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I have two 1984 Supra's. Both were running until about 10 years ago when a rat infestation hit and they eat all the wires off the cars.

I bought one of these new in 1984 (my first new car). I'm looking for a shop/person to restore it. I am not car restoration savvy and don't have the time.

I live in the Dallas Texas area. Any suggestions?

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Thomas
 

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I would tell you to go talk to Chris Recker at Advantage Autoworks in North Richland Hills but I guess it depends how far gone is it and what your budget is. He and his team have been the go-to guys for high-end muscle car restorations for decades, i.e. most of their clients would typically spend about three or four times what your finished Supra will be worth. You may be fine with that since restoring a car, any car, is almost never an economically good decision, but rather always an emotional one.

Since its car show season and it seems most shows are back on, your best bet tho is going to be to attend local car shows and ask around. When you see a car you like, ask the owner if they had it professionally restored, if so, how extensive a job was it and if they don't mind saying, how much did they pay. Here is a pretty comprehensive listing of local car shows:


Make sure you get names of people tho and not just the name of a shop. I found out the hard way over 30 years ago for example that its the guy who lays the paint who makes the reputation of the paint shop, not the manager, not the owner, and not the estimator. Its the painter who decides if the prep-work is satisfactory and will send it back out of the booth for redo until he's satisfied the surface is ready. And its his skill that makes it look good. If the guy with the paint gun in his hand leaves for greener pastures on Friday, a shop with a stellar reputation can start doing shitty work the following Monday morning. And when you go in to talk to them, reference what customer car you saw and the name of that person who referred you so that they understand that's the level of quality you are looking for.

Another advantage of asking around car shows is you will run into people who've just written checks to have cars restored and they can tell you stories of what to look out for and pitfalls to avoid in contracting out such work. I've heard some real horror stories. I could tell a few just on paint and body work (I don't have a booth so I always have to farm the paint work out).

To be more economical tho, it may be cheaper to farm out individual tasks rather than just having one shop do it all. For example, it may be cheaper to have an auto electric shop fix the wiring, then have another shop rebuild the engine, another shop do the interior, another do the paint, etc. Its more work for you, but you're getting quotes on individual tasks from specialists who aren't overcharging for just in case they run into problems they're not familiar with.

If I was either twenty years younger or ten years older, I'd offer to do it for you but right now I still have to work for a living and I'm at the age that I don't have the energy to work another three hours after getting home from the office every day and all day on weekends like I used to. But after I retire, that's what I want to do again. When I'm doing it for someone else is the most fun. Just call every week with a new list of parts I need to buy and don't have the pain of writing the checks myself. ;) If you ask around enough, you may even luck into finding some retired guy who'd do it on the side that way for a lot cheaper than a commercial shop. There's a few out there, but in such a case, ask for additional references and check them out because I've seen where some old geezer will do a fantastic job on one car, then completely fubar another and blame it on health issues or whatever. Old retired guys can get away with it because they're not trying to make a living at it. Just sometimes they are really, really good and reasonable cost.

Oh, and I think I have a complete 84 underhood wiring loom here in the garden shed behind the house if you want to come get it. At least that's what I labeled on the box, but I haven't looked at it in over a decade.
 
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If I was either twenty years younger or ten years older, I'd offer to do it for you but right now I still have to work for a living and I'm at the age that I don't have the energy to work another three hours after getting home from the office every day and all day on weekends like I used to. But after I retire, that's what I want to do again. When I'm doing it for someone else is the most fun. Just call every week with a new list of parts I need to buy and don't have the pain of writing the checks myself. ;)
I'm sure you've got a waiting list with your attention to detail and previous experience, i'd send you a car in a heartbeat.

Thomas have you got any pics of your car? Might help us suggest what level of work you might need to dig into, but also we just love seeing pics of these things.
 

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did you buy the 85 from auto_cran by any chance?
 
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