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Old 10-13-2008, 10:45 PM   #1
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Ballpark Cost to Recondition/Paint Body?

I have a 1958 Corvette with an all original body that has had most of its exterior paint removed in preparation to be repainted. As with a lot of projects its been put on hold for a number of years. I'm looking to have the body removed from the chassis and completely reconditioned and painted. I'm just starting to look into this now and I was wondering what I should expect to pay to have this type of work completed? I'm located in New Jersey and if you could recommend any shops in the area please share.
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Welcome to DC You can find prices from a few thou to 20 or 30 thou and up. Any collision or rust damage to the frame? Still have the original engine? Frame offs with original parts aren't cheap. After market suspension, frame and drive line parts increase driveability but reduce originality. It's kind of a personal preference. Make sure you check out the shop completely and oversee alll the work. All in all it won't be cheap. Make sure you take a bunch of pics of the whole process
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Welcome to DC You can find prices from a few thou to 20 or 30 thou and up. Any collision or rust damage to the frame? Still have the original engine? Frame offs with original parts aren't cheap. After market suspension, frame and drive line parts increase driveability but reduce originality. It's kind of a personal preference. Make sure you check out the shop completely and oversee alll the work. All in all it won't be cheap. Make sure you take a bunch of pics of the whole process

Thanks for the quick reply Torch. The frame and body are collision free and the frame doesn't have any rust holes. The car really hasn't been driven much in the last 30 years. It doesn't have the original engine and I don't think it has the original transmission. The engine in it now is a 327 from I believe a 67 Vette.

What I would like to do is hand over the body and hardtop to a shop to finish and complete all of the body work and paint. At the sametime I would be restoring the chassis and the drivetrain.

Do you really think it would be between 20k - 30k to do the body work and paint on the body?
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Not sure this is a good play. With the body off the frame and then putting it on painted and ready to go you are increasing your chances of a stress fractor to your new paint. I'd pull the body and do all the chassis work then put the body back on the frame then bring it to the body shop. They can mask off the frame and keep it nice while doing the body work.
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Hey there. I have been working with a friend on a 58 body off, something you would see at Barrett - Jackson. I'm in Jersey, do you mind telling me where you are?

Anyway, we made a jig for the body, with body shims, then welded a bar in the door frame to secure all. But, this can be tricky. A quality body shop / paint job would be aroung the 25k level in my opinion. Body work will be needed once you see the bare glass IMO. We did the frame, then wraped it in plastic, then put body back on frame, then to the body shop.

I have a trusted quality guy in my area, one I know if you spend that kind of money it is done right and he stands behind the work.

Hope I can be of help.

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Not sure this is a good play. With the body off the frame and then putting it on painted and ready to go you are increasing your chances of a stress fractor to your new paint. I'd pull the body and do all the chassis work then put the body back on the frame then bring it to the body shop. They can mask off the frame and keep it nice while doing the body work.
I agree with raid

Get your mechanicals done first put it back together and then paint it! You will have a lot less damage to it.

Do you plan to keep and drive it, or show it?

We are all looking forward to seeing pictures of your finished ride brother!
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Hey there. I have been working with a friend on a 58 body off, something you would see at Barrett - Jackson. I'm in Jersey, do you mind telling me where you are?

I have a trusted quality guy in my area, one I know if you spend that kind of money it is done right and he stands behind the work.
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I'm in the central Jersey area. What is the name and location of the shop? Do you happen to have any pictures of your 58?



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Do you plan to keep and drive it, or show it?

We are all looking forward to seeing pictures of your finished ride brother!

If I go through with it I would like to enjoy it. Driving it, showing it, and even drag racing it.


Here are some old photos of it when my Dad owned it. He passed away a couple of years ago and my brother and I would love to put it back together. However, I also want to be realistic on how much it might cost.

This is taken sometime between 1970 - 1975



This is taken back in 1998
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[QUOTE=58WhiteVette;1250561]DCRANER,

I'm in the central Jersey area. What is the name and location of the shop? Do you happen to have any pictures of your 58?


Hey 58WhiteVette, I'm in central jersey also, Atlantic Highlands. The shop is Finelines in Atlantic Highlands, Keith is the owner. Very trusted guy with excellent rep. for major projects. He is a friend of mine but again, 100% honest man, hard to find these days. I have many pics, will have to post when get a chance, but you are welcome to come visit me if you are close. It's a 58 low HP fuelie, with power hydr. top and power windows, kind of a rare piece. I have done a number of restorations over the years and on this car can show you what has worked out well and what areas "we have learned a little lesson on" so to speak. We are at the assembly stage, a nut & bolt complete body off.

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Im in monmouth county too, My dad had his car painted at a place in keyport (PM me for the name of the place) He has/had a beautiful 69 vette there, I will be taking mine there too when it is time.
The best way to find out painters in the local areas is to go to the carshows and look at other peoples car's. Thats what we did. Nothing but the best for a black car:

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If I go through with it I would like to enjoy it. Driving it, showing it, and even drag racing it.
I have owned one of my C3's for almost 30 years. I have painted it three times. I have always looked at a paint job as the most rapidly deteriorating part of the car. You CAN spend huge money on a paint job, but if you want to enjoy the car, drive it, and drag it, get a 2 to 4K paint job and be happy with it.

I have a pro body and paint guy, who works for a Chevy dealership, and does painting at his home in a booth. He paints my cars for 1200 to 1500 dollars with me doing a lot of the buffing and sanding (he taught me how ). Many here on DC have seen my vert. It is a great paint job and I am proud to show the car. (it was until a rock the size of a VW hit the passenger door in LA this spring )

Like it was suggested, go to some car shows, and look for the quality you want and start asking questions. Remember, most body shops DON'T want to do body and paint on our cars. It takes too much time as they make too much money on insurance jobs.

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