I bought a 34 ford coupe that had an original chassis. The chassis had a poorly installed mustang II front end and and parallel leafs out back that were also poorly installed. I wanted to build this car as a driver and I didn't feel the chassis was safe. I didn't feel 100% confident I could fix the chassis and get everything to a standard I would be happy with, as well as being short of time to work on the car. I thought I'd hire a shop to swap the front end to a drop axle and put the rear to a transverse leaf with ladder bars. The frame didn't seem too bad and the numbers matched the tittle so I thought it would be worth saving. I made all of this clear to the shop, I also asked them if it would be better to just buy a new P&J frame. Looking back he didn't give me a real clear answer on that. I just figured even if fixing the frame cost a bit more it would be worth it because of the vin stamp. The shop was unable to give me any kind of estimate on time to complete, should have been a red flag, but I understand it is difficult to judge. I'd read good things about the shop and they were confident they could handle the job. I bought all Pete and Jakes components through the shop. I wanted them to install the components, box the frame and paint it. Seeing very slow progress after 70 billed hours on the chassis at $70/hr, I told them to tack things together and be done. After 15 more hours that was completed. So I have 85 hours or $5,950 labor into this frame and it's nowhere near complete. I've never hired a shop to do work before and I wonder if this could possibly be in the range of acceptable? Not only to me is the amount of time not acceptable, but the rear crossmember is unusable as is. I don't want to be unfair to the shop and I have tried to be completely honest in my description of the situation. I think the owner of the shop should have been more upfront with me how much more expensive fixing the frame would be compared to buying a new. He knows how much a new frame is, because he sells them. If you know the name of the shop please don't name them, as I want to give them a chance to make things right. Here is what we started with. Here is the progress at 70 hours when I told them to tack it together to make it roll so I could get it back home and finish it myself. I could see that things were going to get way too expensive to have them finish the job. Here is what was delivered....$5950 in shop labor later. They flattened and straightened the original rear crossmember and tacked in a chassis engineering replacement X. A little hard to see but they welded in a 6-7" patch here on both sides. Front crossmember tacked in....those are the old boxing plates.