Shop Rates and Services

My estimated costs are provided based upon a summary of the various components of the restoration and modification process desired.  This is determined at a flat fee depending on the specific project to include the preparation work, type and quantities of materials to be used, and the customer’s desired finish. 

However, a flat hourly rate may apply and costs of materials if appropriate because every job is different.  Many customers are looking for different levels of quality and frequently change requirements during the restoration process.  Every job is different and must be treated that way.  I approximate the cost of the finished work as closely as possible.  But, a fixed cost estimate for custom work is not possible.  I will explain what the restoration project entails on a case-by-case basis to ensure we are both going to be satisfied with the finished product. 

All fabrication, parts installation, and general service work is performed based on an hourly rate or at cost if services are required for an outside vendor.  In some cases, work can be performed outside by a specialist at a better rate.  For example, paint and muffler work. 

Machining, if required, is based on a flat rate or cost basis depending on the size and detail and if it requires an outside vendor. 

Project Scheduling  & Transportation:

Scheduling is done by deposit only.  If necessary, I am willing to haul your project to and from my shop within reason.

*Deposits are non-refundable


All shop supplies are sold at manufacturer’s suggested retail price plus tax and shipping if appropriate.  These are your parts for your project and costs must be paid in full upon ordering. 

Customers may order and supply parts and are responsible for their appropriateness to the project.  Wrong parts that will not work must be returned and as necessary replaced by the customer.  If critical to completion of a task in progress, the shop may be required to obtain the part and be reimbursed by the customer. 

Payment Schedule:

Most major jobs are given an estimated cost and once your project is started you will be billed every two weeks. Final payment must be made before delivery of the finished project.

Following startup on the project, I will do a ‘strip down’ of the existing finish to bare metal to determine whether a revised repair estimate is required to account for damage not visible at project start.  No one wants to be surprised here so the good and bad news needs to be determined early on.

Although this is a general schedule of payments, the size and length of your project may suggest an alternative schedule.  I am always open to special arrangements if circumstances permit.