There are many classic car restoration shops across the country and probably even a few in your own neighborhood. Some are professional, some are not. With correct
restoration costing up into the six figures, you are best-advised to make the right choice before sending your vehicle off.
Due diligence is your responsibility and careful research includes word-of-mouth referrals. recommendations from clubs specific to your classic and searching through the internet for articles about restoration of your vehicle make/model.
When it comes to classic Cadillacs, the limited production numbers of America’s premier luxury vehicle can make for a more challenging project. Product-specific knowledge and
scarcity of parts for the rarer models mandate careful choice of a restorer experienced in Cadillac. A search of articles will lead you to this Hemmings Motor News article about the CPR Cadillac restoration team. Hemmings has long been considered the “bible” of the collector car industry and a highly-respected source of information. Some more searching will show you a result for this Hemmings article about Cadillac Sabre wheel restoration.
You’ll also find “authority” sites dedicated to classic Cadillac restoration with informative articles and references. Researching articles and news sources alone aren’t the best or only method to find the right restorer but offer good insight to the history and portfolio of a provider.
After you’ve narrowed down your list of potential restorers, no decision should be made without a visit to their facility. In addition to inspecting work in progress, you want to carefully examine how well the shop is maintained. Dust is a major by-product of sanding and methods should be in place to contain it and dust should not be accumulated in areas where body work is not currently being performed.
Cleanliness and organization is good sign as is good lighting. Take a look at the paint
booth as well. It should be kept clean and filters should be changed regularly. Ask to view their storage area where the various components of your vehicle will be stored. It’s important that this area be well-organized to avoid loss of valuable parts down to even fasteners and clips.
If completed projects are available for viewing, make sure to take a look. Pictures online don’t necessarily offer a good sample and there is no substitute for getting up close and personal.
Bottom line: responsible choice of a restoration provider matters. Before committing to spending many thousands of dollars you must perform the same careful research that you would if you were making financial investments or buying a home. Your car is decades-old and it can wait a few weeks or months while you select a competent restorer.