Stephen Becker Automotive Group Inc. has turned out top-notch restorations & repairs for clients around the world for decades. Stephen & his craftsman specializes in the restoration of high performance, classic, antique & special interest automobiles of all era’s & can restore and/or repair any era & brand automobile to your exacting standards.
THE RESTORATION PROCESS
We begin all restoration projects with an onsite consultation of your vehicle, either at your home or at our facility depending on your preference. We sit down with the owner and discuss their goals for the restoration and the level of restoration to be attained. Our experts then spend about half a day inspecting the car and taking notes on what work will be required to reach your goals. At this time we also discuss the costs and time frames associated with restoration.
Transportation and Arrival at our facilities:
After the initial consultation, the vehicle is transported to our facilities. Upon arrival all cars are assigned a unit at our indoor showroom & storage facility, this unit houses anything associated with the project, including the car itself, parts, and restoration materials. When the car is in between restoration phases it is housed in its own 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 & you deal directly with Stephen Becker at all times.
Stripping the Vehicle:
After completely disassembled, the car is mounted on a rotisserie. Depending the customer’s preference the car is then stripped. For cars with original sheet-metal and not requiring major metal work we recommend hand stripping the vehicle. We have found that chemical dipping the vehicle weakens original sheet-metal and media 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-spots’ such as bondo and filler. However on cars requiring major sheet-metal replacement media blasting/acid dipping is a viable and cost-effective option. Again, we always leave the choice up to the customer’s discretion.
Our paint shop has painted exclusively for us for over 20 years and is familiar with all makes and models factory finishes and processes. We duplicate factory paint breaks and finishes based on assembly plant/year/make/model.
While the car is in paint we begin the restoration of component sub-assemblies; drivetrain, interior, etc. Missing parts are located and all parts are brought to like-new quality. Drive train components are detailed to concours standards and tested before install. Parts are detailed with correct markings specific to your vehicle. We can either restore your drivetrain to factory specs or spice up the performance while maintaining a factory look, everything is built to your specs!
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, etc.
Inspection and Delivery:
After assembly is complete we take several days to drive the car, work out any bugs before delivery. We prefer our customers drive and inspect the car before delivery so that any issues can be resolved at our facility.
Misc. Restoration Facts:
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, we can give you general estimate only after inspecting the vehicle on-site. We do not take any money up front, Billing is handled on a month to month basis, accounts are settled on the first of each month and include any parts, labor, and outside services used that (prior) month.
Clients are always welcome to visit our facilities and inspect their vehicle.