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Frame-up Restorations versus Frame-off Restorationss

 

When it comes to classic car restorations, many people are uncertain about the difference between a true frame up restoration versus a frame off restoration. Many restoration shops promote the “frame-off” process in every circumstance.

 

At City Classic CARS, we believe the value of the car along with the desires of the owner decide the best route for restoration.  Then there is the question of Restomod versus Restoration- (Click to Learn difference between restomod and restoration).

Restorations at City Classic Cars fall in one of two categories: Frame-up or Frame-off. Then the direction is restomod or restoration. Here is an overview of both approaches:

 

Option 1: Frame-Up Restorations 

 

“Frame-Up” Restoration Services

 

Although we prefer to perform full restorations, we understand in some situations a frame- up is the best option. Frame up restorations are exactly that – from the frame up. In a frame up restoration, the restorers at City Classic Cars complete re-work of the body, paint, motor, interior and trunk. Only those parts on the frame needing replacement will be done. For instance, replacing a section of broken or damaged brake line instead of the entire system. Is this a less than restoration? The frame-up restoration is often the most cost prohibitive and asset protecting way to restore a low value vehicle and/or when the budget is limited.  City Classic CARS specializes in the frame-up restoration. Why? A vehicles value ceiling may be $17, 000, while the actual frame-off restoration may cost three or four times that amount. Our mission is to help you restore the look and feel of the vehicle within a reasonable range of the car’s value and most importantly your budget.  Let’s face it, most clunkers restored will not bring 6 figures at auction. The key to remember on a frame-up restoration is that something is not going to get "done". Prices for frame-up restoration projects start around $15, 000+ and go as high $45, 000+. Call Carol today at 832-717-0774 for a free classic car consultation.

Parts + Time = Final Price. The key is balancing the time and parts equation which you have a right to balance in anyway you desire. Ultimately you decide how you use your time and parts. You and your project are the driving force. We will not work unless authorized and we allow you to decide whether to repair/clean a part or replace parts. It is balancing that equation in light of the condition of the truck and desired end result.   

 

Popular Services - view some of our work

  • Upholstery Restoration, Replacement and Modifications

  • Engine Replacement, Rebuild and Power Modifications

  • Transmission Rebuild, Replacement and Modifications

  • And many more Frame-Up Services…

Frame-up restorations will give you a nice looking car without the expense of completely removing the body to restore or replace those areas seldom seen by the general public. The time frame can be as little as a few months or as long as a year with a cost range of a of few to tens of thousands. Deciding between a frame-up and frame-off Restoration not to mention restomod or restoration are choices made simple with a free classic car consultation at City Classic Cars.  The City Classic Cars Restoration Center is located at 16548 Stuebner Airline Rd in Spring TX. Contact The Cars team at 832-717-0774 to schedule a free consultation to find the best restoration solution for your vehicle.

 

"I love to give my clients options. frame-up restorations are a great path for the first time restorer and/or budget limited clients to be introduced to this amazing world of restorations"- Sabra Johnson

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Option 2: Frame-Off Restorations

“Frame-Off” Restoration Services - Estimates Start at $55, 000 and can range in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. (Read our Restoration 101 page).

Parts + Time = Final Price. The key is balancing the time and parts equation which you have a right to balance in anyway you desire. Ultimately you decide how you use your time and parts. You and your project are the driving force. We will not work unless authorized and we allow you to decide whether to repair/clean a part or replace parts. It is balancing that equation in light of the condition of the truck and desired end result.   

"This is where the Big boys play!"- Sabra Johnson

In frame-off restorations the entire car is rebuilt or replaced. The entire body will be removed from the car by Sabra and his time so the frame can be inspected entirely and all parts replaced and/or repainted. Just one look under the car and you will easily be able to tell a frame off restoration. Everything on these cars will look new and will be freshly painted or powder coated. These cars also require extensive care and cleaning and are driven rarely due to the expense associated with frame off restorations.  The end result of this type of restoration is to produce a car in better than factory condition.

Here is a general overview of the steps involved with a Frame-Off Restoration Project.

Frame-off restoration services. (Click Here to view Our 7 Step Frame-Off Process)

  • Complete disassembly and parts evaluation

  • Chemical strip

  • Parts procurement begins

  • Parts and sub-assembly restoration begins

  • Vehicle inspection and evaluation upon return

  • Metal repair and panel replacement

  • Quality Check

  • Custom Fabrication

  • Body fitment phase

  • Quality Check

"The frame-off restoration allows the restoration artist to create upon the canvass of the car... gives me goose bumps talking about it"- Sabra Johnson 

The time frame on this type of job is a minimum of 12 months or as long as a few years. To learn more about the valuation of your car in a restored condition, please schedule an appointment with one of our special restoration technicians today at City Classic CARS. 

 

Deciding between a frame-up and frame-off Restoration not to mention restomod or restoration are choices made simple with a free classic car consultation at City Classic Cars.  Contact The Cars team at 832-717-0774 to schedule a free consultation to find the best restoration solution for your vehicle. We are conveniently located at 16548 Stuebner Airline Rd in Spring TX. Visit us today! 

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