Reputable Restoration Shops near Oklahoma City?
Hey guys... I was googling for restoration shops near OKC and came across this forum again, actually for a post I made in 2001 when I initially tried to start restoring my mustang. At the time, someone mentioned John Brown in Piedmont, OK (Thoroughbred Motors) and Mustang1 in Sapulpa, OK. At the time, I lived in Fort Smith, AR and had found a guy in Mountainburg, AR and was going to have him do the restoration but I hit some financial and other snags in my life and the car has been sitting in my yard ever since (covered, at least).
A short re-cap... I have a 66 coupe, c-code, 3-speed, 289 2v, AC, drum brakes, manual steering, in a shameful condition. My grandmother bought it new in October of 1965, beat the crap out of it for 30 years, loaned it out, got it wrecked, etc... then gave it to me in 2000. It's been wrecked at least 3 times with some shotty work both cosmetically and mechanically. In 2001 I decided to restore it rather than keep patching it (partially due to some TERRIBLE work done by a shop in Tulsa). I took the engine, tranny, and interior out with the intention of sending the rest to be restored by a professional, and then I'd do the rest once it was ready, but obviously that never happened. It has rust in the cowl, front and rear floor pans (both sides), a spot on the roof, and other miscellanous spots, probably more than I know.
Either way, it's a family car and I couldn't scrap it if I wanted to... it's definitely going to be the most expensive thing I've ever been "gifted" in my life!
So, I'm looking for a shop near the OKC area preferrably. I am committed to getting it done now and have the means to do so. I know it'll never be worth what I put into it, but like I said, it's a family car and I'd like to get it done in time for my grandmother to drive it again (which means I will have to do a road trip to California). It's a 3-speed, drum brakes, manual steering, though, so she couldn't drive it if she wanted. My plan is to get the body done right, full restoration by a professional. I'd like to upgrade the suspension, brakes, steering so that when it's finished my Grandmother could drive it again. I plan to make the interior and exterior perfectly stock, with the previously mentioned upgrades to steering/brakes/suspension as well as some performance upgrades (edelbrock carb/intake, etc) and some convenience features (keyless entry, alarm, etc) so long as they can be hidden (from my Grandmother!).
So... long story long... anyone have recommendations for restoration shops in my area? I called a # I found online for Thoroughbred Motors (John Brown) on Wednesday but got a lady for an insurance company... she did tell me she'd have him call me which tells me he may not be doing restorations full time anymore... but I could be wrong. He didn't call me back, so I'll be calling again Monday. I read about Trinity in Tulsa... and Mustang One in Sapulpa (which is Melvin Little, right?) I REALLY like what I see on Mustang One's website and will be calling them Monday, but I would REALLY prefer someone closer to OKC. I went by Classic Auto Parts and asked if they had any ideas... they were clueless and then came up with a name "Tony Beam" who used to do work for them, left the state, but is now back, but they didn't know a # or where he was working. Not looking promising.
FYI, I used to post on here as D#mnRock (with an 'a')... but it wouldn't let me get that name back. My posts are still here but I guess the account was purged for non-use and now "D#mn" is not allowed!