Estimates are just that – they are estimates. RTech Fabricators, LLC knows you want the best when having your vehicle restored. This is your dream project, your baby that you are entrusting us to make perfect. With that, the conversation always turns to “How much will it cost”. Sadly, this is where we say “I don’t know.”
There are several unknowns that we cannot take into account until the restoration has started. One being that we may find concern areas after stripping the car to bare metal. Other unknowns may consist of concern areas in the engine that cannot be found until a component is taken apart, or a component that may not be serviceable or rebuilt, original parts that are missing or broken that are necessary for the completion of the restoration that will need to be purchased, concern areas under carpet or upholstery and any other areas that cannot be inspected without taking a component or a part of the car apart.
Below is a rough idea of some of the process and costs that can be acquired while working on your vehicle.
- Body disassembly
- Frame disassembly, repair/restore, clean up, paint, assembly
- Suspension disassembly, repair/restore, assembly
- Brakes disassembly repair/restore, assembly
- Drivetrain disassembly, repair/restore, clean up, paint, assembly
The above can take anywhere between 250 and 450 hours (at $125/hr shop rate) depending on the scope and complexity of the work being done. Rust repair, a major component of the process, can add upward to an additional 100 + plus hours and we haven’t even covered paint. Also remember we do have time in research, design, and acquiring parts.
This isn’t to discourage or dissuade anyone from RTech Fabricators, LLC or seeking out to have your dream project restored, but to be upfront and honest on the process and costs that are associated with frame-off restoration.