What kind of cars do you restore?
We are comfortable with everything from Pre-war "Brass Era" to 50’s and 60’s classics, to the muscle cars of the late 70's; from Rolls Royce to Ferrari, GM to Ford and everything in between. We have unique experience and proficiency with 1930s, 40s and 50s Cadillacs and Packards.
Is my car worth it?
If you are buying the vehicle as an investment, we will evaluate the existing condition of the vehicle and the projected cost for restoration, then compare against values of similar vehicles sold at recent auctions. While not a perfect science, this allows us to guide you as to whether or not to go forward with the project. If your vehicle has sentimental value, then the restoration is likely ‘priceless’.
What is involved in a frame-off restoration?
A frame-off restoration involves removal of the motor, suspension, rear axle, exhaust, brakes, fuel and brake lines, transmission, hood, front fenders, doors, interior and trunk lid. The doors of the vehicle are braced to protect the alignment of the body and it is then placed on a body cart. The frame is then bolted to what is called a rotisserie, which provides 360 degree access to the frame.
The frame is cleaned, sand blasted, painted and re-assembled. Once the frame is complete, it is removed from the Rotisserie. The body is placed on the rotisserie which provides 180 degree access to the bottom of the car. This allows for cleaning and repairs to the underside. The bottom is then sand blasted, primed and made ready for any body work that may be required.
At this point all the finish work is done and the bottom side can be painted. The body and chassis are reunited and the rest of the vehicle is completed.
What is a rotisserie restoration?
A rotisserie restoration is done on a car that has no frame, also known as a “unibody” car. The entire body of the car is put on the rotisserie so that the bottom of the car may be easily accessed for efficient work. Basically, it is a frame off-restoration without the frame.
What is a cosmetic restoration?
A cosmetic restoration is not as detailed as a frame-off or rotisserie restoration. The car is stripped to bare metal, and all of the old repair work is removed (patches, for instance). Any and all rust is removed and any holes are cut out. New replacement panels are fabricated and butt welded into place. Filler is then applied, followed by primers and sanding as necessary. Finally, the vehicle is painted, color sanded to a flat smooth surface, and buffed to a high gloss.
How long does it take to restore a vehicle?
A restoration timeline can be highly variable based on a number of factors, including: the condition of the car when we receive it, the scope of the project, the level of restoration desired, shop loading, and the availability of customer funds. We recommend bringing the car to our shop or having our General Manager visit you to inspect the vehicle and discuss your specific project and situation…a realistic estimate of the timeline can then be developed.
Do you refinish the interiors?
A great restoration would not be complete without a top notch interior. We typically send out most interior work unless there are painted pieces. We welcome your input to choose an interior shop, or we will handle the project turnkey with our proven network of sub-vendors.
How will this be billed to me?
Billing is sent out periodically with a detailed description of work performed and a breakdown of parts and materials purchased. Photos of your vehicle's progress will also be sent or can be e-mailed.
Why do paint jobs cost so much?
Due to rising petroleum costs many of the paint products have become very expensive before labor has been factored in. For example, some reds are approximately $800 per gallon. By the time you add the cost of primer, surfacers, sealers, top coats, sandpaper, mask paper and tape, reducers, catalysts, spray booth filters and countless hours of block sanding between coats, a paint job that achieves the mirror-like finish that wins awards, can be quite expensive. If someone quotes you a very low estimate for painting your car you must consider where they are cutting corners ... quality of workmanship or quality of product.
What are all the products used to paint my car?
Primer is a product specifically formulated to prepare or prime a car for the next step in paint application such as over bare metal or body repair areas. High build surfacers are used to fill imperfections in the body left from metal finishing that are too small to pick and file yet too large for regular surfacer. Surfacer is a paint product used to fill minor imperfections in the body surface such as sand scratches, file and pick marks. Sealers are used between the various paint products (for example color to surfacer application) to lessen chemical reactions between dissimilar products. Top coats consist of final color and clear coats and are enamels, lacquers, urethane and more.
Do you guarantee paint jobs?
While we can control our workmanship and conditions in our spray booth, we cannot control the paint products and their performance.
Do you do the chrome plating in-house?
No - items for plating are sent out to be stripped. Once stripped, the parts are returned to us for straightening (if required) and then sent back once more for final plating.
Do you rebuild the motors?
We complete minor motor repairs, minor assembly work, most of the electrical and all paint work on the motor here in the shop. Major repairs or overhauls are sent out, along with most of the motor assembly work. We welcome your input on motor shop, or we will handle the project turnkey with our proven network of sub-vendors.
Is there any kind of warranty on the work?
Yes, workmanship is warranted for 1 year from date of completion. We exclusively use PPG paints.
What other services does Ken's Klassics offer?
Our shop has capabilities for in-house sand blasting, fabrication, mig and tig welding, and an on-site machinist. We also routinely locate hard to find parts. Pre-car show detailing for concours or other events.
Ken's Klassics in now offering professional detailing service for your classic car. We can touch up, buff, polish, and clean your entire car including the undercarriage for the next big Concours event or any other show or just get your car ready for summer driving. Your car will receive the same attention to detail and care that all of the vehicles we work on receive. Call us for any details about our services or to schedule your appointment. Slots fill up fast so be sure to schedule before show season starts.
Do you give estimates?
Yes, although estimates, as much as we try, are not always accurate. Unforseen rust, hidden damage, improperly repaired parts and engineering complications are inherent in the restoration of antique, classic and muscle cars. We strive for quality and craftsmanship and promise to give you the best value for your money.
What are the different types of restorations?
A museum quality restoration (public museum, not private collector) may look presentable from ten feet away but everything on the car is not necessarily functional. The car is there as a historical example. A touring class restoration is a car that is highly functional for touring but not necessarily correct from a technical aspect. Show quality cars are restored with extremely high levels of technical accuracy for their make, model and year. A Concours restoration is usually of the highest level of quality for visual impact and in most cases technically correct.