Due to our current workload, we have a waiting list for new restoration projects
Due to our current workload, we have a waiting list for new restoration projects
Revive the glory of your classic car with FFR Fabrication, where passion meets precision. At FFR, we don't just restore cars, we bring history back to life. Our skilled artisans and state-of-the-art facility are dedicated to preserving the essence of iconic automobiles.
There is not a definitive answer to this question and unlike what you'll see on TV, it will certainly take longer than a week or two to restore a car.
The duration of a classic car restoration project can vary widely depending on several factors. Here are some key considerations that influence the time it takes to restore a classic car:
- Scope of the Restoration: The extent of the restoration work significantly impacts the timeline. A full frame-off restoration, where every aspect of the car is addressed, will take much longer than a partial restoration or cosmetic updates.
- Condition of the Car: The initial condition of the classic car plays a crucial role. A well-maintained car that needs minor repairs or cosmetic enhancements may take less time than a vehicle in poor condition that requires extensive mechanical and structural work.
- Availability of Parts: Avalability of replacement parts, especially for rare or discontinued models, can affect the timeline. If sourcing original or high-quality replacement parts takes time, it may lead to delays.
- Customization and Modifications: If the restoration involves customizations or modifications beyond the original specifications, it can add extra time to the project. Custom work requires careful planning and execution.
- Shop Workload and Scheduling: The workload of the restoration shop or individual performing the work can impact scheduling. Some reputable restoration shops may have a backlog, affecting when the project can commence.
- Unforeseen Issues: Classic cars, especially older ones, may have hidden issues that become apparent only during the restoration process. Unforeseen problems can add time to the project.
Given these factors, a restoration can take anywhere from several months to several years. Smaller projects or partial restorations may be completed in a few months, while extensive restorations with a full teardown and rebuild may take a year or more. It's important to be prepared for the possibility of unforeseen challenges that may extend the timeline.
Although we prefer to take on a project from start to finish, we are willing to finish a project started at another shop. FFR Fabrication understands the challenges that may arise when continuing restoration project started at another shop. While we are committed to taking on such projects, transparency is key. The process of assessing and addressing work completed by another shop can be intricate, potentially requiring additional time and resources. Unforeseen issues or discrepancies in the previous work may contribute to adjustments in the original timeline and budget. At FFR, our priority is delivering excellence, and this commitment may entail additional efforts to ensure the highest standards of craftsmanship and client satisfaction. We communicate openly with our clients throughout the process, providing clear expectations and working collaboratively to achieve the desired outcome, even if it means extending the project duration or adjusting the budget to guarantee the utmost quality in the restoration.
Our reputation is that of a shop that will ensure you have the best possible outcome from a restoration or custom build. Therefore, if we find that the car has any work that was done incorrectly, we will not finish the work unless you are willing to make the repairs needed to do it right.
The cost of a classic car restoration can vary significantly based on various factors. The extent of work required, the specific make and model of the vehicle, its current condition, and the level of customization desired all play pivotal roles in determining the overall cost. Generally, a comprehensive restoration, involving a full frame-off approach and addressing mechanical, structural, and aesthetic components, tends to be more expensive than a partial restoration. Specialty or rare classic cars may require additional costs due to the scarcity of parts. Skilled craftsmanship, especially if the restoration involves intricate details or custom work or extensive rust repairs, can also contribute to higher expenses. We will conduct a thorough assessment o the vehicle and hve a consultation with our clients to get a detailed estimate tailored to the unique needs of the car, ensuring transparency and aligning expectations regarding the investment required for the restoration journey.
Restoring a classic car is a labor-intensive and meticulous process for our technicians to do their job to the best of their abilities and achieve the best possible outcome and quality. Custom fabrication, restoration and maintenance work at our level requires thoughtful planning, meticulous attention to detail, and precise execution.
Our billing process:
All work performed is billed time and materials. Time spent working on your project will be tracked on the invoice and you will be billed for the actual time spent working on the project and parts purchased. We currently are billing $236/hour.
We invoice weekly for work completed and parts purchased. Payment is expected within 5 days of receiving the payment request.
We feel this is the most honest and fair approach to classic car restoration and custom builds.
The starting point for a full restoration back to original condition is in the $185,000 range and goes up from there, depending on many factors. Additionally, it's advisable to anticipate some contingency in the budget for unforeseen issues and that may arise during the restoration process.
Auto restoration and customization is not for everyone. With the exception of a few high-end or rare cars, it is often less expensive to buy a car that has already been restored rather than have one restored.
At FFR Fabrication, we value collaboration and understand that some clients have a personal connection to their classic cars, desiring hands-on involvement in the restoration process. We offer a collaborative approach where clients can contribute to certain aspects of the restoration themselves. While this participatory approach can enhance the owner's connection to the project, it's essential to be mindful of potential pitfalls. The complexities of classic car restoration demand a certain level of expertise, and DIY involvement may lead to inadvertent mistakes, compromises in quality, or even safety concerns. Coordination between our skilled professionals and the client is crucial to ensure that the restoration aligns with industry standards and meets the highest quality benchmarks. At FFR Fabrication, our goal is to provide a collaborative and enriching experience while safeguarding the integrity and authenticity of the restoration process. We work closely with clients to strike the right balance, maximizing their involvement while ensuring a successful and enduring restoration outcome.
For some, that car has a sentimental value and it cannot be replaced. For others, it is a hobby that they enjoy working on. Either way, they have the satisfaction of turning the key and driving the car of their dreams. A lot of true car enthusiasts want something unique from the other cars on the road and know that a custom build will bring them more joy than a restored car that they can buy or even a new car off the lot. Having a car restored or custom built gives the owner the creative freedom to have a car that is a true piece of art, with the fit and finish that they desire.
Choosing to work with FFR Fabrication for a classic car restoration or a custom build offers a compelling blend of expertise, passion, and transparency. With a team of skilled technicians and fabricators deeply dedicated to the craft of restoring classic cars and building custom cars, FFR stands out for its commitment to preserving automotive heritage. The technicians and fabricators at FFR possess a wealth of experience, ensuring that each restoration project is approached with precision and attention to detail. The transparency in their process, including regular updates, detailed progress reports, and open communication fosters trust between the client and the restoration team.
Absolutely! We encourage clients to visit our shop and witness the restoration process firsthand. We believe in transparency, and our team is more than happy to provide updates, answer any questions, and showcase the craftsmanship involved in bringing your vehicle back to life.