Right it's about time I got motivated and start to get some work done on my poor old bug. It has been months since I even looked at it but I know it needs some welding to the passenger side chassis rail, work on the brakes (they only work after pumping the pedal which makes life interesting) and the fuel leak which prevented me getting an mot last year. There's bound to be other things to sort out but we'll see as we go along. One thing at a time !
OK been looking locally for prices. Welding of the chassis £400. Paint work £1500 which is me stripping all the Brightwork , internal seats etc. Masking and everything affect by spraying including rubbing down the existing paintwork! Seriously got to be joking !! They can forget that on a car that's probably worth half that.
Crispbug, Not too surprised at the prices if you are getting them from the trade, there is the all consuming item that has to be priced...Health and Safety and that runs up the costs. Garage insurance for gas bottles is costly, as are the restriction on the exposure to painting fumes. Paint cost is expensive too. If you are doing the stripping and prep then the cost is high, I painted mine over two days, undercoat/primer and top coat. He will have priced for discontent if there is rework , re prep!! Did mine outside in the sun...was living in France at the time. B
Hi just an idea but Why do you not go the rialto route and convert a rialto chassis to fit your bug if you need £400 of welding done on your chassis as for paint jobs that's always the expensive part I was quoted by 6 body shops in Lincoln £3500 to £7500 to respray a Cortina and I had already stripped and prept it. It seems body shops seem to like insurance work and would rather fill there body shops with them. as its been said health and safety plays a big part in the cost still think there silly prices mind you. steve. sd1
as you rightly point out steve, most bodyshops don't do full resprays anymore as it's far more cost effective for them to do accident damage insurance work. my last paint job was only last month and i had to strip and prep everything and even then bend a local sprayers ear to do it for me one saturday, luckily it turned out really well but the standard of work some of them think is acceptable is a joke. concentrate on the welding and mechanicals get it mot'd then get a few rattle cans to tidy it up,job done
This highlights the problems of classic vehicle ownership you need to be either a good mechanic or have very deep pockets . When I got my Bug it was mostly complete but had not been on the road for over five years . I dread to think how much it would have cost so far if I did not have my own workshop .
Just to put you in the picture, the bug has no mot at the moment. There's a fuel leak which I believe either coming from the filler pipeline or the pipe coming off the fuel sender to the fuel pump. There's also a problem with the brakes - you need to pump the pedal to get them to work. The chassis has a few issues - probably need welding on the passenger side chassis rail where my trolley jack went through. The bodywork needs a bit of work. There's quite a few cracks above the rear window and the front as well. Good points are the sidescreens are great, lots of spare parts including brake cylinders, canopy claw and it was totally rewired a couple of years ago. I am based in South Wales. Can put you up for the night if you're in the area. I would prefer to see it go to an enthusiastic person like yourself.
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