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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-05-2012, 05:20 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for top restoration shop

Can anyone recommend a restoration shop in the US equivalent to Alfaholics UK shop?
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Its a big country and some of us may not be familiar with the level of quality that Alfaholics UK produces. Can you be more specific? There is a restoration shop here in North Texas that does Pebble Beach winner quality work. There are other shops here that do work that is more appropriate for the quality of the car. I am sure there are similar shops in the other regions of the country.

So, more information is needed.

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It also depends on what you mean by restoration shop. Are you planning on a check book restoration? Or, are you planning on farming out various jobs of your restoration to different shops?
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Would prefer one location shop for all work, or multiple shops in reasonably close proximity. Car can be transported anywhere in US, so location is not a big deal. Thanks, Bruce
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Are you trying to do a "Pebble Beach car" or "a nice driver" or "club show car"... really depends on more specific info from you.

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Sorry, a Pebble Beach standard is not required, but I would like to have a condition 1 car at the end of the process.
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Can you tell us anything else... like: What model Alfa? What condition is it in now? Where are you located? We're just trying to help, but you're not giving us much to go on.

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In the north Texas area, the most famous restoration person is Bob Smith Coachworks in Gainsville, Texas. He does nationally recognized projects for older Ferrari's, Mercedes, etc. He is closer to what you have asked for - one company that does body work, painting, interior, etc. His web site is Bob Smith Coachworks

Another, more reasonable person to contact in this area is Robert Rogers at Shadetree Enginetrics in Nevada, Texas. He is a mechanic and can work on the engine and related stuff, and can also strip the car for paint and body work. He will then send the car over to the paint and body shop and when they are done, will send the car over to a well respected company that does interior work. So, he only does a part of the project, but will manage it so that the other specialists get involved. This is probably more in your budget range. They are listed in AROC-USA magazine and you can search for their website on google. I do not know about his availability on a restoration.

I also see advertisments in some of the national classic car magazines so check with them for someone in your area.

Good luck and let us know how this works out.

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Car is 74 2000 GTV. Would like to take it to condition 1 car with some GTA type mods. I cited Alfaholics.com because it appears that their work is impeccable.Thanks for suggestions.
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Darron Walker at Vintage Customs. Vintage Customs || European Restorations and Performance Parts
His handle is "Akitaman" here on the Abb.

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Other suggestions:

Glenn Oliveira - Oliveira Engineering
Conrad Stevenson - Stevenson Restorations

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In the north Texas area, the most famous restoration person is Bob Smith Coachworks in Gainsville, Texas. He does nationally recognized projects for older Ferrari's, Mercedes, etc. He is closer to what you have asked for - one company that does body work, painting, interior, etc. His web site is Bob Smith Coachworks
I don't think this is the kind of car that Bob would work on. I had him replate the chrome bits for my car. That cost me $1k, and that included an NOS backup light. That was almost 20 years ago. Back then, his paint jobs were $20k. I shudder to think what his prices are today. He really knows his stuff and is good at what he does, but I think most of our cars are not in his league.
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I don't think this is the kind of car that Bob would work on. I had him replate the chrome bits for my car. That cost me $1k, and that included an NOS backup light. That was almost 20 years ago. Back then, his paint jobs were $20k. I shudder to think what his prices are today. He really knows his stuff and is good at what he does, but I think most of our cars are not in his league.
I would also concur with that statement. Knowing that the car is a early 70s GTV, it would not be reasonable for a six figure restoration. There are also many places that would probably do an outstanding job on a car like this.

I have toured Bob's shop (maybe 4 to 5 years ago) and the quality of the cars there was outstanding. It was quite a treat.

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I would also concur with that statement. Knowing that the car is a early 70s GTV, it would not be reasonable for a six figure restoration. <b>There are also many places that would probably do an outstanding job on a car like this.</b>

I have toured Bob's shop (maybe 4 to 5 years ago) and the quality of the cars there was outstanding. It was quite a treat.

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Would prefer one location shop for all work, or multiple shops in reasonably close proximity. Car can be transported anywhere in US, so location is not a big deal. Thanks, Bruce
Whom did you use? Satisfactory outcome?

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