Restoration is not just a paint job. A full frame-Off restoration is when you completely
rebuild the car. It entails a lot of man hours. Determining the cost depends on the
condition of car at the start and the amount of time paid to details.
Our restorations are done in phases as follows.
Frame off consist of removing frame from body. Pull motor and transmission;
disassemble frame, sandblast and paint. Check body mounts, suspension, brakes, and
brake lines, anything that needs replaced at this time. If motor or transmission needs
overhauled or rebuilt, now is the time, or maybe the motor just needs detailed out.
Disassemble or tear down of interior, carpets, seats, door panels, headliner and dash, if
Disassembly of exterior, removal of: moldings, bumpers, taillights, headlights, grille, door
handles, locks, latches, weather strips, back glass and windshield. Remove doors, fenders,
hood, deck lid, and cowl panel. Door pins and bushings are checked and replaced if
needed. Door regulators and glasses are removed and checked for proper operation, also
rear side glass. Everything is marked, bagged, labeled and stored. A list is made on what
needs repaired, replaced or re-chromed.
The car is then prepped and delivered to be plastic media. (Car is stripped down to bare
metal). If the car has a lot of rust, sometimes we have to use a harsher method of
stripping. After stripping, the car is picked up and brought back to the shop where it is
prepped and sprayed with self etching primer. This etches and seals the bare metal. Then
the car is shot with a high build primer. The car is then ready for rust repair.
Before rust repair and body work begin, we invite the customer to see the bare body or
send digital photos if the customer is out of state. At this time all major rust repair and
body work is very visible. We suggest what patch panels need to be replaced or patches
fabricated to repair rust. Also we see what body work has been done in the past. After
these decisions are made, parts are ordered and all rust repair and body work is done. The
car is then completely primed with a two-part primer. After rust repair is completed, this is
when the car is taken off frame or sub frame; frame tore down and sandblasted, painted
The car is guide coated, blocked, sanded and primed several times for straightness. This is
the most important step, if the car isn't straight, there's no since in painting it. This is
where hours add up and the customer can't tell we did anything. If the car is going to be
black or a dark color, sometimes more blocking is required, more hours, more money. But
the end result is well worth it. A final two part primer is applied to the entire car.
Jam out, the firewall, cars jams are painted in the color the car is to be painted. We sand,
prep, tape off inner doors, firewall, cowl, inner deck lid, around windshield opening and
back glass opening. Paint fender jams, outer hood, under hood, under deck lid and inner
fenders black or color. Paint outer jams and dash. Latches have been removed, bead
blasted and painted. Everything is reassembled, we hang doors, fenders, install hood and
deck lid, making sure they all align with other body parts and they open and close
properly. The windshield and back glass are installed with new weather-strips, door glass
and regulators installed. The car is ready to prep for paint.
The car is then wet sanded with 400 grit sandpaper, it is checked for small flaws, such as
scratches, pinholes: these are filled and primed. The car is sanded again with 400 grit
sandpaper, this usually the last full sanding it will get. The car is cleaned, swept out, blown
out and washed several times. It is allowed to dry overnight or longer. Then it is prepped,
taped off, all jams are taped, motor wrapped, so over spray doesn't get on them.
The car is painted with a base coat and cleared; polyurethane Enamel depending on color
of customer's choice. After painting, the car is color sanded with 1500-2000 grit
sandpaper. It is cleaned and buffing begins. There are several stages of buffing. We start
with a harsher compound and move to a finer to get the mirror shine.
Reassembly of car, new weather-strips installed, all moldings are cleaned and polished,
bumpers, taillights, headlights, grille, handle, locks and dash. Clean and detail, making sure
everything works. All parts align and fit properly with new weather-strips.
Upholstery, we usually sublet this work, it's up to the customer if they want us to handle it
or they can. Upholstery usually consists of carpets, seats, door panels, headliners, dash,
convertible top, and all interior trim. They also make pre sewn kits, which are supposed to
match the original design and grain of vinyl. We can install these kits at out shop.
Clean and detailed to customer satisfaction!