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      68 Camaro restoration

      I am the proud owner of a 1968 Camaro convertible and am in the process of having it fully restored. It's an ordinary Camaro - not an RS, SS - that I've had for over 25 years now and, other than routine maintenance, have never had any major work done to it. In fact, it had been sitting in my garage for the last 15 years and used very little.
      I have no restoration experience and no mechanical expertise. My family keeps me pretty busy, and so I've brought the car to a restoration specialist in order to have it professionally restored from top to bottom and put back into "showroom" condition. The job has been underway for 6 months and is progessing well.

      The car has roughly 120,000 miles on it. The body was in extremely rough shape. The transmission and engine have been completely rebuilt. The project has been very well documented with 100s of photographs.

      Needless to say, the costs have added up quickly - particularly since I'm not doing any of the work myself. Being somewhat naive with projects like this, I'm slighlty concerned that I may be overpaying. Currently, the total cost is at around $100K with about another 2 months (and another $40-50K) to go. So, my simple question - how much would you expect it to reasonably cost for a full top to bottom restoration like this - done by a reputable and experienced professional.

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      Unless your car is at a place like White Post or Chip Foose' place....you need to examine this restoration, closely.

      The other reason for spending the kind of money you are, is this a rare, original, documented numbers matching car or does it have great sentimental value to your family? If these two reason neither apply, then you are overpaying, a lot.

      You can buy a fully restored Camaro easily for a third to half of what you apparently have in the car, already. If this is the adventure of your life, then carry on...if not....I would really examine the market.

      Sorry to be such a downer, but having been a car nut for almost 50 years now, I hate to see people taken advantage of.

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      By that point is it even worth it to keep paying that much to keep that car looking tip top shape? Wouldn't it have been more wise to just purchase a new car? Do you have any of the photographs that you talk about? You should have posted a few here on OldSchoolCheveys. What kind of job do you have to be able to keep up this expensive hobby? Hope it comes out great but I hope you don't spend too much more money than you need. Good Luck.

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      I think that's what's happening with Nuklear. The shop or who ever is helping him restore the car is over charging him 500%! Just like you said, he could have just bought a brand new fully restored Camaro for a third of what he paid to restore his one. I'm not trying to spread hate, I just don't want him to be taken advantage of, because money now-a-days is really hard to come by. I really hope the best for him. I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought about this.

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      I also have to agree with what others are saying on here. While I'm no expert myself, I've just had a quick look and that model that you've got fully restored, while granted there isn't many around, they're being sold for just over half of what your paying.

      I think it might be time to ask just what this place is doing, and to maybe pull the vehicle out of there?

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