Ok guys I am back with the latest news on the build. As you know I have been waiting to get a game plan together and to have different body guys out to assess the job and give quotes. My car guy, Henry, is a classic car enthusiast, especially Pontiacs' so he wants to bring in a specialist or someone who he knows that specialize in the type body work and mods needed, and doesn't want his temp in house body welder guy to touch the car since his main guy had to take a leave of absence.
To cut to the case, the first guy quoted $7k to repair and patch all metal, and have it primed and ready for paint
.(parts and labor included). As pics earlier suggest, a lot of patches will be needed , and full replacements won't be necessary.
2nd guy who looked, quoted $14k
. Thats for all patches, labor, and near show level paint.
Thing is, Henry has a great paint guy in house that will give me a $10k level paint for $4k because of my relationship with Henry. So getting this body work done, and done right for the money myself and Henry thinks it should be done for is the hold up. We both agreed that $8k was the number to get all body work, repairs, patches, and GREAT paint on, so in the mean time while he uses he contacts in resources to outsource the body repairs, we decided to take care of other parts of car to not waste time.
Speaking of, does anyone know any good body guys that are reasonable in the Sacramento/Bay Area?? I have the car is Sacramento since my family is there and I am all over for work. This is where I wish I was handy like the rest of you and could do this myself, definitely would save a lot in labor
In the meantime we are addressing all upgrades/fixes underneath the car. Decided to go with a wilwood front disc brake set up inside of right stuff. In the end I didn't want to turn the axles down. Suspension wise, I am rebuilding front end with all new bushings, and adding a heavy duty sway bar. In the rear I am adding new coils, springs, and kyb shocks. Really want this beauty to drive and stop great. Lastly, we found a couple engine and transmission leaks, so those will get addressed and fixed now too. So all this stuff will get started next week..
Sorry for the such a long post, its been a while since I updated, and I like be detailed. Please let me know if you guys know anyone in my area who is real good and up for the body job.. I will update with pics of brake, suspension, engine and tranny work soon as the jobs are finished.