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Old 03-09-2020, 04:42 PM   #1
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Car is an 82 244 Turbo.

Can anyone recommend a body shop / person in Houston Texas?

I would like to get my car prepared for paint. So, jobs like replacing doors, adjustments so that door jams are even, filler, etc.
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Old 03-09-2020, 05:11 PM   #2
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Most body shops can't be bothered with that kind of work. I live in the Northeast and few shops will do that kind of work. You need to find a shop that does ? restoration/custom work, it might not be cheep. There is a shop near me that does that kind of work but I'm in NY. Check around, good luck.
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Old 03-09-2020, 05:20 PM   #3
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I'm assuming Houston still has plenty of cheap labor nearby. I know Tucson will have body men advertise their shops and side jobs on CL. You might check there or check local car clubs for these services. Plenty of shops advertise with the British Car Club here in Tucson since those cars rusted, even in the desert.
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Old 03-09-2020, 05:47 PM   #4
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Houston Reddit loves JJ Autobody.
You intending to spray it yourself?
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Old 03-10-2020, 01:41 PM   #5
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Not intending to spray it myself - will get it prepped well and spray it cheaply.

Before that happens I need some things doing...
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Old 03-10-2020, 05:19 PM   #6
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So you want a body shop to do all the work short of spraying then haul it to Maaco for the spray? I'm confused at what you're looking for here. I am local to the H and know some people in the biz I'm just confused.
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Not intending to spray it myself - will get it prepped well and spray it cheaply.

Before that happens I need some things doing...
Did I hear the word ¢heap?

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Old 03-10-2020, 05:28 PM   #8
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I'm just confused.
Take a deep breath and look around. Remember where you are.

Most of these guys have never heard the name Sikkens before. It's a Krylon world 'round here.
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Old 03-11-2020, 12:50 PM   #9
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Take a deep breath and look around. Remember where you are.

Most of these guys have never heard the name Sikkens before. It's a Krylon world 'round here.


For sure.

OP: you will want the shop that does the work to also spray it. Otherwise, expect a whole lot of drama and finger pointing between the two shops.
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Old 03-11-2020, 02:06 PM   #10
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Take it to Maaco and pay them the $1200 for a scuff and bulk single stage squirt.
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Take it to Maaco and pay them the $1200 for a scuff and bulk single stage squirt.
I wouldn't trust them to prep it. I will prep car myself. By prep I mean I will remove plastics and sand entire car.

They may be able to refine my work, filler, additional body work etc.

Some parts may need replacing, door and hood. And like I said I want all shut lines even.
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Old 03-11-2020, 03:14 PM   #12
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I wouldn't trust them to prep it. I will prep car myself. By prep I mean I will remove plastics and sand entire car.

They may be able to refine my work, filler, additional body work etc.

Some parts may need replacing, door and hood. And like I said I want all shut lines even.
Do you have any idea what you are doing? That's a real question. Just sanding the car can screw it up so bad when it is painted it will look like crap.
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Old 03-11-2020, 03:17 PM   #13
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Do you have any idea what you are doing? That's a real question. Just sanding the car can screw it up so bad when it is painted it will look like crap.
Not sure we need to look that deep or past the problem. Lets focus on my requirements, not why, or if, or but....

If anyone has any suggestions great, if its too much of an ask, that's ok.
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Not sure we need to look that deep or past the problem. Lets focus on my requirements, not why, or if, or but....

If anyone has any suggestions great, if its too much of an ask, that's ok.
That comes off as, I don't care what you have to say, I already know it all.

I can tell an amateur prep job 50 feet away no matter how good the painter shot the paint. 90% of a good paint job is the prep. That said, it's like a stage zero before turning up the boost. The prep is that important. That was a legitimate question from someone that spent 23 years operating a body, paint and restoration facility.
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I wouldn't trust them to prep it. I will prep car myself. By prep I mean I will remove plastics and sand entire car.

They may be able to refine my work, filler, additional body work etc.

Some parts may need replacing, door and hood. And like I said I want all shut lines even.


They didn't come that way from the factory, what makes you think it will ever happen?
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They didn't come that way from the factory, what makes you think it will ever happen?
Add 40 hours shop time to the bill and you can have all the gaps even and lined up. They will have to twist panels, move every panel. shift the core support etc, etc.
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If anyone has any suggestions great, if its too much of an ask, that's ok.
Let the shop that preps the car, paint the car.

That is the best suggestion made to you yet.
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Old 03-11-2020, 03:35 PM   #18
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Add 40 hours shop time to the bill and you can have all the gaps even and lined up. They will have to twist panels, move every panel. shift the core support etc, etc.


Like any shop in their right mind would even attempt that on a 240.

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Add 40 hours shop time to the bill and you can have all the gaps even and lined up. They will have to twist panels, move every panel. shift the core support etc, etc.
I had an 84 244 sprayed back in 95.

It was $4000 for what murploid is asking for. I didn't get a door done, mine was a color change on the trunk lid.

Man was she purdy. $4000 though. Not maaco
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That is a totally legitimate suggestion. There is no way I would paint a car someone else did prep on unless I was familiar with their work. Even then, that would really be pushing the comfort zone. I certainly would not guarantee my paint work over the body work and prep someone else did. It is just plain a recipe for disaster.
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Like any shop in their right mind would even attempt that on a 240.

There are two shops in Eugene that will do that. Be prepared to pay by the hour. There is no bid for the job. I never did that kind of work on a bid. My agreement was hourly, you can bail at any time, no offense taken.
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There are two shops in Eugene that will do that. Be prepared to pay by the hour. There is no bid for the job. I never did that kind of work on a bid. My agreement was hourly, you can bail at any time, no offense taken.


My body guy says the 240 panels are so crudely shaped the reveal gaps will never be Mercedes Benz roll the ball bearing down the line right.
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Ok, that level. That will never happen with a 240. They are too crude to ever make that happen. I can't even imagine how the assembly line workers could stand putting the cars together. I have fantasies of the "engineers" being driven in to the Volvo plant each day in windowless vans and ushered in through a secret door so the assembly workers could never track them down. They would have had their asses kicked on a daily basis if the assembly line workers could have found them. They weren't hand building Ferraris. They were supposed to be building a high production vehicle.
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Ok, that level. That will never happen with a 240. They are too crude to ever make that happen. I can't even imagine how the assembly line workers could stand putting the cars together. I have fantasies of the "engineers" being driven in to the Volvo plant each day in windowless vans and ushered in through a secret door so the assembly workers could never track them down. They would have had their asses kicked on a daily basis if the assembly line workers could have found them. They weren't hand building Ferraris. They were supposed to be building a high production vehicle.


You're lucky to get the tops of the doors / fender & quarter panels to line up.

Door edges to each other / fender / quarter panel & bottom of the doors to rockers?

Good luck with that!

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Try working on an early 60s Corvette. The 240 is a masterpiece by comparison.
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