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Re: Buying parts and picking the right bodyshop
Scrojira #767796 November 23rd 2020 5:26 pm
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Use to live in escondido but now in orange county. Will still check them out. Thanks a bunch. And thanks to everyone commenting on this post. Really appreciate all the advice.

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Like most of the other replies, most auto repair shops nowadays only want to due insurance and collision work. Over the years I had my best paint jobs done by guys who work at these kind of shops during the day just to have the health insurance, retirement and other benefits associated with a job, but do work on the side at a shop at their house for quick cash. In the 1970's I had an extra garage at the property I lived at and rented it out to 4 guys who worked for various body shops in the area during the day, but got together in the evenings and weekends to drink a few beers and make some extra cash doing body work. I wish I had taken pics of some of the vans and muscle cars they built and painted in my garage.

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If you have the inclination you should do the body and paint yourself. You'll learn a whole new set of skills and have the pride in knowing you did it yourself. It's hard work but certainly doable via YouTube university.

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Originally Posted by Meanmachine
Like most of the other replies, most auto repair shops nowadays only want to due insurance and collision work. Over the years I had my best paint jobs done by guys who work at these kind of shops during the day just to have the health insurance, retirement and other benefits associated with a job, but do work on the side at a shop at their house for quick cash. In the 1970's I had an extra garage at the property I lived at and rented it out to 4 guys who worked for various body shops in the area during the day, but got together in the evenings and weekends to drink a few beers and make some extra cash doing body work. I wish I had taken pics of some of the vans and muscle cars they built and painted in my garage.


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That's how I have had my Harley painted several times over the years. I'm basically paying them for their time as they're sometimes dipping into their left overs at work if it is a general color. At least, that is how it has been in my experience.


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Charlie, that is how the guys I knew were able to do some of the paint jobs at a great price, they were bringing leftover paint and supplies from jobs at the main shops they worked at. There was also a few times over the years that they "borrowed" a few supplies from the storeroom. A couple of the guys worked at huge Chrysler and Chevrolet dealerships, so items were never missed from inventory. Years ago when the EPA put new regulations on these body shops, a lot of these small time guys quit doing the side jobs for fear of being levied large fines for not being compliant with the state laws.

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I had a few guys quit doing the side jobs because of that s**t.


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What is recommended, paint the van or build the interior like bed cabinets etc.

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I’m doing all my test panels now and then the final install after paint.


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Hello all. So I need to buy the door and window seals. Any recommendations? Also need to get the body worked on. Primer and paint. What kind of body shop would work on a van? Went to a couple and both turned me down. Thanks.

You're really going to have to find a resto shop. There is easy money to be made with collision work so that's the focus that probably more that 90% of shops have. It will probably take awhile and a lot of miles driving around talking to shops to find one that is willing and that you feel that you can trust (a hard combo to find).

If the shop has really big signs and/or is on a major road just keep driving, they aint gonna want your job.

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Thanks for all the responses. I talked to 2 shops. Gonna check them this weekend. Wish me luck. Appreciate all the feedback. Next I will be asking about lift and wheels.

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