taking an average 1960s muscle car project, a full restoration on a mustang/camaro in average shape completed in our shop is going to cost anywhere from $50,000 to $85,000 which is about 600-1000 hours of labor, while a rare Porsche with more problems and specialty options could be as high as 1200-2000 hours of labor which is about $100,000.00-$180,000.00 . there are many factors that affect pricing.
an honest ball-park figure, a complete refinish of an average classic ride would be about 200-350 hours of labor with about 10-15K in quality PPG materials and paints. to properly disassemble, and blast or strip, perform light body and metal repairs, use protective epoxy primers, a DBC basecoat, 2021 clearcoat, wetsand, polish and reassemble. comes to approx $25,000.00-$40,000.00 Often a similar project from the past can be used for comparison. our hourly rate is $85.00
We can prepare a restoration game plan for you based upon the overall condition of your project and what the short-term and long-term plans are for the vehicle.
the final price depends on what you want in the final product. Are you looking to create a show car or daily driver that looks and runs nice? Does originality matter? What kind of shape is the car in now? Every car is different and when dealing with older classic cars it gets complicated, because you don’t know what kind of work has been done previously, what parts can be reused and what will need to be replaced, how extensive the body work will be, parts availability for the year, make, and model. whether its minor body work or a full on structural changes, all of these things will factor in to the overall cost, which makes it very difficult for us to give an exact price on. Our recommendation is to ship the car in, we can thoroughly inspect the vehicle, from there we can discuss what the vehicle needs, the time frame, a price range to complete the work, and provide you with a comprehensive restoration plan
below is a rough cost calculator, to give you a ballpark range for a generic project
|Restoration of||Labor Hours approx||Parts Pricing approx|
|Wheels and Tires||10-15||$1000-$10,000|
|Custom auto-meter gauges||10-15||$800-$2,000|
|Holley carb replacement||5-10||$700-$2000|
|High quality paint minor body||200-350||$10,000-$15,000|
|Custom Engine Swap, Dodge Hemi, Chevy GM LS, Ford Coyote||100-200||$9000-$20,000|
|Wilwood 4 wheel disc brake upgrade||30-50||$3000-$6,000|
|Column steering Idbit||5-7||$600-$1200|
|Cooling system module, dual elec fans, aluminum radiator||7-15||$800-$2,000|
Labor rate $85.00 hourly