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Old 08-11-2019, 07:30 PM   #1
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I just inquired a1928 model A Tudor, a lot of the restoration is done but needs to be finished. I’m looking for recommendations as to anyone place that could finish the restoration. Thanks
I live in Michigan

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Old 08-11-2019, 07:37 PM   #2
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Where are u located??
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maybe you should tell us your location.
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I just inquired a1928 model A Tudor, a lot of the restoration is done but needs to be finished. Iím looking for recommendations as to anyone place that could finish the restoration. Thanks
Check with your local or nearby Model A Club! Where ever your from!
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Old 08-12-2019, 07:44 AM   #5
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Not trying to cut out any resto shops of business, but depending on the purchase price, it very well make more sense to buy a car already restored. From what I have found for under $20k you can get a really nice car. If you do the restoration yourself then it may be a deal.
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Not trying to cut out any resto shops of business, but depending on the purchase price, it very well make more sense to buy a car already restored. From what I have found for under $20k you can get a really nice car. If you do the restoration yourself then it may be a deal.


No worries as you likely are not stepping on anyone's toes. Most resto shop owners I chat with have a large backlog of work on their waiting list.


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Brent, that hits on another thought I had, if op is planning on sending the car to a resto shop it may be a few years before he can enjoy it. Just some things to keep in mind.
BTW, Im glad your busy!
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Brent, that hits on another thought I had, if op is planning on sending the car to a resto shop it may be a few years before he can enjoy it. Just some things to keep in mind.
BTW, Im glad your busy!

Thank you, -and it's not just me, but we have about a 1 year waiting list right now (i.e.: 6-7 car owners waiting). Also, engine shops (-=at least good ones) are backed up too. A thread on a Model-T social media site stated that a well-known A&T engine rebuilder out of Ohio had a 9 month waiting list. Several others chimed in regarding other shops they contacted were that long too. Yeah, this hobby is about to die from lack of interest!
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:31 PM   #9
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I’m in Michigan but willing to travel
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Old 08-12-2019, 09:37 PM   #10
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Hi Jerry... you might try Terry Deters he does first class work in Michigan. His shop did the 20,000,000th Ford and it is a beauty. Here's a link to his contact info.

http://antique-classic-car-restorati...s-restorations

https://www.manta.com/c/mms5zpv/terr...rs-restoration
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Terry Deters would be a good choice. Also, in about a month is Model-A Day at the Gilmore Museum (https://www.gilmorecarmuseum.org/eve...d-model-a-day/) where you can meet up with professional restorers and vendors there.
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Shameless plug, if you have never been to the Gilmore, it is def. worth the trip.
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In the 20 years ive been watching model A prices they have fallen. But restoration costs have risen. Tudors and fordors are at the bottom of the price scale. My car is not restored, its just a driver with some paint and a amateur interior thrown at it. I haven't looked at this car posted below. And it could be a stinker up close. It looks to be a nice tudor for 12,500 which is on the higher side for the price of a tudor in michigan(Im in bay city). I may be wasting my breath if you have a NICE car and want a PERFECT car. By all means you can want a perfect car. But these cars are old and rough and make some noise so there may always be a noise or issue to chase. I also understand sentimental value to a certain car, as mine belonged to my grandfather. One last thing a resto may take years that you could be enjoying your car.

Edit: how much finishing does your car need?


edit: my views on restoration is that it should be reserved for cars with provenance or ones that the value post restoration is greater than the cost of the restoration. I.e. rare models, low production or high desire cars.


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