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Desert Classics....Classic and Vintage Vehicle Restoration Services

We are offering our private classic and vintage vehicle restoration services to select DesertClassics customers on a limited basis. The five shop facility, located in southern Idaho, includes a 4 bay and 2 bay mechanical shop, a five bay body and paint shop, a complete automotive upholstery shop and a complete classic and vintage used and new parts department. The shops have a capacity of ten projects at a time.

The restoration services operation is under the direction of our Idaho business associate, who has more than 50 years experience restoring and building classic and vintage cars and trucks. During his career, he as built hundreds of vehicles, ranging from full stock restorations to custom hotrods. Until 2010, the restoration facilities have been used to build vehicles for our personal collections, and for resale through this website. Our operations manager has over 30 years experience building cars and is an expert in classic and vintage parts. The shop crews consists of a group of very experienced classic and vintage vehicle mechanics, body, paint and interior specialists.

We offer a very competitive shop rate of $55 USD per hour for all types of labor from mechanical to body, paint and interior. We have an extensive parts yard consisting of 10,000 plus pre-1970 vehicles and we also source new parts from many established suppliers. For parts and supplies ordered from outside suppliers and for special services such as machine shop work, we charge cost plus 10%.

We offer these restoration services to customers who have purchased their project vehicle from DesertClassics. Typically, it is possible to restore a decent #2 vehicle for between $30,000 and $40,000. This is assuming the core vehicle is more-or-less complete and rebuildable. Of course, special work and add-ons always increases the cost of the job.

In building a solid #2 car, we generally perform the following work:

1. Body: Body disassembled, repaired, sand blasted, and primered. Body is painted disassembled and assembled later on the chassis with all new rubber parts and replacement glass as needed.
2. Chassis: Repair and/or replace all mechanical parts as needed. Sandblast and paint chassis, suspension and power train.
3. Interior: The seats, door panels and dash (when needed) are re-upholstered. The seat cores are repaired or replaced when needed. We have sources for exact match restoration materials including carpet kits and headliner material, as well as many fine custom upholstery sections.
4. Chrome and trim: Chrome and trim are repaired as needed and replated as needed.
5: Assembly: The vehicle is reassembled, made operational and tested for correct functionality.

Production time from start to completion is between 8 to 18 months, depending on what has to be done.

Payments: We keep payments simple. We require $5,000 to start. We bill every 30 days and at that time, any balance over $5,000 is paid. When the first $5,000 is used up, another $5,000 is required and so on until the project is completed. All payments are made by wire transfer only. We manage the overall production, billing and finances. Every billing is accompanied by documentation photos of the work that has been completed..

This is an excellent and economical opportunity to have your project vehicle restored by true classic and vintage vehicle professionals. We limit the production to ten restoration projects and we are now filled to capacity. New projects will only be accepted as other projects are completed. Now is the time to get on the waiting list. Please call me at (406) 318-0270.

Butte Montana USA

1964 Chevrolet Impala 2 door hardtop with 283 CID V-8 and Powerglide automatic transmission
Our recently restored
classic and vintage cars and trucks

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1956 Ford Thunderbird roadster 292 auto power windows and seats
1958 Studebaker Silver Hawk V-8 2 door coupe
1932 White Model 618 2 ton commercial truck
1933 Indiana 2 ton asphalt truck
1964 Chevrolet
Impala 2HT

1974 Dodge

1930 Ford Model A
rat rod pickup

1930 Model A
cabriolet roadster

1956 Ford

1963 Ford 300 sedan 427/4
1968 Ford Mustang
fastback coupe

1969 Ford Torino
428 Snake Car

2001 Ford Mustang
Bullitt 4.6L/5

1956 Mercury
Montclair 2HT

1966 Mercury Comet convertible
1961 Pontiac
Bonneville 389/4

1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible
Current project vehicles being restored...
1958 Studebaker
Silver Hawk coupe

1932 White 618
2 ton truck

1933 Indiana
asphalt truck

1939 Mercury Series 99A 2 door convertible coupe
1946 Mercury Series 69M 2 door 6 passenger 5 window sedan coupe
1974 Dodge Charger 2 door hardtop 318 CID V-8 with automatic transmission and factory air conditioning
1930 Ford Model A cabriolet roadster with B engine and three speed overdrive transmission and hydraulic brakes
1930 Ford Model A pickup old school rat rod with 460 CID V-8 and automatic transmission
1963 Ford 300 2 door post sedan with 427 CID dual four barrel V-8 and four speed manual floor shift transmission
1968 Ford Mustang 2 door fastback with 302 CID V-8 and automatic transmission
1969 Ford Torino 2 door hardtop "Snake Car" with R-code 428 CID Super Cobrajet V-8 motor one of 49 produced
2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt 2 door coupe with 4.6 liter V-8 and 5 spped manual floor shift transmission one of 5,000 built
1955 Mercury Montclair 2 door hardtop with 302 CID V-8 and C-4 automatic transmission
1939 Mercury 99A
convertible coupe

1946 Mercury
sedan coupe

1961 Pontiac Bonneville 2 door hardtop with Tri-power 389 CID V-8 and 4 speed manual floor shift transmission and 350 posi-traction rear end
1969 Pontiac Firebird 2 door convertible with 400 CID V-8 and four speed manual floor shift transmission and power top
1966 Mercury Comet Cyclone convertible with 302 CID V-8 and automatic transmission
1976 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz coupe with extremely scarce power T-top
1976 AMC Pacer 2 door coupe
1960 Lincoln-Continental 2 door hardtop
1976 Cadillac
Eldorado T-Top

1976 AMC Pacer
2 door coupe

1960 Lincoln-Cont
2 door hardtop

1950 IHC International LM-120 Metro step deliver van custom going on 2003 Dodge 3/4 ton 2WD Cummins Six diesel chassis
1950 IHC LM-120
custom step van

1931 IHC International stake bed truck
1932 International
stake bed truck

1939 Mack crew cab fire pumper engine truck
1939 Mack Crew
Cab pumper

1964 Buick Riviera 2 door hardtop
1964 Buick Riviera
2 door hardtop