View Full Version : A unibody rotisserie restoration... how much?

10-04-2007, 11:23 PM
I've always thought that the first thing I do if I get my money in order, that I'll restore the celica and keep it as a Sunday car.

Yet, I'd like to start saving for that now. Problem is, I don't know how much to budget for.

I know there are many factors involved with the price of restoration. Rust removal, seam sealing, waterproofing... not to mention assembly and disassembly. I also know that the cost ultimately depends on the state of the vehicle.

My car has mild rust, damage and rust to the driver's side rear quarter panel, and probably more rust damage when looking underneath.

I'm guessing it might cost around $3,000. I can call a place I know to get a more solid estimate, but I would also know if it sounds like I'm getting hosed.

What would you guys estimate a rotisserie restoration at?

10-05-2007, 12:09 AM
i'm not sure of the cost but i would imagine it to be expensive. there will alot of labor hours involved with completely disasembling/reasembling the car. it may not be worth the money imo.

10-05-2007, 02:06 AM


Buy the tools, learn to do it yourself.

~$10k to do it yourself, proper ground up restoration.

I am speaking from experience.

I did a subframe-off restomod on a `75 Camaro. Remember parts are less than half for an old domestic compared to an import. I did go very different routes in some areas than the factory, such as the rear suspension and interior. I also did all of my own work. The engine alone accounted for half of my budget.

I don't even want to talk about total cost. But it was over $10k.

Sure, it might be cheaper than buying a new car. You will essentially have a brand new `92 Celica. But the time, effort, and money you would spend on such a project would be insane.

It is possible to make a really clean car, in good repaired state, without stripping the entire car.

10-05-2007, 02:19 AM
It is possible to make a really clean car, in good repaired state, without stripping the entire car.

i agree

10-05-2007, 03:16 AM
I was quoted 3 grand to repair both my wheel well to brand new condition. THis include a full rebuild of the wheel wells, seal coating, then full rubber coating afterwards. This shop is a rust specialist and repair many muscle cars as well. SO this is what im doing is the spring when i get a minute. The wheel wells aren't that bad but since rust on our cars like to start inside then out, the guy isn't taking any chances but to cut that shit out.

10-05-2007, 06:47 AM
Wow... was I wrong or what!

yeah... considering all of the above... I'll just do the damn thing myself.

10-06-2007, 12:37 AM
thats about right. my shop was located next door to a resto specialist. his AVERAGE job was 25k. his frame off absolute total resto was in the 50 to 60 range depending on make and parts avail. but his cars also roll down the auction block and bring in well over 100k. the last one i saw him do was a GTO judge, it was 44k total and it sold for just under 98k. not a bad investment.

i would say a st185 with minimal rust would probably cost in the 15 to 20k range to be done proper.