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Old 05-18-2017, 07:56 PM   #1
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Default Anyone know of Services to recondition old parts?

I'm looking for services that people provide to repair things or recondition them.
-Clocks
-Interior Consoles
-Trailing Arm rebuilds & re-conditioning
-rear ends
-other odds & ends

I'm getting ready to dive in to start my restoration project and want to save $ any place I can.

Thanks in advance!
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The only way I've found you can save money is by doing all of the work yourself. If that is not possible for you, be prepared to dig deep into your pockets and drop a lot of coin along the way. Farming out restoration work is not cheap. You will learn this in a big hurry.

Good luck with your resto!

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I'm looking for services that people provide to repair things or recondition them.
-Clocks
-Interior Consoles
-Trailing Arm rebuilds & re-conditioning
-rear ends
-other odds & ends

I'm getting ready to dive in to start my restoration project and want to save $ any place I can.

Thanks in advance!
Start digging thru the vendors that advertise here. Everything on your list is covered by one or more of them. If you get a quote from one of them, double check that you can't get a NOS or a reproduction part for less $$.
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A small investment in some special tools and good manuals will save you a lot of money if you do all this yourself. There is nothing really hard about any of this if you know your way around a tool box.
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The only way I've found you can save money is by doing all of the work yourself. If that is not possible for you, be prepared to dig deep into your pockets and drop a lot of coin along the way. Farming out restoration work is not cheap. You will learn this in a big hurry.

Good luck with your resto!

I'm planning to do as much work as I can. I'm just seeing if there's anyone I can use to do some refurbishing that's beyond my skills and avoid purchasing new parts. I'm already $2500 deep on just the interior alone and that's just the carpet, dash, seats, and door panels! I really appreciate the advice given.
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I'm looking for services that people provide to repair things or recondition them.
-Clocks
-Interior Consoles
-Trailing Arm rebuilds & re-conditioning
-rear ends
-other odds & ends

I'm getting ready to dive in to start my restoration project and want to save $ any place I can.

Thanks in advance!
Trailing arms and rear diff, I used Bair's in Pa. Shipping was costly, but, I know it is right.
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A small investment in some special tools and good manuals will save you a lot of money if you do all this yourself. There is nothing really hard about any of this if you know your way around a tool box.
What kind of tools are you talking about?
I have a friend that builds studio scale Star Wars models and is crafty with his airbrush painting skills and dremmel.

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Special tools-- dial indicator, micrometer, torque wrenches, feeler gauges. And manuals, Factory service manual for your year (NOT HAYNES OR CHILTON!!!!) and the Assembly Instruction Manual.
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Special tools-- dial indicator, micrometer, torque wrenches, feeler gauges. And manuals, Factory service manual for your year (NOT HAYNES OR CHILTON!!!!) and the Assembly Instruction Manual.
To tack onto the torque wrench piece... get an inch pound torque wrench.
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The NCRS quarterly magazine called Driveline has ads from small businesses that do just about everything you are talking about. I am not sure where you are at, but you could probably borrow a copy from someone nearby.

BTW, listing a location in your profile can be helpful at times.

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The NCRS quarterly magazine called Driveline has ads from small businesses that do just about everything you are talking about. I am not sure where you are at, but you could probably borrow a copy from someone nearby.

BTW, listing a location in your profile can be helpful at times.
Thanks Crawfish. I updated my location.
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Special tools-- dial indicator, micrometer, torque wrenches, feeler gauges. And manuals, Factory service manual for your year (NOT HAYNES OR CHILTON!!!!) and the Assembly Instruction Manual.
TimAT, I purchased a service manual today originally printed by GM. Thanks
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What kind of tools are you talking about?
I have a friend that builds studio scale Star Wars models and is crafty with his airbrush painting skills and dremmel.
Tool you would need for rebuilding trailing arms and A-Arms. All depends on your comfort level.
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