"RESTO-MOD" Restoration and Modification. I see this as keeping what you like about your car and changing what you don't like. For example, my 2004 3/4 ton truck stops faster and corners better than my Challenger. I am keeping the outside appearance of the Challenger right down to the correct paint code and stripe because that is what makes the car so awesome, but I am changinng the drivetrain and supsension so I can safely drive on the street or track.
In my opinion, if you are going to build an acutal resto-mod it is a must to find someone who is skilled and knowledgeable in building performance machines. As mentioned before, our resto-mod Challenger is going to be used for weekend driving, quarter mile runs, auto-cross, club racing, and the Silver Stage Challenge. For this reason it was vital to find a shop that has experience in going fast, stable cornering and safety. There are many shops out there that say they can do it anything but, don't trust them especially a salesman! It's your hard earned money so ask to see their portfolio, get an estimated time and cost breakout up front and check references! Ensure they clearly state who is going to be working on your car and what their speciality is. Look for proven results. Don't be fooled by high dollar advertisements and worse magzine articles that just scream info-mercial.
My Solution and tips in chosing a shop.
I found a fabercation shop in Las Vegas, NV, who can actuall build performance cars. It will probably cost less than ordering XV's stuff and I am assured quality with a very tuneable supsenion when the project is complete.
In front of my Challenger is an International Super Modified Chassis. When this chassis is together, it can touch the 200 mph mark in the straight aways and power out of the corners in full control. They will transfere this knowledge into my suspsenion.
When choosing a shop make sure it is clean and orderly. Look around for the proper tools they will need to do the work to your car. Belfab took the time to show me the tool's they would be using on my car. It really set my mind at rest once I saw their equipment was in great working order.
Here, we dropped the 8 3/4 axle, leafsprings and brakes as a unit. It took them less the 30 minutes to remove the rear supsension. Some less experience places would have removed the tires, leaf sprins and brakes saperatly and charged me 2 top 4 hours to do it.
The front K-member came out just as quickly. I am hoping to sell some of my parts on Ebay or Craig's list, but K-members just dont seem to sell. Even though Belfab qucikly removed the K-member they didn't damage it at all.
I was amazed how balanced the car is on the rotisserie.
I have never used a rotisserie before but I can't imagine working without one now. I carefully remove the breakline and fuel lines. They road around in the back of my truck for week before I was mentally ready to through them out. Hey, you can new stuff for resonable prices now.