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Project management: Let’s get this restoration started


(Editor’s note: Jake Mayne is a professional and certified project manager who also has restored more than a dozen collector vehicles. This is the third in a 4-part series — to be published each Friday in March — in which he shares how to apply project managing techniques to save time and money when doing your own restoration. This week’s subject: executing  your build.)

Time to rock and roll. Take-a-part starts. Bag and box. Get your long-lead items, such as re-chroming, to the vendor so they can begin work.
Body and paint is another long-lead item. Get your car to the shop.

Managing the body and paint vendor will most likely be your biggest job. The supply and demand of skilled tradesmen are not in your favor here. Decent body and paint people are in short supply.

Parts and labor Cost Received Order number
Motor rebuild $4,900
Clutch, bolts $439.55 Yes 595062
Idle solenoid $153.89 Yes 1159146
Battery cable, coil and parts $98.38
Exhaust manifolds $249
Alternator $148.88 Yes 1157207
Radiator $895
6-Pack carb rebuild $922
Miscellaneous $94.53
Exhaust system $1,000
Polyglas tires $1,335
Brake booster/master $1,150
Wiring/filter $1,006.20 Yes 21782
Dash pad $750
Interior $1,174.50 Yes 22390
Total: $14,429.41

Go through your parts list and determine availability. A parts list can grow and change. Determine what you will buy online, or at a local parts store, and what you will need to find used.

Managing changes: The largest risk to keeping any project plan on time and on budget is the car owner. Subcontractors salivate when the change orders arrive. Change orders often are priced much differently than original orders.

But realize that unforeseen changes are expected, for example, you may not know how bad things are until old paint is removed. Expect an additional charge for materials and labor. This is where the 10-20 percent budget project reserve comes in handy.

Next, in Part 4: Assembly and finishing

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Jake Mayne
Jake Maynehttp://www.jakesgeneralstore.com
Jake Mayne grew up a Midwestern farm kid and has been a lifelong car guy. To date he has no fear of bathing in 80/90 weight gear oil, and never misses his tetanus shot. Claim to fame is winning several face-to-face turf battles with snakes, families of mice, and swarms of bees while evicting them from their homes in old cars. He has over 15 personal collector car hobby restorations, and countless barn finds. By profession he is a project manager in the acquisition arena for the military defense and the banking industries. Jake is active in the car show scene in the Twin Cities and is a member of several car clubs.


  1. This is a very well detailed guide. I’ll make sure to follow this guide in the coming month while doing restoration. I’m just worried about unforeseen charges.


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