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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old Dec 1st, 11, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
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Disc Conversion labor cost

Hi Guys,
I want to install the Right Stuff conversion $595 kit from drums to to Disc on the front of my 67 Camaro and not willing to attempt it myself.
A local shop that builds race cars and street rods says if I buy the kit they will install for $800 ($95.00 per hour)
Does this sound reasonable?

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Hi Guys,
I want to install the Right Stuff conversion $595 kit from drums to to Disc on the front of my 67 Camaro and not willing to attempt it myself.
A local shop that builds race cars and street rods says if I buy the kit they will install for $800 ($95.00 per hour)
Does this sound reasonable?

Thanks
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Every region the labor rates are different, if $95 per hr is the going mechanical labor rate where you are at then it's okay.

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To bad I'm not in WV, I just did this conversion on a 65 Nova SS for $200.00
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Are all your ball joints, tie rods, and sway bar links in good shape? If you have any intentions to do those, then this is the time to do it. If they start taking things apart and those pieces are bad, then expect the price to go up.

As for the $800.......sounds reasonable as long as they stand behind their work.

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200$!!!

How do you survive on 20$ on hour!??!

It's an 8-12 hour job depending on the kit and quality, some fabrication and cleaning up is usually necessary. Make sure they supply everything in the kit-hoses-proportioning valve, master cylinder etc.

Just so you know they are using the get out of jail free card..if you supply the parts they have no warranty and get paid each time they have to remove/install something....

Shop rates in my town are 100-165 an hour, I charge $100 an hour.
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im getting robbed... I charge 30 an hour... but i dont own a business either with no overhead...

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im getting robbed... I charge 30 an hour... but i dont own a business either with no overhead...
When a shop charges $100 per hr labor rates employees are making about $25 per hr so you are doing good if you can stay busy...

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To bad I'm not in WV, I just did this conversion on a 65 Nova SS for $200.00
thats very cheap considering you also had to convert the brake lines and master cyl over to a dual set-up........

I'll send some work up your way!

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Re: Disc Conversion labor cost

$95 per hour sounds like a dealer rate

They could be charging that high so you'll go somewhere else ? ? ?

Yes, it's about an 8 hr. job...and yes, might as well do new U & L balljoints while you're there

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8-10 hours is not unreasonable as an estimate. Labor costs in CA range from $65-125/hour. Does this cost include alignment when they finish the brakes ? If you have the work done, make sure as others said that your ball joints and tie rod ends are replaced if not new already. Took me 4 weekends to do my conversion but I did both front and back and my a-arms spent one weekend getting hot tanked and repainted while I drank beer.

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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old Dec 2nd, 11, 12:19 PM Thread Starter
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All the front parts are new, I guess I should have done it then, but trying to do things as I can afford it
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Re: Disc Conversion labor cost

There is an easier -cheaper way to do it if you take your time

You won't need to touch your ball joints or remove the spindles
http://www.pozziracing.com/brakes.ht..._brake_spindle
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http://www.pozziracing.com/brakes.ht...Drums_to_Discs

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Do your self a favor. If you own one of these cars you need to know how to do it your self. Even if you farm it out you will understand what the shop is asking.

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When a shop charges $100 per hr labor rates employees are making about $25 per hr
Thats interesting....a qualified tradesman mechanic in NZ gets around $NZ 25/ hr....thats about 30/32 US
A workshops most trades..plumbers, carpenters whatever have a charge out rate around the $NZ 65 to 85 /per
Then hit dealership franchise shops mechanics still get about the same and the charge out rate shoots up around the !20 + mark

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Do your self a favor. If you own one of these cars you need to know how to do it your self. Even if you farm it out you will understand what the shop is asking.
my sentiments exactly...jusat follow the instruction sheet....and u learn how things work.

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thats very cheap considering you also had to convert the brake lines and master cyl over to a dual set-up........

I'll send some work up your way!
Hey I would be satisfied if someone would just give me a job LOL!
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