Contract Restoration Services
Hello folks! We’ve been getting more requests for restoration services for customer-owned vehicles, so we decided to write a blog post and make the information more readily available to anyone who is interested.
First, let’s clarify the terminology: “Contract Restoration” means full restoration of vehicles that are sent to us by their current owners. It’s worth mentioning because our bread and butter consists of selling newly restored Land Cruisers available from our inventory – you just give us a call or build your own Land Cruiser online and once the order is final, we get to work.
In the case of “Contract Restorations”, we’ll sign a restoration services contract and we’ll coordinate to have your vehicle picked up and delivered to our shop. It returns back to you in “like-new” condition.
A few important things you should know about our restoration services:
- We only provide full, frame-off restoration services. Your vehicle will be disassembled and rebuilt from scratch. That includes rebuilding the engine, transmission, electrical, interior, and exterior. We install a new suspension, new wheels/tires, new carburetor, new starter engine, new wiring, new pumps, new pistons, new valves, new upholstery, etc.
- We only provide one “level” of restoration. That level is called “the best we can do”. We learn from each restoration we perform and apply those learnings to the next one.
- Your vehicle will go through the same process and restoration assembly-line as any of our other vehicles. In fact, most of our folks on the ground won’t know the difference between a customer-owned car or one we’re building on spec.
- We photo-document the process. We’ll do a photoshoot pre-restoration, during restoration, and a final one of the finished product. Check out the gallery of this FJ45LV for a good example of the photo-documentation process from start to finish. The pictures are posted monthly on our website and emailed to you so you can keep an eye on our progress. In the end, we’ll include them in a nice coffee-table book that is delivered along with your car. It’s a great memory to have of the work that went into the vehicle and it’s certainly a valuable piece when it comes time to sell it.
- We can customize just about anything. Our base price (see next bullet) assumes we’re restoring your vehicle to near-factory specs. Anything beyond near-factory specs is quoted separately.
- Expect to spend $65,000 or more in your restoration. Some models are more challenging than others as is the availability of parts. Our pricing will reflect that. Generally speaking, if your vehicle is an FJ40 between 1970 and 1984, you’re likely to fall into the $65k bucket. We will review pictures of your vehicle, understand its condition, price out the customizations you are interested in, and we’ll sign a binding, fixed-price contract. Payments are made in 1/3s. First payment when we sign, second payment when we start body paint, and a final payment when you have inspected and accepted the vehicle. If we find more rust than expected during the restoration, that’s our problem.
- Don’t worry about the logistics. We’ll coordinate to have the vehicle picked up (wherever it may be). It arrives in Miami for a pre-restoration inspection and parts procurement, and then it goes to our facility in Bogota where we perform most of the heavy-duty work. Months later, we’ll deliver it back to you inside an enclosed truck, wrapped up in a bow (only if you want the bow of course).
- Expect the process to take 9 to 12 months. We will be clear about timing going into it and you can expect the vehicle back as promised in your contract.
Finally, we know that our services are not for everyone. We’re probably not the most expensive and we’re definitely not the cheapest. But you can count on us to have the experience and passion to build your Land Cruiser beautifully. Shop around and understand what you’re getting into before committing to any one shop. Ask for references. Ask for pictures. Come visit if you want to. We’d love to meet you.
This is our previous work.