Reply to "My car came home Friday"

25K. They gave me 5k off - for a total of 20K. I would have been better off driving it to your shop from Minnesota for the money. I figure the paint and body work is actually about 15K. Everything was completely re-chromed. The front trunk was redone including custom carpet. New headliner. Carb rebuild. Air conditioning repaired and converted to the new stuff. It was still too much but people love the paint. I couldn't get anyone to touch it for under 12k - just for the body- and nobody would give me a firm estimate. I asked a few people I trusted about the projected cost and they felt it was reasonable based on what was being done. 5k - was that a bare-metal glass-out job or no?

The people I worked with were very nice and very good. They were probably much more particular than I am and probably agonized about details that I don't care about, and I paid for it. Once they got into it though the car was in pieces in the shop and in primer, I was kind of at their mercy at that point. They delivered a premium result and I paid a premium price - I'm kind of tight and probably wouldn't have chosen for it to come out that way, I consider it my gift to Pantera posterity - this car will be around for a long time whether I am the owner or not. The whole ordeal kind of wore me out really.
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