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Username Post: 1964 Belair 2dr Post        (Topic#358367)
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10-08-19 01:20 PM - Post#2777387    

Is anyone interested in restoring older cars anymore? I can't find a body shop willing to do the body work or anyone interested in my project car for sale. My car is unusual in that it is a factory air 327 Belair 3-speed manual transmission. I believe it is well worth restoring?

64 Impala SS AC convertible 66K mile survivor.
Almost identical to the 1st new car I bought in 1964
64 Bel Air 2-door sedan 327 w/factory AC (project) For Sale
2007 Silverado 2500 diesel
1957 Thunderbird


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Loc: Possums Crotch, KY
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10-09-19 05:19 AM - Post#2777447    
    In response to Red64SS

Not many body shops are interested in doing restoration work. Too time consuming and they don't want to deal with unknown issues that pop up during the restoration process.
Also be aware of rip offs with cars winding up in body shop and paint shop jail with little or no work being accomplished.

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10-09-19 07:06 AM - Post#2777455    
    In response to Red64SS

We have in our area at least 6-10 classic car restoration shops within a 100 miles including two in town.
one in town charges $ 65 or $70 per hour, the other I think $60 per hour.

Just paint/ primer materials body work materials to paint a car are over $2000 from my experience. Fixing rust can cost significant $.
To strip the old paint& primer by bead blasting can be $1500 to $ 2000.

Talk to guys at local car shows or loop nights ( who have had cars done)- ask ...
They should know of good shops.

57 BelairHT 283/270hp 4 spd
62 ImpHT 327/300 4 spd
62 Imp CV SS 327/300HP 700R4 (sold)
62 Imp HT SS 409/482 stroker 4 spd
62 Imp SS 409 - 5 spd Convertible

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10-09-19 07:14 AM - Post#2777456    
    In response to pvs409

Ditto about asking other car guys. I found a great restoration shop very close to me, and I have gotten to be great friends with the owner, who along with his son do all the work themselves.

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.

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10-09-19 10:14 AM - Post#2777470    
    In response to rrausch

A friend of mine had his 63 Nova and his dads 55 Belair 2 door post car painted by what he thought was a good painter in Youngstown, Florida. He wasn't cheap as he charged $7500 for the Nova and $8500 for the 55. Wasn't a body shop but a guy working out of his backyard. Both cars looked decent after the paint jobs but in the Florida salt air environment rust appeared everywhere through the paint on both cars within 4-5 months.
16K is a lot of money with nothing to show for it.
If you do find someone to work on your car make sure you thoroughly check their references. Not the first horror story I know about first hand. Someone else I know had the same thing happen to his 69 Firebird by a rip off artist in Pensacola.


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