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BigOrangeTruck 03-26-2008 09:18 AM

Full body restoration.
I have recently bought a 1969 chevy stepside, a truck I have wanted since I was a kid. I dont mind doing the mechanical work myself, but body work is an art and I would never be happy with my own results.
1. Is there any advise you can give me for hunting down someone that does decent work for decent pay...
2. How long should a frame off body resto take? (roughly I know there are always issues)
3. Any idea what ballpark Im looking at spending?

speedydeedy 03-26-2008 09:27 AM

First go to local shows and ask around about others experience with local or nearby shops and see what they say.Second,I saw an article in HOTROD a while back and they said figure out how long it will take and how much it will cost then double those figures and you should be close.I have found this to be pretty accurate.Good Luck. :thumbup:

lets cut it up 03-26-2008 02:01 PM

What you are talking about will take a deep wallets if you are planning to pay somebody to do it. Your best bet is to try and do as much as you are comfortable with then go the shows and ask around and meet people in the business of paint and body who will help you and see if you can start your body work with their help. To farm out a full paint job(take apart and prep,body work/metal work) depending on how much is there can go as high as 10 grand and higher. But if you do most of the work and can get somebody to coach you and then pull the trigger for you may only be out a only few grand. I did this with a friend on his 68 camaro. It worked out great and he learned a few thing too. Tim

redsdad 03-26-2008 04:29 PM

Depending on what needs to be fixed, sometimes it may be cheaper to replace.

Chevrolet4x4s 03-26-2008 06:06 PM

Also there are cheaper places than LMC. DAR collision parts is one.


Rag top bird 03-26-2008 09:07 PM

1- Look at past work and not pics but real cars
2- Depending on what has to be done you are looking at 300-450 hours
3- It is hard to say what the final tab would be but we are at $50.00 per hour so at 400 hours thats $20000.00 plus parts and materials

motomonkey 03-28-2008 07:56 PM

Prepare for a major hemorrage of cash to do the paint and bodywok on your truck. trucks are alot of work to get right, the bed alone is a ton of labor, I have done sveral of these trucks and currently own a 67 Suburban. The thing is if you are handy you can do alot of the grunt work to save money, I would try to find someone who has done a truck or two so they can honestly let you know what it will take to get it done. As far as time goes that all depends on the condition of your exsisting truck and what you want to see in the end. 5,000 for a low end driver to 25000 for a show quality trailer queen.
Dont get all your nice mechanicals in place and take it to a paint shop though, you will have overspray on everything and they will have to dissassemble alot of your work. Restoration/car building has a sequence, think it through to save yourself frustration, money and time. :thumbup: Find out where all the local old car shops and builders are and spend some time there to get a feel for what goes into a paint job, most guys are proud to show you what they can do or have done. :D

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