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Finally decided on a restoration shop

My car will be going to a shop in Lockport,Il. Its scheduled to be picked up right before Christmas and he said it should take 4 months. (I figure 5 months). It will cost $20K + parts. (I figure $23K + parts). If it comes out closer to his numbers I'll just be happier. I am going to use Ames parts, if someone has had better luck with others, let me know for I will be starting to get my order together as soon as my shop and body manual arrives. I know I want white interior now I just have to decide on a body color. Am thinking Marina Turquoise, Blue Charcoal, or Fontaine Blue. Decisions, decisions!
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Double the time and double the cost.
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20 grand for labor? Wow.
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His shop labor rate is $50 an hour, a lot cheaper than the other 3 estimates I got and I know a guy who had his 1957 T-Bird done there and it turned out very nice and close to the estimate. Theres body work, engine work, and interior work too. Basically the car is going to be stripped to body and frame, bushings between body and frame replaced, media blasted top and bottom and undercoated. Engine will have all the rubber gaskets replaced along with the head gaskets, water pump, carb rebuilt, radiator, front and rear suspension among other things and the interior will completely be replaced. Lot of work.
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you should get a catalog from The Parts Place Inc The Parts Place Is The Largest Supplier Of Chevrolet Buick Oldsmobile and Pontiac Restoration Parts they are right in Chicago .And they supply Ames with alot of their stuff-I do use ames myself and they are a great company and shipping to me is about 2 days tops from them but some parts I have bought have the parts place logo on them- might as well buy it from next door rather than cross country
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Thanks crustysack. I am going though the Ames catalog and making out an order list now and then going to cross reference everything to the PDF I downloaded from there. Its easier for me to deal with a paper book in the begining.
Sorry Eric, its going to be some shade of blue, probably marina turquoise.

Also is it a good idea to change the rear axle seals and bearings or just leave them alone? Nothings wrong with them, the car moves fine. Just thinking of things to replace now while the car is being done. Parts look relatively cheap but I dont know the labor involved with it.
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thats not included in the price already just kidding- have they ever been done before if not now will be the time and it will be a lot less to service than to fix something that breaks
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Thanks crustysack. I am going though the Ames catalog and making out an order list now and then going to cross reference everything to the PDF I downloaded from there. Its easier for me to deal with a paper book in the begining.
Sorry Eric, its going to be some shade of blue, probably marina turquoise.

Also is it a good idea to change the rear axle seals and bearings or just leave them alone? Nothings wrong with them, the car moves fine. Just thinking of things to replace now while the car is being done. Parts look relatively cheap but I dont know the labor involved with it.
I agree the Parts Place web site isn't easy to use but then neither is Ames. I too like a book and I only have the Ames catalog at this time. I should order a Parts Place catalog... Anyway, once you get a list with part numbers, call the Parts Place. That's what I did and they know by the Ames or manufacturer's numbers what you want and will get you a price. You could save a considerable amount on shipping by picking the parts up instead.

Marina Turquoise with the Parchment interior will be a knock-out...

Axle seals and bearings are a pretty easy preventive maintenance item to do now. Change the gear lube too and the front seal while you're in there. Then it's all done.

I can't believe crusty didn't address you're body shop "estimates" but you should have a written statement that they will call at a certain dollar amount for your approval to go ahead. An "open wallet" approach without any contract could be a shock later.
Good luck.......post progress pics....

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I just found out from a friend that if I buy online from a place in state I will have to pay sales tax so I will buy from Ames. Sales tax is quite high here in Illinois and even more in Cook County. Well I finished the list for today, so far its up to $5300 in parts and I still have the interior and the engine to do plus everything I forgot and am unaware of. I am figuring a 9K order including Rally 1 rims. I'll get 8% off so that should cover shipping. Engine should be easy, just belts and gaskets, engine harness, battery cables, tune up parts and maybe a carb rebuild kit. Interior will be close to 2K.
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