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Frame Up Restoration vs Frame Off Restoration

July 19, 2013

Frame Up Restoration vs. Frame Off Restoration

When it comes to classic car restorations, many people are uncertain about the difference between a true frame up restoration versus a frame off restoration.

Frame up restorations are exactly that – from the frame up. In a true frame up restoration, the restorer will complete re-work the body, paint, motor, interior and trunk. Only those parts on the frame needing replacement will be done. For instance, replacing a section of broken or damaged brake line instead of the entire system.

In frame off restorations the entire car is rebuilt or replaced. The entire body will be removed from the car and the frame will be inspected entirely and all parts will be replaced and/or repainted. Just one look under the car and you will easily be able to tell a frame off restoration. Everything on these cars will look new and will be freshly painted or powder coated. These cars also require extensive care and cleaning and are driven rarely due to the expense associated with frame off restorations.

Classic car restorations vary greatly depending upon the time and budget of the owner. Frame up restorations will give you a nice looking car without the expense off completely removing the body to restore or replace those areas seldom seen by the general audience. If your plan is to enter the car into larger classic car shows that uphold the Gold Spinner or ISCA judging standards, then a frame off restoration is what you need.

Frame Up & Frame Off Restorations – Buyer Beware

If you are looking to purchase a classic car, it is important for you to know what you are looking at before you buy. A good body shop or body man can make bondo look good. The car’s body will appear straight and smooth. Paint will look good, but only where you can see it. Some other areas that you will want to inspect before making your purchase are the gaskets, plugs and below the exhaust manifolds, the trunk and undercarriage. If trunk or undercarriage has a thick undercoating, turn and walk the other way. This is an indication that there is trouble below the surface.  When looking to purchase a classic car, do your due diligence. Just because their shiny and make a nice rumble sound doesn’t mean they are restored or even safe.

Tx Classic Cars - Frame Up Restoration/Frame Off Restoration Experts

At Tx Classic Cars, we’ve been performing frame up restorations and frame off restorations for 30 years. We’ve seen nearly every make and model imaginable and are here to help you make your dream car a reality. If you are looking to purchase a classic car that has already been restored, check out our online showroom. If you see something you like or have a classic car that need restored, contact us to discuss the details of your project.

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