If you’re involved in the restoration hobby, sooner or later you’ll find yourself working with a pro shop. Even people who have done comprehensive restorations on their own will inevitably look to the pros for some help with a project. Very few, for example, can do their own chrome plating and engine machine work at home. And many people need more help than that. After all, automotive restoration calls for a variety of skills and a considerable array of specialized tools. No matter how much you want to do it all yourself, there are times when it’s just not feasible and you have to seek out professional help with certain tasks.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2008/08/29/how-to-choose-a-restoration-shop-for-your-project