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Old March 15th, 2011, 01:45 PM
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Labor Question

I have sourced almost everything I need to switch my truck to lhd including a new roof (unfortunate accident with a bowling ball, a child, and a two story garage). My question is if I supply the parts, what would should this cost me in labor.

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Old March 15th, 2011, 03:06 PM
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I want pics or video of kid throwing bowling ball on the roof.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 05:01 PM
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Call ECR. That way you will have an estimate based on doing everything right.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 05:19 PM
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I will call. I was wondering if anyone had any experience to give me an average on hours. I would assume cost at ECR would vary compared to other shops as they are the gold standard for how to do it right and fast.

As for the roof. Just your average day where I was in charge of our 4 year old. We were in the storage attic above the cars. I was looking for something when I hear a loud crash. I turn around to see my son had rolled a bowling ball through the attic out one of the two openings (one we came in, one for ventilation above car). It bounced off the roof of the car and destroyed a garage door panel. I couldn't even yell at him when I saw the look on his face. In his defense all I told him was to stay away from the opening as he might fall.
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Old March 15th, 2011, 06:47 PM
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Nobody on this board represents child services, right?
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In his defense all I told him was to stay away from the opening as he might fall.
LOL. I feel your pain.
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Old March 16th, 2011, 05:09 PM
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Got an estimate for 6k from a non rover shop who was willing to do this on the side. Didn't seem that bad. He would farm out the paint and then do the assembly in one of his bays.
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This thread is worthless without pics.
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Old March 16th, 2011, 05:48 PM
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Pics coming shortly. Will start with dent lol
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Old March 16th, 2011, 06:51 PM
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Old March 16th, 2011, 11:44 PM
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$6K sounds a bit steep, and I'm pretty liberal on this kind of stuff. Factoring in you've got the parts....even without the roof.
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Old March 17th, 2011, 03:35 AM
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I would say 3,500 for decent quality paint, but nothing special. Figuring 30 hours of labor plus paint etc. Push or shove based on whether you have AC and whether the bulkhead you buy is an exact swap or not.

Personally, I would have it galvanized and not painted as it won't be that much more (if at all).
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Old March 17th, 2011, 05:18 PM
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You know, I do love the look of galvanized cappings. It really reminds me of the vintage rover look but I think a galvanized, unpainted bulkhead may be a bit much for me. Can galvanized be painted easily? If so, that may be a great option for rust/corrosion prevention.
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Old March 17th, 2011, 05:23 PM
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Easily, no, but honestly with the fenders and door on there is not much of the bulkhead showing and after it dulls a bit it will match the cappings nicely (as opposed to trying to color match old paint which never works).
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... and you had to tell your wife that it was YOU that dropped the bowling ball because she would of had a fit knowing you were not watching your kid/being sketchy.

ahhh the life of being a dad
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Easily, no, but honestly with the fenders and door on there is not much of the bulkhead showing and after it dulls a bit it will match the cappings nicely (as opposed to trying to color match old paint which never works).

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You know, I do love the look of galvanized cappings. It really reminds me of the vintage rover look but I think a galvanized, unpainted bulkhead may be a bit much for me. Can galvanized be painted easily? If so, that may be a great option for rust/corrosion prevention.
I still want to see this rig and what it went through.
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Old March 18th, 2011, 03:29 AM
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Galvanised can be painted, but eventually the paint will start lifting, as the nature of galvanising is that the coating continues to be chemically active.

With current rust proofing methods, you can get protection as good or better than galvanising. Dip coating with electrically charged paint will leave the bulkhead ready to paint, and the inside will be completely protected.

http://www.surfaceprocessing.co.uk/t...l-process.html
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Old March 18th, 2011, 10:39 AM
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I thought you could paint galvanized stuff if it was etch primed correctly. It is not something I would want to guess with though. There is an ecr wilow green beach runner that looks like the galv was painted really well.

No clue long term what happens.
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