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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by fat49chevy, Mar 2, 2012.

  1. fat49chevy
    Joined: Sep 8, 2006
    Posts: 224

    from Onta Ca

    I got a 39 chevy coupe yhat needs a lot of suspension work done, the shop quoted me about 3600$ for a front end overhaul with shocks coils bushings etc, also rear end shocks dearch leafs lower it, disk brake conversion master cylinder booster etc. is this a good price for this work or im I getting jacked?
  2. bottledViolence
    Joined: Feb 19, 2009
    Posts: 172


    i know someone who paid almost that much to just get front disc brakes on a 50s buick
  3. Sounds like going rate, last front end job I did was $2000 on a 1979 Bronco and I didn't replace everything. throw in a disk brake conversion and all the parts, plus working on the rear and it starts getting up there. American made parts are expensive.....
  4. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 18,027

    from California

    how much of that is parts? paying someone to work on your car gets expensive.

  5. brad chevy
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,627

    brad chevy

    Check the prices on all the parts you need and you'll see they are not off by much.
    Joined: Jun 1, 2006
    Posts: 1,590


    Price it out, estimate Disc brake kit 425.00
    suspension rebuild parts 350 With shocks
    springs dearch 200.00
    master cylinder kit 395.00
    your at 1370.00 the labor leaves 2230.00 and if they are charging say 100.00 an hour thats just over 22 hrs to do the work at 8 hr days thats almost 3 days. That does not seem to far off considering there is going to be a mark up on the parts and you gotta factor in the brake line mods they will need to do. and assuming one guy is going to be doing all the work. I think it may be on the cheap side honestly for that amount of work.
  7. fat49chevy
    Joined: Sep 8, 2006
    Posts: 224

    from Onta Ca

    Thanks guys I think it is worth it. This is a reputable shop and he guarantees his work.
  8. Mike Rotch
    Joined: Jul 15, 2010
    Posts: 166

    Mike Rotch
    from Easley SC

    Why isn't doing it yourself an option?
    For that much money you could buy all the parts, tools, and materials for a small shed to work under.
  9. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Is this a stock beam axle frontend or the late style knee-action or a MII or other conversion already under there.
  10. Special Ed
    Joined: Nov 1, 2007
    Posts: 6,516

    Special Ed

    It's a decent price.
  11. fat49chevy
    Joined: Sep 8, 2006
    Posts: 224

    from Onta Ca

    Got no time, live in apts no garage, and some things are better left for the proffessionals, I already have about a year of working on it myself every spare weekend I can.
  12. fat49chevy
    Joined: Sep 8, 2006
    Posts: 224

    from Onta Ca

    Its got the knee action in all its 72 year old glory.
  13. OldBuzzard
    Joined: Mar 8, 2008
    Posts: 878


    I just did one of these on my own 39 coupe. Either these guys work very slowly or they have an extremely high shop rate. Shop around. Once the parts are in it should be one day to put it together if one tends to business. The parts are not that bad pricewise nor are there a lot of them.

    Please don't de-arch the springs unless you are using the torque tube. You will discover why suddenly, expensively and at the worst possible time.

    Its got the knee action in all its 72 year old glory.

    What you have is what has become to be called "knee action" but is the upper A frame with the shock built into it. The original '34 - '38 "knee action" was quite something else.
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2012
  14. pug man
    Joined: Apr 9, 2007
    Posts: 1,010

    pug man
    from louisiana

    I'm with Mike......Why don't you just do it yourself and save a ton of money.... If you want to play you have to PAY.......
  15. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,855


    Add up the parts and double it. That's your price.

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