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25-06-2020, 01:14   #31
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OP, I wouldnt get scared off from some of the posts here. I had a similar type of question and was scared off by concourse grade individuals that basically made me out to be an asshole for even thinking of doing repairs on the cheap. I lost a couple of years with an old van as I was afraid to put bad money into it. I copped on fairly quick and got it to a state where I could enjoy and got a food few years out of it before needed to be done again.

If the repair is solid, but the paint is shoddy and lets you get out on the road. Do that. If it needs to be done 5-6 years down the line again, what of it.

The main point is to get out on the road and enjoy your classic.
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27-07-2020, 23:51   #32
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Armstrong's in Co. Wicklow are another option, although I know they have one very fancy (not mine) and one the opposite of fancy (mine) cars in at the moment for significant body restoration work: http://www.armstrongbodyrepairs.ie/craftsmen.php, so there might be a long lead time!

Agree with everything the guys have said about about realistic pricing. E.g. if you've bought an MG Midget with what looks like minor tin worm for a few grand, you'll be putting at least 5k in to come out of the project with the rust sorted and a modern (i.e. better than factory) level paint job at the end of it. Note; I'm completely excluding engine, electrics, running gear etc.

If your car happens to be Porsche; Jon Miller is fantastic: http://www.classiccarworkshop.ie/index.html
.. I think he does Ferrari and Jag stuff too.
Interested in your experience with the above, I'm on the hunt for the right guy to do some work, and a bit like the OP had been scared off by alot of the comments previously.Cheers
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In my experience the the best guys who take on this kind of work are small and often found by word of mouth, so not easy to find. Agree with earlier posters before that normal shops have no interest, and most of those that do this work are outside Dublin. You need to go meet them as they are as concerned about what type of customer they take on.

I found a chap near Rathcoffey kildare, had to call to the house to make contact, we found common ground but cost was not agreed as level of time was unknown. He took on extensive rust on firewall and front leg repair of an E30 2 years ago for me. I stripped the accessories and did all the putting back (brakes ,wiring etc) which suited both of us, cost as about 1800 and that was good deal so it can be done. if I have not done my part it would have 4k plus - it lots of hours doing this type of work and welding requires more stripping than most realize.
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