Originally Posted by MARTINSR
When you are paying someone to build a car, that labor isn't free. The money spent on a better body could end being a SAVINGS of money over what the shop would have charged to fine tune the cheaper body.
It isn't only about how firewalls are glued in and such, it's about how the doors and trunk are hung, are they straight, are they finished off nice or will they need a bunch of work to fit them nice enough for your expectations?
Is the body REALLY ready to paint or will it have pin holes and messed up boidy lines that need to be fine tuned, this all adds up to body labor that costs a lot of money.
I would still build some other (cheaper) car that was steel before I built a glass car but that's just me.
Brian, Your so right.
Labor is $$$$$
The N&N's are straight, Minor pin holes (as with all fiberglass
bodies and the mold seams).
Usually takes me less than 1 day to get a roadster up in epoxy.
Next dat block and prep.
3rd day - Pull the trigger.
Door and deck lids line up great on N&N's
Add 1 1/2 days labor for a coupe.
I'm speaking from 40 + years experiance.
Done many steel 32's over the years.
The last STEEL Brookville roadster I did (a year ago)
I had over 20 hrs in each 1/4 panel, and around 6 -8 hrs in each door and decklid,(the black 1 below)
Just buildin what the buying public wants and can afford.
Ya ever build a glass car?