We Can Not Provide a Firm Quote

The bottom line is that we cannot accurately estimate the cost of your restoration because we don’t know what we don’t know about your car.  Because of the comprehensive nature of working on older cars, specific estimates, or “bids” of the total cost of a project cannot be given at any time. It is most important that this be understood and accepted. All projects are billed on time and materials basis.

If you would like us to ballpark what we think a project will entail, we would be happy to do that, but in no way will that figure affect the total price of your restoration.

There are too many things that we cannot see until we have started working on your project and you can pretty much count on those things showing up.  This always creates a problem for you and for us.  For you, it means the price is probably going up.  For us it means we must make a call we hate making and are at a stop until we can consult with you and have a clear plan for moving forward.  Those things are not limited to but include:

  1. Electrical problems are typically in areas where you cannot see until parts have been taken off.  We often find corroded, burnt or loose electrical connections that are not visible.  Behind the dash or inside wire looms for instance. 

  2. Rust issues are some of the worst.  We have no idea what is hidden under the paint or behind panels.  Sadly, we have seen too many cars that appear to be very nice on the surface but contain significant flaws that have been covered insulating foam and window screens covered with body filler.

  3. Other parts related to an issue may have failed or are also failing.  For example: your headlight switch is out so you bring the car in to have it replaced. It seems like a simple quote and easy fix.  When we remove the switch, we discover it failed because the wire connections overheated, and we also need to replace the connector. On further inspection we find the headlights were upgraded and draw more power than the wires can handle.  To keep the new headlights, we also need to install relays to manage the extra power.

  4. Made-to-fit parts rarely do.  Our experience is that we will need to make them fit.  Especially with sheet metal or add on parts.  In many cases the made to fit parts, like an air condition system for example, are not compatible with the aftermarket radiator and fan upgrade that was already done.  When we un into those issues, we generally must fabricate parts or re-order parts to complete the project.

  5. Prior incorrect work.  Classic cars have generally been worked on quite a few times by quite a few people.  If we take something apart that was not done correctly before, we don’t like to put it back as it was.  If the work is related to safety issues like your breaks, we will require that the correction be made or will not complete the work. 

  6. Customizations are almost always for the better but can create problems.  In some cases, we have to do additional research to find a correct replacement.  In others, the customization may not be compatible with a customization or upgrade we are doing for you.