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Old 03-03-2013, 02:26 PM   #1
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What is the going rate for shop hours.

So, my '65 Overlander has been sitting for several years...numerous excuses that amount to just life happening! We are trying to get working on it this Spring/Summer. Went out to look at closely the other and found some signs of frame/outrigger

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This is just fore of the curb side wheel well

There is also a small horizontal crease just fore of the wheel well on the road side.

Not sure what these issues indicate...but I'm sure it's something to do with frame or perimeter floor rot. Which would, most likely, necessitate extensive sub floor replacement.

Being a bit sheepish about a homemade shell off restoration, I've been thinking about sending it to have the foundation (frame, axles, subfloor, tanks, and electrical) professionally redone. My previous experience with a total floor replacement in a 1950 Spartan professionally was $$$$$$! But this also included other things and was a bit of an organic process (OK..lets do that too!; oh...spending this much, lets address that as well!).
Anyway, I want to avoid those out-of-control spiraling costs with this project, but would really like to have a solid "aluminum tent" with which to finish out the interior myself.
I'm curious about the going rate per hour (in the Northeast/Mid-Atlantic) for work of this nature... and how many hours would be involved with something like this. We could certainly handle gutting the interior before the professional work started.

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Old 03-03-2013, 02:28 PM   #2
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109.00 per hour in Jackson Center!

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Old 03-03-2013, 02:47 PM   #3
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$60-90 an hour is common.
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:14 PM   #4
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I would ask Frank's Trailer Works in Baltimore what his current rate is. Last time I used Frank, it was at the low end of the range quoted above. I was very happy with his work on my vintage Argosy and know other happy clients.

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