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Restoration
Posted by: Todd S ()
Date: December 27, 2011 10:18PM

looking for the BEST shop in the US for complete Corvair restoration. Who gets the most votes?

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Re: Restoration
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: December 27, 2011 10:27PM

Kinda a open ended question I think? Some shops specialize in certain things that others don't,,I know Jeff at ca corvairs will do complete restorations,,I am sure there are others as well.



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Re: Restoration
Posted by: MonzaDave ()
Date: December 28, 2011 02:47AM

Depends on your location and how much you're willing to spend. Is $50K too much?

Dave Keillor
Rochester, MN

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Re: Restoration
Posted by: Todd S ()
Date: December 28, 2011 04:46PM

Not quite. More interested in "who" right now. Will talk price later. Looking in mid-US, East or Northeast.

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Re: Restoration
Posted by: MonzaDave ()
Date: December 28, 2011 05:01PM

I can give you the name of a small shop in Wisconsin that does outstanding paint and body. They did my '65 restomod. However, I don't believe they have experience with Corvairs mechanically. I had my engine built elsewhere and am doing the nuts-and-bolts myself.

I know that Cotrofeld's on the east coast does turnkey restorations, but can't vouch for their quality.

Dave Keillor
Rochester, MN

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Re: Restoration
Posted by: firevair66 ()
Date: December 28, 2011 05:44PM

Jeff at the Corvair Ranch in PA.

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Re: Restoration
Posted by: Am-Iron ()
Date: December 28, 2011 05:54PM

I would check Steve at Rear engine Specialists,if not, LeVair, Rafee, or Corvair Ranch. Steve does not list full restorations but he does most of the work and has contacts that do the rest, I believe. Steve is just outside Denver, Levair Indiana, Corvair Ranch, Pa. and Rafee in Oklahoma. These are just who came to mind, I have never used a shop to do restoration work. After thinking who I would contact this would be my answer. If you are not planning a stock restoration the answer might change to to a mainstream shop $$$$ ( Foose or Rad Rods by Troy). That is a tough question! I would check motoheadmall.com for nos parts either way and send them with the car. There very well might be better restoration shops, this is only an expression of what my experience tells me. If you did not limit the area I would list Cody and California Corvairs. Cody is not an official shop but he comes to mind when I think of great restorations for sure.



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Re: Restoration
Date: December 28, 2011 06:11PM

I don't have any connection with this shop - I'm just absolutely amazed at the quality of workmanship exhibited by the craftsmen that worked on this car.
I'ts a long way from a true restoration, but it does have very tasteful modifications, IMHO.

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Re: Restoration
Posted by: Mark M ()
Date: December 28, 2011 06:13PM

Jim Allen in Illinois does beautiful work. He is a membe of Prarie Capitol Corvair Association (mid-Illinois).

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Re: Restoration
Posted by: Todd S ()
Date: December 28, 2011 07:14PM

Thanks Guys for the Info.

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Re: Restoration
Posted by: irvan ()
Date: December 28, 2011 07:21PM

nice article in Hemmings Classic Car magazine June 2011 on Cotrofeld Automotive, says oldest Corvair shop in the country, looks like worth checking on.

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Re: Restoration
Posted by: jerry thomas ()
Date: December 29, 2011 01:46AM

Tim Cotrofeld did our 66 Turbo. Very pleased with his work. Go to there website to see some of there other work. Cotrofeld Auto.com

Diane & Jerry Thomas
Greenwich, NY (Albany/Saratoga area)
64 Monza convertible
66 Corsa Turbo convert

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Re: Restoration
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: December 29, 2011 02:03AM

Send your car to me,,for $50 grand it will be perfect when I am done!smoking smiley



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Re: Restoration
Posted by: 66cv8 ()
Date: December 29, 2011 02:29AM

I sure hope you have deep pockets and lots of patience. Good luck!

Joe

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Re: Restoration
Posted by: jerry thomas ()
Date: December 29, 2011 03:52PM

We decided that we would spend our money on restoring a classic convertible rather than buying a new convertible. We both agreed that we would enjoy the classic one more.
We are also fortunate to live within 35 miles of Cotrofelds shop and we visited often to see the progress on the car. Whenever a "milestone" (paint applied to body or rebuilt engine started, etc.) was reached Tim would call and let us know so we could go look and take pictures.
We will never recover our investment, however, we have never had some much enjoyment from a car. We hope that when we are done with it that someone will take it and restore it again!

Diane & Jerry Thomas
Greenwich, NY (Albany/Saratoga area)
64 Monza convertible
66 Corsa Turbo convert

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Re: Restoration
Posted by: cnicol ()
Date: December 29, 2011 03:59PM

These guys have a good reputation too... (Missouri)

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Re: Restoration
Posted by: wagbear ()
Date: December 29, 2011 05:27PM

Figure out a budget...then ad 30% . THEN, depending on your restoration abilites, seek out a good glass shop, upolstery shop , body shop, and find a good mechanic. They can at least give you ballpark figures or tips and advice. I think it's better not to surrender complete control of your project to just one "fix-all" situation as you might get frikin' soaked. Davemotohead I would trust as he does'nt seem to be a jerkoff .... smiling smiley

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Re: Restoration
Posted by: davemotohead ()
Date: December 29, 2011 05:43PM

wagbear Wrote:
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> Figure out a budget...then ad 30% . THEN,
> depending on your restoration abilites, seek out a
> good glass shop, upolstery shop , body shop, and
> find a good mechanic. They can at least give you
> ballpark figures or tips and advice. I think it's
> better not to surrender complete control of your
> project to just one "fix-all" situation as you
> might get frikin' soaked. Davemotohead I would
> trust as he does'nt seem to be a jerkoff .... smiling smiley


Gee thanks Wag!! Nice to know I am not a Jerk Off!!! GGGgrinning smiley As with anything,,Check references and prior work done,,also you might check time lines to see how long it took shops to complete a restoration,,if they charge buy the hour and took 2 years to complete the job,,the price might be alot higher than a guy who does it in 6 months!



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