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Date registered: Jul 2008
Vehicle: '04 E55, '03 E500
Location: Sunny San Diego
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Having done a few restorations myself ('71 911S, '65 350GT), the first step is to decide what your end goal is...a "resto-mod" reliable daily driver, 90-point occasional driver, or concours show car? Then determine your budget - adding 50% in cost and time - as restorations always bring surprises (hidden rust, unknown mechanical issues, impossible to find trim pieces, lost bits/delays from subcontractors).
Are you going to do any work yourself, or do you want a turn key car? If you have a shop do the wok, do your due diligence and be careful to check out thier history - get references, and check them out.
I've learned to start out with a clear statement of work, outlining the goal, and then create a master task sheet and project schedule with estimated (i.e. get quotes) costs and delivery dates before I start. This helps avoid the all-to-common situation where the owner either never finishes the project or is forced to sell it at a loss due to higher than expected costs.
Good luck with your restoration!
current toy list:
'03 E500 - now Wife's daily driver
'04 E55 - MY daily driver
'69 911 - vintage/SCCA GT2 racecar (owned 28 years
'87 930T - for sale (owned 19 years!)
FFR Cobra - for fun
'05 Excursion V10 (toy puller)
Last edited by dbarrym; 07-30-2008 at 11:06 PM.