Dennis, the custom work involved in building interiors, electrical, sound systems, etc. greatly increases the amount of time.
I looked up my hours on this 55 Chevy and it was 948 and it wasn't fully completed. He took it to get the glass installed and to my knowledge it never got done.
Air suspension controls:
Stereo cabinets and amplifier:
And a bunch of other stuff really added to the hours.
More of an art than a science - discuss metalworking and welding here.
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1968 Coronet R/T
I know all to well how it adds up, Thats the main reason I only do my own cars for full restorations, Not many can really afford to bring a car to a full complete restoration.
And why so many of my Buyers are over seas.
The 55 you did was a Killer job the level of detail you put into it for so few hours was amazing! But The truth is most don't recognize or see the detail!!! and if they do they don't want to pay for it! Most only see the paint and the Bling few really look at or look for the detail till its pointed out to them.
A good example is Ebay or other sale place look up any sought after car where there are many of the same make and model such a a 70 Firebird/Trans am youll see a few that are truly truly worth the asking price then a bunch of Paint jobs with little to no interior work let alone detailed out and fewer with detailed suspensions, All of them mostly flippers that bought the car cheap did a few things to clean it up then try to get 3/4 to 50% of what the fully restored ones sell for.
Then there are the guys That Buy there Rusted out Junk Moused over customized dream car for a 1/4-45% of its fully restored value that think they got such a great deal on it and they will find a stupid Red neck to do all the work for them for a fraction of what others charge So they can drive it around a while enjoy it then sell it later to recoup there cash plus make a few bucks in the process. A FLIPPER!
You have to LOVE this Hobby!
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To the OP - I am a DIY guy and nowhere near the level of what many of these fellas on the forum have in skill and know-how. Having been associated with a restoration shop as a teenager I knew the costs of body repair/restoration well before diving in to my 1955 Ford Fairlane for a simple "re-paint" One thing led to another - replaced a floor pan here, welded in a panel there, cut out 1/2" thick of bondo repair, etc, etc, etc. It took a lot of TIME no doubt but I had great experiences along the way. I chronicle much of this on my website, www.hotrodreverend.com/blog. If you have a chance, get on there and look through my pics, videos, and blog posts. I am pretty transparent with the failures AND the successes. While I am very happy with the way things are turning out, I feel even more confident in tackling my next project (whenever that comes about).
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