Classic Bodywork Recommendations

Andy55

RMS Regular
Location
Co. Down
After getting some time to focus on my latest project, I'm looking for some recommendations for classic bodywork men - preferably South Down area but all suggestions welcome
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Chris tii

RMS Regular
Drives
e39 540i
Classic Marques are very good. Their quality is some of the best I’ve seen.
Though they are also very expensive. What ever price and time they quote you, expect it to be double.
 

Burt2000

RMS Regular
I’m learning first hand that any sort of restoration work takes longer than the first timescale your given, just seems to be the nature of it. Proper bare shell restorations can take years from what I’m seeing and reading.
 
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RCT

RMS Regular
Drives
Opel kadett
I’m learning first hand that any sort of restoration work takes longer than the first timescale your given, just seems to be the nature of it. Proper bare shell restorations can take years from what I’m seeing and reading.

Having done a lot (14 full proper restorations) of them myself between my dad over a number of years, we’ve 2 rare but hard cars to get parts and finish, I don’t want to do another again! That’s with us having a full workshop with a lot of proper equipment except bodywork.

Too many people watch the programs read build pages, that make it look simple and all the parts are off the shelf etc. Normal person will take 5 years to do a car from what I see and can’t understand why there’s 400hours on bodywork for a car at £28hr and some take 500hours to build after that.
 

Burt2000

RMS Regular
It’s definitely a specialist job and having done simple stuff on my own car before it went to the restorer like grinding with flap discs, cutting out steel, removing underseal etc I can appreciate the hours and skill involved. I must have put 40 solid hours into mine and that was nothing specialised and not much to fix either. I’ll prob do the Same again when I get it back with grinding down welds, zinc painting, re sealing etc etc. I can only imagine the hours involved in a bare shell rebuild!
 
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