what ends up suffering. It's important to budget properly in order for the value of the exterior to match that of the interior.
100% Authentic Materials
Complete Custom Interior
What kind of paint job would you prefer?
The paint job is what most people will notice first. But a paint job is only as good as the prep work underneith. It's important to ensure that the paint job is done well to keep your vehicle looking fresher, longer. Depending on the paint style you choose, the cost will alter accordingly.
What do you want to do with your audio system?
Would you like to stick to the stock radio, or be able to use your MP3 player or iPod in your vehicle? Older systems' sound quality is not nearly as clear as those that are available now, but there are options in which you can keep your "Authentic Look" and still have an awesome quality sound, contact us to find out what your options are!
Simple "Factory Look" Upgrade
Advanced Custom Upgrade
Below are some miscellaneous options available. Each option adds a certain amount to the total price, play around and see what options best suit your budget.
Add Power Brakes
Add Air Ride Suspension
Add Power Windows
Add Power Locks
Add Integrated Security System
Add Basic Roll Cage - Street Performance
Add Fuel Injection