Did you ever hear of engineers who pal around with Darth Vader and drive a General Lee Dodge Charger? I met the crew from Vintage Works (www.vintageworksllc.com) when they stopped by my shop early in the year. Although they said they were engineers, but they looked like regular guys. Well, regular “car guys.” I didn’t see any ties or slide rulers.
They said they had started a business in Green bay, Wis. (actually a suburb called Howard), doing things like media blasting, powder coating, plasma cutting, machining, welding and sheet metal fabrication. They said they were starting their business to help hobbyists with their car projects. They said they were going to do this at hobby prices.
Well, I guess this gang of engineers has engineered a big success. A few weeks ago, Vintage Works was one of the main sponsors of the New Motorama, an indoor car show in Green Bay. That was on Easter weekend and they said the next week was going to be a big one for Vintage Works.
Why? Because they were changing their business plan from a part-time few-days-a-week operation to a full-time everyday endeavor. One look at the price list they brought to the show explained why they are rolling so fast.
The Vintage Works price list gives a set price for powder coating certain items. For example, there is a set price for doing a wire wheel. And it is $20 less per wheel than another shop charges. So, that’s a savings of $100 on a full set of five wheels. Not bad.
So, if you’re restoring a car or truck in their vicinity and willing to brave the current traffic snarls in Green Bay (where a big bridge collapsed a few years ago), you might want to get in touch with Vintage Works and get a copy of their price list. They seem to be competitive and know what they’re doing.