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Shop rates for sheet metal work?
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Any members here that have paid a shop to do work: How much for labor for installing quarter panels ,floors, trunk floor or any other sheet metal work needed on your project Mach 1.
Thanks for feedback!
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Depending on what is required you could see $30 - $100 hr. It's all relative to the scope of work. Sorry, but if you are looking for a definitive $/hr it's gonna be all over the range depending on the expertise of the mechanic plus the amount of work required --- and the end result desired...!
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Although most people shop by price.. quality metal work body work is one of those things you should really shop by your expectation or level of quality you seek AND the expertise qualification of the shop or person doing the work..I have seen 100.00 per hour work that sucks & I have also seen 50.00 per hour that is top notch..A fair going rate these days for QUALITY WORK is in the 50-100 per hour range..

LOVE OF BEAUTY IS TASTE..THE CREATION OF BEAUTY IS ART
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I do a lot of side work in the garage doing metal work. I usually charge $35/hr. A lot of regular shops around here are in the $70/hr range. Like Scott said its not always the rate that you should look at.

Kevin

1971 Mach 1
408C Stroker
C4 w/3,000 stall
8.8" Rear w/3.73's
Disc brakes all way around.

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classicsguy;153973 Wrote:Any members here that have paid a shop to do work: How much for labor for installing quarter panels ,floors, trunk floor or any other sheet metal work needed on your project Mach 1.
Thanks for feedback!

Google "Chris's Garage Kansas City" and talk to Chris Kuchem. He did my car, metal and paint. He was comparable with other shops, but a lot higher quality. Check my pictures to see the work. I highly recommend the guy! Believe me, no job is too big for this guy.
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classicsguy;153973 Wrote:Any members here that have paid a shop to do work: How much for labor for installing quarter panels ,floors, trunk floor or any other sheet metal work needed on your project Mach 1.
Thanks for feedback!

I have our 71 mach at CARS in ft. myers they are awesome at 49.50 an hour

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classicsguy;153973 Wrote:Any members here that have paid a shop to do work: How much for labor for installing quarter panels ,floors, trunk floor or any other sheet metal work needed on your project Mach 1.
Thanks for feedback!

Check out my other posts on body work... Good Luck
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kcmash;154012 Wrote:
classicsguy;153973 Wrote:Any members here that have paid a shop to do work: How much for labor for installing quarter panels ,floors, trunk floor or any other sheet metal work needed on your project Mach 1.
Thanks for feedback!

Google "Chris's Garage Kansas City" and talk to Chris Kuchem. He did my car, metal and paint. He was comparable with other shops, but a lot higher quality. Check my pictures to see the work. I highly recommend the guy! Believe me, no job is too big for this guy.

Amazing work by that shop!
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mach 1 marc;154018 Wrote:I have our 71 mach at CARS in ft. myers they are awesome at 49.50 an hour
Check out my other posts on body work... Good Luck
Although the metal work looks nice here's an example of expertise knowledge of the shop & what YOUR level of expectation is: I can tell that the new panel in that picture WAS not epoxy primed BEFORE installation..Although they may have used weld through primer, in time the lap joint where the wheel arch joins the outer wheel house will start to rust where it's spot welded as will all the other spot welded joints..No matter what is sprayed in there after.. it's already too late theres no way to protect the joint except for epoxy priming PRIOR to installation welding. I have done sample lap joint panels using weld through primer & epoxy primer..the epoxy is superior to weld through..I have also removed replacement panels on cars & 98% of the time there is rust at the spot welds..
If you look at the pictures videos of the work I have done on my car I installed 2 full nos quarters trunk floor frame rails etc. All epoxy primed prior to install..& after completion all the inner cavities will have body wax applied..The above is just an example of MY level of expectation.

LOVE OF BEAUTY IS TASTE..THE CREATION OF BEAUTY IS ART
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Qcode351mach;154036 Wrote:
mach 1 marc;154018 Wrote:I have our 71 mach at CARS in ft. myers they are awesome at 49.50 an hour
Check out my other posts on body work... Good Luck
Although the metal work looks nice here's an example of expertise knowledge of the shop & what YOUR level of expectation is: I can tell that the new panel in that picture WAS not epoxy primed BEFORE installation..Although they may have used weld through primer, in time the lap joint where the wheel arch joins the outer wheel house will start to rust where it's spot welded as will all the other spot welded joints..No matter what is sprayed in there after.. it's already too late theres no way to protect the joint except for epoxy priming PRIOR to installation welding. I have done sample lap joint panels using weld through primer & epoxy primer..the epoxy is superior to weld through..I have also removed replacement panels on cars & 98% of the time there is rust at the spot welds..
If you look at the pictures videos of the work I have done on my car I installed 2 full nos quarters trunk floor frame rails etc. All epoxy primed prior to install..& after completion all the inner cavities will have body wax applied..The above is just an example of MY level of expectation.

Q I have 2 questions

#1 What was in between the joints at the lap joints from the factory, What type of primer or was it bare.

#2 What happens to the Epoxy when the spot welds are applied with a mig, filling in the hole for plug welding, what does the heat do to it around the hole drilled for plug welding inside the lap joint?


Thanks for the Info Dennis
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Go Time;154090 Wrote:
Qcode351mach;154036 Wrote:
mach 1 marc;154018 Wrote:I have our 71 mach at CARS in ft. myers they are awesome at 49.50 an hour
Check out my other posts on body work... Good Luck
Although the metal work looks nice here's an example of expertise knowledge of the shop & what YOUR level of expectation is: I can tell that the new panel in that picture WAS not epoxy primed BEFORE installation..Although they may have used weld through primer, in time the lap joint where the wheel arch joins the outer wheel house will start to rust where it's spot welded as will all the other spot welded joints..No matter what is sprayed in there after.. it's already too late theres no way to protect the joint except for epoxy priming PRIOR to installation welding. I have done sample lap joint panels using weld through primer & epoxy primer..the epoxy is superior to weld through..I have also removed replacement panels on cars & 98% of the time there is rust at the spot welds..
If you look at the pictures videos of the work I have done on my car I installed 2 full nos quarters trunk floor frame rails etc. All epoxy primed prior to install..& after completion all the inner cavities will have body wax applied..The above is just an example of MY level of expectation.

Q I have 2 questions

#1 What was in between the joints at the lap joints from the factory, What type of primer or was it bare.

#2 What happens to the Epoxy when the spot welds are applied with a mig, filling in the hole for plug welding, what does the heat do to it around the hole drilled for plug welding inside the lap joint?


Thanks for the Info Dennis
Dennis,
From what I have seen there was no primer in a lot of lap joints from the factory prior to welding..one of the reasons they rust around the wheel lip..
Heres my technique for plug welding..Both surfaces need to have epoxy applied. You make your hole in the sheet metal for your weld..DO NOT GRIND THE METAL on the other panel as most people do where the weld goes..Instead fit the panel mount it..when ready to weld get a small dremel stone or metal bit..then insert into the hole & remove the epoxy INSIDE the hole..The epoxy seems to just heat & re-flow around the weld very little burns off vs weld through..do a few test panels & you will see..I have done both left out side..then separated the metal..no rust on the epoxy ..rust on the weld through..

LOVE OF BEAUTY IS TASTE..THE CREATION OF BEAUTY IS ART
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