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#1 Ledge

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:13 AM

HI all,
Well as some of you know i have been restoring old vehicles
at Finch Restorations for many many years.

 

I have now decided to start my own business so I have more control over the quality of work I do.

The business name will be.
Custom and Classic cars.

The business is open as of now at Unit3/22 Oborn road Mount Barker SA.
web page is here

www.customandclassiccars.com.au


The main objective is to give customers the BEST RESTORATION period.
And with an hourly rate that will start at $55 +gst it will not cost you
your first born and both arms. This will mean that we will be able to
give a METAL Finished resto for a similar cost to an average bog job.

We will have a separate assembly area so there is no worries about your
freshly painted car getting covered in weld spatter and grinding sparks.

The setup will be ongoing for a few months as we already have 4 resto's to do.
so hopefully by the middle of the year we will be at 100%.

Here is some of my work
http://www.viczcar.c...ement-sections/

Hear is the first batch of metal working tools just waiting to be worked.

More info shortly

https://www.facebook...ssicCars?ref=hl

Regards
Paul

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:57 AM

Awesome. I would love to do just restorations. Car yard work and insurance jobs just don't give me the same satisfaction

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:03 AM

Good luck with it Ledge. $45 an hour seems ludicrously cheap for an hourly rate covering overheads too (is it just you?). Then again, car owners are often ludicrously tight (which is probably why I am learning to do my own work, ha).

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:20 AM

Awesome Paul. Wish you were in Melbourne.



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Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:56 AM

Good luck with the business Paul.  ;)

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 11:30 AM

Best of luck.
But have to agree that you're selling yourself cheap @$45 an hour running as a business!

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 12:33 PM

Great stuff Paul :)

I'd be interested in your opinion of the MetalMan English Wheel too...

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 04:07 PM

Wish you were in Melbourne too! Hope you are very successful..but at $45/hr, I think you will be swamped with work! and in these times, that is very rare..

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 05:16 PM

Thanks for the best wishes lads, much appreciated.
The rate has been worked out as a bare bones cost. I am the only
person there at the moment and will be taking a minimal wage during the
first 6 months. Yes 55 is cheap, damn cheap but have done all the checking
and should be manageable.

This has been done so i can get your car near perfect and not have to stress to much
about the cost to the customer. Knowhere else in Australia will you get this level of
work for that hourly rate.
BUT
I will note give you a fixed quote.
Your car will cost whatever it cost to get it to MY standard, not yours. At the end of
the day cars are brought to me for quality and that is what they will be given.
Most shops these days would be over 80 so this means i can spend 60% more
time and it wont cost more money. QUALITY not Quantity.

For any interstate jobs i will cover the return cost of your car. But the job must be over
5g, less than that and we will talk.
Smart people will do the math and realize even if they pay for vehicle shipping both ways
they are still getting a better job on there beloved car.
I have enough room in the shop for 7 cars, have 4 in already. places are disappearing fast.
Then people will go on a waiting list situation, If you don't want to wait that's fine.

Guys i do resto cause i love it, not to earn money. Yes i need money to live but i prefer to
do what i love rather than earn another few hundy more each week.

Cheers
Paul

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Posted 12 January 2013 - 06:01 PM

Hi Ol tinpot,
Mate when it comes to a wheel you really need to think about what you need it for.
The metalman wheel is a great product and i will eventually be getting one, BUT
A wheel of that size is really for making whole panels, guards, roof skins etc etc.
If you look in my pics i have only got a medium sized wheel. from memory think it was
around 7 hundy. This size is fine for 90% of rust sections that you will ever make.
There are also smaller ones which are useful to but i don't think they are worth it.
Bench mount ones tend to be a pain so get one you can bolt to the floor.
or if you get a bench mount one make a frame so you can bolt it to the floor.
There are a few medium sized wheels online from 4-9 hundy so it really does
depend on what the purpose is. For what you are doing i would say get one like in my pics
and it will be great. They are hard to use and you will definitely run your fingers over whilst
learning to use it but once you understand them. very very useful machine.

Cheers Mate


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Posted 12 January 2013 - 07:23 PM

Thanks Paul.
I thought the E/Wheel in your first photo was a MM one - my mistake.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 12:00 AM

Hello Paul

Also all the best for your business. Here in Switzerland the average rate is between 100 (country side) to 140 (City)/ hour. Your price is realy low...
Are you able to build panels and ship them to europe? Nobody knows those cars here. (just 43 delivered 240z's in 1972 for example)

Thanks
Marcel

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

Hi Munters
What panels are you after, Yes i can make and send but you
need to understand this will be costly, even at my rate.
Let me know what you are after and we will go from there.

Cheers
Paul

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 01:53 PM

Looking good Paul.

Should have offered earlier but hadn't thought of it; if whoevers doing the website doesn't pan out I'm happy to offer some help, can knock up almost anything you'd like.

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 04:21 PM

Thriller come in when your back and have a chat.

should have your ally bits welded mid week and your flares are
wanting to go home.

Cheers
Paul

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Posted 13 January 2013 - 07:26 PM

Hello Paul
Im looking for front strut housing, front inner fender and the fresh air ASSY-REINF HOOD (OEM PartNr: 64150N4600) even the Firewall would be an idea.
Thanks
Marcel

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 06:49 PM

2 i say Two days and you have international attention. Delete that part where you put in your Hourly Rate. The top shelf guys in Ballarat run at $95 an hour and others run at $75. I think you're worth more than you are asking but still it's great to see another having a shot at it.

As fuzzydropbear say "It's a dream job" for guys like us.

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Posted 14 January 2013 - 07:36 PM

Hi scoota,
Yeah I'm aware i can charge more, and i am sure the rate will go up. but for now its
about earning a living and getting the word out with good word of mouth. I will
try to keep the rate as low as possible for as long as possible. 

Marcel, please pm me and i will give you an email address to send pics of what you want.
Are you after re manufactured panels, rebuilt panels or secondhand panels.

Cheers
Paul

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 05:46 PM

Hi Lads,
Well its been a hectic fortnight for me and have made headway in the setup of the workshop.

But the best bit is that my mate has finished rough design for the workshop logo
and here it is, Colour will be added shortly.

Cheers
Paul

Gregs page is here, sure he would love to draw some of your Z's
http://www.gtuz.com.au/

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Posted 18 January 2013 - 06:28 PM

I think that would have to be one of the first logos for a "Classic" metal shop that featured a Z. ;D Like it!




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