1 - Conversations!
no such thing as a typical auto
restoration job, but here's what might happen
to a vehicle when we work on it.
mentioned before, our desire is to serve the customer,
so every job is different. The most important step
in every job is the initial customer contact. In
these first conversations we get all the information-
what exactly the customer wants down to the last
detail; quality, scope, price, schedule, color,
engine work if any, etc. If the job is a custom
or hot rod, we get into all the details of the type
of driving the customer does, speed, frequency,
vehicle stance, type of suspension etc. Our success
depends on happy customers, so we get real clear
real early so that any surprises that come up are
always good ones. You've heard of shops that will
not give estimates? That's not us. We prefer to
work from an estimate, but we also do jobs for a
predetermined fixed price.
2 - Disassembling
we get the details in writing we disassemble the
vehicle. At our facility, one technician takes the
job from start to finish, enlisting the help of
the mechanical staff when appropriate. One technician
disassembles the car, catalogs all the pieces, arranges
for parts, does all the welding, body work, paint
and finish work up to the point of final cleanup
and delivery. This way there is clear accountability
in all aspects of a job.
3 - Body Work
a vehicle is disassembled, the parts that need replating
are sent out, and the body and frame are plastic
media blasted to remove all old paint. Rust and
body filler are removed by glass bead blasting.
The bare metal parts are then etch-primed, primed
and any welding is done to repair rust. Any body
panels that need to be replaced are welded in at
this time. We use a high-quality weld-in primer
that protects the weld and surrounding area from
rust. Don't be afraid of a rusty car! Rust is just
one more thing that needs to be repaired, and doesn't
need to be looked at as a huge problem.
4 - Painting / Chassis Work
the major body work is done the vehicle goes to
the paint booth for the paint and clear coats. Then
the vehicle is color sanded and buffed.
If chassis work needed to be done, the frame will
have been media blasted and painted at the same
time as the body. The car is then reassembled, any
electrical or interior work being done at the right
time in the process.
vehicle is then cleaned up and delivered!