In Skye's running narrative he mentions replacing sills, rockers, and floor pan. When I bought my 78 the body showed no signs of rust and I didn't know enough to look much deeper. It ends up the PO (the D applies to me) just tacked a rocker cover on, put a good paint job on the whole thing. From Moss I estimate parts at about $600us. But, does anyone have any experience as to how much I am really looking at for this. Can I anticipate another $600 or much more?
You have a parts estimate. Do you have the where withall to do the assembly? If so, what is your time worth? How much do you love this car?
Forgive me. I just dropped a 68 at a bodyshop owned by friends who begged me not to get involved. I held money in one hand and a promise not to make them do the repaint and minor repair in another. This was a very straight car, but their estimate was in excess of $7k to return a tub to die for,all painted, in addition to the new fenders, bonnet latch platform, and the panel below that. My sills are way clean. I'm learning to paint and do body work.
This is my first time responding within the BBS, but I'm in the process of restoring a '75 that has sills, dog legs, and front lower fenders that need to be replaced. I agree with Chris, the cost of the replacement parts is the easy bit, the killer is the cost of the labour. The only way I could justify this restoration was if I would do the work myself. It helps that I have a background in engineering?
If you decide to do it yourself, here are some suggestions.
1. Lindsey Porters book on restoration is a must.
2. Join a local MGB club and ask for their advice .... I learned a lot about simple things like cutting out old sills and things like using a spot weld cutter ( I'm a pro at that now!!)
3. Plan each step of the restoration and take your time. Weigh out the cost of purchase of the tools with the learning process and then doing the work yourself.
4. Stop and take a break when it ceases to be fun....life is too short. After all isn't restorating a 'B' some of the joy of looking at our accomplishments after it is all done.