With the assistance of Nyle Wing
at Wing's Auto art (wingsautoart.com), James and John left no bolt unturned or unpainted in the quest to restore it to a standard that exceeds the factory fit and finish.
Nyle Wing, the owner of Michigan-based Wing's Auto Art (wingsautoart.com), has been restoring muscle cars for 20 years.
roster of jobs includes some of the rarest cars ever to come out of Detroit, with many taking top awards once their proud owners begin showing them off.
Recently, a new customer brought him a GTO
that was fresh from another resto shop.
As full restorations go, the price the customer paid seemed to be a comparative bargain, but he
soon learned the hard way what is meant by the axiom "you get what you pay for.
"At a glance, the car looked fine, but upon closer inspection, the underlying bodywork was terrible and other details were just plain wrong.
By the time the owner tried to do something about it, the shady resto shop had closed its doors.
The car owner was out some serious money and saddled with a GTO
that simply wasn't up to snuff.
brought the car to Wing's
shop, where his
crew will do what they can to fix the other shop's mistakes.
It will be a costly adventure for the understandably frustrated owner.
Unfortunately, that enthusiast's experience is all too common.
The good word of a smooth-talking shop owner should never be enough to win the business of your restoration investment.
"Just like a big medical procedure, you definitely want a second opinion," says Wing
"You can't just take the shop owner's word for it - you've got to get the opinions from others who've had cars restored at the shop."
And while nobody wants to spend more than is necessary, Wing
advises those contemplating a full, concours-style resto should be prepared for a sizeable bill.
"I hear it all the time from new customers who initially tell us they want a nice car, but not necessarily a concours car - then they change their mind halfway through the process and it costs them even more, because we have re-do things," says Wing
advice: Be honest with yourself before you drop the car off at the shop.
"For a driver-quality car, we can simply powder-coat a lot of the chassis and suspension parts, rather than priming and painting them to concours quality.
It takes less time, so it costs less," he
"The really expensive part comes if you later decide that you want to win a Best in Show trophy, because we've already done the job one way and then we go back and do it another."
2. Restored or over-restored?
A car restored to concours quality, using the best methods and priming/painting techniques on the chassis, would still show production-line imperfections unless you decide to correct them.
That includes things like notoriously imperfect gaps between body panels, visible stamping and pinch-weld sheet metal distortions, less-than-perfect alignment of trim pieces and paint with visible orange peel.
"These cars just weren't built with the attention to detail seen in the new cars of today," says Wing
customers to expect the unexpected as the car is torn down.
"Many rusted-out parts of a car are located in areas that are difficult to see until the car is disassembled," he
"If you go into the project thinking you'll make money, you'll probably be disappointed," says Wing