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Curious if there is a view on who is the best restoration specialist in the US. I have a 1973 that's in fine shape but was planning on doing some work and now I have much less time available. If anyone has a point of view for both cosmetic and mechanical I would appreciate hearing it. Thanks.
 

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I'm sure you can find a local shop that's done Alfas before, ask some of your SF Alfisti for recommendations. The benefits are being able to check up on the work being done every weekend. I have used a long distance restoration shop in the past and was not pleased with the outcome, it had to be redone and lost 4 years in the process. When I start my next restoration, a Montreal, believe me it will be local. Good luck with your choice.
 

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I'm sure you can find a local shop that's done Alfas before, ask some of your SF Alfisti for recommendations. The benefits are being able to check up on the work being done every weekend. I have used a long distance restoration shop in the past and was not pleased with the outcome, it had to be redone and lost 4 years in the process. When I start my next restoration, a Montreal, believe me it will be local. Good luck with your choice.
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Glen Olivera and Conrad Stevenson are a couple good people to contact first. Also, call Jon Norman at Alfa Parts and see who he recommends in the SF Bay Area.
 

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I'm sure you can find a local shop that's done Alfas before, ask some of your SF Alfisti for recommendations. The benefits are being able to check up on the work being done every weekend. I have used a long distance restoration shop in the past and was not pleased with the outcome, it had to be redone and lost 4 years in the process. When I start my next restoration, a Montreal, believe me it will be local. Good luck with your choice.
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Glen Olivera and Conrad Stevenson are a couple good people to contact first. Also, call Jon Norman at Alfa Parts and see who he recommends in the SF Bay Area.
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I would only consider a shop that can provide current references of their work for current customers, and I would make sure that it is for similar work. There are many shops throughout the country that can do a good job for small scale work. A restoration, however, requires a whole different level of focus for an extended period of time, and not to mention the fiscal discipline that a long term project requires.

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Tom Sahines has done a few GTVs recently. They looked pretty perfect to me. He partners with Andy Shank for the paint and bodywork, does everything else himself.

He's in Milpitas, worth talking to.

There are plenty of highly regarded people in the Bay Area, no reason to send your car elsewhere.

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+100 on Tom Sahines. He's the man.

Ciao!
-tj in los gatos
 
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