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Today 10:39 PM
MARTINSR I have posted a few photos of a project we have at work, I don't want to post anymore. Between me not wanting the owner to stumble across them to pure embarrassment, yeah, you want reality?

How about 87 billed hours in body work and it has 267 clocked so far and the body isn't even done! LOLOLOL

Brian
Today 09:28 PM
deadbodyman stiill a great find...but a lie is a lie...Thats the problem with these TV shows ......people believe it ....sure we can rebuild it in 4 weeks ,with a crew that knows what they are doing..... and plenty of money (blank check) but thats not reality...if your going to make a reality show, just make it real...like when the landlord stops by mad as hell because the rents a month over due.....and you cant find any competent people to hire because they're all on dope or drunk half the time...or worse....stealing and getting paid for it...
.lets keep it real.....
Today 08:57 PM
496CHEVY3100 Did Fast 'N Loud Make This Up?


Caught in another Lie.
Today 08:19 PM
deadbodyman
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Originally Posted by John long View Post
Yupper, As much as I love fooling with my old cars, I don't want anything to do with customer work. I was really blessed to be able to keep the cars a hobby.

The short time I had my shop I had good customers but I always worried if they understand where there money was going and why. Many times I shaved hours off the bill to make sure they felt like they got their monie's worth.

Restoration work has many challenges other than the restoration itself.

John
boy thats the truth ,I usually shave 50% of the bill because it just seems too much ,,,,but the money ruins all the fun....I always say I'd do the work for free because I love doing it...if I didnt have to worry about MY bills I would....
Today 07:56 PM
496CHEVY3100
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Originally Posted by Northstar T View Post
I took my bumpers to Walkers custom chrome, North of Redding Cali. a well respected shop in the area (but not cheep).

Russ
We use Advance plating ,they are Great ,Triple plated show quality chrome ,
The customer took all his chrome to Atlanta beause they said they woukd do it for $ 4300 ,,ever tried to find lost trim pieces for a 37 OLDS,this was his Grandfathers car that he bought New ,parts came back with pitted places it didn't have when it went down there 3 mo earlier + 2 missimg pieces

Good to use a reputable place like you did.
Today 07:53 PM
John long
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
I'm doing a 69 short bed truck for a real decient guy and he keeps saying I'll just get new ones (repops) the bumper brackets for example dont fit the repop bumper so I got some oem ones that were ugly but straight ,he just dont understand those repops arent worth spit I held the old ones up to the new ones and they were twice as thick the OEM bumoer was the same way his new repop bumper was already rusted on the back side...its just hard to explaun the difference and get it across to the guy.then he says nobody will notice but he wants it super nice ,where do you draw the line? my biggest problem is figuring out when someone wants a show finish what do they really mean? something that LOOKS nice or IS nice......Then they want it yesterday ....


Yupper, As much as I love fooling with my old cars, I don't want anything to do with customer work. I was really blessed to be able to keep the cars a hobby.

The short time I had my shop I had good customers but I always worried if they understand where there money was going and why. Many times I shaved hours off the bill to make sure they felt like they got their monie's worth.

Restoration work has many challenges other than the restoration itself.

John
Today 07:25 PM
deadbodyman I'm doing a 69 short bed truck for a real decient guy and he keeps saying I'll just get new ones (repops) the bumper brackets for example dont fit the repop bumper so I got some oem ones that were ugly but straight ,he just dont understand those repops arent worth spit I held the old ones up to the new ones and they were twice as thick the OEM bumoer was the same way his new repop bumper was already rusted on the back side...its just hard to explaun the difference and get it across to the guy.then he says nobody will notice but he wants it super nice ,where do you draw the line? my biggest problem is figuring out when someone wants a show finish what do they really mean? something that LOOKS nice or IS nice......Then they want it yesterday ....
Today 06:42 PM
Northstar T
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Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
JUST hope you get your cores back

We didn't in Atlanta ,with out giving any names
I took my bumpers to Walkers custom chrome, North of Redding Cali. a well respected shop in the area (but not cheep).

Russ
Today 05:47 PM
496CHEVY3100 JUST hope you get your cores back

We didn't in Atlanta ,with out giving any names
Today 04:53 PM
Northstar T
Quote:
Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
Too Many Projects II...

Why do we do that ??? Get a new toy and buy a $h!t load of parts for it MONTHS or years ahead of when we will need them ... By the time I get to some of my cars, I've forgotten what I bought and anything new no longer has a warranty...

A guy on our local Chevelle site unwrapped a re-chromed bumper he has had sitting on a shelf for 6 YEARS and they sent him a bumper for a '69 instead of his '67. He never checked it to see how it looked or if it was correct....
I do generally have enough parts to hold me for the next 3-4 months work. I sure wish I'd a' bought a set of bumpers 6 years ago for my 59 BelAir project. I just drove 350 miles yesterday to drop off my very straight original cores. they had some scratches through the chrome, but NO rust or other damage. $1,600.oo was the quote for the pair

Russ
Today 04:50 PM
John long
Quote:
Originally Posted by Too Many Projects View Post
Too Many Projects II...

Why do we do that ??? Get a new toy and buy a $h!t load of parts for it MONTHS or years ahead of when we will need them ... By the time I get to some of my cars, I've forgotten what I bought and anything new no longer has a warranty...

A guy on our local Chevelle site unwrapped a re-chromed bumper he has had sitting on a shelf for 6 YEARS and they sent him a bumper for a '69 instead of his '67. He never checked it to see how it looked or if it was correct....
Ouch. That hurts.....
Today 04:40 PM
Too Many Projects
Quote:
Originally Posted by Northstar T View Post
I need to change my username on this site. I've sold the Northstar T anyway. Maybe something like "2 too many projects" would work . yesterday I received some boxes from Vintage Air. a MkIV AC system for my newly acquired 64 Fairlane. All I need to do is finish up my 59 BelAir, and install the front suspension under the Vette, so I'll have room in the shop for the Ford.


Russ
Too Many Projects II...

Why do we do that ??? Get a new toy and buy a $h!t load of parts for it MONTHS or years ahead of when we will need them ... By the time I get to some of my cars, I've forgotten what I bought and anything new no longer has a warranty...

A guy on our local Chevelle site unwrapped a re-chromed bumper he has had sitting on a shelf for 6 YEARS and they sent him a bumper for a '69 instead of his '67. He never checked it to see how it looked or if it was correct....
Yesterday 07:14 PM
Northstar T I need to change my username on this site. I've sold the Northstar T anyway. Maybe something like "2 too many projects" would work . yesterday I received some boxes from Vintage Air. a MkIV AC system for my newly acquired 64 Fairlane. All I need to do is finish up my 59 BelAir, and install the front suspension under the Vette, so I'll have room in the shop for the Ford.


Russ
Yesterday 05:58 PM
NEW INTERIORS
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Originally Posted by shine View Post
inching forward with my shop truck. summer was slow to leave here. hopefully the temps will fall and stay down. i hate painting in heat .
SWEEEEEEEEEET !!!!!!!!!
Yesterday 03:30 PM
shine inching forward with my shop truck. summer was slow to leave here. hopefully the temps will fall and stay down. i hate painting in heat .
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