Stephen Becker Automotive Group, Inc. has turned out top-notch restorations, specialized and comprehensive repairs for clients around the globe. We specialize in the restoration and repairs of high performance Mustangs, Shelby Cobras and other Shelby-branded automobiles.
Beyond Ford and Shelby vehicles, we are proficient in restoring all types of classic and muscle cars to the exacting manufacturer standards. Every restoration and repair shop has its own unique repair and restoration process. Over the past 30 years we have ours down to a science.
Initial Consultation: We begin all restoration projects with an onsite consultation with Stephen Becker of your vehicle, either at your home or at our facility. Stephen will sit down with the owner and discuss their goals for the restoration or repairs and the level of restoration or repairs to be attained. He then spends time inspecting the car, with the owner, and taking notes on what work will be required to reach your goals. At this time he also discuss the estimated costs and time frames associated with restoration or repairs.
Transportation and Arrival: After the initial consultation, transporting the vehicle to our facilities in beautiful Sugar Hill, Georgia will be arranged and billed accordingly. Upon arrival all cars are assigned a unit at our facility. This unit houses anything associated with the project, including the car itself, parts, and restoration materials. When the vehicle is in between restoration phases it is housed in its assigned unit.
Disassembly and Documentation: Work begins with disassembly of the vehicle. Each part removed is documented; correct pieces are boxed and cataloged; incorrect or defective pieces are disposed of. We document any original paint patterns or markings found for later recreation on the vehicle. The entire process is photo-documented.
Stripping the Vehicle: After completely disassembled, the car is mounted on a rotisserie or lift for “ground up” work. The vehicle is then stripped. For cars with original sheet metal that do not require major metal work, we recommend hand stripping the vehicle. We have found that chemical dipping the vehicle weakens original sheet metal and blasting can warp original metal. This process also eliminates many “clues” to the cars history such as original markings and previously repaired areas. With hand stripping, we are able to easily identify trouble areas such as Bondo and filler. However on cars requiring major sheet metal replacement blasting or acid dipping is a viable and cost-effective option. Again, we always leave the choice up to the customer’s discretion.
Metal and Fiberglass Work: Our on-staff expert body and paint tech has handled everything from minor rust bubbles to major structural sheet metal (firewalls, cowls, rear trunk assemblies, etc). He has been in the paint and body business for over 40 years. We can fix any rust problem while duplicating factory spot welds and seal points, leaving no evidence that rust repair was done. We ensure fit and finish to better than factory finish. Fixing (instead of replacing) original fiberglass and sheet metal is our specialty.
Paint: Our in-house body and paint tech is proficient with factory automobile finishes and processes of all make and models. We duplicate factory paint breaks and finishes based on the original assembly plant and year.
Engine and Component Restoration: While the car is in paint we begin the restoration of component sub-assemblies including drivetrain, interior and more. Missing parts are sourced and all parts are brought to like-new quality. Drivetrain components are detailed to concourse standards and tested before installed. Parts are detailed with correct markings specific to your vehicle. We can either restore your drivetrain to factory specs or customize the performance while maintaining a factory look. Everything is built to your requests.
Assembly: When the car returns from paint, we begin assembly. Installing the suspension, drive train and interior. This process is handled in a “clean room” away from other projects involving dirty processes like welding, disassembly and the like.
Inspection and Delivery: After assembly is complete, we take several days to drive the car. We conduct a complete shakedown and correct and issues before delivery. We also prefer that our customers drive and inspect the vehicle before delivery so that any adjustments can be made at our facility.
Every restoration project is unique to itself in the work and parts that will be required. Stephen Becker Automotive Group does not quote a price for restorations for this reason. We provide an estimate only after inspecting the vehicle on-site. Once an agreement has been reached, we do not require a deposit. Billing is handled on a monthly basis. Accounts are settled on the last day of each month and include any parts, labor and other services from that week. Clients are always welcome to visit the facility and inspect their vehicle at any time. We photo document the entire process and provide pictures as the work progresses.
From a simple tune up or oil change all the way to a ground up concourse restoration and anything in between, you can rely on our decades of experience to make your car the way you want it. You can the enjoy years of reliability and often a growing value. We love a challenge and the word “no” is not in our professional vocabulary!
We look forward to personally working with you!
Type of restoration work:
Custom and Original
All work performed in-house, including:
Soft and Hard Trim