Re: New in Ms.
Welcome, I am a new member as well. I am about to retire and not quite sure what to do in my retirement.
I am leaning towards doing restoration work, just like you have done. Over the years I have acquired many, but not all, of the skills needed to do restorations. I can do bodywork, including sheet metal replacement such a quarter panels and fiberglass. I worked in a body shop as a second job for a couple of years. I can paint, do mechanical work, engine rebuilds, and electrical. I am very meticulous and tend to be a bit of a perfectionist.
I have a 900 sqft garage and I have a lot of tools but they are not commercial grade and would not stand up to everyday use. So, could you give some ideas on how to get going based on how you got started in this business? You can send me a private message if you feel that it is not appropriate to post a response here in the forum.
I think that I could be pretty good at restoration work because when I worked at the body shop, I did a lot, actually most, of the restoration work and received many compliments from customers with the finished product. I did mid-60's Corvettes, a 72 Dodge Duster 340, a 1969 TransAM, a 1966 Chevelle SS 396, a 70 Monte Carlo SS, a 72 Monte Carlo, 1970 Chevy Pickup. Most of these restorations required extensive bodywork, electrical, suspension work, dash restoration, upholstery (this was farmed-out), and lots of NOS and reproduction parts.
One of my goals is to accumulate enough profit to cover the cost of restoring my 1969 Z28, which unfortunately has been sitting in the garage for the last 40 years and hasn't run for a least 35 of those years. When I bought the car in 1978 the only thing that was done to the car was some minor bodywork and new paint. But I found out later, after decoding the cowl tag, that the car was repainted with the wrong color stripes and the vinyl top was removed and not replaced. Everything else on this car is bone stock except for headers and the exhaust system. I was able to contact the first and second owners of the car to discover it's history. Nothing exciting, just a daily driver.
Forgive me for the long, but I am starting to get serious about cars again.