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64stude
09-16-2006, 10:37 PM
I talked to a welder about cutting out the old trunk pans and putting in the new ones I purchased. The car is completely disassembled (body off of chassis) so there is nothing in the way. He has quoted me $1000. That seems very high to me. What is your opinion? This is for a 64 GT Hawk. Can someone tell me about what it should cost if this is not right. This way I can have an idea.

THanks

52hawk
09-16-2006, 11:05 PM
It really depends on how good of a job he does,and what trouble he runs into. This job,at $50 per hour,could take anywhere from 8 hours to 25 hours.
Also remember,these panels don't just drop into place,they take some know-how to install properly. I'd say he's figuring on the high-side though,to cover his own butt.

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JDP
09-16-2006, 11:06 PM
Seems high to me, but then again I spend the grand to bring in west coast cars and refuse to deal with rust anymore.:)

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64stude
09-16-2006, 11:13 PM
Thanks, I appreciate the input. He told me it was not like a Chevy or a Ford. He said those are much easier. I guess I need to save my pennies just in case.

rockne10
09-16-2006, 11:31 PM
Aftermarket panels are not perfect and will take a bit of fitting and adjusting. That's to be expected of any section/weld repair. A best finish job will require an experienced fitter/welder. Have you seen other work done by your welder? Does the quote include grinding and finishing? You will be paying for the experience he/she has invested over the years, in addition to his/her equipment and time. Do you know beforehand you will be satisfied with the quality? Will you take the time to find equal quality for a lesser price.

I think $1000 should cover a first rate job with a gaurantee you will be satisfied with a show quality leak free installation. If your welder has seen the car and the new panel, is he/she guaranteeing your satisfaction?

Brad Johnson
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Dwain G.
09-17-2006, 12:09 AM
Instead of going specifically to a welder, try a local hot rod shop. A shop that works on old cars everyday. They are more experienced in the fitting and welding of panels.

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Swifster
09-17-2006, 12:30 AM
I agree with Dwain. Go to a body shop or hot rod shop and have the work done.

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KGlowacky
09-17-2006, 09:30 AM
After doing my own floors I have a whole new respect for a quality truck/panel replacement. Depending on how he does it and what the panel looks like to start. What I mean by this is if it is a complete replacemant panel that he is going to install and use all the original
spot welding places then it is alittle high but will take a great deal of time drilling out the spot welds and grindind the surface to get it right. Keep in mind there should be NO filler of any type when he is done except for some seam sealer. If he is just replacing a piece and overlapping the old truck then he is to high. My welder charges $65/hr my body man charges $75/hr. I would estimate 6 hrs to remove and prep the old panel area and 5 hrs to weld and seal the new one. 11 x $65 = $715.00. Again he is not that far out of range if he is good. His shop rate may be $100/hr, I know of some of these shops, they can be worth it. Good Luck.
=$650.00 Good Luck

Swifster
09-17-2006, 09:49 AM
Body shop rates at $75 an hour??? [:0] Here in Florida they start around $38. In Michigan at $36. Rod shops will be higher (usually $50 an hour and up) but know where near $75. That's service department labor rates...[}:)]

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KGlowacky
09-17-2006, 11:00 AM
Here in Houston, Tx Chev/Ford service get $110/hr, Cad 125/hr. Local small mech. get 60-85. Now you can find some doing it out of their garages for 35. I think it is high, but down here that the going rate.
I had my frame welded up for some cracks. $65/hr. Fab work $85.00

64stude
09-17-2006, 07:36 PM
Ok, thanks for everyones input. Sounds like it is a good deal. Yes he does grind the weld and primes with epoxy primer when complete. SO I guess this sounds right. Wow it is expensive if you can't do things yourself.

rockne10
09-17-2006, 08:48 PM
That's why, thirty years ago, I went to Sears and bought a 67-piece tool set and ordered manuals and catalogs for my Studebakers. I've added to the tools over the years but there are still things I take to people who know more than I do.

Brad Johnson
Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
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previously: 63 Cruiser, 62 Regal VI, 60 VI convertible, 50 LandCruiser