Quality body shops in NY area? PA also?

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  1. Lincolnwelding

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    Looking for a good shop to do body work on my 91 sho. I have 2 small surface rust spots and rusting dopr cladding.

    Willing to drive a good 3 hours in any direction. I live in binghamton, shops in pa would be reasonable also.

    Any idea on the price I might be looking at?
     
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    Rust repair is not inexpensive, if you know how to weld or are learning I would weld up (if needed) grind and prime and then take it to a shop for final prep & paint.
     
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    I am preparing my self to dump alot of money for a relativley small fix. But i can no longer spend big $ on nice parts while looking at the rust.

    I weld for a living and would be fine with doing the fab/welding portion of the work but im honestly unsure of where to start. Would I just need to fab up some new body cladding and give it to the shop to rivet and paint?

    I also have no idea how to go about getting the rusted cladding off without ruining my door.
     
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    People are hesitant to offer a body shop reference to people when you don't know the expectations.

    Some people settle for nothing but factory finish work, with only new material, and flawless prep and paint. And money is no object.

    Other people want something that looks good around the rear wheels, and if the price is right, they are tempted to paint the whole car, and don't ask any questions about paint brands, etc..

    There is a huge difference in paints being used (and costs), and then there is the issue of single stage paints, and base coat - clear coat paints, (and now water based paints on new things).

    The biggest problem you will run into is, most shops get enough insurance referred work that they price everything else high to avoid the direct customer ( to make the same profit on your car as would be had on a new Lincoln MKZ insurance job with the same issue). The other big problem is no one has any skill when it comes to repairing / re-skinning a rusty part, no matter how much you pay.

    I have had both rear wheel opening issues fixed and painted for $300.00 and had a whole car done with some tidy-up around the wheels for $1500.00. And that is Canadian, so it is almost free for you guys.
    It is not worthy of the show circuit, but looks factory finished with no embarrassing issues. I suspect the paint formula is not super quality, but it looks correct and doesn't fade, and matches the "under the trunk lid" color.
    This shop is 3 miles north of Ogdensburg NY, so within your range

    If you are not dealing with a high cost, insurance driven organization, you have to put up with a lot of crap.
    Your car will be bumped out of the lineup to accommodate whatever the shop buys that week from the auction.
    Body men / painters are notorious for bad attendance, missing deadlines, and generally going on holidays / benders when it suits them.
    The shops usually open late on Mondays and close early on Fridays, and at any given time, when you drop by, the place can be locked up and in darkness.
    After taking their sweet time on doing the job, they demand immediate payment when finished, even on weekends when no banks are open.
    And when they painted my Gen I, they painted over the door handles for some strange reason, which ticked me off.

    At least you have some real world numbers to consider.
     
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    I think I have a plan after all this time. I was able to score new cladding from huntervf on the forum!

    Going to get the cladding installed and then plasti-dip the whole car. I would try to get it repainted but I would like to keep as much of the original mocha frost paint as possible.

    Feel free to suggest a color for the plasti-dip!
     
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    I work in a body shop in Franklin NY and I own a 94 SHO look me up on Facebook Sephen Keown I have a ton of pictures of the work on my SHO don't know exactly what you need done , I fabricated all the repair panel's myself
     
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    About to give you a shout out in the 607 sho owners page (only consists of me and forum member banshee right now lol). Feel free to join it. I just need my front drivers side door cladding replaced. I already have a replacement panel but I dont want to try and replace it myself.
     
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    is it the right color , or does it have to be painted, i work at Richs Auto body , in Franklin , 607 829 3583 . my cell is 607-343-6950 Stephen
     
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    Its white and my car is mocha frost. I dont think I want it painted because its such an uncommon color and getting a good match would be hard and expensive I think. Plus it wont have 24 years of sun fade to match!

    Im thinking of just plasti-dipping the car once the cladding is on. Real paint is so expensive.
     
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    Let me have the paint code and I'll look it up and see if we can match it , and it is just to paint the lower plastic panel on one of the doors right !
     
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    Hey look me up on facebook Lincolnwelding
     
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    I found you a few days ago and looked at all your body work. Looks pretty good. Its great that you saved a sho!

    Do you plan on going to cars and coffee on the 14th? I know its a bit of a drive for you
     
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    Where is it ? Cars n coffee
     
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    Nyseg stadium in binghamton
     
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    My name is Matt Campfield by the way if you want to see my facebook and look at some sho pictures I have
     
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    How are you doing Matt , is the the 14th of June at Nyseg stadium
     
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    Is there anyone that can recommend a body shop to spray my car near 518? There's no major rust damage.
     
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    Hi , Richs autobody shop in Franklin New York 607-829-3583 say Stephen had you call I work there I have a 94 MTX SHO was a ny rust bucket when I got it .look me up on Facebook Stephen Keown look up photos then albums ,you may have to friend me first
     
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    If it was closer i'd go see what it would cost me. I don't have facebook.

    I had a sho painted once and a little body work done, and the rust bled through in a year. There is literally one rust spot on this car and if i'd had it painted already it wouldn't have rusted there.
     

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