He certainly does AMAZING work. I could NEVER drive a car that nice.
My thought to a T,..that is a damn near perfect looking paint job, top and bottom, both in and out. Awesome, he's certainly got some major man hours in that baby.
I just couldn't even force myself to drive it, even on a sunny perfect day. I don't wanna even think about any mud puddles or raod contruction,...I much rather just look and admire his.
Wife,........."You drove how far for that thing?"
Daughter,..."Theres no inside and it stinks."
Friend,......."Dude, thats a rusted piece of sheet."
Son,.........."This old car is cool."
I say keep shopping. I got lower quarters replaced, doors replaced, hood fixed, fender patched, taillight panel replaced, paint, and help with my EFI install for $7k. Got quoted as high as $28k when I was shopping around and I honestly think they could not have done a much better job than my paint guy did.
The first picture is my hood, since it's not clear to most people
Calamity Jane aka "The Maybe-Not-So-Evil B$*&#"
289 v8, Powerjection III EFI, mild cam
4-speed, 3.25 9" rear
Power disc brakes, Unisteer power R&P
Pertronix ignition, RetroSound Model One radio, Classic Auto Air A/C, etc...
Three years of work for three days of perfection. This pony WILL get back out on the road and it WILL reliably take me where I want to go... and it will always, always keep me safe.
mikemstang66 - Please forgive my injecting politics here, but if the current administration follows through with "redistribution" they should not allow folks to have both the GT350 and the Healy. That said, I will take either of them when the redistribution begins. LOL. Gorgeous cars, both.
I'd consider $15K to be on the high side. Usually there's a lot of time in prep, repairs, color sanding... and it can add up.
It is high. And it is not just paint. Once you spend all the money for prep and paint, those 50 yr old trim components just don't make sense. Re-chroming bumpers. Polishing stainless. New handles, new sill plates, new grill, I needed a new hood. Taking out all the glass and resealing it. New weatherstripping on all the doors. And it was a color change back to stock.. It starts adding up.
I was looking for a 5k paint job - put the paint alone was a grand!
I used to paint cars as a kid outside in the sun with lacquer. The problem was the paint drying before it hit the car! You could tape and paint a car in a morning. Those days are gone.
66 - W White coupe - 11k mi and fully restored
73 Copper Mach 1 - 351C Holley bbl - under construction
Absolutely stunning pictures! i can't imagine blocking the BOTTOM of your car before you paint it!? Stunning but as others say..."Are you gonna drive it or look at it?". I'm driving mine...Most of the restorations we do run about $13,000 for paint and body, including dipping and e-coat. I'm doing the body on mine because I'm in that "broke" category too...Hopefully paint will come in under $7000...
Location: Vero Beach, FL but currently live in Korea
I don't understand how it can be "concours" if the work is hands down better than when the car rolled out of the factory. I thought concours meant that the car would appear factory fresh. Back then Ford used a single stage paint, not the BC/CC that a lot of painters are applying now. The paint is so deep it looks as if you can fall into it. That's not how I remember the new cars back then. Many had a minor "orange peel" finish. They were shiny but the depth wasn't there in most cases. How much is an original type single stage paint job worth?
Last edited by tom991; 11-13-2012 at 06:53 PM.
I thought my stang had a terrific paint job. It does look amazing. Labor and paint,in the 5k range. By friends in the resto business. Then I took it for some minor work to the shop doing a $15k job on my vette. Under their lights, you could see numerous flaws in the finish. The body guy pointed out a dozen things I don't miss anymore when I look at the car. To the naked eye, it is still awesome and quite sufficient. For my money on the other vette, I got it stripped and every line and every edge reshaped and resanded sharp. They didn't do any of that on the stang. So there are differences in paint jobs, just not necessarily what mortals will see.
Preparation is at least 80% of any paint job. I recently repaired, and repainted, the rockers on my truck. PPG DBC2000 BC/CC. I'm no painter, but the results look better than show cars did back in the 70's, when I painted a car or two. In the hands of a skilled painter, after painstaking preparation, modern paint produces amazing results.
Amateur restorer. (Well, once in a while I have been paid for it)
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