Shopping for a body shop
Well, I have my Goat running and it's time to get it into a body shop (no drive train work). I've shopped around, met with a few and wanted to get some thoughts from other forum members on if I'm being quoted a realistic price.
First off, I understand it's impossible to get an idea of what needs to be done on my car without seeing it, but I'll try to describe it (and attach pictures...maybe?). I'm buying a new hood & front bumper (OPGI good?), the only rust is behind the rear wheels, under the rear window, on the trunk lid where the emblem was and two spots in the trunk.
One recommended shop that would strip it down to the bare steel, chemically dip it, repair any imperfections, refit all the panels to better than new, paint it and reassemble it quoted me $20-25k.
Another shop that came recommended would remove the engine, front clip, windows, pull it off the frame (I would have to get the frame blasted & repainted or powder coated) and media blast it quoted me $10-15k. This is obviously more reasonable, but is this anywhere close to where anyone else has been quoted?
I have someone lined up to rebuild the engine & tranny, I'm keeping the original interior since it's in great shape and my goal is to have a nice looking driver. Not one that I'm scared to drive and cry if I get a stone chip. I don't plan to flip it for $$$$, but keep it in the family for my kids someday.
Any suggestions, tips, advice, etc. would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance!