25 STEP PROCESS
This restoration process, developed by Sabra Johnson, is unique to City Classic Cars. Every restoration goes through this journey to ensure quality, safety, functionality, and outcome. As a direct result of our philosophy, it does not allow for shortcuts at any step in any department.
Once the deposit and agreement are received, further specifics are determined about the build – suspension, transmission, engine, drive-line, wheels, etc. – and renderings are started. Parts lists are created, labor estimates are forecast, and the budget gets itemized. At this phase, The Texas Custom Car Builder goes to work to create a detailed build treatment plan for your project.
This typically all happens before the car even arrives. Rides by Sabra’s wait list can be anywhere from six months to a year. Communication between the builder and the customer during this time is key – not only to get prepared and get a build plan in place but to ensure the you remain aware of the timeline.
Discovery: Listening and Sharing Phase of The Project
Design: The Project Profile, Illustrate the visionary direction of the build
The Tear Down: Delayering, Disassembly, Documentation and Storage
Parts Procurement: Order Parts and Start Major Rebuilds of Mechanical and Interior Systems
Fab Shop 1: Sheet Metal Work- Rust Removal, Alignment, Dent Removal, and Floor Pans
Fab Shop 2: Chassis Development
Mechanic Fab 1: Mock- Gap and Ride Height
Mechanic Fab 2: Powertrain & Drivetrain: Mock fit for chassis and body
Mechanic Fab 3: Powder Coating: Disassembly and Reassembly of Chassis Power Coating
Body Shop 1: Initial Body- Raw Body Work
Body Shop 2: Body Gaps & Fit- Line Shaping and Pre-Fitment of Bumpers, Chrome and other Exterior components
Body Shop 3: Final Body- Block Sanding and Final Primers
Paint Shop 1: Painter's Block- Water Sanding & Final Inspection
Paint Shop 2: Prep Time- Disassembly, Repositioning and Masking for Paint
Paint Shop 3: Booth Time- Coloring and Clearing Process
Paint Shop 4: Post Booth Time- Color Sanding, Buffing
Fit Garage 1: Finishing, Interior, and Technology Join Coach and Chassis and assemble all body sections
Fit Garage 2: Finishing, Interior and Technology - Electrical wiring, Final Assembly; Ready car for Trim Shop
Fit Garage 3: Trim Shop Final Creations of Wood/Fiberglass/Upholstery, Audio-Visual Systems Interior Components, Glass Installation
Performance Shop 1: Powertrain, Drivetrain and Accessory Drive Systems Final Installation and Tuning
Performance Shop 2: Chassis Perfection and Custom Exhaust
Performance Shop 3: Ancillary Mechanical Systems are Tuned and Tested
"Build Completion": Evaluate Master Checklist, Final Adjustments, Initial Road Test and Preliminary Reveal/Client Test Drive
"R & D" Final Road Testing: Once the assembly and all systems are complete, we road test the vehicle for 200-500 miles. Once the drive-ability and systems evaluations are approved by Sabra, the final detail and scheduling of delivery are completed. During this phase of the dream process, the admin team coordinates all vehicle marketing- whether that branding involves debuting at one of the tops shows or entering the SEMA Show Battle of Builders, registered for an award, or other global shipping details. Sabra also coordinates a “custom manual” empowering the client to enjoy and understand the vehicle for greater enjoyment.
"Dream Delivery": Final Reveal and Delivery to the Client -Full detailing of vehicle inside & final photo documentation process
The Road to Restoration Starts Here
Congratulations on starting your restoration journey! Upon completion of the general intake questionnaire, our General Manager will contact you to schedule your personal consultation.
We have restored vehicles from all over the world and are well equipped with the knowledge and expertise to ensure a seamless intake and delivery process.
Transparency is a key aspect of our build process. You can follow your car's journey via our social media platforms or you can schedule a personal in-depth viewing of your project to see your dream car become a reality.